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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: 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."


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
Reddish colour with a nose of cherries and balsalmic vinegar. Flavour is fruity and sour with a long dry cherry finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2004
Strong, sweet cherry overpowers the nose. Dark-brown mahogany with ruby highlights and slight haze. Fizzy head recedes competely. Immediately sour in the mouth, followed by some sweetness and then a lasting tartness in the finish. Not enough malt character apparent. Cherry flavour slightly cloying. Thick mouthfeel, slightly sticky perhaps due to low carbonation level. A bit simple - not enough complexity in the battle between sweet and sour. Definitely lacking carbonation. Bottle (green - cork date 2002/07). Marked 5.5% ABV.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3052) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 7, 2004
This is my second Liefmans and so far they are worth paying the price, though my preference is the goudenband. This beer was cherry red in colour with a large frothy off white head that lasted the distance. Aroma was of cherries but not that strong. Taste of guess what? cherries! also some slight ginger. Not that sour but still very drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7832) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2004
Pours maroonish red wine colored, with a good light brown head. Very strong cherry aroma. Tastes of cherry, with a nice tartness. Finishes tart, with a little cherry sweetness at the end. A very good kriek. Not my favorite style, but as raters we must compare apples to apples and cherries to cherries, if you will.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4713) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2004
Hazy burgundy/red coloured body with a light tan head. Sweet/tart cherry aroma with little else. Sweet cherry taste ending in a pleasant tartness. Overall, a good beer, but not spectacular. I sampled this beer on draught at L'Enfant in Washington, D.C. on 05-March-2004.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2004
2003 bottle: Pours murky red-brown with a large light brown head. Aroma of sweet cherrys dominates, though theres a slight woody smell there too. Very sweet cherry start with a tart, acidic finish. Almost some bitterness there too? Smooth mouthfeel, thin-medium body. Nice beer, but a little less complex than the frambozenbier.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pivo (2563) - GERMANY - MAR 20, 2004
Sweet and sour nose, hazy rust color, low tight head. Sugary sweet cherry body with a slightly astringent end. Good transitions for sure, but maybe not sour enough. Good starter for someone looking to get into kriek beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 15, 2004
375 ml. Murky, ruddy brown with a salmon-pink medium lasting head. Huge cherry aroma, sweet and sour, with hints of almond. Black cherry flavor, very sour and acidic, medium body. Nice, highly drinkable sour ale but lacking the complexity of Rodenbach or New Glarus.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8664) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2004
Bottled. Lively red colour with little head but lots of carbonation. The aroma is of sour fruit. The taste is of sour black cherries with a lovely fruity aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Cloudy red with white head. Some cherry aroma. Acidic flavors, cherry, a little sour, medium body, some vanilla and pastry flavors. Lively carbonation. Good (but not quite De ranke).


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