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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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333 Ratings
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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 16
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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 IronDjinn
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

IronDjinn, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of Jredner
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is both sour balsamic and sweet and sour cherries. Body is a red-tinted brown and holds a diminishing thumb thick pinkt-tinted white head. For is syrupy sweet cherries and a dash of funky fruit mash and sourness. Far less sour than other Flemish Sours, but pretty damn funky tasting like MSG laden baby corn. Has a bit of a metallic twang int he finish that doesn’t belong, but not a bad beer really.

Jredner, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before 6/11/05. Looks like I'm a bit late on this one, but should be OK. Got if from the Stuffed Sandwich and Sam takes very good care of his beer. With proper care an additional year can only do good things to a beer like this.

A: Pours like stawberry juice...reddish brown. Slight haze. Absolutely gorgeous when held up to the light. Head is a distinct pinkish white which has fallen to a nice ring.

S: Smells of straw, oak, cherries, soy and alcohol. Very musty, dank.

T: Not as cherry as I would have guessed. Nice blend of sweet and tart. Dry, cherry skin flavor with loads of nutmeg. Fairly acidic. Lingering earthiness, menthol. Quite complex actually.

M: Tad thin but good carbonation.

D: The first sip I wasn't sure if I was going to finish this beer. Once my mouth got used to it, I found the beer quite enjoyable and complex.

Westsidethreat, May 30, 2006
Photo of karst
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this at Chef's Pantry wed. night beer tasting. Best by 13-10-06

Owner Vince - a beer lover and trained chef, served this Flanders Red with delicous cholates but it should pair well with almost any sweet desert.

Pours clear ruby with a pink head that reminds me of the fizz from a cherry 7-Up. The pink flamigo head is persistant and yeilds nice lace.

Aroma is dominated by cherry ( 5 oz of whole cherries per quart) Flavors offering a wine like woody finish to the exceptional authentic tart fresh cherry skin taste well supported by the West-Flemish red-brown ale.

Thanks for the sample - taking a bottle home was a no brainer.
A favorate from now on . .

karst, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of bignick
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

bignick, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of ggaughan
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was the last beer served on Sunday night as part of the Monk's Cafe Michael Jackson dinner and what a great way to end the night. This beer poured a nice bright, slighly deep red color with a pinkish head and good lacing. The nose is a nice warming sour cherry sensation. Very enjoyable to my nose. The taste is a very sour cherry delight with a bit of a bready taste in there. Overall I enjoyed this beer but at times it was a bit too sour for me.

ggaughan, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

TheEclecticGent, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of stouty1
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I could see how people could like this, but too darn sweet for me.

Pours a deep red with red foamy head. Very tart with a sweet finish and a cherry everything. Highly carbonated which seemed to present a good head. Not much for th eoverwhelming fruitiness. My wife liked it though!

stouty1, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of WesWes
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark ruby red color with a towering pink head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a moderate malty scent that also boasts of sour cherries. It's mild, but still quite enticing. The taste is good. It has a nice pale and crystal malt flavor along with a wonderful sour cherry finish that is complimented with a slight oakey touch. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's full of flavor. I love the cherry brews. Their tart and quite enjoyable.

WesWes, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of texashammer
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

out of the bottle, pours a deep red pink with light pink, very rocky head. smells sour, tart, with a slight funk, and a touch of tart cherry. on the tongue, there is a quick tart cherry with dry finish. serious bite to the mouth. really good. sampled at 't Beertje in Bruges.

texashammer, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright bloody crimson when the afternoon sun is permitted to slant through the glass. Echte Kriekenbier is the reddest beer that I've ever seen. The cap is cherry blossom pink and is too soft and too unsticky to last or to lay down any lace. I love the brilliant, perfectly clear beer, but the head leaves quite a bit to be desired.

The nose can only be described as pungent. It's cherry fruity, salivary gland squeezingly sour and funky yeasty all at once. I like it, I just wish there was more cherry and less funk. But then this is a Flanders red, not some pretty pink fruit beer, so I guess the brewers know what the hell they're doing.

All beer of this style (at least the handful that I've had to date) end up at roughly the same level of likeability for me. That isn't to say they all taste alike, just that I kinda, sorta like them and respect them, but don't really love them. Something about the curious mix of flavors and flavor sensations. Maybe I just haven't had a really good one yet.

Sour cherry is noted on the palate. However, it's nearly overcome by an aged oaky, almost phenolic flavor that would be better if it was cut in half. A change like that would probably alter the beer so much that it would no longer be a member of the stated style. Well, I guess it's 'take it or leave it' time. I'm still on the fence. The label says that 150 gm/L of sour cherries were added. Would 300 gm/L have helped?

I'd like more substance in the mouthfeel department, but it does seem to fit the flavor profile pretty well. A full, sticky beer of this sort wouldn't work at all. The carbonation is fine-gauged and unobtrusive, even as it keeps things moving along without a hitch. All in all, the mouthfeel neither adds nor detracts from the overall experience.

Verhaeghe Echt Kriekenbier may be the quintessential Flanders red ale for all I know. If so, then I don't really love what this style embodies. I'll keep searching, though, in the hopes that I run across one that will rock my world to Flanders and back.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of Derek
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased from Spinnakers Spirit Merchants.

A: Ruby red, pink head, nice lace.

S: Sour cherries, a little bready malt.

T: Overwhelmingly tarte.

M: Light body, moderate to high carbonation, acidic and prickly.

D: Overly tarte. Really needs more sweetness.

I expected the cherries to make it a little drier, but they should have added some sweetness too! A kriek (or a flanders/flemish red ale) shouldn't be as tart as a lambic!

The Vichtenaar was an excellent brew. The cherries have really ruined it.

Derek, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Red/brown, good carbonation, slightly off-white head.

Smell: Tasrt vinegar and cherries, malt, more tartness.

Taste. Sour and vibrant, but not as much as I would have liked. The addition of cherries brings a fruitiness that Vichtenaar lacked, the flavors play well together, making this reminscent of a kriek lambic. A nice sipper for a cool october evening.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, dry overall.

Drinkability: I liked it, my girlfriend liked it, but there are beers out there that do better at what this beer attempts.

TastyTaste, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty good Cherry Belgian beer. Not as complex, rich, or rounded as some that I've sampled, but well brewed nevertheless. Good tart cherry aromas surrounded by solid hints of red wine, vinegar, and citrusy tartness. Looks ruby red, almost to the extent of carbonated cranberry juice. Very deep and clear, highly carbonated. Tastes as plesant as it smells. Tart but not sour. Enough malt character to sweeten the body. Tartness begins to edge toward vinegar and cider, but not enough to deter. Fruity cherry for an extra flavor profile, but not overly dominant. Finishes tart and dry--quite wine-like. After taste is a solid echo of cherries.

BEERchitect, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Seein' it: Rosy red is the color, mainly clear, with a proud, fizzy, pinkish head that collapses assuredly, but slowly...

Smellin' it: big time cherry, massive sour notes, very vibrant and arousing.

Tastin' it: Oooo, wince, pucker, grimace, shudder, ...ahhhh!!!
Very tasty, when you enjoy that sensation. Lip smackin', with a recurring fruity flavor. Brilliantly bitter. Medium bodied, long, fruity, sour finish. Thoroughly spanks the palate, slapping cherry-whips on the tongue.

Just delicious.

feloniousmonk, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a flute)
A- This beer pours a deep brownish red body that is crystal clear with a pinkish creamy head that fades pretty quickly. It has a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- A complex fruity nose of currants, black cherries and a hint of vanilla. The sourness is very light.

T- The sourness is mild and followed by some cherry, plum flavors and a hint of vanilla aswell. This beer has a slight red wine quality to the finish but much lower in alcohol so it is softer.
There is a faint almost band-aid not at the finish.

M- Medium body with no fizz or astringency.

D- This is a very soft light Flanders Red. The cherry notes are very mild and the sourness is very faint. It is well blended but not as complex with the malt and red wine characters as I would like to see.

rhoadsrage, Sep 08, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearence: Pours a deep red with a thin, bubble head. Tons of carbonation.

Smell: The smell is a pleasent cherry aroma mixed with a nice, oak cask feel to it.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is mostly of sweet cherries mixed with oak and nuts. The complexity of a normal Flanders Red is missing, and the carbonation is a bit much. Also, I'd like to see more sourness for this style. But still, it's an enjoyable taste. The mouthfeel is thin and slick.

Drinkability and Overall: Not a bad beer, but definitly room for improvement. For the style, this one falls way short of some of the others. Would I have another? Probably. Would I prefer it? Probably not.

santoslhalper, Jul 11, 2005
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 Sammy
2.68/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Room temperature Musty and leather smell. Very cherry, light head. Opaque red. Sugar and vinegar acidic, not finishable, doesn't work altogether, the taste the fizzy carbonation. Too dry too thin, maybe with some spicy meat. This is a fruit beer, right? Modiale 2005.

Sammy, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle. Pours out clear red with a pink head. Carbonation is very fizzy. The smell hits you the second you open the bottle. Some cherry in the aroma, but mostly the kind of aroma you would get from a strong dark Belgian ale. I expected this beer to taste very malty and high in alcohol. Taking a sip is a big suprise. The taste is not like the smell. The cherry flavor is nice, not too artificial or sweet. There are some nice malt flavors too. However, the fruit and the malt flavors do not complement each other well. In addition, the mouthfeel is too thin. This beer is all over the place without a focus.

beveragecaptain, May 25, 2005
Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A copper-glinting ruby with a fast-fleeting crimson white head.
Fragrant of cherries, of course, structured with oak and iron.
Begins with a medicinally sweet cherry burst. It brings notions of nutmeg and generalized warmth. A subtle tartness grows, as the cherry hues shift blacker and stonier. Some oaky tannins on the tail, with an oxidized copper closure.
Starts manic and fizzy in the mouth, then fades to a modestly charged watered syrup.
Ok, I guess. It's got some issues, but its passable, probably moreso than the Dutchess.

cokes, May 19, 2005
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 cerevisiaephilus
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

cerevisiaephilus, Apr 07, 2005
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Southside Beer Expo, Frankfort, Illinois. Cherry red body, with a thick parfait head. Swirl it around in the glass like it's a melting cherry soda float! A refreshing cherry taste that isn’t cloying in sweetness.Kind of missed the sourness one would expect in a Flanders, but to each its own.

DrunkMcDermott, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03-19-05- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- from the tap into a tulip style glass.

Appearance- Nice dark scarlet, almost cherry cough sryup colored.
Nothing in the head department and very very light lacing.

Smell- Not a huge scent, but definite cherries and a sugary sweet scent.

Taste- Wasn't sure if this was a red flanders style or a kriek lambic. It really didn't fit into either category. It didn't have that sour quality that red flanders have (ie Duchesse, NBB Love or La Foile), and it certainly didn't have the super sour taste of a true lambic. Maybe more like a sweet lambic, ie Lindemans. Hmmm, stumped by this one. It did have plenty of cherry taste to it though. And maybe just the slight amount of sourness to it and the slight amount of sweetness. This is a true enigma of a beer.

Mouthfeel- Mouth coating and full of flavor with none if any carbonation.

Drinkability- Whatever style it is, it's a prefectly decent drinkable brew.

GClarkage, Mar 20, 2005
Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
87 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.