Cuvee-Brut | Brouwerij Liefmans

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Brouwerij Liefmans

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Goudenband & Oud Bruin blended with cherries. Not a lambic.

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Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at an event along with Goudenband and Fruitesse. Notes are recent and thorough.

A brown-tinged crimson brew in the glass develops a cap of pink head, thick and rich. It fades off a little quickly but leaves a compact foam that drops spotty lacing behind it.
I'm glad I got a chance at a sample recently because the first bottle I ever tried had definite band-aid in it. This time, it's all tart and sweet cherries, a bit of wood, just a bit of acidity that isn't too harsh and adds a nice complexity and gentle sourness, and something dry and wine-like. The flavor brings out a bit more of a creamy sweetness than the nose. The dry woodiness is really nice and reminds me of a good red, though stopping short of the beauty of, say, a Russian River sour.
The body is on the light side of medium, crisp and well-carbonated but smooth, flowing nicely.
This is a very nice fruit beer. I wondered at first is the base was a Lambic. Either way, a tasty beer, though the price keeps me away.

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Photo of haazer
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork says 2010. Love the fancy wrapping.

A- Large frothy head, big chunks of a pinkish foam sit atop the dark maroon brew. Some cranberry highlights. As the foam settles there is some lacing on the sides.

S- Smell is of sweet and tart cherries. Cherry chuice is evident. There is some biscuity malt in here too. A bit of hay and funk, but pretty subtle. Best thing though is it doesn't seem artificial.

T- Bitter and tart cherries, and a sugary sweet lollypop like taste. Everything cherry, juice and fruit. Theres just enough malt flavor on the backend to say, yes I am a beer. Could use some funk in here, but it's still good.

M- A light body that is suprisingly smooth and thirst quenching. The tart/bitter flavor coates the mouth and leaves a lasting presence.

O- I enjoyed this "beer". A bit one dimensional, but it does the trick. It definitely is natural in taste, and real fruit is evident.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark and slightly murky reddish brown with a thin but creamy off0white head. Not all that interesting, but not bad.

S- Very pungent cherries with a bit of vanilla. A bit medicinal with a bit of acid. Very intriguing.

T- Sweet and acidic cherries, a bit medicinal. There is a unique flavor that I am having trouble putting my finger on. Overall, the cherry aspect is amazing and overrides any problems I find in it.

M- Sweet and slightly tart with a clean finish.

O- A very tasty Belgian beer at a nice price point. Definitely worth splitting a 750. Would make for a nice dessert beer.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Founder's snifter.

A very dark cola looking color. Several fingers of brownish colored head. Lacing is evident. Smell is of sour tart cherries. Fairly carbonated but it is welcome. Taste is in line of smell. A slight bit of sweetness to counteract the tart. I'm not the largest fan of this style but I really thought the experience was pleasant tonight.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny’s in Champaign, IL
Bottled: 2010
Glass: US pint glass

Reminiscent of a more obviously beer-based New Glarus Belgian Red, Liefman’s Cuvee Brut blends tart cherry with malt and mild sourness in a very respectable fashion. Slightly disappointed at the "added natural flavors" aspect of the beer, I would probably not get this again as a result.

Pours a 1cm, light pink foam for a head, composed of small bubbles, with fairly poor retention. Head leaves minimal lacing along sides of glass as it descends, eventually fading to a thick ring of bubbles around the glass’ perimeter. Body is a medium-darkness brown color with magenta hues, light bringing out the red tones in the color. Body is semi-hazy from sediment.

Aroma is of tart cherry juice alongside mild apple cider-like vinegar.

Taste opens with tart cherry juice mixed with medium-dark malt sweetness and light acidic tartness. Cherries, malt, and tartness persist through the close. Tasting concludes with tart cherry juice, mild sweetness, and a bit of lactic acid tartness lingering on the throat and tongue.

Beer is medium-bodied with medium to medium-high carbonation. The result is a crisp, easily drinkable beer that finishes dry and with little residual stickiness on the palate.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cracked a bottle of this during the Fourth of July pool party. Really does the trick on a hot summer day.

Pours out a reddish light brown color, similar to a flanders/oud bruin blended beer. Small thin beigeish head on it. Aroma was all cherry. Just loads of cherry all over it. A little bit of brown sugar. Mild oaky notes.

Taste, not overly sweet, I sat on this one for over 2 years, and it was much more attenuated to my palate than it was when it was sweeter. A tiny bit more tart and sourness than I was expecting at this stage, man, I'm really impressed with what age has done to this fruit beer. Ah conventional wisdom, I turn thee upon thy head. A sturdy body with darker brown kind of malts, caramel is barely there.

This isn't a beer that is going to impress anyone looking for a lambic or kriek. But if you want the cherry flavor, with the rare culmination of both mild sour and balanced fruit without overwhelming sugaryness, this is the beer for you.

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Photo of morimech
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 on the cork.

Pours a reddish brown color with a couple of fingers of pinkish head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Very little lacing is left behind on the glass.

Aroma of cherries and vinegar. Smells like it will be interestingly acidic.

I was hoping for more tartness. Does have good flavor of cherries. There is a little bit of funkiness in the background that compliments the acidity that I find the most interesting.

Could of used more carbonation to excite the palate more. The promise of sparkling carbonation did not deliver.

Much more interesting than most fruit-centric beers that are not lambics.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Brouwerij Liefman's Cuvee-Brut last month for $10.99 at The Lager Mill. I've been trying more of the fruit beers from Belgium lately and I thought I should give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. 2012 Vintage. Poured from a red papered 750ml bottle into a Teku.

A- The bottle looks nice, the paper wrap gives it a unique look and it's eye catching. It poured a weird muddy brown/red color that took on more of a mahogany color when held to the light with a half of a fingers worth of bubbly off white head that died down to pretty thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is an ok looking beer, but I think the color and head could be better.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with a nice funky yeast aroma being the first to show up and it imparts just enough funky and light barnyard like aroma and it's followed by a vinegar like aroma. Up next come the sourness which seems to be on the higher side and it's followed by the cherry which impart a nice tart cherry juice aroma that has a nice natural aroma to it. This beer had a good aroma, I liked how it was a little funky, it worked well with the tart cherry juice aspects.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the funky yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts those nice aspects that it did in the aroma and there's still a little bit of that vinegar aspect showing up. Up next comes the cherries which impart that same natural cherry juice aspect and it goes well with the funky yeast. On the finish there's a sweet and sour flavor with a nice cherry aftertaste. This a good tasting fruit beer, the sweetness isn't out of hand and I like the funky yeast,

M- Smooth, a little refreshing, not too acidic, not overly sweet, a little crisp, medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a good example of the style, it was very fruity just as I expected, but the it still had a little bit of complexity to it and that made for a pretty tasty dessert beer. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, a little refreshing, not too acidic, not overly sweet, a little crisp, not too filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, a whole bottle might be a little too much for me, but a couple glasses of it would be nice. What I like the most about this beer was that it wasn't overly sweet and it was a little complex. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it just wasn't a great looking beer. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for the style and I would recommend it to anyone who likes cherry beers. All in all I liked this beer, I was expected it to be overly sweet and it wasn't, I really liked that and the added complexity was nice. This made for a good first impression for this brewery and it's one of the better cherry beers I've had. Good job guys, this was a tasty beer, keep up the hard work.

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Photo of Bashao
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours scarlet red from the bottle with nice foam.

Smell: Great smells of berries, very appealing.

Taste: Great berries flavours, starts sweet but ends sour. Mildly carboneted.

Mouthfeel: A medium body.

Overall: Great lambic beer. I loved it.

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Photo of rarbring
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clouded, rather dark red-brown, a pinkish head that settles rather quickly, leaving some lacing.

The smell has red fruits, cherry and black currant, some earthy musky stable notes as well.

The taste is rather sweet, very much ripe cherries and cherry jam.

Medium carbonation, soft and pleasant body, rather complex.

A good kriek, and being rather sweet more for dessert than refreshment.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

458th review on BA

App- A very crimson looking red with a faint hint of bubbles on the edges. About what I expected but wanted a little bit more carbonation.

Smell- Another expected sensory experience. Muted cherry juice with just a touch of tartness.

Taste- Just like fresh squeezed juice with a slight touch of booze to it to know its a beer.

Mouth- Light and high. A bit creamier than I expected.

Drink- This was pretty tasty. I would enjoy this one again if given the chance to see if a bigger or fresher keg would make it a tad better.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 75cl bottle into two Lindeman's flutes. Served at about 55 degrees F. Cork dated 2010.

A- Pours a light rose color. Very nice head. Transparent red rose color. Leaves a beautiful white lacing down the sides of the glass.

S- Very sour fruity cherry scent. Noticeable wild yeast scent from the bretts.

T- Complex. Not too overpowering on one aspect and not all cherry like one would believe. This is not noticeably hoppy or malty. The aged cherries lend a distinct flavor to the beer.

M- Carbonated appropriately. Not very sticky/syrupy but still maintains a full mouthfeel.

D- Alcohol is lightly detectable. Anyone who likes cherries could drink these all night. This is a great chick beer in my opinion and my wife loves it. Not too sweet like a Lindeman's framboise and much more palatable to her girl tastes than a malty or hoppy lambic.

They say a happy wife makes a happy home so I will rate this well!

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Photo of TruePerception
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Liefmans Cuvee-Brut: Belgian aged with cherries, Taste/Mouthfeel: hint of cherry, slightly sweet/tart; Appearance: dark cherry, slightly lighter than black cherry skin; faint transparency, good

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of Dawkfan
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- This is a deep red, almost brown in appearance. A small ring of lacing is left encompassing a pinkish soapy cap.

S- Sour cherries and some barnyard funk.

T- I really like the way this moves from a sweet cherry start to a sour/tart finish. The booze is kind of evident as well.

M- Body feels medium to me, with above average carbonation. This is really dry. My mouth is left feeling like I sucked on a sour candy.

D- This is a nice fruit beer. I enjoyed the initial half of the beer more, as the dryness of this one got to me at the end.

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Photo of Domingo
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this at the Cheeky Monk. Arrived a blood red color with a pinkish head. The carbonation is a little like champagne, but still thicker.
The nose is definitely heavy on the tart cherry character. A little bit of yeast character and some clear fermentation (so you wouldn’t fool anyone into thinking it’s juice) but it’s pretty mild.
The flavor profile definitely has more depth. Sweetness upfront, balsamic and a citric twang in the middle, and a lingering finish of sweet and sour cherries and a little bit of wood/vanilla.
The carbonation is a tiny bit on the fizzy side and is really my only complaint.
Like many of the sweeter Belgian fruit beers, it’s not the most complex thing in the world, but sometimes simple can be good. I like the way the balsamic-like notes work with the fruit.
I paired this with a chocolate fondue dessert and found it to be an excellent companion before, during, and after.
Plus, the cost of this wasn’t too crazy either, especially if you can get it on any kind of special. I think I like this more than some other similar (often sweeter) brews and appreciate that it does keep some residual sweetness without going bonkers. It’s a good in-between when you don’t want Lindemann’s, but you don’t want Cantillon either.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(4.0) A: Cloudy dark ruby red with a thin beige head. A thin blanket sticks around for a while and nice sheet lacing is evident.

(4.0) S: Fresh cherries, apples, raisins, cane sugar, and a very faint balsamic quality. As expected the cherry aroma is dominant and evokes fresh cherry pie with bready crust and all.

(3.75) T: Similar to aroma with ripe cherries, crisp apple, lemons, grains, and cane sugar. This has a faint tart/sour balsamic quality but the focus is definitely on a sweeter cherry element. Finishes with a moderate acidic quality and a noticeable dryness.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with a lively carbonation. Oily and velvety with the carbonation giving off a nice creamy mouthfeel.

(4.0) D: This is pretty flavourful and leans to the sweet side but with a nice natural cherry flavour to it. This went down pretty easily with a pleasant, albeit slight, balsamic tartness.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Murky reddish brown with a pink, large, light, foamy head. Slow dissipation leaves rich lacings.

S: Lots of cherries, kind of bitter, sour cherries. Sweetness. Some brett, gives it a sour, acidic smell.

T: A sour, acidic, kind of sweet but still bitter cherry-taste. Some spices, some yeast - brett(anomyces).

M: Aftertaste is rather short. Carbonation is light but kind of offensive. Body is light.

D: This is a nice Kriek!

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Photo of Converge
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a 12oz tulip flute.

A - Highly effervescent pour, with a fizzy tan head that vanishes in seconds. The beer itself is a less-than-fantastic murky burgundy. Girlfriend says it looks like muddy water. No head retention or lacing, as expected, but some nice legs.

S - Big cherry character right away. Notes of musty hay and funk, with subtle oak. A nice blend of tart cherry and funk, with a touch of sweet.

T - Lots of cherries, with a balance of both sweet and sour. A touch of barnyard funk, with wet hay and just a hint of oak. A nice lactic acidity adding to the funk, and a distinct aftertaste of honey and vanilla. Very balanced, and easy to drink. Definitely something accessible for a lambic noob.

M - Quite carbonated, with a lighter body. Slightly sticky, with a thin film left behind on the palate.

D - A very tasty, drinkable fruit beer. Although not technically a lambic, the profile is quite close (closer than Lindemans anyways...) Definitely something I could drink again.

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Photo of JudoJeff
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As you might expect from the brightly wrapped 750 mL bottle, this beer has a strong cherry flavor. The cherry is bittersweet and feels thin and sharp in your mouth at first. The appearance is a transparent red, with a thin head. The sweetness can be a bit over-powering at first but did mellow some after a few sips.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml caged and corked bottle. The paper packaging reminds me of how I wrap wine bottle gifts at Christmas time.

This beer pours a murky, rusty dark reddish amber hue, with two fingers of weakly puffy, tightly foamy, and soapy pink-tinged white head, which leaves a decent array of thick roaming storm cloud lace around the glass as it lazily falls away.

It smells of bittersweet cherries, both of the fleshy and candied varieties, soft pale malt, candi sugar, a mild yeasty funk, a suggestion of apple cider vinegar, and a subtle leafy hoppiness. The taste is moderately tart/sweet cherry juice, a sourdough-tinged malt, more gritty candy sugar, sour apple, some vanilla/caramel wood extracts, and well-restrained earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, just a plain, underwhelming frothiness to tide us through, the body pretty full in weight for the style, well fruity, and commensurately smooth, with a touch of acid edginess. It finishes off-dry, still big and fruity, and clean, the weirdly sugary cherries persisting.

An enjoyable enough sour fruit beer, more or less balanced by the complex nature of the cherry fruit itself - the subtle, sometimes sour in their own right side players providing a bit of extra oomph. Edgy, and attractive, sure, yet hardly in the same class as some of their countrymen's more dry and acidic offerings.

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Photo of peabody
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours out a slightly cloudy amber with a few bubbles.
The smell is very strong of cherry and some malt. Wish it had more aroma.
Taste is less than sour cherries, more like cherries jubilee. The sugar is not overpowering and neither is the malt, which should be.
Mouthfeel is just a tad sticky, really wish these guys would do a 10%er, I bet that would rule.
Overall a 4. I really wished this one would bread out and get malty. Eh! my first wife can attest to that.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a deep mahogany cloudy colour with an off white head that reduces to a film

S - Plenty of sweet sugars and cherries, and hints of oak

T - Up front tastes like lolly water then followed by sour, oak aged qualities that almost balances out the sweetness.

M - Medium body and carbonation

O - These beers aren't really my thing however I appreciate the balance in this one. If they used real fruit it would be outstanding

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the House of Brews. Served in a Liefman's wine glass.

Appearance - Murky reddish body. Thin collar. Off white head.

Smell - Lots of cherry. Almost cherry juice. Slight must.

Taste - Slightly tart. Mostly sweet, though. Cherry. Raspberry. Dark caramel. Slight oak. tart finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Well it isn't a New Glarus fruit beer, but it's similar. Too sweet, though.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Bellegems Bruin flute glass...

Cork dated 2010...

A - Pours burgandy with a one finger off white/slightly purple head. Head dissipates at a good pace, but there is a little lacing to be had...

S - Cherries, cherries, and more cherries. Smells a little sweet...

T - Starts sweet with cherries and ends on tart note. Not to complex, but has a nice balance between sweet and tart. Abv is well hidden...

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation...

D - Probably not something I would buy again for myslef, but the wife loves this one, so definitely something that is going to be in the rotation...


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Photo of elricorico
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite dark red, almost purple in the glass. Hazy body. One solid finger of pinkish head that stays for a while.

Tart cherry smell, with just a hint of candy sweetness mixed in. Faint funk, but only if you really look for it.

Tart cherry to the taste as well, but with a stronger yeast impression. Something of an oak type wood flavour. Lingering tartness isn't quite enough to pucker, but it is certainly a dominating aspect. Here and there a bit of candy sugar pops up, reminding me of pixie stick.

First couple of mouthfulls seemed to be a bit watery in body, but it evens out to a light but well carbonated feel. Pretty good for a tart fruit beer, but nothing outstanding.

This would be a good beer for a fruit beer fan that wants to check out more sour beer. It isn't in your face sour, but it certainly isn't a sweet beer. Not bad at all.

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Cuvee-Brut from Brouwerij Liefmans
4.05 out of 5 based on 691 ratings.
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