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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 18
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAngel on 11-18-2002

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Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of ROMER79
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of BeerZack
4.07/5  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.

Photo of Graham5161986
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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

On Draught at Naja's Place.

A beautiful dark garnet red color, cystal clear with a fine white/pink head.

Aroma of sour cherry, malt and some acetic / estery smells.

Complex sweet & sour cherry flavors. The cherry flavor is pronounced but not cloying and not like cough syrup as is the case with many other krieks. Sourness is primarily a malt vinegar type sourness rather than a lambic lactic sourness and is similar to other Verhaeghe offering like the Duchesse and Vignerone. West Flanders meets the traditional Kriek.

This beer is syrupy but at the same time the sourness offset this so as to seem medium bodied at the same time.

An excellent offering from Verhaeghe. Very drinkable and I look forward to having this again.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml picked up at Tres Bonne Cuisine in Boise for about $3.25... Shared with Brenda, mine poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Short lasting white/light pink head.. the brew is perfectly crystal clear ruby.. very pretty.

Aroma is sweet cherries and yeasty funk.. oakey vinegar notes.

Flavor is much the same as the nose.. but with more cherries and a woody oak presence throughout... funky and sour with not nearly the expected sweetness... much less sugar than its stablemate the "Duchess"... yet still very similar... lighter body adds alot to the drinkability... very nice across the board, I would like to try a fresher version.

The store where I got this is very much an undiscovered gem in Boise.... Very big Polish, Czech, and Russian beer selection... plus a bunch of Germans and Belgians that are found no where else in the Area.

Photo of AlexJ
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Moderately dark garnet pour with a smallish head of large frothy bubbles.

Aroma is vinious malts, tart cherry, light balsalmic, and toasty wood.

Flavor is a tug-o-war between candied malt and sour sweet cherry and a nice base of earthy malt and light minerality. Faint hints of dry oak and dusty cocoa. Not overly complex but very interesting.

Body is medium, slippery, and loosely carbonated. I could certainly drink this en mass.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this bottle at Tank's Taproom in Tampa, Fl.
Appearance: A purple body that was translucent with a lighter colored head. Lot's of carbonation, poor retention and no lacing.
Smell: Sour cherry aroma.
Taste: Uber tart and fruity, obviously the fruity taste was mostly cherries.
Mouthfeel: Puckering
Drinkability: Awesome.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of blakesell
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a belgian goblet/tulip (gulden draak glass) Shows best before 10-17-2006 on the label.

Appearance- A deep cherry red which is black until held to the light. A finger high head of tiny bubbles lingers and clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell- Black cherry upfront with an oak and light malt backbone. Huge cherries and red currants. A slight hint of chocolate. Sour acidity that strikes me as lacto bacillus.

Taste- Mmmm.. Sweet black cherries and red currants. A creaminess that comes off more as oak than vanilla and an intense acidity that many couldn't handle but I enjoy, much like a red wine in it's acidity.

Mouthfeel- Sweet and slightly cloying. Medium bodied with even carbonation. A prickly acidity that I find entirely pleasant. Crisp and sweet.

Drinkability- Complex and sour. I enjoy this and would drink it by the growler. Sadly, this is the last bottle I've ever seen.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before: 15-02-07

Poured into a chalice a deep mahongny color, awesome carbonation, quick fizzy off-white head, which leaves some nice small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is tangy, malty, hints of cherries/raspberries, some caramel. The taste is tangy/malty, nice touch of red fruit, and caramel. This is a highly carbonated brew. Medium body. Drinkable, another tasty brew from BV.

Photo of drpimento
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer! The simple commercial description does actually provide a succinct description. Those flavors are very well balanced and blended. Almost, if not a session beer. Natural, great finish. There's a very nice melding of the fruit, oak, malt, and yeast. No hop to speak of. Normally wouldn't think of a fruit lambic as being close to a session beer, but this is.

Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of HerrFaust
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-poured a bottle from Sam's (on an employee's rec--a nice welcome to Chicago) into a Unibroue tulip. This garnet brew jumped into the glass with an almost soda-pop (ugh, mid-westernism) carbonation. The off-white, pinkish head quickly dissipated.

S-classic sour apple smell with "darker" notes.

T-the whole cherries really make a difference, her. Tastes like a drier (interesting, consider the fruit) version of Brouwerij Verhaeghe's "straight" sour ale, Duchesse De Bourgogne. Dryness and acidity holds through the end, which comes quick.

M-Less cloying than the Duchesse. I'm not usually a fruit beer fan, but the DFH Festina Peche, a peach Berlinerweisse (go, Sam, go!) reminded me that the mind is like a parachute, and all that. Well executed.

D- Not a session beer, 6.8% ABV according to the label. but a nice intro to Flemish sour ale.

Overall, not a beer for which one should cross state lines, but for goodness sake, please skip the fruit syrup lambics for this one.

Photo of Will46andbrew
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The look is rather inviting, rich red color, lots of bubbles.

S - The smell is a slight sour cherry smell with that lambic/gueze finish. The nose is not too overpowering, wish it was a little more.

T - You can taste cherries and of course, sourness. I wish it was a little more of a cherry flavor and tartness. I'm very pleased it's not sweet, just wish it was a little more cherry flavor to it though. As I continue to drink this kriek the sourness and tartness builds, very nice.

M - This is light and bubbly with sourness in the aftertaste just the way that it should be!

D - Overall it's quite drinkable, very balanced. There are no overwhelming tastes here, quite a pleasure.

I would recommend this to anyone seeking a good sour kriek. As I continue to drink this kriek it is growing on me, still wish it had a more cherry taste, but good none the less. I will buy this one again.

Photo of albern
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If you like Flemish Red ales, this is good but not excellent on the continuum. The pour is a delightful reddish, ruby brown with a nice cherry scent to tickle the palate. Not much of a head, but the style is not known for this either. Moderate carbonation, nice mouthfeel, nice cherry flavoring, but this isn't a Rodenback or a Duchesse. This is a little thin and watery for the style, some interesting spices added, not nearly as sour as it could be, and a little too cherry sweet, lacking that soury punch needed for the style. I like this beer, and would drink it again, but if I want a genuine Flemish Red, to Duchesse and Rodenbach I will venture, and so should you. What makes this beer more interesting than say a Monk's is those delicious spices added. This is the high point of the beer and worth seeking out if you like the Flemish Red style. L'Chaim.

Photo of DogFood11
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a tulip it forms a pink creamy head that leaves a thin but solid coat of lace. Dead nuts on deep red color that is shiney and filled with fine carbonation. Appetizing indeed.

The nose is filled with cherries and a pretty good size caramel malt type backer. First drink was full of cherries and there was enough sweetness (although minimal) to counter the tart dominance. The caramel I got in the smell was overshadowed and more of an aferthought. This beer is all about being tart. Some oak kendlin fills out the rest of the flavor.

Notes: This is a very approachable flanders red ale. Its got enough tartness to give someone an idea of what the style is about but this is subtle compared to most that I've had. Fairly balanced with all things considered and the yeast strain produced some unusual but good complexity. Reccomended.

Photo of jdhilt
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger, fizzy red/brown head that fades to a thin layer leaving no lace. Deep red/amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Sour cherry nose. Starts and finishes as sour cherries, there is some sweetness part way through. You have to like krieks to really appreciate this. Pricey at $3.49 for a 330ml bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA. Best by Feb 15, 2007.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours into a long stemmed white wine glass at Maduro for $3 during happy hour.

Appearance: Bloodied cherry red with an almost lavender off white head.

Aroma: Sweet cherries and tart cherries, fruit syrup, earthy sourness. Very strong and aromatic.

Taste/MF: Cherries completely dominate until the beer hits room temperature. At that point the slightest hint of sharp wood and funky earth shines through. Nicely balanced fruit flavor though. It’s not overly sweet at any point and there us actually quite a bit of pleasant tartness and sourness.

Drinkabilty: One is enough.

This might work as a nice intro to the style for some but for me it's just a little bastard sister of a substitute to the Duchess or La Folie.

Photo of elricorico
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very red beer, almost cherry red with a pinkish cap on top. It is relatively clear and carbonation is visible.

The smell is sour cherry predominantly. Also a bit acidic and dry smelling. If you like a tart aroma, this one will do.

Lightly sweet at the front, but the palate doesn't have much time before a big puckering tartness takes over. Cherry is mostly noticed after you recover from the sourness. A faint brett must seems to linger in the background.

Prickly carbonation I find takes a little away from the mouthfeel. It is almost like a thin cola in the way it feels to drink. Not a strong point.

This is a different one, it has moments where I quite like it, then some where I'd rather be having something else. I wouldn't have more than one of these at any given time.

Photo of dirtylou
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

on tap at Maduro during happy hour

appearance: served in a St Louis pilsner-esque glass...clear bright rose body with a light beige head.

smell: hmm, kind of a cheap whine characteristic, big tart cherry sourness, lightly earthy, light woodyness

taste: Just not really my thing...tart and sour cherry, a touch woody, one sided and tough to drink

mouthfeel: tart and sour

drinkability: not for me

Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of asabreed
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle served in a Delirium Tremens glass. Date on the back says best by 07-07-07. Purchased a 4-pack for $12.99

Appearance: A beautiful dark ruby red color, with a head with some red hues in it that looks quite nice also. Some splotches of big lacing are left around.

Smell: Plenty of sourness from the cherries, along with some vinegar aromas, but also some nice over-ripeness also to add some of the sweeter nature of the fruit. Some vanilla, oak and woodiness is also present from the aging of the beer. I like the added cherries a lot, along with the oak, as it adds a much more visceral and vinous nature.

Taste: A very nice mix between tart, sour, and deliciously fruity, with the juiciness of the cherries adding a lot. There's also some interesting phenolic earthiness in the taste, which also adds some depth. Finishes slightly dry, with some oak left on the back of the tongue, which I really like.

Mouthfeel: A champagne-like quality of carbonation at that ends up becoming fuller and less bubbly than if it starts cooler. I wouldn't want this beer with any less carbonation; the tickle you do get with the carbonation I think only enhances the flavors and the experience of drinking it.

Drinkability: This has become one of my favorite styles, and to me this is one of the best I've had. I wish more domestic breweries would take a shot at the style; I know some are doing it, but it's about time more start. The style for me is a treat in general, and with the added cherries and oak again and the quality of this beer, I highly recommend it.

Photo of BigBry
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

4 pack of this, brown 330ml bottles, BB date on back label. (As per label) It is a "refreshing cherry ale matured in oaken casks with adition of 150 gram per liter of only whole cherries."
A very interesting color, depending on the angle and light, it seems to change from oak brown, to deep cherry red, to pinkish around the edges. First impression is that this is a fizzy cherry soda, streams of carbonation that actually pop on the surface. You can smell the cherries right away, not sweet and sugary, but more of a tart and sour. More tartness in the flavor. You can taste the fruitiness, but also the sourness as expected from the style. The mouthfeel is kind of thin, again more like a 7-Up or carbonated water. Probably not the best example, but now I have a benchmark to compare other Flanders's to.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Now this is some pretty high end stuff, considering what I threw down for a 4-pack of it. But I'd rather spend that money on Belgians than expensive and disappointing imported lagers from Mexico and S. America. Anyways, a best before date of 24-08-07 on the back label.

A very attractive ale, a rich chestnut until held to the light, where it becomes a brilliant oaken cherry red hue, albeit a touch chill hazed. The porous beige head eventually settles to a thin frothy cap, that then takes on more of a pinkish tone. Or salmon. That's a tough fish!

The aroma shoots immediately up the olefactory pipeline, and straight to the brain. Sour and tart, I detect the sour cherries, but it has a bit of a vinegar edge to it as well. Intense though, a very intense nose on this beer, it's not shy.

A very intense tartness in the flavour, almost more remeniscent of cranberries than of sour cherries. Something of a balsamic-like character as well. Earthy and woody. The more I sip it the more rounded it all becomes, and starts to grow on me.

The mouthfeel is limp, nothing holding it up, although this isn't a very beefy style to begin with.

Not without its charm, but I don't see myself craving many more of these. A curious style, and one that I can fathom would be best enjoyed while paired with something, rather than on its own.

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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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