Liefmans Kriek Brut
A Liefmans Kriek Brut is not to be confused with any other ‘kriek’. The beer is brewed only once a year, using Belgian fruit exclusively, and – to top all that – is matured for 18 months, before it is ready to leave the brewery.
The beer is also a complex blend – between 15 and 20 different batches of Goudenband and Oud Bruin are used. Red fruit aromas first appear when the beer is poured – then a hint of marzipan, mixing with the lusciously sweet fragrance of warm cherries.
You immediately get a pleasantly sour taste, which evolves into a sweet finish. This fruity beer also gives you a perfectly-dosed, robust fullness, which makes for the long-lasting enjoyment of the many different tastes you come across, as it is savoured.
Liefmans has been brewing for over 300 years on the same site, making this Belgian brewery something of a living museum. Known for their fruit beers, the characteristic brown colouration, bitterness and sourness of their brews is down to the mineral-rich local waters and the unique yeast strains they use. Spontaneously fermented, Liefmans simply couldn’t be made anywhere else in the world. The brewery has two rather unique claims to fame – they were the first brewery to hand-wrap each bottle in paper, and they were the first Belgian brewery to appoint a female brewmaster, Rosa Merckx. She made their cherry beer so successful that her signature still appears on each bottle.