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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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."


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2005
As kasteefreak noted, this is just like a sweettart, bt in a good way. The flavor is fairly balaced, but not a much as the Rodenbach red.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Wow! This is a liquid sweet tart. Beautiful deep red-brown color small head that shrinks into a ring around the glass. Taste is a great blend of an overly sweet lambic like Lindeman’s and a sour gueze. Very well balnced and easy to drink. Aroma is nicely funky with stinky cheese, sweet tart candy, and a touch of caramel or toffe like sweetness. The aroma induced a flashback of Cuvee de Tomme. Mouthfeel is explosive with fine fizzy carbonation. I’m a big fan.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (12547) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2005
Bottled 375 ml 2004 vintage, alc. 6% (BBE 2014)
Hazy red-brown, small reddish head. Sour cherry aroma, slightly earthy and some leather tones. Sour kriek flavor but same time some sugar sweetness. Smooth carbonation. Sourish and sweet aftertaste. Very well-balanced and enjoyable brew.

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.


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