Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier - Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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Reviews by Imsothirsty:
3.58/5 rDev -6.8%
Poured from bottle with Exp. Sept 2011 on the cork.
Frothy light pink head on top of a bright bubbly pink/orange/coral brew. Lots of bubbles
Nose is sharp vinegar, cherries and blueberries.
Taste: No doubt about the acetic acid in this, sour throughout, some cherries just a hint of the alcohol comes through. Cidery but not funky. Very little in the way of malt presence.
Mouthfeel is very light, almost watery, high carbonation.
Overall an excellent thirst quencher, but not complex enough to really be a favorite.
01-28-2012 13:50:56 | More by Imsothirsty
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3.33/5 rDev -13.3%
Pours into a long stemmed white wine glass at Maduro for $3 during happy hour.
Appearance: Bloodied cherry red with an almost lavender off white head.
Aroma: Sweet cherries and tart cherries, fruit syrup, earthy sourness. Very strong and aromatic.
Taste/MF: Cherries completely dominate until the beer hits room temperature. At that point the slightest hint of sharp wood and funky earth shines through. Nicely balanced fruit flavor though. Its not overly sweet at any point and there us actually quite a bit of pleasant tartness and sourness.
Drinkabilty: One is enough.
This might work as a nice intro to the style for some but for me it's just a little bastard sister of a substitute to the Duchess or La Folie.
11-16-2006 20:29:28 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
11.2 oz bottle, best by 8/14/09. Pours a clear deep red with a fizzy rose head that retains well and leaves some big bubbled lacing.
The aroma is acidic and tart cherries, wood, yeast and some sweet candy sugar.
The flavor is sweet acidic cherries with a strong tart sour tang to it, a bit of funky yeast and wood show up as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and syrupy with a bit of sharp carbonation.
Overall, a fun sour ale - one of the better ones I've had. The sweetness and tartness are a bit strong, but I liked this quite a bit.
07-26-2008 04:49:24 | More by Beaver13
4.45/5 rDev +15.9%
Newer label than pictured, with a "best before 31-10-05" printed on the label. Label says this is a west flemish red brown ale matured in oak casks with added whole cherries.
Pours a clear, ruby body with a soft, pinkish head that quickly falls into a persistent collar and sheets of lace.
Aroma is tart, with oak wood and sweet cherries.
Mouthfeel has a light medium body, with lots of effervescent carbonation. The cherry sweetness negates the acidic and tannic character of the underlying, Flanders Red.
Taste is a fascinating hybrid of a Flanders Red and a sweet, Lambic kriek. Yeast is virtually nonexistent in the taste, except to add a mild earthiness. The sweet natural cherry flavors round out the harsh edges of an acidic and mouthpuckering Flanders red, but this ale is an exceptionally tasty one. Wood notes are present, and the cherries are never overly sweet. I can understand how some may find the cherry sweetness overwhelming for a Flanders red, but I find it to be extremely well executed, and exceptionally tasty.
If you like cherries in your bier, seek this one out and give it a try! I plan to stock a few of these in my cellar. $2.99 a bottle at the Vintage Cellar, and this is one of my favorite alltime fruit biers.
10-26-2004 01:29:02 | More by merlin48
3.75/5 rDev -2.3%
Thanks to cornboy for this one of many offerings.
I had no idea what to expect when pouring this baby...wow, looks
like what you'd get if you mixed black cherry and grape soda.
A half an inch of pinkish-white head that had little bubbles dancing on top of the foam and then just popped...was that a hallucination?
Can't be...this is my first beer.
Smell is of what else....cherries...almost wine-like.
The taste is not as sweet as I was expecting...that's a good thing.
Very refreshing w/ tons of carbonation...the aftertaste is a real treat...just wraps around the tongue and lingers for a bit.
I don't believe I could drink more that 2 of these...not due to the alcohol or anything negative. It's just not one I would normally choose to drink beyond a pint or two. I am real glad this was a surprise send by cornboy...I would have never picked this one up.
02-11-2005 01:01:56 | More by warriorsoul
4.38/5 rDev +14.1%
Appearance: redish brown, small head, small carbonation, there is surprisingly a bit of sediment
Smell: sour cherry
Taste: sour dark cherry and a noticable alcohol
Mouthfeel: very sour, dry, smooth, and tart
Drinkability: I just had a Duchesse before this and think this is more sour than that. A wonderful beer that I will search for again and could have several in a sitting. A great starter sour.
03-30-2009 16:14:09 | More by tigg924
3.05/5 rDev -20.6%
Tap @ Blind Lady. Poured clear red-pink with pink head. Good retention. Cherry Robitussin nose doesn't do this any favors. Acidic mouthfeel wtih too much carbonation. Felt like it was corroding my tongue towards the finish, similar to the feeling after eating too many Sweet Tarts. Sour cherry flavor that leans towards Sweet Tarts, again. At least it wasn't Robitussin. Wished there was more of the oak flavor. Oh well, they can't all be Cuvee de Tomme.
09-10-2009 18:28:15 | More by magictrokini
3.28/5 rDev -14.6%
San Diego, CA
Clear, ruby red and dark pink with a frothy, light pink head. Regular lacing down the glass with each sip.
Sweet aroma of cherries and a faint amount of tart yeast--pleasant, but not biting, sharp, pungent, or powerful.
A very sweet Flanders red with lots of cherry flavor--not nearly as tart, acidic, and sour as others I've tried within the style. This one is very sweet and drinks similar to cherry juice with just a mild sourness.
Light to medium bodied. I would have preferred much higher carbonation--this seems too close to juice.
A sweet, somewhat undercarbonated, Flanders red--lacks the biting, stinging, wonderful sourness I've come to expect within the style.
08-08-2011 22:29:11 | More by ehammond1
3.66/5 rDev -4.7%
Brilliant red with amazing clarity, sweet and sour aroma.
Dry cherry taste, not similar to any cherry alcohol/beer flavor I can compare to. Elements of tobacco and mint jive with the red fruity aspect. Really was impressive for a guy not into this stuff, but I was ready to get outside my comfort realm at the Bistro barrel aged festival, and I'm glad I did with this one.
Wouldn't call much of it sour, took on more of the sweet components even more as the drink went on.
11-20-2010 05:54:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
On-tap at the Brick Store.
Pours a deep red color with a very slight brown tint that tempers some of the brightness of the color. One-finger of pink head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of sweet cherry aromas with mild amounts of tartness and even milder amounts of vanilla. The tart cherry aromas intensify a bit as the beer warms.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Equal parts tart and sweet cherry flavors kick things off with indistinct sweet malts backing them up. Midway through the sip the sweetness subsides a bit, allowing a mild amount of funk to come through. These flavors carry through to a crisp and mildly tart ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with active carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quicker than expected and could easily have another.
Overall I thought the sweet and tart flavors were present in very good amounts, a hard feat to achieve in beers of this style. Well worth a shot.
04-03-2010 23:49:04 | More by glid02
United Kingdom (England)
3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
Had this on tap at the GBBF aswell as out of the bottle, the bottle version seem ed better to me, the tapped version i had, was a bit flat and lifeless, no fresh sour cherries, the tap version was also a lot sweeter i found. Still has the stinkyness, meat and blood of the bottled version, but the palate didn't feel the same.
09-08-2003 03:23:39 | More by rastaman
3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
(Served in a flute)
A- This beer pours a deep brownish red body that is crystal clear with a pinkish creamy head that fades pretty quickly. It has a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.
S- A complex fruity nose of currants, black cherries and a hint of vanilla. The sourness is very light.
T- The sourness is mild and followed by some cherry, plum flavors and a hint of vanilla aswell. This beer has a slight red wine quality to the finish but much lower in alcohol so it is softer.
There is a faint almost band-aid not at the finish.
M- Medium body with no fizz or astringency.
D- This is a very soft light Flanders Red. The cherry notes are very mild and the sourness is very faint. It is well blended but not as complex with the malt and red wine characters as I would like to see.
09-08-2005 01:27:08 | More by rhoadsrage
United Kingdom (England)
3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
Appearance: Red, like a watermelon Jolly Rancher, with a quickly dissipating all-white head.
Smell: Extremely cider-like, with a heavy note of green apple and some slight alcohol too.
Taste: Similarly cider-like, to the point where I'd say this is basically cherry-soaked cider. For a Flanders Red there's also a noticable lack of any acetic-acid (vinegar) quality.
Really not much to say about this beer except that it's a perfectly pleasant Flanders Red, bordering on West Country (English) cider.
04-24-2011 03:06:07 | More by ImperialStoat
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
This was the last beer served on Sunday night as part of the Monk's Cafe Michael Jackson dinner and what a great way to end the night. This beer poured a nice bright, slighly deep red color with a pinkish head and good lacing. The nose is a nice warming sour cherry sensation. Very enjoyable to my nose. The taste is a very sour cherry delight with a bit of a bready taste in there. Overall I enjoyed this beer but at times it was a bit too sour for me.
03-24-2006 03:22:50 | More by ggaughan
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
This beer pours a clear russet hue, with two fingers of soapy pink head, which leaves a small ring of sudsy lace around the glass. It smells of sour, acidic cherry and lemon, and bready grain. The taste is fairly sour cherry and raspberry, caramel malt, some woodiness, and a bit of straight ascetic acid. The carbonation is moderate, the body thin and fruity, and it finishes with some straightforward fresh tart cherry.
A pretty approachable sour Flemish ale, the fruitiness nicely balanced with the acidity.
04-18-2010 01:52:49 | More by biboergosum
4.35/5 rDev +13.3%
On Draught at Naja's Place.
A beautiful dark garnet red color, cystal clear with a fine white/pink head.
Aroma of sour cherry, malt and some acetic / estery smells.
Complex sweet & sour cherry flavors. The cherry flavor is pronounced but not cloying and not like cough syrup as is the case with many other krieks. Sourness is primarily a malt vinegar type sourness rather than a lambic lactic sourness and is similar to other Verhaeghe offering like the Duchesse and Vignerone. West Flanders meets the traditional Kriek.
This beer is syrupy but at the same time the sourness offset this so as to seem medium bodied at the same time.
An excellent offering from Verhaeghe. Very drinkable and I look forward to having this again.
02-03-2008 18:59:08 | More by dac
4.18/5 rDev +8.9%
Label was a little different than what is pictured. Best by date of 6/7/05.
A pretty cheap pick up at Kahn's in Indy. Pours a ruby red with a whispy-pink head which did not retain as well as i would've hoped. Smell has strong notes of vinegar with hints of cherry and barnyard funk. First taste assuaged my initial fears that this beer had turned. Very strong flavor of cherries. Some tartness comes through at the end, but it's not intensely sour. A little bit of wood (?) can be tasted as well. A little bit thin in the mouthfeel deparment, but definetely an interesting brew. Worth a try.
09-28-2004 00:30:36 | More by soper2000
Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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