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5 Champagne Beers For New Year's Toasting

Brouwerij Liefman's Cuvee Brut
ABV: 6%
There is a lot of overlap between a Biere de Champagne and a second-fermented style like a lambic. Cuvee Brut walks that line without falling firmly into either category.

With the carbonation of a Champagne beer and the flavor of a cherry lambic, Cuvee Brut is bubbly without being sweet. In fact, drinkers pouring a flute of this beer before the clock strikes midnight should prepare for a tart, slightly sour taste on the back end.

That little footnote aside, Cuvee Brut is definitely a welcome New Year's party pour. It pours red with a pinkish head, bubbles in the glass as if poured from a champagne bottle and has a great whiff of sweet cherry and apple.

"Liefman's Cuvee Brut is a pink sparkling beer made with cherries and not too hard to find," RateBeer's Tucker says. "Very effervescent, slightly more sour than sweet -- a dry, delightful beer."

-- Written by Jason Notte in Boston.



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Jason Notte is a reporter for TheStreet. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Esquire.com, Time Out New York, the Boston Herald, the Boston Phoenix, the Metro newspaper and the Colorado Springs Independent. He previously served as the political and global affairs editor for Metro U.S., layout editor for Boston Now, assistant news editor for the Herald News of West Paterson, N.J., editor of Go Out! Magazine in Hoboken, N.J., and copy editor and lifestyle editor at the Jersey Journal in Jersey City, N.J.
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