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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1172   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."


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
lamas (1426) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 21, 2005
375mL bottle. 2005 bottle. Best before: January 2015, I believe. Came wrapped and with a different label than that in the picture. A very deep cherry pour with a one-finger thick quartz head. Sweet and tangy aroma is of fresh cherries and lemons, yeast and some vinegar. The flavor is almost perfect. Lots of fresh, tangy cherries and some sour lemon. Tart and sour, but not too much so. Finish is only a little dry with some lemon juice and a hint of vinegar. Just the slightest hint of vanilla and oak gives this the impression that it’s aged and creates a soft and smooth mouthfeel. An excellent beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALLOVATE (2541) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2005
I really enjoyed this one, had all the aspects of a world classic and the awards to prove it. Tasted from the bottle into a chalice glass, cool and not cold. Reddish, tawny brown body, hazy, with a short, dense lather of pinkish foam that persisted for the length and left some lace. Sweet concentrated cherry nose, tart, tight and biting; slightly medicinal and herbal with and aged musty note that was truly inviting. Sweet and spritzy in the mouth, delicate yet with a degree of complexity that saw me savour each sip. Quite tart, smooth and creamy once it had settled, cherries are predominant, but there are hints of musty, sour malt, woody earthy tones, stale raspy hops and light fruity esters that develop to full potential as it warmed. Finish is long, tart and sweet with cherries and woody aged notes lingering in the mouth long after I had even finished the glass. Wonder why it took so long for me to taste this as it has now easily edged its way into my ’good-all-year-round’ category. A lovely brew and yet another gem from Liefman’s. (37.5cL bottle, one year old, 2013)

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - SEP 11, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2006 Cloudy reddish beer, slightly sour, a little too sweet, some medicinal notes, some liquer like notes, the cherries a pretty dominent with some artificial wierd flavour, some tartness and cirtus,almost no hops in the flavour, a bit thin mouthfil, pretty bad kriek beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (14715) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2005
Draught at The Bohemian in Deal. Reddish ruby cloudy beer. BNose of sour cherries, taste is of cherries. Full in mouth. Excellent long lasting flavour of sour cherries and biting bitter hops. Superb

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 22, 2005
[bottle from bier halle] Pours red with a large pink head. Aroma is cherry. body i light and finish is sweet. I dont like this stuff much, it feels more like fizzy cherryade with alcohol in it than beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
waffleman (8) - USA - AUG 14, 2005 does not count
Nice red color, head has a tinge of red as well. Nice cherry flavor, not overwellming, but enough so you still taste beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2005
2001 bottle. This comes off smelling like a really raw lambic with a hint of cherries. Look of a nice red amber with no head (on a 2001, what else would I expect.) Bitterness is a really nice wild yeast and has some malt and cherry. Quality brew, but shows a bit of age.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10788) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
Clear cherry red with rosée head. Cherry pulp aroma with sour notes. Rich in sugar sweetness with light cherry, and ginger and vanilla notes, good bodied. The best of the 3.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2005
wow this is sour, poured dark with a reddish hue, nice big pink head, aroma of fermented cherries, and wine like carbonation. intial taste was a lot to bare, real sour, but it lightens up the more sips you take, not a bad beer, but i wasnt to impressed.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sten (695) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JUL 25, 2005
Dark red colour The 25cl bottle is more sour than the 37.5cl corked one (that one is more sweeter). A aroma of real cherries (not an artificial aroma), they didn’t add to much sugar. A really good ’kriek’. (Bottle 25cl,corked bottle 37.5cl)


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