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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2006
Nice dark amber/red color,small but red head that had a decent hang time then faded slowly to leave a slight lace behind.The aroma was cherry with a noticeable sourness coming through.The flavor was cherry and fairly sour maybe a bit more so then the goudenband.There was a bit of an acidic side to it as well,not that it detracted from the over all flavor but it was just not expected compared to the above brew i just mentioned.It over all was not bad but i could not see myself enjoying this one quite as much as the goudenband.The flavor is there but i bit more of it and the sour is a little more pronounced,and just not quite as smooth but thats JMO.It’s definately worth trying but not one for me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2006
Thanks to Slander for sharing yet another oldie from 1991. Pours a clear dark cherry brown with light carbonation and a thin lasting head. Aroma is oxidized, sour cherries, sweet and some lactic sourness. Sour cherry pie flavor which is very nice, with more oxidation, dirty yeast, cork and must. Pretty good overall, and held up ok over 15 years.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Rich, cherried aroma, with something like the essence of maple here too. Gentle malts and highly spiced. The flavor matches the aroma well - except that the tartness becomes incredible - it wasn’t even hinted at the power of this sourness in the nose. Oh well, its a decent beer for sure. Definetly wild yeast qualities, but there’s something bitter and a little "off" for me.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5352) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Dark ruby pour with large chunks of sediment - complex aroma of cherry, nutmeg (and other "christmas-like" spices), raspberry, brown sugar - very sour up front, and in the finish, rounding out or "book-ending" the beer - in between is where the fun stuff happens - cherry and berries, followed by a doughy, spicy, christmas cookie-like flavor, a dash of cinnamon - there is some metallic/oxidized flavor in there somewhere, but that’s probably due to its age - a really neat beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ghawener (1522) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - MAR 15, 2006
Bottle: Dark rubi colour with a purple-red head. Aroma is very sweet and fruity. Taste is complex with red berries, nice malt presence all very well balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Pours red-amber with a large white head with a light pink tint. Very pronounced sour cherry aroma. Lightly acidic and vinegary. Strong tart cherry flavor with little else. That vinegar is lurking in the background, but not to the point of unpleasantness. The full, oily mouthfeel is the strongest point, adding some substance that the simple flavor lacked. Sweet enough to be an alternative to Lindeman’s, but tart enough to be a good alternative.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DJMonarch (9165) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2009 1. On Tap at the Crescent, Salford 06/07/2001 Black and strong in alcohol. Cherry aroma and flavour. Slightly pale sour finish. 2. From the Bottle at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver 26/09/2009 Big fruit aroma. Amber golden coloured sour and smooth on the palate with a cherry fruit flavour. A little dryness in a crisp and creamy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (11240) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2006
375 ml bottle 2004 vintage poured a clear rusty red with a large, lasting pink head. Aromas of sour cherriesand a hint of vinegar. Palate was light bodied and tart. Flavors of sour pie cherries with refreshing tart finish.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RoyceH (1197) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - FEB 22, 2006
Nice beer. Nice appearance, lovely dark red, opaque beer, with a nice head that lasts. Aroma is somewhat tart, hints of vinegar catch the nostril, not great, but nice cherries there. Cherries in the taste, refreshing. Very overpowering, nothing else but cherries, even though it’s a thick aftertaste like beer. Good all round refreshing beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2006
One of those beers that is delicious but not a beer kinda way. In my opinion, it had more in common with a wine cooler than a beer, but that doesnt mean i didnt enjoy it. Both aroma and taste were full of tart cherries. Had a really smooth and fresh flavor. Not complaing at about the flavor at all, but don’t buy if you are in the mood for a real beer.


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