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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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very good

338 Ratings
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 16
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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 smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What will a three year old keg taste like? On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Dessert beer! This is deep red in color, and features an extremely pleasant aroma of cherry pie, cherry pastries....whatever it is, it's awesome! To taste, it isn't strongly acidic, but very tart with the cherries. More cherries appear and bombard the palate. Mmmmm. I'm not a cherry lover, but I do like this beer. Sip and enjoy!

Photo of Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The 11.2-ounce bottle pours sparkling-clear and cherry-tinted coppery amber in color and is capped with a finger-and-a-half's thickness of snappy pale pink foam. The head settles in short order, maintaining itself at a thin sheet fed by active streamers of carbonation from below. A soft, slumping film of lacing slides down the sides of my Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

The aroma is sweetly fruity with a mouthwatering smack of tangy acidity. Sour cherries aplenty dominate the profile, and are augmented by a grassy note and a whiff of yeasty spice.

The taste is crisply fruity, with a splash of strawberry-watermelon riding atop potently-juicy notes of cherry. The brew is well-balanced by mellow tartness and cleaned up nicely by a drying trace of sweet grass.

The drink is light-medium in body with palate-refreshing carbonation. Almost soda pop-like but hardly a child's drink, this is a highly-quaffable 6.8% beer.

Photo of AgentZero
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very deep, dark red, with a little bit of brown. Light shines through a tannish-yellow on the edges. Minimal head, no lacing.

S - Very sour smelling, cherries very present. A wood, maybe oakey smell comes through at the end.

T - Very sweet, and very sour, almost tart.

M - Light-bodied beer, nice carbonation gives this beer a little kick to go with the sourness of the cherry flavor.

D - Easy to drink, could put these down all day until the sour starts to feedback too much.

Photo of jgasparine
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the bottle into a chalice with almost no head, just a thin flim of foam, which promptly vanished, leaving no lacing behind. The body, however, was the most gorgeous bright (clear) ruby red I have seen a long time... the color saved the appearance rating... no visible carbonation from the side or top of the glass.

S- The aroma of sour cherries dominated the nose (as expected), which eventually gives way to some retrained notes of red wine vinegar and some hints of almond (cherry stones?).

T- Tastes like biting into a lusciously ripe sour cherry... sweet and sour all over. There are some prominent note of candy sugar and almonds as well... a touch of oak tannins... and some nice vinegary bite (acetobacter?). This beer finishes long, sour and dry... absolutely lovely!

M- Light to medium body... thanks to a number of unattenuated sugars. The carbonation is a but spritzy, which compliments the sour notes of the beer... and it seems to be a bit oily... coats the mouth nicely.

D- Oh so drinkable. This sweet and sour beer airs on the side of sweet... but not cloyingly sweet... nothing about this beer is overpowering. Just... nice. Could drink it all night!

Photo of CampusCrew
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this better than redbach. less cherry flavor

appearance: beutiful red copperish color, looked liek a glass of red wine

smell: sour fruity, grapes and cherries

taste: not extemelely sour enough and slightly swetter than other I have tried. The cherry is not dominate and brings a very compelentary flavor.

mouthfeel: high carbonation and light

drinkability: very easy... but too much of a fruit beer for me. It's my wifes favorite beer ever though.

Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

The beer pours a deep deep brown red, but red is dominant with a light tan head.

Right off the bat it smells very very tart with hints of cherry.

Looking at the bottle you'd think was a lambic but its actually a flemish red so the taste initally caught me off guard until I realized what I was drinking. Its very bitter from start to finish with a very sharp bite at the end. Cherries are subtle but there. Pretty decent flemish red.

Photo of goethean
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wine glass @55F. Similar to New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red, with that overly rich, ripe cherry flavor, but this beer is much drier, more funky, more complex, more drinkable, and just all-around better. Main complaint: small serving size combined with high price. That's okay for strong ales, but this one is too drinkable to nurse.

Photo of LittleDon
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8 oz. pour served in an oversized wine glass.

Deep red, not quite opaque with a small pink tinged head. No noticeable carbonation. Definite fruit aroma, but not as pronounced as other Flanders Reds or Lambics. Much less tart than expected. It has a light mouthfeel and a clean finish. It would make a good dessert beer.

Photo of okra
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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!

Photo of wl0307
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

Photo of Rayek
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of ComradeCanadia
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of tigg924
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of Patrick999
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of AccidentalKate
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

Photo of Onibubba
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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)

Photo of 3leggeddub
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of stumac
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Onslow
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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....

Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
87 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.