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LiefmansCraft blends

Liefmans’ beers are brewed with love and craftsmanship, steeped in the rich tradition of Belgian beer culture.

Liefmans is made with a combination of light, dark and roasted malt. After fermenting for a week, the beer spends from between two months to a year maturing in our cellars, depending on the type. The typical bitterness, with sweet overtones, is created by blending mature beers with younger brews.

Liefmans is a byword for originality, elegance and quality. Mrs Rosa Merckx, the first and for many years the only female master brewer in Belgium, was at the helm for over 40 years and helped to perfect the unique flavour of Liefmans beers.

LiefmansKriek-Brut

This classy beer represents the perfect marriage between the fresh accents and slightly acidic flavour of  the black cherries. Liefmans Kriek-Brut is a mixed fermentation beer, with every hectolitre containing up to 13 kilos of fruit!

Liefmans Kriek-Brut is a perfect blend of Oud Bruin and pale beer aged on cherries.

The beer is matured for 18 months, bringing out the very best of its intense flavour.

Liefmans Kriek-Brut is a deep reddish-brown colour, with a pale head and wood and almond notes. On the palette, you can clearly taste the slightly sweet, yet at the same time gently bitter fruit flavours. This is a beer that just oozes class…

Taste

Deep, complex flavour, an opulently sweet, perfectly balanced beer with fresh notes and a strong accent of black cherries

Style & appearance

Deep red Belgian fruit beer, matured with real cherries

Packaging

Bottles: 33 cl & 75 cl
Barrel: 30 l
 

Alcohol percentage

6%

LiefmansGoudenband

Liefmans Goudenband is one of the most distinctive dark beers in the world. Originally called IJzerenband (Iron Band) – a reference to the iron bands around the beer barrels – the bottle gained its champagne cork when it was renamed Liefmans Goudenband (Gold Band). Made in open vats with beer of mixed fermentation, it is left to mature for four to 12 months in the cellar. Mature beer is then fortified with younger beer, so the fermentation process starts up again.

Liefmans Goudenband is a beer for storing, and just keeps improving over the years like a fine wine. Even after ten years, this dark red beer tastes as fresh as ever. You’ll immediately pick up on the wonderful aromas of caramel, apple, rhubarb, cherries and malt. On the taste buds you will find hints of apple and cherries, combined with woody notes, while the aftertaste hints at nuts and dried raisins. The mildly acidic taste make this beer a perfect match for blue cheese.

Taste

Dry, lightly caramelised malt flavour, enriched with fruity notes hinting
at nuts or dried raisins

Style & appearance

Red-brown, aged Belgian beer

Packaging

Bottles: 33 cl & 75 cl

Alcohol percentage

8%

LiefmansOud Bruin

Liefmans Oud Bruin

Tradition meets progress with this classic beer. The flavour of Liefmans Oud Bruin, dating back to 1679, is derived from special malts matured in open vats and matured for between four and eight months. The fermentation is then restarted by mixing older and younger beers together, leading to a more balanced and consistent flavour.

Older beers have richer aromas and, when blended with younger brews, they gain in freshness and sweetness. Liefmans Oud Bruin smells and tastes of grilled malt and caramel, enhanced with fruit and herbs. Acidity and sweetness are perfectly balanced. Sheer perfection!

Taste

Lightly roasted malt, caramel, beautifully balanced acidity and sweetness with a tart
and refreshing aftertaste

Style & appearance

Brown with a clear, white head, aged Belgian brown beer

Packaging

Bottle: 25 cl
Barrel: 30 l

Alcohol percentage

5%

“Beer has a soul. Good beer tastes ever so slightly mauve. Bad beer tastes blue. A French professor told me that a long time ago.”

Rosa Merckx

Liefmans Craft blenders

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Liefmans’ fabulous taste is the result of mixed fermentation and the careful blending of mature and younger beers in our cellars at Oudenaarde. It’s a challenging process, and it takes great skill to ensure the perfect balance of flavours.

Just as with champagne, the ‘blending’ of Liefmans beers is crucially important. Liefmans is traditionally brewed in winter, and the blending process was originally introduced so that beers could be kept until the summer. Older, highly flavoured beers are coupled with young, fresh brews, and the beer is then allowed to ferment a second time to create the perfect balance.

"Every tank matures differently and it’s our job to keep blending the different beers so we get a consistent end product", says Marc Coesens, master brewer at Liefmans. "A good master brewer knows his products, has experience and a great sense of taste."

Day after day, the master brewer works to ensure that the beer retains its uniqueness and, most of all, its flavour. A master brewer is passionate about his job and proud to be continuing centuries of tradition. He puts a lot of time and effort into guaranteeing the quality of ‘his’ beer. Of course, slight variations in flavour can’t be ruled out, but that’s exactly what makes the job so interesting – it’s an art as well as a science. Liefmans beers just couldn’t happen without spontaneity and human input. Blending is a true art!