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 pat61
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant deep cherry red with a 2” pink tinted moussey white foam cap with exceptionally fine bubbles.
S: Big cherry aromas with bread and a slight funk aroma off over ripe fruit.
T: Starts like a medium dark cherry bread then the tart comes forward with a moderate bitterness in the background.
F: Very soft in the mouth, medium to medium light body, medium carbonation.
O: Very refreshing with an amazing balance between cherry tartness, hop bitterness and rich malts.

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Photo of Wanne
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It has a deep red color, which resembles a cherry coulis, and a pinkish head. Aroma is sweet and sour. Taste is a bit sour and the sweet taste of the cherries makes this a well-balanced beer.

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Photo of Sydney10
4.89/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Visual: unique interesting label. Pours a red brownish color.
Smell: Very strong smell of cherries. Pick up tones of chocolate and bbq.
Taste: Tart and sweet taste of cherries. Bubbly and refreshing.
Overall: Hands down the best beer I've had. Great work!

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Photo of dhfreak
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

By far my favorite beer in this style; very nice, punchy, soury taste. It can be a bit overwhelming if you're not to keen on sour things, but then again you probably wouldn't be drinking this beer if you were.

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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 bnes09
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber-ruby color. Dense haze blocks most light. Sweet cherry aroma. Fresh cherries hit the tongue right away. Mostly sweet and only mildly tart. Almost no hop character. Just the slightest hints of wood in the finish. Extremely well balanced. Medium bodied and somewhat sticky from the sugars. Sharp, snappy carbonation adds a dryness to the finish to contrast the fruit. I am not a huge fan of fruit beers but everything is so well put together in this one that I just can't put my glass down. This would be a great beer with just about any dessert, especially those made with chocolate or berries.

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Photo of wonothesane42
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

2011 vintage from bottle. Pours deep reddish brown with a fluffy white head that has a reddish hue to it. Smells very strongly of cherries with a hint of other dark fruits and earthiness in the background. Taste is very tart cherry, hard to describe as it is a strong taste of cherry but mellow at the same time, there is some darkness to the taste too in the end like plums and figs, but the cherry is the star here. The mouthfeel is way above average for a fruit beer, it is very smooth and creamy, not highly carbonated; a great aspect of this beer. At first I was worried that I picked up a 3 year old fruit beer, but this came out very well, the cherries toned down and some of the Oud Bruin came out, simply delicious!

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Photo of denisconrado
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Out of curiosity, I think corresponds to the proposal, but I saw no difference with a champagne cooler or cheaper... Appearance: inviting bottle with paper wrapper; in translucent red glass with little foam, but persistent. Aroma: here I remembered some beer, because the malt appears slightly. Taste: sweet, actually has cherry leaves an aftertaste of malt and sweet; said despite the 6% alcohol, did not find them.

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Photo of Sinfull
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Red-brown color , pink head. Aroma of cherries , grain , currant , notes of wood. Taste is light sweet and light sour , notes of cherries , oak and some caramel. Medium body , moderate carbonation. Very tasty!

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Photo of kellyej
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

A: Dark brown/red/purple color, wispy head
S: Cherry, plum, artificial grape, cough syrup
M: Tart, pucker, light body
T: Very sour, unsweetened grape juice, cola, chocolate covered cherries, cough syrup, sour cherry; sweet syrup

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Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours dark brown (dark ruby into the light), small pinkish head that goes very thin very fast, leaves just some lacing.
Balsamic vinegar in the smell from afar, closer in a lot more dark cherry, some blueberry, raspberry, a big sugary sweetness creeps up, some faint hay, some faint wood barrel notes. Nice sweet/sour balance, somewhat tilting towards the first.
Aaand taste is very sweet. Starts with heavily sugared pitless cherries (exactly like the ones prepared for making jam), with the sourness in the back, gaining ground bit by bit, with a nice dark cherry flavour. Some blueberries, faint raspberries. A touch of vinegar and cider apples. Alcohol and some wood notes, creating something extremely similar to homemade cherry brandy. Some vanilla and marzipan. Very low green hay. Finishes as it starts, sweet.
Medium body, medium carbonation, almost smooth actually.
It's refreshing, it's tasty, but it's way too sweet for my taste. I know it's not a full-on sour beer, so the rating will be given considering usual Belgian fruit beers.

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Photo of gatornation
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-a clear light red color with an off white head slight lacing and fresh looking in glass
S-cherries and baked bread some cider and hay
T-some tart cherries with with a slight sour vinegar smell a sweet cherry pie finish
M-dry and sweet champagne like tart and slight sour on the tongue medium/high carbonation
O- if you like tart krieks you will like this

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Photo of JessaKay
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Visual: Color consists of a cloudy red color. Almost looks like a creamy red. Clarity is foggy, you cannot see through the beer. Head is a light pink in color and sticks around for a long time.

Aroma:Incredibly strong aroma of fruits with cherries dominating the smell. Other smells consist of citrus, with sour and sweet notes.

Taste:The first taste is sour and a bit dry, the citrus presents itself and then fades in the sour/sweet taste with a hint of oak. This beer is like a sour patch kid, first it is sour and then it is sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body but not too thick with still plenty of flavor

Overall: I fell in love with this beer at a local pub called Pale Nine Ale House in San Diego. This was the beer that developed my love for sour beers. I find this beer to be a refreshing change from most other beers. It is the perfect combination of sour tastes and fruity tastes for me.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: rich, deep red, the colour of raspberry jam, with a faintly pink head like Himalayan sea salt, fine and fll

Aroma: vibrant berry aroma - cherry but also raspberry and currant; hints of the the tart flavour to come

Taste & Mouthfeel: the taste of cherry candy (like a life savour...better) is an immediate delight, sweet and vibrant and tart all at the same time, exciting the tastebuds to no end; cherry pie filling comes to mind - this is a great match for dessert, perfect for a rich chocolate fudge cake; fine carbonation with above average effervescence and perfect for the style, putting a buffer on the sweetness while at the same time opening up the palate to fully appreciate the fruity flavour - blackberry and currant could also be accounted; last thought - a good black cherry soda

Overall: a pure pleasure to drink, actually gets you excited, and remarkably it doesn't tire with all the sugar, a credit to the excellent carbonation; get your hands on this

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Photo of biegaman
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Liefmans Cuvée Brut looks more "bruin" than "cherry" (though slivers of the latter are easily appreciated). Though technically clear, the beer's relatively deep tone prevents much visibility, to say nothing of the blinding highlights. Its head is unexpectedly bubbly and has a greyish tinge.

While notes of musty oak and a slight sourness can be appreciated in the aroma, this still smells ostensibly like candy for adults; there is more than enough fruitiness to go around. The aroma of mixed field berries and balsamic gives me a tantalizing idea for dessert (and a summer salad too).

A blend of Goudenband & Oud Bruin that is aged with cherries, it's no surprise this beer has all the black and tart cherry flavours in the world. Equally expected are the hallmark hints of treacle, molasses, red currant, raspberry, and toffee that are generally appreciated with the style.

What distinguishes this offering, however, is its overt sweetness; while Flemish reds characteristically exhibit a 'sweet and sour' profile, the edge is usually in favour of sour. But this one is notably sweet, which wouldn't bother me except that it likely stems from the added glucose.

That one important blip notwithstanding, it's hard not to champion Liefmans Cuvée Brut as an exceptionally delicious example of this wonderfully complex, distinct style. Anyone that doesn't enjoy this beer must be just plain miserable. That being said, I too would opt for the more traditional (read: unsweetened) version probably 8 times out of 10.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby red with glowing red edges. The foamy pink tinged head lasts a long while, draping the glass in lace. Sweet cherry and raspberry fill the nose, not much sourness or acidity noticed. The taste is much more complex. Lactic tartness mixes with a plethora of cherry, raspberry, lemon, apple etc. flavors and a light oakyness. Some bretty funk is apparent in the background, but restrained. The mouthfeel is light bodied with an extremely creamy, textured carbonation, very nice. The finish is sweet and moderately sour.

A very nice fruit beer with lots of intense, sweet, but real (not syrupy) fruit flavor with a sour backbone keeping things in check. Complex and very approachable for a sour beer. Highly recommended.

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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 Abendschein
4.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was an amazing ale to grab! I saw it and thought to myself, "an aged cherry ale? That could be interesting!" Once I got back with it, I put it in the fridge and let it sit and waited to open it until my birthday celebration with a few friends a couple of weeks later. As soon as I pulled off the wrapping, I felt like I made a great choice. The bottle is very clean - it looks professional and minimalist. It has everything it needs, and nothing more.

Once I pulled the cork the aroma burst into the air and the smell was fantastic! It, of course, smelled like cherries, but it was subtle enough to allow the rest of the ingredients come out. I just could not stop smelling it at first.

The taste is just as good, too! It is not overly tart like most other cherry brews, and it's soft and smooth as well. It tingles a little, and the aftertaste is superb. It doesn't linger, but the first breathe after each drink is very refreshing.

As soon as this hits your lips, it immediately begins to relax you and carry you away. As I said before, it is smooth, and it cradles your lips and tongue. After you drink a fair amount (most of the bottle), the tart flavor becomes a little stronger and you can begin to "feel" it on your teeth. So, please, do have something nearby to refresh your mouth (water or even an apple).

Overall, I am very happy I grabbed this bottle on a whim. It's very good, and I'm pleasantly surprised. I would recommend it to anyone who has any interest in fruit flavored brews of any sort!

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Photo of elNopalero
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours an intense candied red in color with thin foaming.

Right off the bat the aroma is sweetly cherried. Well, the cherry-tartness contrasted with the sweetness, but overall it was to the positive side of anything resembling cough syrup. Dessert, perhaps?

Tartly sweet cherries came across, flavorwise, with an easygoing finish. Cherries all the way.

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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 polloenfuego
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 375 ml bottle to a tulip.

A: pours a deep cherry or cranberry red color that is not cloudy. There was a beige head that dissipates quickly but was enough to leave some lacing behind in its wake.

S: sour cherries, malts, and cider vinegar.

T: tart cherry with a sweet finish, there are also hints of malts and a vinegar taste on the end.

M: high carbonation, medium body and a dry finish.

O: an interesting beer. I enjoyed the tartness quite a bit, but there were times it was a little too sweet. That being said, I think my beer was pretty young and I will be interested to try it again in a few years.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6

Appearance - Brown colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, cherries, raisins, citric

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, citric notes and raisins/cherries. It is a little too sugary sweet and it ends with a nice tart aftertaste.

Overall - Nice fruity notes and a tart finish, but just a little too sweet to enjoy in large quantities. The best before date is 2023, so maybe some age will tone down the sweetness? I will report back in 10 years..

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Photo of steagall
2.45/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

A: It was darker/muddier than expected. It wasn't bright like it should have been.

S: Smell was ok. It smelled a little harsh sweetness.

T: the taste was entirely too sweet. It was actually very hard to pallet. Kind of had to choke it down. not enough acidity either.

M: mouthfeel was fine. not too much or too thin.

O: 2112 vintage. Hard to drink. Had to choke it down what we could and pour out the rest. It was entirely too sweet. It wasn't clean tasting and proper acidity was just not there.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into flute glass.

A - Pours a murky reddish mahogany with a pinkish white head.

S - Tons of cherry in the aroma. Tart, sweet, and sour

T - As expected, it is an explosion of cherry flavor. It is mainly tart with a moderate sourness, and a nice sugary/candy sweetness to round it off. It causes a lot of puckering though I consider that a good thing.

M - Thin and sticky body with high carbonation that is prickly on the tongue. The aftertaste does not linger for long and leaves me wanting more.

O - A solid sour cherry, though I prefer the Goudenband. There's a good balance of tart, sour, and sweet in this.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally got a nice autumn day with leaves in their peak. Usually have an IPA going but with all the leaves changing their color palates, I decide to go with this cuvée. Pours a red crimson with almost a pinkish head and some lacing. Sediment noted throughout.

Sour mash cherry aroma with a cider vinegar pungency.

Taste is superb! Tart cherry, oak and scant vanilla. I love this especially at colder temps which tastes more like a cherry pop with low sugar. As this warms, more cider vinegar is noted which makes this more tart and welcoming.

Medium body with a dry finish and prickly carbonation.

This is better than any cherry soda I've ever had. If your crazy for cherries with an abv you gotta pull the trigger on this.

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Cuvee-Brut from Brouwerij Liefmans
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