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

bottled
common

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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."


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (13855) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2006
Bottle. Medium head with medium duration. Color is ruby. Aroma is cherry. Taste is cherry with some acidity.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (13803) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2006
On tap at christian firtal Odense: Dark rasperry red with fine white head. Sweetness and sourness from the cherries goes very well here. Both dominates. Nice & pleasant fresh finish. A great kriek!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (13598) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (13596) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2008
Bottle, 6%. Sweet, pruney aroma, a little acidic. Hazy dark red, pruney colour. Very small head. The flavour is quite sweet, some fat cherry. Also quite acidic, but not really enough to balance the berries. Rather pleasant, but has some tendency towards soft drink flavour.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (13351) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 9, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2010 Bottle, 375ml corked. Clear, copper-golden body, with a beige head. Quite weak nose with cherries, a bit sweetish. The flavor is sweetish as well, with cherries and some cellar. Medium, sweetish mouthfeel. Long, sweet finish with some citrus notes. I find it too sweet, but it is certainly drinkable. Rating: 6-4-6-3-12-3.1. 070526

Bottle, 375ml corked and wrapped in paper. It pours an unclear, ruby body and a thin layer of off-white bubbles. Cherries, oxidation, cellar, dried fruits, brown sugar and a hint of vinegar. Sort of candy-like too. The flavor is sour yet sweet. Cellar, dried fruits, cherries, a hint of vinegar and a faint note of almond. Medium body, quite tart and palate cleansing even though it’s quite sweet. The finish has cherries on a vinegarish backdrop, with dried fruits and cellar. Pleasant and easy drinking, combining sweetness and sourness in a nice way. 101119

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (12544) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12361) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2000
Nutty, earthy, and barnyardy, with a late-bursting fruitiness. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2008 (Bottle) Pours a reddish brown body with a small pinkish off-white head. Aroma and flavor of cherries. Truly a wonderful Kriek, indeed. My mouth is watering right now for another....

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 2, 2006
(375ml bottle, vintage 2004, best by 9/14, 5% ABV) Large beige head with pink notes, atop a clear red body. Aroma is medium sweet, sour cherry, light barnyard, oak. Taste is moderately sweet, cherry, light tartness/sourness, faint oak. Low carbonation, slightly sticky light-medium body, quite drinkable. Needs a bit more tartness and carbonation, but it does pretty well despite these quibbles.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11158) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2007
Bottle, bought @ Kolding Vinhandel.
[Vintage 2006]
Pours a deep red-brown with a small fizzy head that soon disappears. Aroma is quite subdued. Naturally slight tart cherries appear, some oak, some barnyard, some dirt and a dose of sweet caramel. Lightly oily mouthfeel despite a relatively high carbonation. Flavour is light tart cherries, some sweetness, light oak, light liqourice and a finish with heavy sweet caramel (which surprised me). It is tart, yes, and dries out my mouth to perfection, but it ain’t no geuze, so this might appeal to fruit beer lovers as well as lambic lovers. Wonderful.


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