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

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RATINGS: 1122   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."


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Murky reddish/brown color with a light-pink head. The aroma was pure heaven (as far as Flemish sour ales go)...sweet/tart cherries, dusty/woody tones, slight vinegar, lemon zest, and a general mild barnyard character. The flavor was very tart...cherries, lemon, sour wood (WTF!), and a slight vinegar aftertaste. The feel was rather soft, but crisp on the tongue...dry finish. Yum yum!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2004
Rocky pink lasting head, c2cm, body lightly cloudy maroon colour. Aroma biscuit/mild yeast/smoky cherry vanilla, hint of port. Pleasant medium mouthfeel, little bit sweeter than I remember but the smoky cherry flavour is good. 37.5cm wrapped bottle, room temp from Liefman’s tulip.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 16, 2004
I hope I’m rating the right beer. My bottle looks different but it is a 750ml w/ paper wrapping (Liefmans Kriek Oudenaarde). Pours a cloudy cherry with pink bubbles. Smells of cherries, tart, sugars and dry spices. Taste is sour cherries, vinegar, sweet fruit malt and lightly of alcohol. Aftertaste is sour and dry. I’m glad this is classified as a Flemish sour as opposed to a fruit beer, which it really is not.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (1941) - New York, USA - OCT 15, 2004
bottle-poured a unique cloudy red hue, a minimal pinkish head. A tart cherry aroma mixed with a mild malt presents on the nose. Flavour was initially sweet of cherries and malts,then became mildy tart. a bubbly presence on the tounge but in no way is this over-carbonated.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (3817) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2004
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Birmingham. Dark winey red, small pink head. Smells pretty tart and warm. Deep taste, spritzy, tart, some syrup to finish. Cherry: dryish, thick, sticky. Slight warmth in the chest. Sourness isn’t overly pronounced, but is present. Very good fruity beer - I prefer the Frombzen, but this is really cool, tasty, easy to like and has good ’beer’ credentials. I’m glad Jon enjoyed it as much as me.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (1861) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2004
Bottle from Sainsburys. Large dirty pinkish colour head, settled down quite quick. Aroma is sour, cherry, and cider. Taste is .., well hold on, I’m having a road to Damascus moment, ...really nice; I’m enjoying it, against all my predispositions. It tastes of cherry, vinegar and it is very sweet, and yet its a great beer. I need to sit down.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2004
Red-brown colour, with a pink-tinged head. Slightly artificial cherry aroma, quite oaky, marzipan and slightly sour and vinegary. Tastes of sweet cherries initially, then a nice sourness comes through but it is swamped in the finish by a weird artificial sweetness which kinda ruins the whole experience. Pretty much like 2 parts Belle-Vue Kriek and 1 part Rodenbach Grand Cru. Has some outstanding qualities but they are really masked by the sweetness. This beer makes me think Rodenbach Alexander wouldn’t have been all that good, but I’m definitely fired up to try their Goudenband now. Thanks again to beer_ledgend.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4626) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 26, 2004
I didn’t get the nice white head, just a lasting ring around the glass. Colour is dirty dark peach. Aroma is more sour than cherry. Flavour is more sour than cherry as well. One sip and my eyes are still shut from the sourness. Long lasting sour finish. This must be what a light fruit beer would taste like with Slush Puppy Shocker syrup added. I love the sour but would appreciate more malt flavour.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2004
A beautyfull dark red beer with a shortlived white head. The aroma is intense with cherries, and a hint of balsamic vinegar. The taste is complexl sweet,fruity, tart, sour. The aftertaste lingers for a long time with the more sour notes from this wonderfull beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - AUG 27, 2004
750 ml. green champagne magnum bottle. Corked and caged. 2003 date seen on cork. Loud pop when opened, and the cork was forcefully ejected. Watch out for that one, gang. Poured out a dark, murky, deep brown color, with a huge tan colored head at first. It slid back to a generous Belgian lacing along the sides of my Chimay chalice. Not too much head on top of the actual beer, though. Aromas are of slight Brettanomyces, (horse blanket), sour oak barrels, tobacco barn, damp cellar, and cherries. Sour pie cherries to be exact. Tastes are of sour cherries, Brettanomyces bacteria, slight citrus as well, and a nutty background taste, like walnuts or Brazil nuts. Maybe cashews, but anyway it’s nutty. Mouthfeel is decent, medium is what I’d call it. Effervescent as all get out, but not overdone. It will definitely make you burp, though. Very drinkable, not overdone on the sour notes. Finishes crisp, but slightly sour. Very nicely balanced, and a superior lambic by any measure. I highly recommend it, if you can find it. It’s rare in my neck of the woods.


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