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Brewed by Liefmans (Moortgat)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Oudenaarde, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ale brewed with cherries with natural flavor added. Contains barley malt. Wrap label: "Liefmans Cuvée - Brut is brewed only once a year, in July. After brewing freshly harvested and carefully selected cherries are blended in and the beer is cellared at the brewery. After a slow maturation of 18 months to 3 years different vintages are carefully tasted and blended to create the final result: a complex deep-red ale with refreshing balanced tart-sweet taste, strong cherry notes and sparkling carbonation."


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2003
Reddish brown color with a pinkish head. The taste is sweet and fruity with a sour/bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3132) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Lightly sour (not so sour as a kriek lambics), pleasantly sweet with loads of oh-so-fresh cherries.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Tastes like a cherry Sweet Tart. Pours a muddy reddish brown, with a thin pinkish head. Aroma is sweet, sugary, fruity, and perhaps a bit spicey. It's very tart and sweet. Very lively. Good stuff, though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer (1242) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2003
It's labeled as a Flemish Sour, but it's called a Kriek and tastes like one too. Body is a pale red and the aroma is full of cherry sweetness, not much mustiness. Taste is very tart and bitter, but pleasant and enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2003
All the elements of a top notch kriek are here; quite tart, more sweetthan others, good yeast at the bottom to soften the whole upon warming. The sweetness is a touch sticky and a hair on the liquer/artificial side, and there is subdued "farmyard" brett compared to some other funky ones, but that is just nitpicky. If I can continue to get this a mere 12 miles away on a regular basis than I have a replacement for oud beersel (one of the top krieks ever!). The medicinal (a la Ringo) and iron (a la iwantalambic) qualities are what pushes it over to a Flemish sour?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2003
A creamy/muddy red-brown head layers the top of the maroon-orange body. Aroma is that of a leather pouch full of mashed cherries, dust, anise, dead pine neddles, and cherry skin. Tart, musty flavours: stone, cherry pulp, iron, more cherry skins, and some leaves. A top notch brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
caesar (5468) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2005 Dark red color, brownish head. Aroma of sweet cherry, artificial indeed. Sirupy taste of cherry, sweet. I like the ’Old’ Krieks much better.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jerohen (2046) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2009 Re-re-rate (3.6): The Cuvee Brut version this time. Tasted a lot more like a sweetened Kriek than a sour ale. It’s ok, but not as good as i remember from previous times. Re-rate (3.9): i liked it a lot more this time. Quite sour and complex. Indeed more a flemish sour than i kriek, what i thought before. Original rate (3.3): Dark red coloured, small head. Sweet cherry aroma, bit artificial. Flavour is better, malts and fruits. Average kriek.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Bottle, imported. Nice pop and carbonation, but miniscule head--of a slightly pink-purple-grey color. The beer is a nice reddish color that virtually chirps "cherries in here!" The initial nose is tart and sweet cherry at the same time, with a delayed hint of sweatsocks or must. Taste is very tart and cherry forward--explosive compared to most beers. The aftertaste incudes vegetal flavors, brass, sugar and a pert puckery fruitiness that lingers after the beer is downed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2003
(2001)had for almost 4 months, it made a substantial travel across America and survived. Heather says: " looks like apple cider." VERY cherry. tart, acidic and intense. sour . cardboard and tart cherries. musty and lively. somewhat dry and very acidic


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