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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: 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."


bdunhill's rating

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdunhill (250) - Brussels, - DEC 10, 2012
This Belgian Sour Ale lives up to its category! It has a sweet and sour aroma and a light cherry color with a big foamy head. The flavor is the same as the aroma but it doesn’t linger for long. It is perfect after a nice long day!


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (1380) - BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2014
The classic Liefmans Kriekbier in its new, refreshed appearance, but basically still the same beer Liefmans has been making for a long time. Stable, dirty pinkish, moussy head, staying closed for a long time; colour a deep burgundy, hazy. Rich, complex and abundantly fruity aroma of clearly fresh cherries with a hint of cherry stones, draped nicely over the basic beer, which otherwise reveals dried banana, passion fruit, vanilla, fruit yoghurt, walnuts, orange zest, tea leaves, old madera and apple. The first sip overthrows you with a truckload of fresh cherries, with lots of lively fruit acidity, blending into a more sedate lactic acidity of sour cream and yoghurt from the basic beer (or should I say beers, as this is a blend of different ages), which then comes to full glory offering its natural fruitiness of passion fruit and apple, medium carbonation, woody touches and an ’old’, port- or madera-like generosity in the finish, vinous with a slight bitterness that could perhaps come from the cherry stones. Wonderfully complex as it once was, thank the Duvel for saving this from oblivion. Though still sweetened, like it was before Moortgat took over, it does not become too sugary and the sourishness makes for a dry, satisfying, thirst-quenching end. Still one of Belgium’s great fruit beers.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VictorStr (1270) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2014
Mycket körsbär i aromen, lite godis aktig. Bra balans i smaken och kroppen. Mycket körsbär.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewTom (244) - - AUG 16, 2014
Big, lovely cherry & yeast smell (as you'd expect). Sweet tasting start till your draw air across your tongue then you get slapped on the mouth by equally big tartness. Like a light, effervescent cherry wine - this is a delightful beverage. Rated by BrewTom

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikske79 (1120) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 14, 2014
Heel lekker bier met een perfecte balans tussen zoet en zuur. Echt een aanrader.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ingedejong (6) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2014 does not count
This beer is definitely my all-time favourite. Excellent sweetness, this beer is perfect for every time of the year.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
__Rb81 (180) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours red brown with a white head. Aroma of sour cherries and sweetness. Taste is very sweet with sour cherries. Nice, bit too sweet maybe.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (2305) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle at home. Very dark ruby-red with white film. Cherry, some oak and cinnamon buns aroma, tarty, cherry taste with sugar. Medium body, fruity aftertaste with a little peat. Tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NordicV (1148) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2014
Fat. Lilaröd öl med lättare rosa skum. Doft och smak av körsbär och andra bär. Lätt jästighet. Lätt syrlighet och en trevlig fruktsötma.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (434) - CROATIA - JUL 29, 2014
Cage and cork bottle, pours a deep red, with a light pink head, has a tart cherry aroma, taste starts sweet cherry and has sour light vinegar finish, very light and smooth, nice beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SinH4 (20) - - JUL 24, 2014
37.5 cl bottle. beautiful dark red color with little foam. fresh fruitiness in the aroma, a little bit tart. refreshing, slightly sour, tart on the tongue, and dry finish. Nice Kriek.


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