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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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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."


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - JAN 19, 2008
750 ml 2006 vintage, corked and caged. Pours a murky brown (seems to suffer from chill haze, as it decreases as it warms) which when held up to light, reveals a warm cherry glow. Almost no head other than a thin skin, but chunky lacing appears when it warms. Nose is typical of the style, funky and vinous, with enough candy sweetness to cut through the oaky sourness. On the palate the beer really shines, not too full but rich and smooth, starting with an initial tart burst that rides over a wooden hoppiness before gently cresting towards a lovely slightly biscuity caramel malt finish, ending up tasting just like those little cherry-cola gummies. A slight menthol aftertaste shows up, but is delicate enough not to be distracting. Delicious, and one of the better balanced krieks I’ve tried.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
thellgren (394) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 3, 2015
0.75 l bottle from airport shop in Brussels. Very deep and dark red colour with pink head. At first you will taste cherries but after you have swallowed your throat will feel something sour. Yes, the Flemish sour ale comes through the sweetness. To call this cuvee sweet and sour would describe the taste better than just plain brut. You won’t have these kind of flavours in sparkling wines.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (389) - Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Pours reddish brown. Nice sweet/sour complement going on with a dry tart finish. Slight flavor of cherry and a distinct cola-like flavor. Very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
m4rest88 (387) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Pours a dark amber hue with a non existent head Aroma is of wild fruits and sugar- with some sour notes Flavor has a sour beginning with a very sweet end Medium to thick cough syrup like mouthfeel with light carbonation A tad too sweet for me but still good

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2005
On key draught from The Alex in Derby. Dark redish colour. Very sweet & quite fizzy. Doesn’t taste as strong as it’s 6% Really fruity but a bit to sugary for me

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
R2k2 (385) - NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2013
You’d expect a red colored beer, but a red-brown color pours out of the bottle. It has a very sour aroma, which smells like cherry’s combined with red wine. The taste however is sweet-sour, en this will go on in a gentle, sweet aftertaste. Je verwacht een rood bier, maar er komt een rood-bruin kleurige bier uit de fles. Het aroma is vrij zuur, met iets van kersen en rode wijn. De smaak daarentegen is zoet-zuur, en deze gaat over in een subtiele zoete nasmaak.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
crlnts (381) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 2, 2014
Red, minimal head. Lacing. Acidic, cherry, orgeat, wood, syrupy/sticky. Fizzy. Sweet.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2008
I had this in Belgum and just last weekend in St. Paul. Both times were fun and worth remembering, so I reached for the Kriek. So smoooth and cherrieful, without being too sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wimpie133 (381) - Brugge, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2010 Botlle, 37,5 cl. Beatifull deep red beer with a little light pink head. Smells like cherries, mixed with some sourness. Natural aroma anyway. Taste is as good as it’s simple: natural sour cherries mixed with some sourness, and some tannines included. With a very good pallet as a result! Less is more, certainly with this beer. Update 03/07: on tap @ Poatersgat the taste started sweet before the dry taste and the tannines came to the foreground. I didn’t realize I rated this beer already, but my opinion in score stays the same: less is more, and there has been chosen for a good mix in the pallet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 6, 2010
Burgandy colour with medium head. Aroma is sweet with heavy cherry, pleasant but with little complexity. Big cherry flavour immediately but the dry finish should be more assertive to make this a bit more accomplished. Still fairly decent.


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