Thursday, July 3, 2014

New Brew Thursday: Liefmans Cuvee Brut

Liefmans Cuvee Brut

Oudenaarde, Belgium

The DC summer is in full swing -- hot, humid, gross. Few things are as refreshing on a muggy day as sour beers. Liefmans Cuvee Brut is one of the best. The brewery credits the microflora (native yeasts) of the town of Oudenaarde in East Flanders with the unique flavors of their beers.

Liefmans beers are a product of  fractional blending where older, intensely flavored beers are blended with young, bright beer. The blend is then allowed to ferment a second time, and then age. In the case of the Cuvee Brut, tart black cherries are added to the mix, and the whole shebang is then aged for 18 months. The final product is well integrated and just plain yummy.

Review: The beer pours beautifully into a glass, with a nice foamy head. When you pour it, the cherry aromas just fill the room. On the palate, the beer is bright and tart with a nice round body and zippy acidity. Tons of bitter cherries and cranberries are joined by a soft sweetness, and notes of molasses and baking spice. The finish is long and lingering.

Bottom Line: I could drink this beer every single day. It's bright and rich all at the same time. This ranks in my top 5 sours of all time. I dig it.

Beer Geekery:
  • BREWER: Liefmans
  • STYLE: Fruit Sour
  • PLACE: Oudenaarde, Belgium
  • BOOZE: 6%
Where did I get it?  Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage?  Mid Priced

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