Liefmans Cuvée Brut 2010 (Belgium) (re-tasting)


  • My Rating: [A-, unchanged from 2012],  I gave it a (3.9 of 5) on

Liefmans Cuvée Brut 2010 (Duvel-Moortgat), 6% ABV, 375., (Oudenaarde, Belgium)

On the paper 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 young 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.”


  • Style: (cherry) Fruit Ale
  • Taste: Tangy fruity cherry raspberry light balsamic woody
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke Liquor / Edmonton
  • How much: $9 CAD (after 10% off) – 375ml., June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Initial June 2012 tasting (Rating = A-):

Tasting notes: pours dark translucent cherry red, minimal head, sticky lacing, ringed micro CO2 retention, a few extremely slow-moving CO2 streams. Sour cherries and pomegranate on the nose. 7/10-level sourness, 7/10 level tartness up front, transitions into 8/10-level sweetness, tingly-creamy CO2, persistent sourness, flavours of sour cherries, pomegranate, raspberries, mild malts, green apple, jam, all very balanced and cooperative. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, good carry, good drinkability. It gets a little sweet after awhile if drinking on its own.

February 22, 2016 tasting notes:

Visual: (Cellared 4 years). Unlabeled green bottle wrapped in a paper label, composite cork, twisty top. Pours dark brownish red with no head, a few very slow micro bubble streams.

Nose: tangy raspberry juice with mixed with lightly funked carameled wood. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp-thicker-tangy, low CO2

Mid-palate: dissipating sour, (lvl-8)-sweetness, cherry juice, raspberry, light caramel malty backbone, woody, light funk, continued tangy

Finish: balsamic vinegar, raspberry exhale, residual tangy cloying sweetness.

Summary: Tangy throughout with a very agreeable complex deep fruity flavour. Clean transitions despite the low CO2. Still good after cellaring with more balsamic characteristics emerging.