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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:
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 Dreamer


3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

08-05-2013 01:25:22 | More by Dreamer
Photo of soper2000


4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Label was a little different than what is pictured. Best by date of 6/7/05.

A pretty cheap pick up at Kahn's in Indy. Pours a ruby red with a whispy-pink head which did not retain as well as i would've hoped. Smell has strong notes of vinegar with hints of cherry and barnyard funk. First taste assuaged my initial fears that this beer had turned. Very strong flavor of cherries. Some tartness comes through at the end, but it's not intensely sour. A little bit of wood (?) can be tasted as well. A little bit thin in the mouthfeel deparment, but definetely an interesting brew. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2004 00:30:36 | More by soper2000
Photo of 51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 02:57:54 | More by 51mmz0rz
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

03-26-2012 12:25:32 | More by beerFool28607
Photo of markgoodman10


4.25/5  rDev +11%

10-04-2012 03:15:09 | More by markgoodman10
Photo of visualmartyr


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-22-2014 21:17:53 | More by visualmartyr
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 Zakk


4.25/5  rDev +11%

06-02-2012 23:15:29 | More by Zakk
Photo of Onibubba


4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2009 18:47:42 | More by Onibubba
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

07-26-2013 14:22:53 | More by MatthewPlus
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-23-2011 06:12:12 | More by mantissa
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 09:07:00 | More by Graham5161986
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3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ML shared with SundaySour, cork says best before September 2011

Poured into Lost Abbey Tulip ~45F serving temp.

A: A really brightly stained wood with an ivory head. The color of the body bleeds into the base of the filmy head, but the bright whiteness of the bubbles are very noticeable. You can just look at this beer and know there are cherries in it, many cherries were harmed in the creation of this beer.

S: Woody cherries, really soft with a maple-sweet character. There's a lot of subtlety to the nose that keeps the cherries from going too deep into that syrupy/grenadine character. There certainly is the cherry aspect, but it's eloquently subdued in the wood. Red apples appear in the blending of cherries and wood.

T: Sweetened like a nice raspberry/cherry vinaigrette, really drying after the berries appear. Old woods with de-fanged alcohols; there's a gap where an experienced drinker might expect a boozy bite. The gape is glazed over by a deeply acidic flavor of red apple skins and seared salted watermelon. the acidity hurts the drinkability for me a fair amount. An after taste of gojji berries and craisins in blood orange juice. A nice depth of wood backed flavor that is really quite compromised by the strong acidity. This is the least spicy hot sauce you'll ever drink, that's for sure.

M: I'd say this is a pretty strong bodied beer for it's ABV; the carbonation is lower than one might expect, but it allows for more subtle wood derived flavors to arrive. I think I would like it more with a bit more fizz, but I'm not sure if that would counteract the acidity enough for me to give it higher marks.

O: this is a sophisticated Flanders's that doesn't quite blend in its additional ingredients. The oak and cherries lend a lot to the flavor, but also combine to create an unstable concoction. The tartness in the finish is really quite pleasant and refined; but the acid that comes with it is quite overwhelming. It may not be in the first few sips, but it gradually accumulates. After getting down to about half a glass I felt like I was ready to tap out. By no means a bad beer, but I feel like I just drank a gallon of pure lemon juice. Not even the solid flavors can save the drinkability of this brew. Sorry Verhaeghe, but I'm in love with the duchesse.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 03:53:33 | More by Cavery
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

02-22-2014 22:39:28 | More by RoyFokker
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A clear brownish ruby red with a one finger pinkish head which soon diminished to a thin layer. Good lacing.

Sourish fruity smells. Cherry is immediately apparent. Sweetish sour finish. Not as sour as the smell would suggest. A lingering fruity aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is a light body well carbonated.. Not sweet but a lot of lingering fruit flavours. I can easily drink a couple. Interesting.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 03:55:30 | More by scott451
Photo of bignick


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

Poured out of a bottle purchased at Wine Gallery in Brookline into a St. Bernardus glass.

The beer pours a very pretty pinkish-red. The smell is a very nice candy-cherry, like some sort of hard candy. The taste is sweet, just like the smell. There is little hops to go along with sweet cherry. It is pretty thin, and goes down very easily for a beer that I would expect to sip.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 02:08:07 | More by bignick
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

07-02-2012 01:51:12 | More by ncworster
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3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brew from the rare beer store at realbeer.com. This one pours cherry red with a fizzy pink head that vanishes like one on a soda would.The aroma is very much like a sour cherry soda with a slight woodiness and cherry pits.It has a fizzy light body that holds tart cherry flavors and a little almond with not much in the way of malt.It finishes very dry.I feel that it probably would go well with some sweet/rich stews made with pork or chicken- it makes a better addition to food than as a stand-alone beer IMO.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2003 15:14:50 | More by jeffboo
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3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into a goblet form a bottle.

A- This beer pours a deep brownish-red color that has a rapidly disappearing pinkish-tan head that fades to an incomplete fairy ring. .

S- The nose is deep and musky with hints of cherry. Not as strong of a scent as I would have expected.

T- I don’t taste any sourness at all. It tastes of fermented black cherries, oak form the barrels/casks and a port like quality as well. It reminds me a bit of Gales Old Ale but lighter and with cherries.

M- Medium body with no fizz at all.

D- I’m not sure that I would classify this as a Flanders Red Ale. Doesn’t taste like any that I have tried. I’m really impressed with the products of the Verhaeghe brewery; however this is my least favorite so far. It’s still good but I’m much rather drink Duchesse De Bourgogne or Vichtenaar.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 03:48:11 | More by TheEclecticGent
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-26-2013 23:09:40 | More by EGolfer4
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Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle, in proper glass, at 'T Brugs Beertje, in Bruges/Brugge.

Dark reds, garnet in colour. (forgive the simplistic description, but this was a nice dark bar). A bit of pinkish foam on top. Taste swings in with a heavy, deadening thud. This places itself somewhere between Verhaeghe's other sours, Duchesse de Bourgogne being lighter, and Vichtenaar being heavier. There's sour cherries, soggy wood (let's say oak, nice and full), thick malts to follow. Feels satisfyingly syrupy - not to imply that it's very sweet, but it's certainly thicker and less fluid than water.

Drink this? Yes. Again and again and again. And after this and the Vichtenaar, with Duchesse de Bourgogne already established as my favourite beer (yes, indeed), I think Verhaeghe has a good run at being my nomination for best brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2004 12:02:22 | More by the42ndtourist
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4.05/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 16:34:23 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 07:00:12 | More by gdfan47
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3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

different label. best by date not legible. My label has two lions and two cherries on it.

Very nice looking beer. Very persistant head. Deep but bright reddish pink color. Very persistant carbonation. Medium to high carbonation.

Decent nose. I think I get a bit of Brett in there, but I'm not sure. Definately get some sweet-sour going on. And definately a clear hint of cherry.

Better than their standard Flemish Red, but still not quite right. Not nearly as nasty as their sweet and sour chinese soup Flemish Red, this beer still isn't quite right on. There is definately some Brett in the flavor, I swear to god. This is different than their standard Red. The sharp sour cherry notes are nice relief to the sweet-n-sour soup notes. Quite pleasantly fruity. Quite nice. Little rough in the finish, but not too bad.

Mouthfeel is decent, but maybe just a little too thick. It actually gums up my mouth just a bit.

Pretty drinkable. I could have another one of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2005 04:51:42 | More by cerevisiaephilus
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

10-16-2013 06:56:29 | More by crhea89
Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
86 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.