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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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212 Reviews
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Reviews: 212
Hads: 381
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 19
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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Belgium

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 beerandthedead
4.98/5  rDev +29%
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 (305 characters)

Photo of wrogers19971
4.95/5  rDev +28.2%
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 (160 characters)

Photo of MattyC
4.89/5  rDev +26.7%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
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. (764 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of CanadaBlue
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
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! (283 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
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! (361 characters)

Photo of karst
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
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 . . (679 characters)

Photo of Cheesemoose
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (1,183 characters)

Photo of Patrick999
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (1,082 characters)

Photo of goethean
4.48/5  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. (333 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8 oz. pour served in an oversized wine glass.

Deep red, not quite opaque with a small pink tinged head. No noticeable carbonation. Definite fruit aroma, but not as pronounced as other Flanders Reds or Lambics. Much less tart than expected. It has a light mouthfeel and a clean finish. It would make a good dessert beer. (320 characters)

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. (1,246 characters)

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

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a belgian goblet/tulip (gulden draak glass) Shows best before 10-17-2006 on the label.

Appearance- A deep cherry red which is black until held to the light. A finger high head of tiny bubbles lingers and clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell- Black cherry upfront with an oak and light malt backbone. Huge cherries and red currants. A slight hint of chocolate. Sour acidity that strikes me as lacto bacillus.

Taste- Mmmm.. Sweet black cherries and red currants. A creaminess that comes off more as oak than vanilla and an intense acidity that many couldn't handle but I enjoy, much like a red wine in it's acidity.

Mouthfeel- Sweet and slightly cloying. Medium bodied with even carbonation. A prickly acidity that I find entirely pleasant. Crisp and sweet.

Drinkability- Complex and sour. I enjoy this and would drink it by the growler. Sadly, this is the last bottle I've ever seen. (922 characters)

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. (1,582 characters)

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

750ml corked bottle split into two big snifters

Pours clear ruby with a weak head. Smells sour and cherry, delicious in fact.

Taste is tart cherries, makes me think of sweet tarts (which is one of the things I love about this style). It's quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is dry, a little abrasive (what I'm familiar and comfortable with for the style).

Overall, this is exactly what I was hoping for from this beer. Very good. (421 characters)

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. (640 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed a bottle of this brew at Steelgaarden below Bethlehem Brew Works. The beer is served in a 8 oz bottle in a goblet. Pours a clear red grape color with a small frothy pink head, that fades to a minor surface layer. Aroma is musty and sour cherry very tart overall. Quite enticing! First sip is tart and sour rather puckering on my lips. Small prickly carbonation is carried in an average body. The flavor is slightly sweet and fruity in the middle and finishes dry and wooden. The finish leaves a tingle on my gums. A very nice beer that I would recommend to any one that enjoys tart sour brews! (603 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Moderately dark garnet pour with a smallish head of large frothy bubbles.

Aroma is vinious malts, tart cherry, light balsalmic, and toasty wood.

Flavor is a tug-o-war between candied malt and sour sweet cherry and a nice base of earthy malt and light minerality. Faint hints of dry oak and dusty cocoa. Not overly complex but very interesting.

Body is medium, slippery, and loosely carbonated. I could certainly drink this en mass. (434 characters)

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. (403 characters)

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

A: 1/8" light pink head over fizzy red liquid.

S: Sour funk, oak, yeast and a hint of cherries.

T: Sweet cherries, oak, yeast, and some funk.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine fizzy carbonation.

O: Definitely sweeter than most in the style, it remains incredibly drinkable. If you don't have a New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red then this will do in a pinch. (371 characters)

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

I picked up this bottle for about $5 in Boston last week. The label states that it's aged in oak casks with natural flavor added (cherries). Also, the label lists the name as "Echt Kriekenbier".

It pours a dark red color, clear, with a thick and wet-looking layer of foam that laces in wet clumps onto the glass. From the aroma there's no mistaking this beer for anything but a kriek. Strong cherries and wild funkiness, this smells like it's gonna be good.

And it follows through with the flavor, more kriek-like than most Flanders Reds I've tried, loads of sweet and sour notes from the cherries. Well balanced in terms of those 2 attributes, with a mild oakiness in the back that matches nicely.

Good carbonation level for a barrel aged beer, it seems that barrel aging fits this style of beer well. I'm very happy overall with this bottle, and I think it's definitely worth the cost to buy more in the future. (916 characters)

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. (731 characters)

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head is reddish purple, the color is purple and very dark. The lacing isn't very strong. The smell is fruity and sour like cherries. It also has some woody tones to it. The taste is sour with a woody flavor and a fruity cherry. Mouthfeel is smooth and cool. Overall this was very good, I would have another. (311 characters)

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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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