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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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very good

321 Ratings
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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 15
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe visit their website

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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Photo of ArrogantB


3.53/5  rDev -8.3%

12oz bottle dated best before 14-08-09. Clear pink-red color with light pink bubbles. Smells like a little vinegar and cherries. Sweet-sour cherry taste, syrupy, sticky, interesting beer. The stickiness is a little much for my liking but the flavor is better than average.

02-22-2009 04:30:29 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of madtowndmb1


4.22/5  rDev +9.6%

Had this on-tap last night. It poured a deep red and and had no head. Did have a good amount of visible carbonation though. Smelled like fresh cherries and and touch of wood aging scents. WOW, what a taste! The cherry wasn't over-powering because it was cut with the right amount of sour. The carbonation is perfect, I thought it would way too much when I was looking at it. I could sit back and have 2 or 3 of these, but then it might be enough. Very Tasty though!

02-12-2009 18:37:31 | More by madtowndmb1
Photo of Onibubba


4.3/5  rDev +11.7%

Another wonderful beer from the folks at Verhaughe. Pour is a bit too cherry 7 Up for my liking. Nice head, if a bit short lived, but the color screams soda. Them smell brings me back to my comfort zone as I realize this is going to be a sour treat. To be quite honest, this is more sour than Duchesse. This is a tart cherry sour, not at all vnegary sweet. Nice cherry presence, but the sweetness is never dominant over the sourness. Mouthfeel is also completely different from Duchesse. More carbonation, more prickly, less smooth. In short, a totally different beer. This is not a bad thing by any means. I love it. Drinkability is high. It is dry enough to drink several without being too indulgent.

02-10-2009 18:47:42 | More by Onibubba
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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)

12-27-2008 20:44:47 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of 3leggeddub


3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours out dark ruby red, not unlike cranberry juice with a light pink head that foams up quickly and disappears just as quickly --think champagne with a slightly richer head-- though a thin layer of foam does remain throughout.

You can smell the cherries as soon as you pour. There's a bit of a sour tang underneath. Not unsurprisingly Echte Kriekenbier tastes a lot like it smells. At first there's a tartness that's pushed aside by a blast of sweet fruit juiciness followed up by a bolt of sour dryness. The carbonation is lively which helps to give it a bright mouthfeel. This is a nice tasting little beer, but not what you could call complex.

If you are looking for a gateway beer into the world of sour beers --Flanders Reds and the like-- this is a good place to start. It gives you an easy going tartness that's not too sharp or acidic and rewards you with lots of sweet cherry. For the accustomed sour fiend this might be enjoyable if a bit on the pedestrian side. Overall though, it's pretty darn drinkable if you have even the slightest penchant for something in a sour.

10-18-2008 02:26:26 | More by 3leggeddub
Photo of stumac


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

pours up a reddish amber with a white head. the nose is oaky, cherry, sweet and sour aroma, kinda cigar-ish. the taste is very tart! woo! cherry, oak, tobacco, sweet, sour, delicious! medium bodied, light frizzy carbo. I could see myself being in the movie "The Shining" drinking this beer in a huge hotel during a snow storm.

09-03-2008 20:30:41 | More by stumac
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

Bottle: Poured a deep red color ale with a rather large pink color foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of a load of cherries with some notes of oak. Taste is also a mix between loads of cherries that are sour but also lightly sweet but some light sour and tart notes with some oak presence also noticeable. Full body with some great carbonation and no appearance of alcohol. Very well done and definitely something I wish I could get more often.

08-27-2008 20:18:21 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Onslow


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

shared with stumac and melanie ... bought from LS .... is quite a sour little bugger, the tartness is spot on too ... lots of cherries and oak, sourness... a delicoius strange enjoyable brew ... melanie didn't like this brew, not as people friendly as some of this section.. you know what i mean....

08-21-2008 15:31:34 | More by Onslow
Photo of markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%

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).

08-04-2008 20:27:40 | More by markaberrant
Photo of Beaver13


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

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
Photo of Beerzebub


4/5  rDev +3.9%

11.2 oz. bottle, best before 18-10-08, served in a big wine glass at 55 F/ 13 C.

Rusty red-orange-brown color, small grayish head, nice classic looking lace. A bit of fine sediment in suspension.

Smells tart and savory. Worcestershire sauce with a strong tamarind component, sour cherry, apple, sourdough, yogurt, nutty wood. Hint of oxidization, in a good way.

Tastes sweet, sour, and savory, turning drier and irony. Cherry, tamarind, apple, sourdough, yogurt, nutty wood. Mild nutty oxidization. Spicy in the throat. Lingering spicy apple, cherry, and mild iron, almost dry in the finish. Well balanced and very tasty.

Fine smooth carbonation, with grippy acidity and spice. Quite refreshing and drinkable.

06-23-2008 07:41:54 | More by Beerzebub
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%

Bottle courtesy of tysoanderso. Pours a dark rose colour with good clarity and off white head. Nose is intensely fruity with cherries blasting through. Taste- sweet initially with a woody earthy finish. Sour but not in your face. Smells more sour than actually is. FInishes clean with crisp carbonation. Quite drinkable.

06-07-2008 23:33:52 | More by oakbluff
Photo of gdfan47


3.68/5  rDev -4.4%

picked this up at Teresa's in Wayne

was kinda tired so i just got it to go..

from what i have gathered from the label .... its bascially a duchess de bourgene with Cherry in it

very good but very sweet... i think i prefer duchess but this seems to be a little harder to find.. so def check it out if you can find it

04-09-2008 07:00:12 | More by gdfan47
Photo of JDV


2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

Pours a cranberry color with little head and a sour cherry funky, guaze smell as to be expected. Taste is sweeter than most sour ales, but still relatively mild in that department, and a moderately long lasting flavor in the finish. Still, did nothing for me with it's vinegary qualities.

04-06-2008 00:47:31 | More by JDV
Photo of John_M


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

Had on tap at Tj'sEveryday.

The beer pours a ruby red color with fair head retention and lacing. The beer has the predictable red flanders aroma, which is a complex aroma of cherry raspberry, interspersed wtih lots of sour from brett. There is almost a sweet, fruity camel sweat aroma to this beer. The beer is excellent on the palate. There is a hawaiian fruit punch flavor profile, but with just the right amount of funky sour to cut through the punch. The beer is not particularly heavy and finishes well. A nice beer, though nothing spectacular either.

03-30-2008 22:57:19 | More by John_M
Photo of ROMER79


4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

03-10-2008 21:21:22 | More by ROMER79
Photo of BeerZack

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

03-05-2008 09:35:33 | More by BeerZack
Photo of Graham5161986

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

A: pours a crystal clear, ruby red with a 1 finger pinkish, fizzy head that quickly dissapates to a thin film. Decent amount of visible carbonation

S: ripe cherries, apple and candied sugar

T: balsamic, sour cherries dominate throughout with a sweet n' sour lingering finish - a real kick in the pants.

M: medium bodied, slight cream, highly carbonated and a nice crisp finish

D: This beer is certainly one to wake up your tastebuds. Strong cherry flavour and the sourness ensures that the drinker doesn't get overwhelmed by its sugary sweetness. I doubt I would have more than one of these in one sitting as it makes for a much better sipping beer. I would definitely buy it again though - good representation of the style.

02-08-2008 09:07:00 | More by Graham5161986
Photo of dac


4.35/5  rDev +13%

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
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

330 ml picked up at Tres Bonne Cuisine in Boise for about $3.25... Shared with Brenda, mine poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Short lasting white/light pink head.. the brew is perfectly crystal clear ruby.. very pretty.

Aroma is sweet cherries and yeasty funk.. oakey vinegar notes.

Flavor is much the same as the nose.. but with more cherries and a woody oak presence throughout... funky and sour with not nearly the expected sweetness... much less sugar than its stablemate the "Duchess"... yet still very similar... lighter body adds alot to the drinkability... very nice across the board, I would like to try a fresher version.

The store where I got this is very much an undiscovered gem in Boise.... Very big Polish, Czech, and Russian beer selection... plus a bunch of Germans and Belgians that are found no where else in the Area.

01-27-2008 03:50:02 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

01-05-2008 17:04:10 | More by AlexJ
Photo of treehugger02010


3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

I had this bottle at Tank's Taproom in Tampa, Fl.
Appearance: A purple body that was translucent with a lighter colored head. Lot's of carbonation, poor retention and no lacing.
Smell: Sour cherry aroma.
Taste: Uber tart and fruity, obviously the fruity taste was mostly cherries.
Mouthfeel: Puckering
Drinkability: Awesome.
Don't drink and review.

01-05-2008 01:28:01 | More by treehugger02010
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4.45/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

12-26-2007 02:18:25 | More by blakesell
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev +3.9%

Best Before: 15-02-07

Poured into a chalice a deep mahongny color, awesome carbonation, quick fizzy off-white head, which leaves some nice small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is tangy, malty, hints of cherries/raspberries, some caramel. The taste is tangy/malty, nice touch of red fruit, and caramel. This is a highly carbonated brew. Medium body. Drinkable, another tasty brew from BV.

11-22-2007 19:21:22 | More by Wasatch
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4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

Nice beer! The simple commercial description does actually provide a succinct description. Those flavors are very well balanced and blended. Almost, if not a session beer. Natural, great finish. There's a very nice melding of the fruit, oak, malt, and yeast. No hop to speak of. Normally wouldn't think of a fruit lambic as being close to a session beer, but this is.

11-19-2007 01:04:07 | More by drpimento
Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
87 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.