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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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very good

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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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 okra


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

Part of a flight of 5oz pours - this displayed some wonderful cherry fruit, without being overpowering. Some tartness, nothing like some of the really sour lambics though, so don't let that put you off. It balanced a luncheon sausage perfectly, the tartness and acidity balancing out the whole plate. I have had the bottle version, and found the draft to be even more drinkable!

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2009 18:01:58 | More by okra
Photo of 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
Photo of Rayek


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

Poured into my Lindemans lambic glass.

A: Cherry red with amber highlights. A leisurely carbonation holds up a foamy pink tinged cream cap that has great retention. Leaves chunks of lace.

S: Definitely a beer brewed with cherries, as their tartness greats the nose before any other aromas. A bit of fresh hay is in the background, along with a mild mustiness.

T: Tart and sweet. The cherries are very evident. A straw like malt flavor is there, plus a hint of green grape, but they both hide behind the cherry flavor. Bitterness comes in the form of a faint pepper bite. Finishes extremely tart and slightly sour, with lingering cherry, lemon and grape flavors.

M: Medium-light body has a sparkling cider feel to it. Generous carbonation feels right for this particular beer.

D: Tasted a lot like a cherry infused champagne to me. A very different brew that I'm glad I picked up. Its lightness makes it go down easy. I found it to be quite the fun experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 22:34:05 | More by Rayek
Photo of ComradeCanadia

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful looking beer. Ruby red body, nice head which descends into a ring that hangs around a while. In the right glass, I could stare at it all day.

S: Sour cherries, sour cherries and... well, sour cherries.

T: This is a very nice balance of sour and a candy sweetness. Any more on either side and I think I wouldn't like this. The cherry flavour is extremely powerful and this has a nice dry finish.

M: Fiercely carbonated, but it helps the refreshing character of the beer.

D: This goes down very easily, although not something I'd want to drink too fast.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 01:11:14 | More by ComradeCanadia
Photo of tigg924


4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: redish brown, small head, small carbonation, there is surprisingly a bit of sediment

Smell: sour cherry

Taste: sour dark cherry and a noticable alcohol

Mouthfeel: very sour, dry, smooth, and tart

Drinkability: I just had a Duchesse before this and think this is more sour than that. A wonderful beer that I will search for again and could have several in a sitting. A great starter sour.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 16:14:09 | More by tigg924
Photo of Patrick999


4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a goblet. Raises a champagne-like fizzy head that quickly settles but can be easily aroused. Brownish-red.

S - I like this. Loaded with cidery oak barrel-smell, and smells very vinous. Occasional whiff of leather.

T - I almost think this is more complex than this brewery's flagship Duchesse. Cidery and quite acidic. Bracingly sour, but not so much of the balsamic vinegar taste you get with Duchesse and Rodenbach. It's more of a vinous, tannic bitter/sour. Lots of sour cherry Jolly Rancher flavor. In the finish, some goose-y funk. Good stuff, and very refreshing as you would expect.

F - As you would expect, the spiky carbonation of a Flanders red. Light-bodied.

D - Off the charts. I would love to just drink up the 4-pack right now. Not quite as rich an experience as Rodenbach Grand Cru, but still very, very good. This is a nice sour, I don't understand the relatively low score....I like Duchesse, don't get me wrong, but I think this blows Duchesse out of the water. I can't ask for too much more out of this. It's a satisfying sour and then some.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 01:07:34 | More by Patrick999
Photo of AccidentalKate


3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love the deep dark red of this beer, a near black cherry color with a tinge of mahogany. Served in a tulip glass, it has a constant head and a champagne-like stream of co2 coming from its depth. This is a nice looking glass of Red Flemish Ale.

The aroma is sharp. The cherry is there up front, and underneath the malt. But there is also a small bit of acrid aroma that I can't quite place.

Sour cherry hits the palate first, with enough sweetness to keep it interesting.As that fades away it becomes a little too sour. However, after about a minute or so, the finish is nice and malty. A strong start, a good finish, but an iffy middle.

A good zip of carbonation keeps the mouthfeel lively, and a strong head gives a bit of a creamy texture. Very nice indeed.

If you're a fan of Flemish Ale, this is a very nice beer. There are some things holding it back, but overall, a fine notch to put on one's belt, so to speak.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 04:01:10 | More by AccidentalKate
Photo of ArrogantB


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 04:30:29 | More by ArrogantB
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4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2009 18:37:31 | More by madtowndmb1
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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New York

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

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)

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.1/5  rDev +7%
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....

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 15:31:34 | More by Onslow
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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).

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 20:27:40 | More by markaberrant
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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 04:49:24 | More by Beaver13
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 23:33:52 | More by oakbluff
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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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2.25/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 00:47:31 | More by JDV
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3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 21:21:22 | More by ROMER79
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 09:35:33 | More by BeerZack
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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
Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
86 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.