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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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350 Ratings
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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 17
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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 ROMER79
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a rich ruby red with a nice tan head. You can immediately smell the sour cherries. With the taste it is almost similar to Monk's Flemish Sour with the sour cherries pouring through as well as a strong lactic feel. It does have its bitter moments as well. I feel that this beer is easily drinkable in a sense, if you were only to drink one. Definitely one of the better Kriek beers that I have had.

Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pink fizzy finger of head forms and begins to settle immediately. The beer is a crystal clear ruby red with a nice amount of carbonation rising to the top. The head does quickly settle to a thin cap of foam. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma is sharp, tart, vinegar like and obviously of cherry.

As is typical the sharpness in the flavor is not as strong as the aroma leads you to believe. Initial tartness gives way to a nice moment of pure cherry flavor. The melds with some muted malt flavors that hide behind the cherry.. Not overly sweet at all. Quite balanced with the sweet/sour notes.

Mouth feel is light and delicate with a bright tingly carbonation.

Very drinkable. I continue to grow an appreciation for the sour class. I look forward to continuing my journey.

Nice Beer.

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Bottle sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours red with a small light pink head. Aroma of oak and tart cherries. Flavor of sweet cherry and cinnamon. Wow, this beer is super tasty! Awesome fruit beer/sour ale. SOOO underrated!!
8/4/8/4/16 (4.0/5)

Photo of Airyk12
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep cherry color, with a very small light pink head.

Smells of tart cherries, as well as a hint of vinegar and a few spices.

tastes like a sour cherry pie, with flavors of rich cherries, a few spices, and a yeast flavor that fades quickly. Sweetness is prevalent, but not too strong.

Smooth, but with a decent bite from the tartness. Low carbonation and a medium body make this quite a easy drinker.

A solid kriek from a true belgian brewery; hits all the right notes without being overwhelming on any count. Sweet, tart, fruity, with a hint of spice, this beer is a great sipper for dessert or to go with some good dark chocolate.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tdmccarthy
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tykechandler
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SLeffler27
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Brasseurs DeGarde flute nicely showcases a clear, tawny, ruby red beer with random columns of carbonation. A one-inch, off-white head is creamy, turning rocky as it lasts a long time. The beer has an iridescent red glow and leaves modest lacing.

The aroma is that of sweet cider vinegar with some cherries. The combination of aromas are mouth watering, making one’s mouth pucker. There is a background of bread dough and fermented apples.

The flavors are fresh, including ginger bread and cherries. This one is sweet, though less acidic and tart than suggested by the nose. Tart wine berries linger in a long subtle finish. Sour cherry flavors build with warmth.

This Flanders Red has a medium body and lively carbonation. Overall, this is refreshing, similar to fruit salad, with a silky texture and no presence of alcohol.

An easy sipping beer for late morning or early afternoon conversation. I also enjoyed it while reading at night. This makes for a nice occasionally enjoyed beer.

This was the first beer that my wine friends enjoyed.

Photo of EGolfer4
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DogFood11
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a tulip it forms a pink creamy head that leaves a thin but solid coat of lace. Dead nuts on deep red color that is shiney and filled with fine carbonation. Appetizing indeed.

The nose is filled with cherries and a pretty good size caramel malt type backer. First drink was full of cherries and there was enough sweetness (although minimal) to counter the tart dominance. The caramel I got in the smell was overshadowed and more of an aferthought. This beer is all about being tart. Some oak kendlin fills out the rest of the flavor.

Notes: This is a very approachable flanders red ale. Its got enough tartness to give someone an idea of what the style is about but this is subtle compared to most that I've had. Fairly balanced with all things considered and the yeast strain produced some unusual but good complexity. Reccomended.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper/red color with a wispy film-like off-white head.

Smell: Some cherry alone at the start, and then the usual Flanders Red tart/sour aroma.

Taste: A lot more mellow and fruity than the usual beers of this style,but not overly fruity. A bit like a watermelon Jolly Rancher, with a bit of cherry juice to add some flavor and tartness. The tart and sour flavors come out more towards the finish, and they persist in the aftertaste more than the initial fruity flavor, but it is never very strong.

Mouthfeel: Light feeling on the tongue, but has some body to it as well. Light, nice carbonation and smooth. Really good.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable; very moderate ABV. The flavor might get to be a bit much for some after a large bottle, but not bad.

A more "refreshing" take on this style, I suppose. I quite like it, but in moderation. The cherry flavor is just right, and I'm very picky about intentional strong fruit in anything but lambics. Perhaps a good introduction to this style for some; I'll have to try it on my girlfriend!

Photo of beergeek279
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a snifter at Fatheads. The color was ruby red, with a ring of white head. The smell was a rich cherry with just a bit of tartness. The taste was definitely dominated by the cherry flavor, but unfortunately rather than complimenting the natural sourness of the Flemish Red, it tended to dominate it a bit. Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, could session a bit on this one, depending on the wallet.

Thanks to Glenn, owner of Fatheads, for a sample of this one before we bought it, and for carrying it on tap when I've never even seen a bottle before! Definitely enjoyable...my only regret is that the cherry could have added to the sour experience of the beer, but rather ended up blocking it. Still, I'd have one again, even if I just realized I was drinking a reddish-looking beer from a snifter in a bar!

Photo of jrallen34
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

The beer pours a deep deep brown red, but red is dominant with a light tan head.

Right off the bat it smells very very tart with hints of cherry.

Looking at the bottle you'd think was a lambic but its actually a flemish red so the taste initally caught me off guard until I realized what I was drinking. Its very bitter from start to finish with a very sharp bite at the end. Cherries are subtle but there. Pretty decent flemish red.

Photo of fairdinkum2
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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 ComradeCanadia
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful looking beer. Ruby red body, nice head which descends into a ring that hangs around a while. In the right glass, I could stare at it all day.

S: Sour cherries, sour cherries and... well, sour cherries.

T: This is a very nice balance of sour and a candy sweetness. Any more on either side and I think I wouldn't like this. The cherry flavour is extremely powerful and this has a nice dry finish.

M: Fiercely carbonated, but it helps the refreshing character of the beer.

D: This goes down very easily, although not something I'd want to drink too fast.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The 11.2-ounce bottle pours sparkling-clear and cherry-tinted coppery amber in color and is capped with a finger-and-a-half's thickness of snappy pale pink foam. The head settles in short order, maintaining itself at a thin sheet fed by active streamers of carbonation from below. A soft, slumping film of lacing slides down the sides of my Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

The aroma is sweetly fruity with a mouthwatering smack of tangy acidity. Sour cherries aplenty dominate the profile, and are augmented by a grassy note and a whiff of yeasty spice.

The taste is crisply fruity, with a splash of strawberry-watermelon riding atop potently-juicy notes of cherry. The brew is well-balanced by mellow tartness and cleaned up nicely by a drying trace of sweet grass.

The drink is light-medium in body with palate-refreshing carbonation. Almost soda pop-like but hardly a child's drink, this is a highly-quaffable 6.8% beer.

Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cooper’s Seafood House in Scranton….looking for something to awaken my mouth after oysters Rockefeller. Presented in a goblet, the beer is deep red with a thin pink foam atop. The smell is characteristically sour, with a hint of cherry. The fruit is secondary to the vinous, alcohol laced, yeasty sourness. Taste is tart and tangy, with plenty of cherry flavor. It’s a refreshing, tangy, almost wild beer. It’s amazingly refreshing.

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!

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Seein' it: Rosy red is the color, mainly clear, with a proud, fizzy, pinkish head that collapses assuredly, but slowly...

Smellin' it: big time cherry, massive sour notes, very vibrant and arousing.

Tastin' it: Oooo, wince, pucker, grimace, shudder, ...ahhhh!!!
Very tasty, when you enjoy that sensation. Lip smackin', with a recurring fruity flavor. Brilliantly bitter. Medium bodied, long, fruity, sour finish. Thoroughly spanks the palate, slapping cherry-whips on the tongue.

Just delicious.

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.

Photo of mattdev
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear, dark ruby with a thick wheat-like head that dissappears qutie fast. A bit light on the nose. Slightly vinegary, and faint cherry. Pleasant and fresh, but not ultra complex. Taste is very light. Sour and intense cherry flavor, heavy and an woody finish. Mouthfeel is light, fizzy and thin. Very astringent finish. A pleasant beer, especially in the spring or summer.

Photo of BeerZack
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JDV for sharing this 750ml bottle.

Nice clear reddish mahogany color with smallish fizzy head.

Smells sweet, brown candy sugar, vinegary, dusty fruit, hints at cherry. Smells like Duchesse de B. with a bit of cherry.

Sweet, slightly tart, vinegary acid, dusty cherry.

Pretty drinkable, but pretty sweet.

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice brew. Pours a clear red tone, with a light pink two finger head that dissipates in a couple minutes. Leaves decent lacing behind. Smell is very nice. Big sour notes, balanced by some cherry sweetness. I can smell some funk as well, and it's clea rthat brett was used in the brewing process.

Taste is good, but a bit disappointing following the aroma. Sweetness from the cherries is kicked up a notch, and sourness is kicked down a notch. Still a decent balance, but I liked the balance in the aroma a bit more. Nice and light to medium bodied, with a prickly carbonation that fits the style and flavor profile very well. Refreshing, although the sweetness is just a bit high which hurts the drinkability.

Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
87 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.