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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
87
very good

322 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 15
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAngel on 11-18-2002)
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

tripleAlpha, Jan 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

JeremyDrinksBeer, Nov 21, 2011
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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

beerandthedead, Apr 13, 2013
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4.92/5  rDev +27.8%

StrongOakOnTheFront, Aug 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

envinoveri, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not sure why it took me so long to try this, but I sure am glad I did. This is my new go to beer for the style. Easy to get an drelatively cheap.

Pours a dark cherry color with a silky pink head and nice lace.

Nose has tart pitted fruits, oak and funk.

Great blend of sweet fruity flavors and musty, sour funk.

Nice body has a dry, acidic finish.

rye726, May 31, 2010
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4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this at Chef's Pantry wed. night beer tasting. Best by 13-10-06

Owner Vince - a beer lover and trained chef, served this Flanders Red with delicous cholates but it should pair well with almost any sweet desert.


Pours clear ruby with a pink head that reminds me of the fizz from a cherry 7-Up. The pink flamigo head is persistant and yeilds nice lace.

Aroma is dominated by cherry ( 5 oz of whole cherries per quart) Flavors offering a wine like woody finish to the exceptional authentic tart fresh cherry skin taste well supported by the West-Flemish red-brown ale.

Thanks for the sample - taking a bottle home was a no brainer.
A favorate from now on . .

karst, Apr 06, 2006
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4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful beer, with a nice sweet-sour yeasty ale character underneath the cherry.

Deep red, it has a medium-big pale pinkish-tan head that slowly shrinks to a foamy ring and leaves a little lace.

Aroma is earthy, lightly vinegary yeasty sour fruits and raspberry bread, and very nice.

Taste is similar, very nice fruity acitic raspberry with rich bread character, a hint of vinegar and soured fruits, some earthiness and yeast, sweet-sour. It has light sweetness and light tartness. Excellent, it is highly drinkable and has good depth of character with a nice, engaging feel.

Offa, Feb 11, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter, leaving the sediment in another glass.

A nice bleach white head froths up, though as it warms, it dissipates slowly leaving a nice film lade on top. The appearance can only be described as garnet, with a deep red hue that looks lovely with a fireplace behind.

Floral undertones with a non overpowering cherry essence. Not overly sweet in the nose, with a nice sour tinge letting you know it is indeed a sour.

First sip is always the introduction, though as you enjoy it longer the flavors come out to play more deeply. New to the style so just getting used to how to best enjoy a "sour" beer. Tickles as you start, followed by a nice cherry sweetness. For being "sour" it is very enjoyable, as the sour power usually found in say a Berliner Weisse are balanced against the sweetness of the cherries. Well balanced, as the sourness that you first taste are almost instantly taken away with the sweetness of the cherries, leaving you with a very refreshing finish.

ABV is a bit high, but treat this one as a dessert beer, best enjoyed with something caramelized and fruity. Like a nice fruit tart. Mouthfeel is syrupy, though it does not linger too long.

Cheesemoose, Dec 12, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

nkish red hue surmounted by a pink off-white head. Nice nose with that oak cask wood thing going on that seduces me like always. Woody with weird almost smoky notes. Leafy balsamic vinegar notes and of course an honest mostly sweet cherry base. Palate is balsamic, very refreshing, oaky vanilla, but acidity level remains low enough to be accessible. Excellent!

Rastacouere, Jun 09, 2004
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4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the Bier Garden in Portsmouth.
Poured into a genuine Kreikenbier glass.

Simply delicious. Starts with a thick head. Great aroma. A little tart, but not too much. Strong cherry flavor and aroma.
A great sipper. A wonderfully crafted beer.

Very drinkable. Worth seeking out again!

CanadaBlue, Dec 17, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Eman17, Aug 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

grimey68, Jul 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

anhigdon, Aug 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

atone315, Jun 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

WynnO, May 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

tharper178, Jul 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

alyssajoy, May 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Wobbly, Aug 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a goblet. Raises a champagne-like fizzy head that quickly settles but can be easily aroused. Brownish-red.

S - I like this. Loaded with cidery oak barrel-smell, and smells very vinous. Occasional whiff of leather.

T - I almost think this is more complex than this brewery's flagship Duchesse. Cidery and quite acidic. Bracingly sour, but not so much of the balsamic vinegar taste you get with Duchesse and Rodenbach. It's more of a vinous, tannic bitter/sour. Lots of sour cherry Jolly Rancher flavor. In the finish, some goose-y funk. Good stuff, and very refreshing as you would expect.

F - As you would expect, the spiky carbonation of a Flanders red. Light-bodied.

D - Off the charts. I would love to just drink up the 4-pack right now. Not quite as rich an experience as Rodenbach Grand Cru, but still very, very good. This is a nice sour, I don't understand the relatively low score....I like Duchesse, don't get me wrong, but I think this blows Duchesse out of the water. I can't ask for too much more out of this. It's a satisfying sour and then some.

Patrick999, Mar 13, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

fuzzcherry, Nov 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Stevie_Janowski, Oct 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

morebeergood, Aug 06, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wine glass @55F. Similar to New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red, with that overly rich, ripe cherry flavor, but this beer is much drier, more funky, more complex, more drinkable, and just all-around better. Main complaint: small serving size combined with high price. That's okay for strong ales, but this one is too drinkable to nurse.

goethean, Jul 07, 2009
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4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

merlin48, Oct 26, 2004
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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
87 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.