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Cuvee-Brut | Brouwerij Liefmans

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Brewed by:
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 flagmantho
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750mL bottle into my Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: rich brown hue which proves to be a deep red when held up to the light. Head is a very thick finger of dark ivory foam with a touch of red to it. Quite nice.

Smell: nice malty aroma with a very good fruity tartness. The cherries here are just right for me -- well-represented, but not overdone.

Taste: tart and astringent, but with a nice sweet mild malt toward the end. Cherry flavor is good, and again not overdone. Rather sweet, but still very tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a great carbonation. This is a creamy, delightful beer which would be simply stellar with a little more body.

Overall: I simply love cherry-infused beers, especially those from the Low Countries. The next time I feel like I need one there's a good chance it will be Liefmans Cuvee-Brut again.

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Photo of jsh420
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 on the cork

pours dark reddish brown with a 1+ finger head that coats the glass with lacing

smell is not very strong but you get the sour cherries

taste is very good - you get the oak some funk the sour cherries

mouthfeel is just what i wanted in this beer - light heavy carbonation that plays well with the sour cherries that give it both the a sting and a crisp bite

drinkability - while some enjoy wine with dinner i could see myself drinking this beer at every meal or after - now i got to go back to the store and by another bottle

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Photo of smibroncos
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured a tawney red with a off-white pinkish brown, one finger diminishing head good lacing on the glass.

S. Sour cherries, raisin.

T. A little more sour than the nose lets on, alot of cherry flavor, some darker fruit as well.

M. Wow like champagne on the toungue. Nice carbonation and good duration.

O. Pretty good brew. I would recommend this brew to my friends.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a bottle of Brouwerij Liefmans Cuvée Brut at Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA on the recommendation of Kate, one of the store owners. Served in a pint glass (there was no other glass around! Argh!).

Appearance (4.5/5): Cuvée Brut is a stunning scarlet red, translucent, and is topped by one finger of beige foam. Good head retention. The head reduces in that typically Belgian fashion to a thumbnail-thin layer of creamy beige foam. This is a very cool looking beer.

Smell (4/5): Aroma is of black cherry, semi-sweet berries, faint lactic sourness, vinegar, woody, oaky. Not a very strong aroma overall–pretty mild actually–but nonetheless pleasant and promising.

Taste (4.25/5): Cuvée Brut exudes cherry flavors, but (thankfully) feature none of that candy-like maraschino cherry flavor I despise. Instead, I taste deep, semi-tart, semi-sweet black cherry. The beer also has winey characteristics similar to Flanders Red and Oud Bruin ales; I can also detect some woodiness here that those styles also showcase. Very nice. Refined.

Mouthfeel (4.25/5): Mellow, soft, medium carbonation and a medium-light body give this beer an easy-drinking texture. It features a nice bit of effervescence and the lactic sour notes cause a light puckering sensation to set in during the finish.

Overall (4.25/5): Brouwerij Liefmans Cuvée Brut was an unexpected treat–usually I'm wary of fruit beers, but this one was quite good. I especially like how the cherry aspects of the beer are not so dominant that the beer's woody/oaky and sour characteristics are not overshadowed. Excellent taste, mouthfeel, and beautiful looking in a glass. A good fruit beer for people who are unsure of them.

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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A paper-wrapped, corked & caged 750 mL bottle; from the Ommegang general store. In a snifter.

A: The ale is dark, red colors standing out amongst the brown, let's call it a crimson color all things told. A white head, closer to off-white, is a wispy band.

S: The nose has sour cherries, soft with an aroma that could pass for apple butter. The tartnes isn't biting, just a pleasant aspect hanging over everything.

T: Cherries, sweet and sour upfront, set the tone for the entire beer. As the tartness ebbs, darker malts stand in, carrying the load. Oak adds flavor, vanilla sublety. Very low in alcohol, an added bonus after that last train wreck. The sweet bite of the sour cherries is divine, a well-made Belgian ale.

M: Well carbonated with the apple butter bite of sour cherries. A good pairing with flank steak tonight - delicious. An excellent offering from Liefmans.

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Photo of nachos
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork says its 2010 vintage.

This is a really good beer.

Its seriously almost exactly like New Glarus Belgian Red, but a little less sharp cherry taste, and its a little more tart, sour.

You get that borderline Luden's cherry flavor, its a little more subdued than Belgian red though, but its really nice. Good carbonation, coats the mouth, proper thickness.

I have no problem downing a 750 of this to myself very easily, but I really like sours and fruit beers that don't taste fake. I also really like super hoppy ipas and deep dark stouts so don't fret. This is just a super well made beer thats easily drinkable, refreshing, provides ample delicious cherry flavor and its a bit sour. And its a at a generally at a great price point.

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Photo of phiberoptik
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork imprinted with 2011.

Pours a rust red color with an off white champagne bubbling that dissipates quickly leaving just a ring of small bubbles.

Sour, funky, dried fruit. Tart cherries with a musty barnyard finish.

No hiding the tart cherries in the taste. Lingering candy cherry flavor with a pleasantly funky finish.

Thin, prickly, and satisfying.

This is a great treat of a beer. An experience in a bottle. While I wouldnt drink this often, its definitely something to try.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liefmans Cuvee-Brut

25oz bottle. Pours a clear reddish color, with a nice foamy pink cap. Aroma of raspberries, cherries and candy. In the taste, unripe strawberry tartness, sweet cherry preserves and alittle bit sour. Sugary, but nicely mixed in with tart fruity flavors. Very berry, but also fairly complex and very drinkable. A nice treat from Brewery Liefmans.

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Photo of zeff80
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with little to no head. It left very little lacing.

S - It smelled of sour cherry. Not overpowering but nice.

T - Good sour black cherry flavor. Some malty sweetness for needed balance.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a slight pucker factor.

O - This is a really nice sour ale. I don't feel like the style it is listed under does it any justice.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Dark purplish red, almost getting into brown color for the body. Nice fine pink light bubbles that cut through on the side. A bit of clarity towards the top, but quite dark to see through. Off pink to a tannish red colored head, easily makes two fingers and a creamy top. Settles with a thin half finger creamy head and a nice populated big collar. Thin sheets of leggy lacing while drinking.

Cherry juice waffs over large on the nose. Does manage to stay away from medicinal but does come off with a good deal of sugar quality. Luckily stays away from overly sticky and syrupy, or medicinal.

Palate is a fruit lovers joy. Deep tangy and sweet cherry, even a little bit of sweet malt and good sucrose that manages to really pick up the fruit character nicely. Rich and great washing body while staying away syrup and medicinal flavors.

A real simple fruited Belgian, but so easily enjoyable and drinkable that is just hits high on the chart of satisfaction.

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Photo of wedge
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

@ Busy Bee

Hazy garnet topped with a slim, creamy head. Cherry aroma upfront with some almost chocolaty/nutty notes, slight brown sugar, and an increasing woody dryness. Super smooth cherry tartness and mild spicy wood flavors. Sweet, yet dry. Medium bodied, slick, and a real pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 6% abv. Fairly clear, lighter ruby color. Lots of tiny streaming bottles making their way to a thick, foamy pinkish-white head. Very nice retention, with some spots of lace.

Nose is slightly sour cherry, musky and slightly funky. Stops short of the horse blanket character. Other ripe fruits. Earthy hops at the end.

Some sweetness up front, without being overbearing. Very subtle tartness. Great cherry flavor, only slightly sour. Earthy hops balance, without getting in the way.

Lighter body, with a refreshing amount of carbonation. Cherry flavor is pronounced, but not heavy, making this an easy drinker. Very nice here.

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Photo of modernartblues
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes

Served in a Tulip at Prime 16

A: deep ruby red, 1" white w/pink highlights head recedes to a bare topping

N: sweet cherry rasberry w/ light tartness

T: sweet with some funky barnyard notes, cherry fruits up front with only a touch of tartness

M: sticky sweet sugar coats my mouth like a sugary syrup

D: pretty good for a lambic/sour, but one is enough for a session

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Photo of jwhancher
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle of this down in Total Wine in DE. Came corked & caged with a red paper wrapping. On top of the cage said "12-2020". Seems like I could have let this one age quite a bit.

A: Pours a clear cranberry red with pinkish head that hangs in there a bit. Some particles evident but mostly clear. Great presentation with the packaging!

S: Smells of tart cherry, some funk - a little barnyard like, and a nice dosage of wood.

T: Tastes of mostly tart cherry with a bit of puckering sweetness at the end. Has an oak quality to it as well, but the sour cherry notes dominate.

M: Nice & spritzy like. Ample carbonation gives it an effervescent feel. Feels medium to medium-light. Sour notes throughout. Alcohol seems subdued at 6%.

O: I'm still getting into sours and I found this one a treat. Great tart cherry notes that aren't too overpowering with a nice bit of oak and funk. Glad to have tried.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Max's in Baltimore. I loved this beer.... fruit beers can be hit or miss for me but this one was on spot. A nice tart, cherry beer with tons of flavor and a nice well balanced, smooth taste. Drink it way too quickly and could have easily ordered a few more pints. Haven't delved into the foreign beers too much, but after trying this I just might have to.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Old Town. Served in a tulip.

Pours an enticing dark crimson with a bit of a purplish tint. Thin ligh tan head forms up and persists through. A bit of spotty lacing forms on the walls of the skinny tulip. Good collar throughout, along with some persistent foam. The nose draws me in at first with mild, creamy oak along with a nice acetic bite which follows up on the woody notes. Beneath the acid lies a mixture of sour cherries and a few other darks fruits, most notably red plum. Smooth and mellow, the acid, fruit, and wood all play well together.

The flavor is mildly puckering and tannic from the start. Berries blossom more and more as it warms. Plum and light oxidized malt character lingers in the background. Acetic acid takes the reigns here. Good smooth and creamy body that coats the palate and lingers after a fairly-full, yet still acidic, finish. All around, an extremely well crafted brew that I'll be looking for a few bottles of.

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Photo of Verobeerguy
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is amberish-brown with light white lace. Nose of
Light malt overwhelmed by a wonderful cherry aroma. Taste of slightly caramelly malt, overshadowed by cherry-sweetness without any bitterness or much of any tartness on the follow. Overall, this is a very nice, if somewhat girly beer.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 750 ml bottle at Smokin' Joe's in Pittsburgh and split it 3 ways with 2 friends. Not sure what the BOD, if it had one, was. Poured into those weird glasses SJ's has...

A - Poured a really lovely reddish tinted dark brown color with a nice foamy, 1 finger tannish cap. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - Sweet and tart cherries right off the bat. Woody oak and a slight wild aroma comes next. Sweet toffee notes come out as well. Really nice nose here.

T - Taste follows the nose with a bit of a sour tinge to it. Not a mouth puckering flavor, but close to it from the tart cherries in the mix. Really nice cherry flavor mixed with oak and light malts in the background.

M - High carbonation level and a lighter bodied beer. Nice tartness and a slightly sour feel as well. Really nice feel and kept me coming back for more.

O - Really impressed by this one. Really made cherries the star and was a great end to a night at the bar, I will definitely be looking for this one again soon.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/red color w/ a one finger off white head. Great carbonation and lacing on my snifter glass. Very dark in appearance- impossible to see through. Nose is very sweet/tart w/ cherries and wood being the primary characters here. A somewhat sour vibe here as well. Taste is very similar, with good carbonation and tartness/sourness in the flavor and feel. Beer really opens up with warming. Really smooth/sweet aftertaste on this one- no sour on the back end of this beer. Really very tasty, and very nice feel. Overall, this is a winner. Highly recommended if you appreciate this style of beer. Cheers.

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Photo of Altrurian
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A short and quickly thinning head tops this brown elixir. It smells like rhubarb, and has a taste to match. The taste, to be more precise, is that of rhubarb pie, including the delightful, mitigating sweetness of the sugary aspect of the filling and the crust. What Southern Tier's Pumking is to pumpkin pie, this brew is to its rhubarb counterpart, with a certain, sour, cherry cast. A fun concoction, with the characteristics of a dessert for a sophisticated palate. The refreshing character of the carbonation is just right.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: 750mL wrapped bottle. little pre-birthday gift to myself. deep, blood red until i hold it up to light, where it transitions to a bright ruby. red/white fluffy head keeps building from the rapid, effervescent carbonation.

S: an oak-like aroma that almost come across as pomegranate. an obvious cherry aroma. sweet, but a significant amount of earthiness as well.

T: tart, earthy cherries. cranberry juice. pretty sweet. not puckering, but certainly similar to fruit punch.

M: effervescent like a champagne. medium body dominated by the fruit.

D: super easy to drink. overall, it's a fruit beer and a good one at that. interesting complexity from the young and old fruit blends.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a deep red with a three finger very slight pink hue head that subsided to two fingers slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, dark fruit, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, raspberries, slight cherry, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Ovearll this was a pretty nice brew. Definitely had a great flavor profile going on here. They were not in-your-face strong which was nice as it made it very enjoyable and drinkable. The funk definitely surprised me quite a bit in a good way. A definite must try on tap if you get the chance!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At one point, the Liefmans Kriek was basically my everyday beer. Then they had that whole bankruptcy thing, or whatever, and the supply got interrupted, and blah blah. Needless to say, I am always up for anything Liefmans.

Flavor profile is what I expect for Liefmans. Sweet, but just sweet enough and not too syrupy (though slightly so). Very smooth feel. Way too easy to drink.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap tonight at Beer Authority in NYC.

a - Pours a hazy deep reddish-brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet cherry juice, Belgian yeast, spice, sweet dark fruits, and fruity malts. Very nice nose.

t - Tastes of sweet cherry juice, sweet dark fruits, spices, Belgian yeast. Taste has a little more yeast and spice than the nose. Not too sweet which is nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is very smooth and easy to drink. Great mouthfeel.

o - Overall a really great fruit beer. Reminds me of Lindemans, but not quite as sweet....it has a little more of a Belgian yeast/spice kick to it. A great beer I'd love to have again.

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Photo of Greencoat
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured in Dark Lord snifter.

A: Pours to a beautiful ruby red, perfectly clear with an everlasting pink head. Very highly carbonated. Lacing like concrete.

S: Slight sour pungency is shadowed by delicious, sweet cherries. If it tastes anything like it smells, I'm in for a treat.

T: First and foremost is delicious cherries. It's by no mean overbearing sweet. I was hoping for maybe a little more sour out of it, but instead of being a bomb, it's very nicely balanced. It's like drinking cherry cobbler.

M: A nice semi-sweet beer with nice, lively carbonation. Cherry flavor lingers in your mouth for a long time.

O: Fantastic beer. Well worth the price of admission ($10 for a 750ml) and worth buying at the store. I can't say that I'd go out of my way to hunt it down, but it is very good beer.

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Cuvee-Brut from Brouwerij Liefmans
4.05 out of 5 based on 688 ratings.
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