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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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very good

359 Ratings
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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 19
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAngel on 11-18-2002

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Ratings: 359 | Reviews: 210
Reviews by markaberrant:
Photo of markaberrant
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - cherry red (really), crystal clear, tons of carbonation bubbles. Big white head (with pink hue) quickly recedes to 1/4" but seems to be holding up. No lacing.

S - I can smell tart cherry as soon as I pour. Pleasant sourness, mild funk, lots of cherry.

T - Tart, sour cherries. Yum. There is a sweetness, but it is reserved and provides balance. It's not overpoweringly sour, but enough to make my mouth pucker somewhat on the first few sips. Some earthy funk at mid palette. Finish is clean.

M - lively and spritzy, works well with the acid in the beer, making it seem fresh and alive. Alcohol is well hidden.

D - Incredibly refreshing and dangerously drinkable. Probably my favourite "fruit" beer.

A perfectly executed sour fruit beer. It's actually sour! There is none of that sugary, syrupy flavour that makes me gag! Would be an excellent beer to convert wine drinkers, and would make a helluva pairing for dessert (I'm thinking it would contrast nicely with just about any kind of cheesecake).

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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. It’s 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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of merlin48
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of tigg924
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of magictrokini
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of pat61
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap

The Linkery
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

Photo of ImperialStoat
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ggaughan
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dac
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of soper2000
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of asabreed
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle served in a Delirium Tremens glass. Date on the back says best by 07-07-07. Purchased a 4-pack for $12.99

Appearance: A beautiful dark ruby red color, with a head with some red hues in it that looks quite nice also. Some splotches of big lacing are left around.

Smell: Plenty of sourness from the cherries, along with some vinegar aromas, but also some nice over-ripeness also to add some of the sweeter nature of the fruit. Some vanilla, oak and woodiness is also present from the aging of the beer. I like the added cherries a lot, along with the oak, as it adds a much more visceral and vinous nature.

Taste: A very nice mix between tart, sour, and deliciously fruity, with the juiciness of the cherries adding a lot. There's also some interesting phenolic earthiness in the taste, which also adds some depth. Finishes slightly dry, with some oak left on the back of the tongue, which I really like.

Mouthfeel: A champagne-like quality of carbonation at that ends up becoming fuller and less bubbly than if it starts cooler. I wouldn't want this beer with any less carbonation; the tickle you do get with the carbonation I think only enhances the flavors and the experience of drinking it.

Drinkability: This has become one of my favorite styles, and to me this is one of the best I've had. I wish more domestic breweries would take a shot at the style; I know some are doing it, but it's about time more start. The style for me is a treat in general, and with the added cherries and oak again and the quality of this beer, I highly recommend it.

Photo of cokes
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A copper-glinting ruby with a fast-fleeting crimson white head.
Fragrant of cherries, of course, structured with oak and iron.
Begins with a medicinally sweet cherry burst. It brings notions of nutmeg and generalized warmth. A subtle tartness grows, as the cherry hues shift blacker and stonier. Some oaky tannins on the tail, with an oxidized copper closure.
Starts manic and fizzy in the mouth, then fades to a modestly charged watered syrup.
Ok, I guess. It's got some issues, but its passable, probably moreso than the Dutchess.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, cherry red with a fizzy, soda-like white head that quickly dissipates into a thin layer of slightly-pink tinged white foam.

Aroma is sour and filled with cherries, with a touch of vinegar. Taste is cherries and tartness, with a dry finish and light body. It hints at lambic qualities, but doesn't quite get there.

If I weren't such a sucker for the style, I'm not sure how much I'd like this--but since I am, it's a good enough quaff.

Fairly average, I'd say.

Photo of Sammy
2.71/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Room temperature Musty and leather smell. Very cherry, light head. Opaque red. Sugar and vinegar acidic, not finishable, doesn't work altogether, the taste the fizzy carbonation. Too dry too thin, maybe with some spicy meat. This is a fruit beer, right? Modiale 2005.

Photo of fairdinkum2
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap at the Brick Store in Decatur, GA.

Poured a bright garnet color without any haze or cloudiness. Beautiful looking kriek. Nice white head.

On the nose some tart cherry and dried cherry notes.

Compared to a lot of this style I've tried before, it doesn't rate as highly on the packer up scale. However, it has a brighter, fresher taste that I found very appealing. Certainly not as heavy as say the Rodenbach style.

Very drinkable style. Well suited to a hot day.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The full and creamy pink head atop this beauty's clear ruby body is an indication of the light and fruity flavor to be found within. In the nose, tart cherry combines with lambic-like characteristics (Lactobacilus, Brettanomyces). It's gently effervescent on the tongue, and becomes airy as it crosses the palate. The flavor expresses clear sour-cherry and lactic character over a sweetish malt. The bitterness is sublime, as it should be, and it finishes with a whisp of sweetness that fades into tartness and some dry chalkiness. Quite nice!

Photo of Roguer
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
87 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.