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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 1116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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."


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2005
Beautifully balanced sour Flemish fruit beer. You could serve this as dessert, it’s so flavoursome. It poured a smokey brown colour with a moderate head of short duration. Strong aroma of sweet cherries, with the vinegary notes typical of the style. Medium-bodied and quenching but with a tart, dry finish. It has none of the mustiness of the Goudenband on which it is based - which is a relief. Lots of sweet and sour cherry flavour before that dry finish. I’m not a huge fan of the Flemish sours but this is a champion. (Bottle, champagne cork)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Intensely spritzy sour cherry lambic with a strong cherry aroma, champagne like texture and appearance, nice refreshing crispness in the finish...wildly all over the map, but pretty good....

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Bottle. Thin head, color is the darkest of brown/crimson color, really a unique color, I was expecting something much lighter in color. Aroma is light sour cherries. Taste is sweet cherries all the way through to the finish, which is sour and just a little bit off (funky). Great creamy, full mouthfeel. This beer is all over the place, but comes out pretty decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homebrewerguy (303) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2007 no date on the bottle, but the beer was pretty fresh This bottle was a lot different than the last one I had of Liefmans about a year ago. This was much less sour as to be drinkable - good actually. Nice lively carbonation and fair cherry flavor was quite enjoyable. My wife hated it though since it wasn’t like a Lindemans.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorqui (2105) - Brescia, ITALY - FEB 17, 2005
Medium creamy foam of good duration. Red color steals dark. Limpid and little effervescent. Vinous cherrie’s scent. Light and sweet flavor, a lot yielded with alcoholic finish. Perceivable bitter, absent. Balanced and altogether valid.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
Bottle. Clear red with thin pink head. fruity and sugary aroma. high carbonation, cherry, sour but at a good level, refreshing and good palate, nice Kriek. D’un rouge clair avec un mince collet rose. Au nez c’est discret, odeur fruite et sucre. Forte en gaz carbonique, elle offre quand meme une bonne rondeur, elle est rafraichissante, pas trop surette, bon petit gout de cerise et elle est bien balance.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2005
pinkish cloudy rust color. pinkish tan fluffly head that lasts medium. sweet and sour cherry aroma. also slightly balsalmic and very faint yeast and musty. flavor is sweet cherry start, slightly sour. fizzy carbonation. dry push from the back of the palate, but goes quickly.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 26, 2005
Deep red/brown with a light pink head. Sour cherry nose with notes of vanilla and oak. The body is cherry also but a bit too sweet and not tart enough for my liking.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - JAN 23, 2005
Small bottle. My 200th rating, appropriate since it was a kriek beer that first got me into the good stuff. Pours a murky brownish red colour with very little head. The aroma and taste are pleasantly sour with strong notes of cherry. NOt overly complex but a step up from belle-vue.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5312) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2005 1985 1.5 ltr... Poured a reddish amber color with off white bubbles, no head or lacing. Funky aroma of brett, cherries leather, light vinegar; very funky, very nice. Taste was lightly tart cherry, predominantly sweet, though a light sourness was present. Smooth, with no carbonation. Thanks willblake!


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