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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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303 Ratings
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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 13
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Room temperature Musty and leather smell. Very cherry, light head. Opaque red. Sugar and vinegar acidic, not finishable, doesn't work altogether, the taste the fizzy carbonation. Too dry too thin, maybe with some spicy meat. This is a fruit beer, right? Modiale 2005.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2005 22:08:02 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-09-2012 01:59:06 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright bloody crimson when the afternoon sun is permitted to slant through the glass. Echte Kriekenbier is the reddest beer that I've ever seen. The cap is cherry blossom pink and is too soft and too unsticky to last or to lay down any lace. I love the brilliant, perfectly clear beer, but the head leaves quite a bit to be desired.

The nose can only be described as pungent. It's cherry fruity, salivary gland squeezingly sour and funky yeasty all at once. I like it, I just wish there was more cherry and less funk. But then this is a Flanders red, not some pretty pink fruit beer, so I guess the brewers know what the hell they're doing.

All beer of this style (at least the handful that I've had to date) end up at roughly the same level of likeability for me. That isn't to say they all taste alike, just that I kinda, sorta like them and respect them, but don't really love them. Something about the curious mix of flavors and flavor sensations. Maybe I just haven't had a really good one yet.

Sour cherry is noted on the palate. However, it's nearly overcome by an aged oaky, almost phenolic flavor that would be better if it was cut in half. A change like that would probably alter the beer so much that it would no longer be a member of the stated style. Well, I guess it's 'take it or leave it' time. I'm still on the fence. The label says that 150 gm/L of sour cherries were added. Would 300 gm/L have helped?

I'd like more substance in the mouthfeel department, but it does seem to fit the flavor profile pretty well. A full, sticky beer of this sort wouldn't work at all. The carbonation is fine-gauged and unobtrusive, even as it keeps things moving along without a hitch. All in all, the mouthfeel neither adds nor detracts from the overall experience.

Verhaeghe Echt Kriekenbier may be the quintessential Flanders red ale for all I know. If so, then I don't really love what this style embodies. I'll keep searching, though, in the hopes that I run across one that will rock my world to Flanders and back.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 21:14:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy russet color with a vaguely lavender head; not much retention or lacing, but just enough

Smell: Cherry soda and a subtle earthy sourness; a touch of alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a rather sweet cherry base; after the swallow, a quick sourness kicks in that joins with a woody flavor and the sweet cherry into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Although not a classic Flanders Red, this is an enjoyable fruit beer; enough depth of flavor to please a beer lover but not so wild as to turn off all but the true lambic lovers

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 18:58:13 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-14-2011 17:03:02 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 20:18:21 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty good Cherry Belgian beer. Not as complex, rich, or rounded as some that I've sampled, but well brewed nevertheless. Good tart cherry aromas surrounded by solid hints of red wine, vinegar, and citrusy tartness. Looks ruby red, almost to the extent of carbonated cranberry juice. Very deep and clear, highly carbonated. Tastes as plesant as it smells. Tart but not sour. Enough malt character to sweeten the body. Tartness begins to edge toward vinegar and cider, but not enough to deter. Fruity cherry for an extra flavor profile, but not overly dominant. Finishes tart and dry--quite wine-like. After taste is a solid echo of cherries.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2005 12:59:37 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

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

A: A pour into my Bruery tulip reveals a translucent garnet color with a thin layer of pink foam (despite a quite vigorous pour).

S: The smell is not quite what I was expecting. The dominating aroma is that of a typical Flanders Red Ale (which apparently this is). In the background is the aroma of sweet cherries. A fair amount of acetic acid is present as well.

T: The taste is surprisingly tame, considering the fairly intense nose. The cherries are there, but the acidity and tartness is very muted.

M: The level of carbonation is moderate, and provides the usually tingly feeling on the tongue. The beer is medium in body, appropriate for the style.

D: This is certainly an easy drinking beer. The flavors are decent and the nose is not too bad either. The problem is that there isn't anything that really "wows" me or makes me want to drink it down and have another.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 04:45:24 | More by womencantsail
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

11-03-2013 15:50:23 | More by jaydoc
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

06-14-2013 00:21:21 | More by Texasfan549
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm surprised to see this is a Flemish Red, I thought for sure that it was a Wild Ale or Lambic. Either way this brew has a wonderful Red color and that's the only thing I really liked about this beer. The aromas and taste are similar to each other, acidic and tart. Reminded me of vinegar a little. A little bit of funk to it as well. This is a beer for those who like this style, I for one am not that much of a fan of them. I'll give them all a try but I can't say I'll like them.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 17:15:07 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lindemans flute.

Pours a clear ruby, bordering on the garnet, with a healthy amount of pinkish foamy head. The nose is tart berries, sour black cherries, green apple flesh, and some sort of wood (I can't tell which...though oak is highly probable...). The expected tartness isn't really there, replaced by a very blunt sour cherry flavor. The wood returns as well, adding a nice oaky backdrop to the proceedings and repelling any tartness that would have wanted to show itself. The body is a lightly heavy soup with a lightly tickling carbonation. This did not turn out the way I expected, but it wasn't all that bad either. Just different, that's all.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 01:37:14 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BBD: 13-10-06

Pours into an Ommegang tulip a deep rosy auburn tone. When poured from a good height, a finger of head forms, but soon dissipates to a ring around the glass.

Sort of a flinty, wet stone smell, coupled with the requisite cherry.

Nice moderately tart pucker with the first few sips. Black cherry with a mild sweetness. Prickly on the tongue at first, becoming a little flat over time. Vague oak dryness in the finish. The last dregs have a bit more woodiness.

Fairly light, not cloying. Easy to finish the 11.2 oz. bottle. Personally I still prefer the depth of Duchesse over this, but the cherry adds a nice fruit character.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 01:08:49 | More by emerge077
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear russet hue, with two fingers of soapy pink head, which leaves a small ring of sudsy lace around the glass. It smells of sour, acidic cherry and lemon, and bready grain. The taste is fairly sour cherry and raspberry, caramel malt, some woodiness, and a bit of straight ascetic acid. The carbonation is moderate, the body thin and fruity, and it finishes with some straightforward fresh tart cherry.

A pretty approachable sour Flemish ale, the fruitiness nicely balanced with the acidity.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 01:52:49 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The full and creamy pink head atop this beauty's clear ruby body is an indication of the light and fruity flavor to be found within. In the nose, tart cherry combines with lambic-like characteristics (Lactobacilus, Brettanomyces). It's gently effervescent on the tongue, and becomes airy as it crosses the palate. The flavor expresses clear sour-cherry and lactic character over a sweetish malt. The bitterness is sublime, as it should be, and it finishes with a whisp of sweetness that fades into tartness and some dry chalkiness. Quite nice!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2005 00:24:53 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2005 05:11:00 | More by feloniousmonk
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WesWes

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark ruby red color with a towering pink head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a moderate malty scent that also boasts of sour cherries. It's mild, but still quite enticing. The taste is good. It has a nice pale and crystal malt flavor along with a wonderful sour cherry finish that is complimented with a slight oakey touch. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's full of flavor. I love the cherry brews. Their tart and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 01:50:53 | More by WesWes
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

A deep red color. The aroma is sour, with note of vinegar, and it definitely has good cherry notes to it. The taste is refreshing and dry with a sour cherry character. This would be a great beer to drink on a hot day. Fruity, but not at all cloying with a nice balancing tartness.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2004 18:37:27 | More by Gueuzedude
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-25-2011 23:34:26 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood, 3 years cellared,

A: Pours pink/red, soft off-pink head, good retention.

S: Sweet Bing cherries, brown sugar, vinegar.

T: One-dimensional cherry flavour, but it is certainly direct and real - not artificial or medicinal and I thank it for that. Balsamic vinegar and a bit of molasses.

M: Over-carbonated a bit, moderate acidity, very quick finish/no aftertaste, demi-sec overall.

D: This beer is tasty, I could drink a ton of this stuff, rather delightful, just don't look for a huge complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2009 19:47:48 | More by Halcyondays
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head on the glass presented--therefore, no lace. Beautiful light ruby color. Clear.

This beer reminds me of a cross between a spritzy wine and sweet fermented cider. There isn't much "cherry" flavor here, but it is still very tasty. There's a good "chew" to the body.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2009 00:14:52 | More by smcolw
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GClarkage

California

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

03-19-05- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- from the tap into a tulip style glass.

Appearance- Nice dark scarlet, almost cherry cough sryup colored.
Nothing in the head department and very very light lacing.

Smell- Not a huge scent, but definite cherries and a sugary sweet scent.

Taste- Wasn't sure if this was a red flanders style or a kriek lambic. It really didn't fit into either category. It didn't have that sour quality that red flanders have (ie Duchesse, NBB Love or La Foile), and it certainly didn't have the super sour taste of a true lambic. Maybe more like a sweet lambic, ie Lindemans. Hmmm, stumped by this one. It did have plenty of cherry taste to it though. And maybe just the slight amount of sourness to it and the slight amount of sweetness. This is a true enigma of a beer.

Mouthfeel- Mouth coating and full of flavor with none if any carbonation.

Drinkability- Whatever style it is, it's a prefectly decent drinkable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2005 21:23:57 | More by GClarkage
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB 16/11/09, served just lightly-chilled in a long and slim flute-type glass of Lindemans.

A: pours a dark yet bright ruby colour with some purple-ish glows; the pinky foamy head comes with a strong hissing sound, breaking down to a thin layer in no time on top of pretty fine and lively carbonation.
S: well, sour cherry-juice flavoured sorbet and the salty-sour prune-ish edge of Vichtenaar oud bruin base are intertwined seamlessly, with a slightly higher-than-normal level of sourness standing out of the brown malts. A closer sniff somehow helps to differentiate the two levels of lactic sourness, with the slightly more aromatic cherry-skin-ish fruits running in parallel with an underlying stream of prune-ish tart oud bruin. Refreshing and very pleasant indeed.
T: the lightly vinegary tart-sweetness of berry fruits of oud bruin makes a vivid impression upfront, ensued by (melting) cherry sorbet, relatively light-bodied sour cherry fruits, and a fast developing semi-chewy undertone of oak-ageing, which is, of course, way less tart/tannic as the fruity lambiek. The aftertaste is oak-woody as well as cherry-ish aromatic, slightly grapey even, but never exceeding the necessary level of sweetness and sourness; in fact, it finishes pretty clean for my palate.
M&D: the texture is full of fine carbonation vis-à-vis a medium body for a 6.8%abv. fruit-beer. This ale overall is quite close to the performance of the beer base, the Vichtenaar, in terms of integrity and balance, while the good amount of cherries used in the brew have made a deep imprint in the harmonious profile alongside the unique lactic edge of the oak-aged bruin. Enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 18:42:12 | More by wl0307
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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
86 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.