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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte KriekenbierVerhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier

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very good

288 Ratings
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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe visit their website

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAngel on 11-18-2002)
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Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty, enticingly raspberry-cherry rouge with a thin beige head. Pine resin, fresh cherries, and tobacco lead the nose with hints of vanilla and acetic acid not far behind. Delightfully tart, refreshing and full of cherry, but not without bready, buttery, and spicy notes that evoke apple pie, particularly in the finish. No doubt this would be an excellent food beer, especially for chocolate, venison, and pork.

Serving type: cask

08-04-2010 19:20:29 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of BastardKing24


3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark red with a spritzy head that lasts 5 seconds.

Smell is of cherries and musty yeast. Some leather and dark fruit as well.

Taste is light funkiness with cherries and oak. Not very complex.

Feel is medium carbed with a light feel.

This is just ok, I recommend Duchesse De Bourgogne or Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge if you want a 12 oz single of flanders red.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 05:17:51 | More by BastardKing24
Photo of BMMillsy


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful red with fizz that disappears quickly off the top. Smells like crazy cherry, but not much beer. Either way it smells good. Super sour taste, but it finishes without much flavor. Seems like it could use some back end sweetness to get the whole palate involved. Nice tart cherries on the tongue. Very effervescent. A fun one to try, but their other sours are better (like Duchesse!).

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 01:44:51 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of christopher_shaffer


4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not being a huge sour drinker, or at least uninitiated, I found this beer to be very accessible and refreshing. Strong cherry/sour cherry taste, more vinegar in the nose. Great late summer beer to sip while relaxing in the shade. The carbonation really made this beer creep up on me and I really liked the sensation. Would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 23:22:25 | More by christopher_shaffer
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 15/03/15

A: Pours a crystal clear deep crimson red in color with significant amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass along with some purplish red highlights (not dissimilar to the color of a lot of red wines). The beer has a half finger tall fizzy pinkish purple head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate aromas of cherries over some lighter aromas of oak. There is a light to moderate amount of gueze-like tartness present as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of cherries and sour cherries that is followed by some lighter flavors of oak. In the finish, there is a light amount of sourness and vinegar flavors.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Not as sour as I expected from the style (Flanders Red Ale) but that is likely due to the cherry sweetness. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 14:27:11 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of kots84

South Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Reddish brown body with a off white head

Smell - A nice cherry smell with oak barrel present.

Taste - More of the cherry in the taste. A little hint of vinegar of a nice tart taste.

Mouthfeel - Light body with good carbonation.

Overall - Real nice beer. A great taste and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 00:36:34 | More by kots84
Photo of metter98

New York

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear dark red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high pink head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of cherries are present in the nose along with hints of sweetness and oak.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite fruity and has lots of cherry flavors along with notes of sourness and oak. Hints of vinegar are perceptible in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink as there's enough fruitiness from the cherries to prevent this from becoming too sour.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 17:18:08 | More by metter98
Photo of JayQue


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, approachable sour beer. Poured into my Houblon Chouffe flute. A good reddish amber clor, fairly clear with a fizzy white, delicately bubbly head. Head retention is minimal and no lacing.

Fairly good aroma of sweet tart-cherry and a little vinegary sourness. The taste is much stronger and more impressive than the aroma. The sweet and tart cherry flavor is up front, with a somewhat vinegary sourness creeping in toward the finish. The sourness is not bad, I hate the real strong vinegary taste of some sours. This beer is nicely balanced between fruitiness and sourness. Fairly complex balance of flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. Very nicely carbonated/bubbly. Goes well with the tart flavor. Light feel (in a good way), fairly delicate. and refreshing.

Overall this would be a very refreshing summer drink. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 02:15:51 | More by JayQue
Photo of boilermakerbrew


4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork says expiration date of Sept. 2011.

A- Pours medium-reddish brown that is almost more tan than red or brown. Small to medium head that is gone quickly and little lacing.

S- Tart and acidic on the nose. Only slight hints of cherry are still present. Yeast and dry scents are also prominent. Scent is somewhat fruity, but mostly smells more like a normal Flanders Red.

T- Taste is classic Flanders Red with slight hints of cherry. Starts with some tart cherry flavors and moves quickly into more traditional sour flavors. Yeasty flavor provides some bready backbone flavors. Then the sour and tart kicks back in for a little bit, before a dry, champagne-like flavor ends it. Dry flavor gives is a nice, simple finish.

M- Light and spritzy; very champagne-like. Sour notes are not overpowering, so this is very drinkable in both weight and feel across the tongue.

Overall, I'm a little sad I bought this out of date and it didn't quite have the cherry punch I expected. Other than that, it's a very good Flanders Red for a very affordable price.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 00:51:46 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of beerandthedead

United Kingdom (England)

4.98/5  rDev +30%
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

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2013 19:23:55 | More by beerandthedead
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

an expiration date of september 2011 on the cork. poured a deep but clean red almost burgundy with very slight amount of white head with a pinkish hue. smells of port wine barrels, wet cork, wet hay, very funky. a sour cherry flavor up front with a barrel flavor hitting the palate immediately afterwards. taste is just like the smell to be honest, it just develops differently. high carbonation and medium body, very tart makes it a sipper.

not a bad sour at all, just not exactly excellent either. it was honestly more tart than sour, which is not what i was expecting. a nice wood barrel feel from the flavor lingers with the sour cherry notes.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 00:53:59 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a deep ruby red with a one finger slightly pink head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, candied sugar, strawberry, and sweet tarts. The flavor was of sweet malt, strawberry, cherry, sugar, cherry syrup, and subtle sweet tart. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I will warn all who approach this brew that it is a lot more sweet than some other Krieks out there. This does cover up quite a bit of the subtle flavors that were present as I could not pick them out unfortunately. For what they were aiming for it really wasn’t too bad if I honest as the sweetness did carry throughout, but it wasn’t overpowering to the point where you think you are going to get diabeetus from drink a glass of it. A fairly well done brew that I wouldn’t mind having again in the future if more funky Krieks are not available at the time.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2013 11:51:53 | More by thagr81us
Photo of deadonhisfeet


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel snifter. The beer has a beautiful, clear, deep red color with a thin pinkish head that quickly dissipates. The nose has plently of sour cherry notes and a bit of sweet, oakiness as well. I also get some plums and dark fruits. It smells like a glass of merlot.

Medium-light body and a mouthfeel that is somewhere between thin and firm. A nice level of carbonation helps somewhat and opens up the palate. The flavor is very balanced between sour and sweet, with just a bit more sweetness than is probably necessary. It has sweet and sour cherry-like notes on the front of the palate and becomes grapey and wine-like on the finish, without having any severe tannins or mouth-drying characteristics. The beer is refreshing, tasty, and easy to drink.

Overall, a nice easy-to-drink sweet-and-sour beer. I would prefer it just a bit more sour, and with a bit more intensity in the flavor, but I do like what the cherries bring to this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 23:11:48 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of brewandbbq, thanks Jeff!
Pours a deep reddish brown color with a white head that has a tint of pink in it. Light retention that fades to a small cap on top. Smells of sour cherries and brown sugar with a hint of vinegar. A light bit of lactic with enough sweetness to keep some balance. The flavor is lots of tart cherries and lots of sweet and brown sugar with just enough lactic tartness and a hint of balsamic. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet tart almost syrupy mouthfeel going on. I love cherries, and this one did not disappoint on that front. That being said, as a Flanders red this one falls a bit short for me. It really needs more tart. This feels like a wine cooler to some extent, I'll bet this is pasteurized and back-sweetened ala lindemanns. I wouldn't hesitate to drink this again, but the purest in me had to mention its downfalls.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 00:33:58 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


A light red hue, with some pink bubbles. Not much in the lines of a head, retention, or lace. The nose is of lightly tart dark cherries, lactic sweetness, and some balsamic notes. On the palate, balsamic notes hit first with dark cherries through the middle. The finish starts with a wave of tartness and then ends with a lactic sugar sweetness. Medium body with low carbonation for the style. One of the more fruit forward flanders I have had, and almost to a fault. The fruit is sugary sweet, masking any true tartness that might be present.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2012 21:45:06 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of ATLbeerDog


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 10/12/2012 (Dec 10th) but I do not know what year this is.

Pours a light brownish/red with a thick frothy tan head that recedes leaving a nice layer of lacing. Smells of sour funk, past ripe cherries, and sour grapes. First sip is much sweeter that the nose indicated but still fairly sour. The funk is there up front but that sweetness is a bit too much. Set your insulin pump for an additional 10 units. The mouthfeel on this puppy is great as it is well carbonated and rather creamy. I would like to try this with 10 years on it as maybe over time the sweetness will fade.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 03:10:52 | More by ATLbeerDog
Photo of spicelab


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Love the 250mL bottles from this brewery.

Near crystal-clear light crimson with a decent white head that retreats audibly over a few minutes to a slight ring.

Nose is big balsamic cherries, with palpable sherbety, candy floss sweetness and relatively mild lactic sourness. Alluring and simple.

Flavours kick off much the same, before gradually giving way to a chalky mustiness. As you adjust to the sweetness, the balsamic tartness creeps a little.

Tingly carbonation on the tongue and mid-palate, however not sufficiently assertive to cut through syrupy mouthfeel. Some tart dryness, but not a great deal.

Not my favourite from this brewery. The flamboyant cherry character is great as far as it goes, but the lack of Flanders Red character makes this a little one-dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 08:45:22 | More by spicelab
Photo of smakawhat


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real pink looking head is formed off the pour, settles to a thin collar very quickly with no retention. Body is a real nice red cherry ruby budy, lots of thin rising carbonation and fairly clear.

Nose is cherry tart, a mild vinegar mix of wine and sweetness. Cherry fruit angle opens up more as it warms and feels quite soft after sometime, almost taffy like.

A noticeabley sweet palate but quite tolerable. Crisp carbonation mixing with cherry sweetness. Non syrupy body comes with a nice mix of sweetness and faint acid vinegar, but mostly burried.

Overall a pretty easy drink beer, and lip coating smacking good too.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 00:49:12 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Jamesthebrit


2.6/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dirty pinkish brown. The brown color is a little offputting. Head is pinkish and dissipates quickly.

S: Some fruit notes but really smells a little but like rotten fruit which is just no good. I was hoping for fresh fruit. Some hints of cherry. Yeah it's pretty bad.

T: Surprisingly little flavor. Definitely fruit. Lingering bitterness that hits a little stale.

M: Sits super light and leaves a bitter stale fruit.

Overall I am surprised.. so many people liked this beer but I did not. I'm a huge fan of fruit beers but this one really misses the mark. The fruit flavor isn't pleasing and the mouthfeel is way too light.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 21:47:17 | More by Jamesthebrit
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 04:17:54 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cork indicates an expiration date of 10/2015.

Pours a clear cranberry juice color with a 1/2 inch reddish-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of sweet and sour cherries, funk, and woody aromas. Taste is of sour cherries, slight funk, wood, and a medicinal or mineral-like taste on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think this one smells better than it tastes.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 02:28:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottled into a St. Bernardus goblet. Best before 10/12/2012. Going to assume a European dating system and say 10 December 2012.

A: Little head. Clear garnet; gorgeous beer shot through with light bubbles. Nice lacing.

S: Soft-bright fruit and lambic-sour yeast. More raspberries than cherry, though I could see a fresh cherry/strawberry blend. What I'm getting at is a touch of sweetness.

T: Mmm, quite nice! Not usually a fan of Flemish reds, but the sour sickness is concentrated on the very aftertaste. The foretaste is rich fruit, puckery sour, followed by a strong (balsamic) vinegar. Only towards on the end due more unpleasant flavours like metal and acidity creep in.

M: Crisp and somehow cleansing. It washes away the shame of the taste and leaves you feeling somehow renewed and refreshed. A scintillating experience, akin to throwing up in the bathroom at a party thrown by a friend of a friend but then emerging to find the girl you've been eying all night slap her date across the face and lock eyes with you on the dance floor for a revenge fuck.

O: Nice for the style, but not particularly my thing. I would recommend it to lovers of lambics or fruit, and, while I would certainly drink it again, I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 04:54:21 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 19:53:56 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked bomber into an oversized wineglass. My girlfriend and I split this one on Valentine's Day. Poured a pretty clear light mahogany color with very little head, barely any retention and no lacing.

Smells great- very balanced scent of the wild yeast (a little nutty) and cherries. Not overwhelmingly tart- very enjoyable.

Tastes very smooth- definitely no overwhelming funk as was expected. Of course there is that little tang of Brett on the back of the tongue but it is nothing that will make you squirm. Pleasant round cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel is excellent- medium to well carbonated with a medium body that makes it feel almost like you're drinking some kind of premium soda. This is certainly not the most exciting wild ale I've ever had but certainly enjoyable (we're eating it with steak and potatoes and it accompanies them very well).

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 00:13:59 | More by Hopdaemon39
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New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle with Exp. Sept 2011 on the cork.
Frothy light pink head on top of a bright bubbly pink/orange/coral brew. Lots of bubbles

Nose is sharp vinegar, cherries and blueberries.

Taste: No doubt about the acetic acid in this, sour throughout, some cherries just a hint of the alcohol comes through. Cidery but not funky. Very little in the way of malt presence.

Mouthfeel is very light, almost watery, high carbonation.

Overall an excellent thirst quencher, but not complex enough to really be a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 13:50:56 | More by Imsothirsty
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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
86 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.