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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Liefmans - Cuvee-Brut

Dead Soldier
Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
Cuvee - Brut
Brouwerij Liefmans
Aalststraat 200
9700 Oudenaarde, Belgium
Est. 1679

Brain Damage Quotient = 6.0 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 25.4

Postmortem Brew Review
Hazy and cloudy reddish brown color. Deep red color if held up to light.
Tart cherry fruit nose. Rich malt aroma.
One finger, pale rose' head. Minimal spotted lacing.
Slightly, but not overly sweet. Astringent dryness to palate. Good balance of maltiness on finish.
Lots of carbonation.
Medium to light bodied mouth feel.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
Liefmans Cuvee-Brut was formerly known as Liefmans Kriek.  The Cuvee-Brut starts with twenty six gallons of old brown ale that is macerated  with more than twenty eight pounds of fresh whole cherries. The nearly one-to-one ration is kept in shallow tanks to mature for one year. Then it is combined with Oud Bruin (a Flanders Brown ale) and Goudenband (a brown ale from Liefmans) to produce this unusually delicious cherry flavored brown ale. This process differentiates it from a Kriek Lambic style. The 750ml bottle itself is a bit bland and perfunctory. So to add a bit more flourish, the whole thing is wrapped in fancy cherry red colored paper.

The care, expertise, the time and the patience these brewers use in creating these ales has had a profound impact on my palate. I'd originally been dismissive of 'fruity' flavored beers. I needed this bottle to earn a beautiful Duvel tulip glass. After drinking, it made me pause and take notice of this whole other universe of beer. Belgian beers are fast becoming my favorites, no matter the style, largely due to the artisan crafting techniques of these brewers.

Some of them are, shall I say - - - to die for.

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