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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Reviews: 212
Hads: 385
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 21
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAngel on 11-18-2002

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a tasty kriek, probably middle of the road in terms of overall quality if you put a beer like lou pepe kriek at the top. its deep ruby red in color with a short lived half inch of oddly brown foam for a fruit beer. the nose on it is nice, jammy sweet and just a touch tart, definitely not as lambic heavy and woody funky as so many of the best ones out there, but its well better than the syrupy cheap ones too. the fruit is very authentic in the taste, no denying that, but the residual sugar is a little higher than it needs to be, and it makes it feel a little heavy. there is also a strawberry flavor in here i cant overlook, not sure how you get that from cherry, but its there. i realize as it warms up that there is a lot of funk to this, not acidity and sourness, but yeasty wildness that i really like, even though its not sour in any real way. its lovely beer in the morning, and serves as a great middle mark on the kriek scale. if it was dried out a little more it would be phenomenal, but the sweetness slows it down for me just a bit. on tap at choice city in fort collins.

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Photo of PEDXING
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Trappe Door in Greenville, SC. Beautiful looking beer. Not quite as tart as I expected it to be, but nice and refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of bnes09
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fresh cherry aroma and flavor. Plenty on funk on the palate. Touch of wood and acetic acid. Medium body. Sticky with a slightly dry finish. Solid Kriek.

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Photo of barczar
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is very acetic, vinegary, with a tart cherry character underneath. There's a bit of a floral note.

Flavor echoes the aroma, with acetic sourness throughout, and a fairly strong cherry presence, with a lightly floral aftertaste. The vinegar is the star of the show, but cherry fruitiness provides substantial accompaniment.

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Photo of MattyC
4.89/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Beer Baron in Livermore
Look: pours bright red with very little head
Taste: overwhelming cherry flavor, sweet and tart, classic brettanomyces yeast flavors popular in belgian beers
Feel: bubbly and tart, tastes and feels more like a sparkling cider than a beer. Very pleasant.

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Photo of wrogers19971
4.95/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful beer!! Vibrant, full of character & flavor. Tart cherry with a underline flavor of vanilla, rhubarb, citrus & oak!!
A must try for sour-wild ale fans

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Photo of pat61
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pulled a 2.5 year old bottle from the cellar and am drinking it one day before its best by date. Even after some age it still has a very big cherry nose with touches of sweet and tart and a hint of fresh compost. It is one of the most beautiful beers I have seen. It pours a lively brilliant cherry under a very rocky pure white 1” foam cap. Very rich cherry palate with herbal, black cherries, lemony tartness and over ripe fruit. While there is sweetness in the background, there is an overall dryness and a balancing tartness. The beer is effervescent with a fine bead. Midrange between sweet and sour, well balanced and put together.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville. Served in a goblet.

A- Pours a ruby red color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Vibrant, sweet cherry aroma that also has some wood tones.

T- The cherry flavor has a sweet, tangy and tart beauty to it that is so delectable. Oaked candy. Is that a thing?

M- With all this sweetness, there's still a very dry feel to it. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- While I would liken this more to a straight up Kriek lambic due to the intense sweetness, the oak certainly comes through and merely makes for a less malty Flanders Red. Absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of Tele
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle
Best By 11.22.16

A: 4.5 Ruby red with a one-inch, light pink head. This beer is very clear and quite pretty.

S: 4 On the nose, there are cherries, a bit of funk, lemon, vinegar, and a bit of vanilla. The aromas are fairly mild and there’s not too much going on. There’s also some sulfur at the end that is fairly subtle and a little off-putting.

T: 3.75 The beer starts off rather sweet with a light tartness following right behind. The cherries bring a nice medicinal flavor that pairs well with the oak, vanilla, and funk. It’s lack of sourness and oaky sweetness makes it taste surprisingly similar to a Flanders red ale.

M: 4.25 The beer coats the palate without feeling too thick or overpowering. The carbonation is also very nice, but I feel that a bit more effervescence might help compensate for the low tartness.

O: 4 This is a nice beer with good cherry flavor and a pleasant tartness. There could be more lactic sourness, but the vanilla and oak flavors make this seem like a Flanders red with cherries, which is still okay in my book.

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Photo of Roguer
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful, radiant raspberry-color red, extremely active and hazily translucent. A nice, moderate pink cream head forms, with great retention.

Tart and funky aroma with notes of cherry pits; very promising. Slightly vinegary. Understated and complex.

Flavor is sweeter than the aroma, with a much more pronounced cherry presence (juice and pits). Very little funk; only slightly sour. There's a noticeable metallic flavor that definitely costs this beer; it is otherwise a very nice Kriek.

Nice puckering and sticky retention; lightly syrupy for an overall medium-light body. Long finish.

This is a very good Kriek, certainly not in the top tier, but very tasty. It could use a little more sweetness - and certainly more funk carrying over to the flavor - and the metallic hint in the flavor takes away from it a bit.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich red hue with no haze and a strong effervescence. Head poured a thick finger of fizzy pink foam which dissipated rather quickly. While the head is nothing to speak of, I find the color simply amazing. Great.

Smell: quite tart with a rich malty character underneath. There's definitely a big fruitiness here; cherry and raspberry are to the fore. I'm a big fan!

Taste: richly sweet base with a little bit of toffee and caramel malt character. Tartness, cherry and raspberry build up from there. This is not an overly complex beer, but I love the flavors in it.

Mouthfeel: light body with a big carbonation and a big but evanescent creaminess. I still like it.

Overall: this is simply my kind of beer. It is no secret that I love krieks and cherry beers in general, and this is a damn tasty example of one. Many stars!

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice clear red with a small head.

The smell starts off with a nice, natural cherry, mild oak in the background.

I like the sour cherry start. Oaky and creamy in the middle. Nice tart finish.

Nice, slightly unique version of the style. Would I drink again? Yup, and I'd probably buy one again being it didn't seem sweetened!

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Photo of Cozuma
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Let me first start by saying the cork claimed best by Sept 2011 and you can see what day it is. No signs of cork rot, leakage, or infection (ring around the top of liquid).

A: Deep ruby red clear color really awesome color and definitely gives up the intensity of the cherry.

S: Very cherry on the nose, tart cherry not sweet.

T: for being almost 3 years beyond its expiration date the taste was pretty strong cherry, you can tell the bottle is old but it's still good. Very tart cherry and acidic but pretty good.

M: easy to drink fairly smooth carbonation was very light and fine abrasive feel like soda.

O: for claiming to be good up to almost 3 years ago I'd say this is probably a good one to try, the cherry is very very strong and tart so if you don't like cherries you won't like this, cherry syrup or concentrate would be accurate for the intensity. I'd love to try one that claims to be within it's exp date.

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Photo of BeerDazed
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a special Echte Kriekenbier glass - like a tall, skinny, stemmed vessel.

Reddish/purpleish in color.

It had a very thin, wispy, head that dissipated quickly.

Smell was cherries -very fruity in the nose.

Medium to high carbonation with a tart cherry note flavor very present. Some wood. A nice, pleasing, and refreshing sour beer.

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Photo of BastardKing24
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark red with a spritzy head that lasts 5 seconds.

Smell is of cherries and musty yeast. Some leather and dark fruit as well.

Taste is light funkiness with cherries and oak. Not very complex.

Feel is medium carbed with a light feel.

This is just ok, I recommend Duchesse De Bourgogne or Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge if you want a 12 oz single of flanders red.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful red with fizz that disappears quickly off the top. Smells like crazy cherry, but not much beer. Either way it smells good. Super sour taste, but it finishes without much flavor. Seems like it could use some back end sweetness to get the whole palate involved. Nice tart cherries on the tongue. Very effervescent. A fun one to try, but their other sours are better (like Duchesse!).

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Photo of christopher_shaffer
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not being a huge sour drinker, or at least uninitiated, I found this beer to be very accessible and refreshing. Strong cherry/sour cherry taste, more vinegar in the nose. Great late summer beer to sip while relaxing in the shade. The carbonation really made this beer creep up on me and I really liked the sensation. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 15/03/15

A: Pours a crystal clear deep crimson red in color with significant amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass along with some purplish red highlights (not dissimilar to the color of a lot of red wines). The beer has a half finger tall fizzy pinkish purple head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate aromas of cherries over some lighter aromas of oak. There is a light to moderate amount of gueze-like tartness present as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of cherries and sour cherries that is followed by some lighter flavors of oak. In the finish, there is a light amount of sourness and vinegar flavors.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Not as sour as I expected from the style (Flanders Red Ale) but that is likely due to the cherry sweetness. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of kots84
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Reddish brown body with a off white head

Smell - A nice cherry smell with oak barrel present.

Taste - More of the cherry in the taste. A little hint of vinegar of a nice tart taste.

Mouthfeel - Light body with good carbonation.

Overall - Real nice beer. A great taste and very refreshing.

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Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear dark red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high pink head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of cherries are present in the nose along with hints of sweetness and oak.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite fruity and has lots of cherry flavors along with notes of sourness and oak. Hints of vinegar are perceptible in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink as there's enough fruitiness from the cherries to prevent this from becoming too sour.

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Photo of JayQue
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, approachable sour beer. Poured into my Houblon Chouffe flute. A good reddish amber clor, fairly clear with a fizzy white, delicately bubbly head. Head retention is minimal and no lacing.

Fairly good aroma of sweet tart-cherry and a little vinegary sourness. The taste is much stronger and more impressive than the aroma. The sweet and tart cherry flavor is up front, with a somewhat vinegary sourness creeping in toward the finish. The sourness is not bad, I hate the real strong vinegary taste of some sours. This beer is nicely balanced between fruitiness and sourness. Fairly complex balance of flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. Very nicely carbonated/bubbly. Goes well with the tart flavor. Light feel (in a good way), fairly delicate. and refreshing.

Overall this would be a very refreshing summer drink. Nicely done.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork says expiration date of Sept. 2011.

A- Pours medium-reddish brown that is almost more tan than red or brown. Small to medium head that is gone quickly and little lacing.

S- Tart and acidic on the nose. Only slight hints of cherry are still present. Yeast and dry scents are also prominent. Scent is somewhat fruity, but mostly smells more like a normal Flanders Red.

T- Taste is classic Flanders Red with slight hints of cherry. Starts with some tart cherry flavors and moves quickly into more traditional sour flavors. Yeasty flavor provides some bready backbone flavors. Then the sour and tart kicks back in for a little bit, before a dry, champagne-like flavor ends it. Dry flavor gives is a nice, simple finish.

M- Light and spritzy; very champagne-like. Sour notes are not overpowering, so this is very drinkable in both weight and feel across the tongue.

Overall, I'm a little sad I bought this out of date and it didn't quite have the cherry punch I expected. Other than that, it's a very good Flanders Red for a very affordable price.

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Photo of beerandthedead
4.98/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

dark reddish colour,aroma sweetish with marzipan tones,dry sour flavour with large cherry hit sweet/sour finish that lasts for ages,altogether a well rounded beer that drinks easily,not at all gassy despite co2 dispense,///===,a good alternative to trad kriek ,only slightly less sour and little sweetness

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

an expiration date of september 2011 on the cork. poured a deep but clean red almost burgundy with very slight amount of white head with a pinkish hue. smells of port wine barrels, wet cork, wet hay, very funky. a sour cherry flavor up front with a barrel flavor hitting the palate immediately afterwards. taste is just like the smell to be honest, it just develops differently. high carbonation and medium body, very tart makes it a sipper.

not a bad sour at all, just not exactly excellent either. it was honestly more tart than sour, which is not what i was expecting. a nice wood barrel feel from the flavor lingers with the sour cherry notes.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a deep ruby red with a one finger slightly pink head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, candied sugar, strawberry, and sweet tarts. The flavor was of sweet malt, strawberry, cherry, sugar, cherry syrup, and subtle sweet tart. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I will warn all who approach this brew that it is a lot more sweet than some other Krieks out there. This does cover up quite a bit of the subtle flavors that were present as I could not pick them out unfortunately. For what they were aiming for it really wasn’t too bad if I honest as the sweetness did carry throughout, but it wasn’t overpowering to the point where you think you are going to get diabeetus from drink a glass of it. A fairly well done brew that I wouldn’t mind having again in the future if more funky Krieks are not available at the time.

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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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