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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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very good

333 Ratings
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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 16
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 BeerAngel
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a strawberry tea color with a very fizzy pink head the dissipates rapidly. The smell is somewhat wine-like with a tart grape and warming alcohol aroma bilowing from the glass. The taste starts with a carb bite sliding into the tart fruit and warming alcohol and ends with a cranapple type of bitter-sweet finish. This is a light bodied brew that ends on a lightly sweet note. This could go wonderfully with certain dishes! Although very tasty and positive in every other way, the drinkability would suffer a bit because a little goes a long way (with all due respect). Thanks to belgianbum for the chance to taste such a beer! Op uw gezonheid!

BeerAngel, Jan 28, 2004
Photo of Dentist666
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

0.75l corked bottle "Echt Kriekenbier"
Excellent clear red beer with magnificient pink 3-finger head, crisp cherry nose. Cherry taste with "metallic" (not metallic exactly, but definitely, caused by yeast strains) aftertones, quite acidic. Mild fruity mouthfeel, I would advise it as good dessert drink for every season.

Dentist666, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Erdinger2003, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of oakbluff
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

oakbluff, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of anhigdon
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

anhigdon, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of grimey68
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

grimey68, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of Petegrieco
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Petegrieco, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of smekermann
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

smekermann, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Onslow
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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....

Onslow, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of Beerzebub
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Beerzebub, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of visualmartyr
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

visualmartyr, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of markaberrant
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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).

markaberrant, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, cherry red with a fizzy, soda-like white head that quickly dissipates into a thin layer of slightly-pink tinged white foam.

Aroma is sour and filled with cherries, with a touch of vinegar. Taste is cherries and tartness, with a dry finish and light body. It hints at lambic qualities, but doesn't quite get there.

If I weren't such a sucker for the style, I'm not sure how much I'd like this--but since I am, it's a good enough quaff.

Fairly average, I'd say.

RockyTopHeel, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of Dreamer
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Dreamer, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of MaineMike
3/5  rDev -22.3%

MaineMike, May 15, 2012
Photo of heddar33
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

heddar33, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of Toddv29424
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty translucent red color with no head. Smell is hard to discern... there are definitely fruits apparent, but for the most part is smells like sweet alcohol. The taste is surprising. The first gets you right in the sweet zone in the back of the mouth with SWEET cherries. As it goes down it tastes more like cherries and wheat with a huge amount of sweet. As far as kriek beers go it is a great representation, but save this one for the person who has a large sweet tooth!

Toddv29424, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful ruby red, massive head forms if you don't take care when you pour. Pinkish-off white foam that sits like meringue on a lemon pie. Well carbonated. Good thus far. Very soapy aromas - literally like a mixture of Irish Spring soap and Cherry soda, but more on the cherry side. A hint of sweetness in there, but not much. Kind of a spicy note way in back, too. Can't rightly place it, though. Flavor is excellent. First off is a quick rinse of cherry soda, but an unsweetened kind. Ok, maybe a hint of sugar, but only a touch. Then a tartness from the fruit and malt hits you, smack. This is followed by that spicy note I mentioned earlier - can't place it. Maybe nutmeg? Nice and unique flavors rolling around. Painfully expensive at $4.99/11.2oz. bottle. 6.8% ABV. Finish is really dry and has a slight barnyard quality to it, but overall a very nice beer.

What I like most: The beautiful ruby red color.

What I like least: Price and soapy characteristics in the aroma profile.

Verdict: Well made, but not quite elite. Worth trying as it is good and unique.

SolomonGrundy, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of JSkone09
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

JSkone09, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served with course #9, chocolate-encrusted dates filled with bleu cheese, at the 17th Annual Labor of Love Belgian Beer Dinner.

Ruby red glasses clink around me, faces are smeared with chocolate and someone's pants are off. It's time to lift them high! Sweetness and tart cherries clang around in my nose, lifting my spirits ever higher. The sourness reveals itself as well. The taste starts sweet, before the sour comes in, dominating the middle and leaving the tart cherries to finish the job, coating my mouth in sexiness.
A beer perfectly matched with its companion food.

olympuszymurgus, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of mlazzaro
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

best before 19/5/2013 - 11.2 oz. bottle
Decent carbonation with a deep cherry color. Clear as a bell with no head. No yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle.? I think this is force carbonated with compressed co2.
Smell is nice. Pleasant oak character, wild yeast - acidic aroma. It does have a disconcerting sweet aspect to the cherry aroma.
Taste is for me disappointingly sweet. It does have all the other exciting tart/souring agents, yeasty, and oaked characteristics. But sweetness comes off as distracting and syrupy for me.
Less acidic than a typical kriek beer. It's very drinkable beer - surprisingly smooth. I would normally say age this one for a good while to dry up the flavor, but I don't think that cellaring would change the beer with no yeast sediment.

mlazzaro, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of 99bottles
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: In a wine glass, this beer is a transparent red color, not quite pink. Copious amounts of carbonation; no head and no lacing. Looks like pink champagne, not beer.

Smell: Strongly tart cherries, sharp sour notes.

Taste: Much like the smell, this beer assualts the mouth first hiting with sharp tart cherry flavors. This slowly wears on the palette until some light oak notes play through the finish. That's really about it. Sharply acidic and tart cherries, and some wood. For a Belgian, I'm unimpressed. The 6.8% ABV is well concealed; though this has more carbonation than a malternative.

Mouthfeel: Champagne. Thin, slight alcoholic cloy and lots of carbonation which keeps it light.

Drinkability: Not for me. Decent fruitiness but not complex. It's not a sugar-syrup so that wins a few points, but I'm amazed this site calls it a Flanders, as it is more a tart Lindemans' lamb-fake.

99bottles, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of Eman17
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Eman17, Aug 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

beerFool28607, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Bottle design is different, I had a hard time finding this beer through the search because of the difference in spellings. My bottle reads "Echt Kriekenbier" vertically, with two cherries near the top of the bottle, and what is probably the brewery logo on the bottom.

A: High carbonation produces a light rose colored foam, loose, but with decent retention. Body is beautiful dark ruby, and exceptionally clear (I have only poured half the bottle omitting the yeast for now). Gorgeous.

S: Sweet, sour, cherries. Some complexity from the fruit, and in the fermentation are evident.

T: Smooth, round cherry flavor. Some sweetness in the front, but the tartness cleans it up fairly nicely. No barnyard characters here, unfortunately.

M: Nicely carbonated, mouthfeel is full, as there are some sugars in there. Finish is good, but could be a little dryer.

D: Wildly drinkable, refreshing, if not a little sweet at times.

51mmz0rz, Apr 20, 2010
Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
87 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.