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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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322 Ratings
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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 203
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAngel on 11-18-2002)
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Photo of canucklehead
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very red with a pink head. This beer looks like it might be a sweet lambic but it is instead deep dark cherry with a sour smell. Very dry sour cherries with almost no sweetness make this a beer that you love or hate. I really like it as it challenged my palate and tasted like some brewer cared about making an uncompromising beer that is remembered long after.

canucklehead, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a different label then the one in the picture but it seems to be the same beer from what I read. As I was pouring a giant pink fizzy head erupted from the glass with audible fizziness atop a dark cherry colored clear body. After the head fizzled down quickly to a coating of bubbles there was no lace left about the glass. The aroma was of slightly sweet cherries and also quite a bit of tartness. Very sweet cherry flavor here similar to cherry syrup. The finish is tart and tangy with more cherry flavor. Mouthfeel here is a bit thin and the over carbonation doesn’t help either. I can see being in the mood for one of these but not drinking one after another. Interesting enough to make me want to seek out more of the style, thanks cornboy for this surprise brew.

meathookjones, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of mzwolinski
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blood red in color, with a thin, fizzy white head. The aroma is of tart cherries, quite acidic. After this, the flavor is surprisingly sugary sweet, at least at the start. The cherry flavor is quite present, yet things never get *too* sweet. A nice hint of sour at the finish keeps things a bit balanced. There's even a bit of malt asserting itself once the beer warms a bit, giving the whole sip a bit of added depth. Overall, this is quite a nice beer.

mzwolinski, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of Suds
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cooper’s Seafood House in Scranton….looking for something to awaken my mouth after oysters Rockefeller. Presented in a goblet, the beer is deep red with a thin pink foam atop. The smell is characteristically sour, with a hint of cherry. The fruit is secondary to the vinous, alcohol laced, yeasty sourness. Taste is tart and tangy, with plenty of cherry flavor. It’s a refreshing, tangy, almost wild beer. It’s amazingly refreshing.

Suds, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice reddish colour with a white head that dies quickly. This smells of sweet cherries, slight lambic funk, lactic funk, sweet malts, and slightly grassy subtle hops. The taste is a bit funky and very cherryish with a nice creaminess in there as well. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and very, very dry. The drinkability is good. This is a very interesting kriek/flanders red hybrid, that I could see trying again...

francisweizen, Jun 23, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Note - My bottle is a little different than the one pictured. It says Echt Kriekenbier and it is the 6.8% ABV beer.

The beer poured crystal clear deep ruby. The head was pink...yep, pink and the pink stuff lasted to lace the glass. Ok, perhaps it was ruby, but a ruby head is still a little unsettling.

The aroma was sour with fruity barnyard aromas.

The flavor was cherry and fruits that immediately became dry and sour. The sourness was not overpowering, but it was very one dimensional and not interesting. With the beer drying out so fast it was difficult to find much to say.

The finish was dry and had a slight cherry flavor that was not well done that lasted much longer than you wanted it to. The body was medium light and watery.

I say skip it. Regular Vichtenaar is a much better beer.

11.2 ounce bottle. Best before 31-10-05. Purchased at Kroger in Blacksburg, VA.

GCBrewingCo, Jun 21, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

nkish red hue surmounted by a pink off-white head. Nice nose with that oak cask wood thing going on that seduces me like always. Woody with weird almost smoky notes. Leafy balsamic vinegar notes and of course an honest mostly sweet cherry base. Palate is balsamic, very refreshing, oaky vanilla, but acidity level remains low enough to be accessible. Excellent!

Rastacouere, Jun 09, 2004
Photo of nomad
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ever had something rearrange what you think? Well, this kriek-sort-of-lambic does. Its a purplish deep red ale struggling to have a head on it. Reminds me of pomegranate juice, a little bit thicker but just as placid.

Smells of a basic Flemish ale body with a fruitier soul. Cherries are round and balancing, and typically take away any iron or vinegary tones. Simple ane nice enough.

This beer tastes like fresh squeezed juices: black currants, blackberries, black cherries, but with plenty of maraschino shine. The tartness is really well controlled and the metallic Flemish twang is taken away by the cherry addition.

I thought Goudenband was a good Flemish red ale, but this is much better, maybe because its not really a Flemish red ale. Does the addition of cherries make it no longer a true blue Flanderish brew? Whatever, it tastes damn good. Like a dollop of palette cleansing sorbet after a spectacular meal.

nomad, May 24, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep red color. The aroma is sour, with note of vinegar, and it definitely has good cherry notes to it. The taste is refreshing and dry with a sour cherry character. This would be a great beer to drink on a hot day. Fruity, but not at all cloying with a nice balancing tartness.

Gueuzedude, Apr 12, 2004
Photo of Shaw
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a cherry-red beer with a massive carbonation explosion upon pouring. Reminds me of soda with all its bubbles. Its pink head reduces quickly.

It has a tart smell with a bit of musty odor as well. Perhaps barrel aging gives it this aroma?

It tastes like one expects a lambic to taste: tart. I think I can detect the cherry flavor, but I probably wouldn't be able to find the flavor if I wasn't searching for it. The sourness lingers long after swallowing. The taste is less complex than its sister brew, Duchesse de Bourgogne. Echte Kriek's mouthfeel is good, neither too watery nor too heavy.

I must admit I'm not too versed in lambics, but from the few I've had Echte Kriek fits in nicely. Good to try.

Shaw, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of BeerAngel
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a strawberry tea color with a very fizzy pink head the dissipates rapidly. The smell is somewhat wine-like with a tart grape and warming alcohol aroma bilowing from the glass. The taste starts with a carb bite sliding into the tart fruit and warming alcohol and ends with a cranapple type of bitter-sweet finish. This is a light bodied brew that ends on a lightly sweet note. This could go wonderfully with certain dishes! Although very tasty and positive in every other way, the drinkability would suffer a bit because a little goes a long way (with all due respect). Thanks to belgianbum for the chance to taste such a beer! Op uw gezonheid!

BeerAngel, Jan 28, 2004
Photo of the42ndtourist
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

the42ndtourist, Jan 21, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep glowing russet rose color with a thin, light tannish head with a bit of off-pinkish tone to some of it in thicker areas. Fades fast to a thin ring and lace in fast dripping strings and spots.
Smell is a souring cherry tinge and wild oaky sweetness with some yeasty meat-like bacon notes. Taste has a quick hold of souring cherry, substantially biting and sweet oakyness with a nice little tart kick. Notes of yeasty uncrisp bacon laying on the side of the oak character, kinda weird but nice. Simple and pleasing, not a overbearing cherry fruitness, just alot of cherry character in the sour and tart areas which it has a good portion of. Pretty full feel upfront with a quickening hit of souring then eases out and finds lots of tart cherry dryness and oaky sweetness. A pretty decent, quite powering little brew, a pleasure to drink. Another thanks goes out to jeffboo for the bottle.

tavernjef, Oct 20, 2003
Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the GBBF aswell as out of the bottle, the bottle version seem ed better to me, the tapped version i had, was a bit flat and lifeless, no fresh sour cherries, the tap version was also a lot sweeter i found. Still has the stinkyness, meat and blood of the bottled version, but the palate didn't feel the same.

rastaman, Sep 08, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright (but deep?) red with a moderate pink hued head, good carbonation, and constant low head leaving some lace. Sour fruity, oaky, winey aroma ... not as fruity as most true krieks; more woody. Tastes like it smells -- very red wine-like. Cherries are not very standoutish like most krieks I've had. Oak character is very noticeable. Light-medium bodied with a tart finish.

A good beer but slightly misnamed as a Kriek ...

Label states: "Op Basis Van Oud Bruin" & "Malt beverage with cherries added" & "Belgian top fermented cherry beer on the basis of a reddish brown ale matured in oak casks"

Per M.J. - G.B.B.: Morello Cherries

Best Before: 02/21/04
Tasted: 08/30/03

(11.2 oz.)

RBorsato, Sep 02, 2003
Photo of marburg
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Originally reviewed: 1/31/03) This one's interesting. I love brown/red Flemish ales, and I did enjoy this though it was a bit of a let down. The initial appearance is exceptionally inviting -- a very clear, transparent beer with a deep, attractive ruby red color is certainly an interesting treat to the eyes despite the lack of head. The high carbonation is also kind of fun to watch.

Beyond that, the beer is simply average. Big fruit aroma. More sour/acidic flavor than the color and smell would lead you to believe. More or less exactly what you'd expect from this style.

Rereview (4/14/03): OK, who am I kidding? When I first reviewed this beer, I was new to the site and must have been reviewing in comparison to other sour beers (eg, Goudenband). And comparitively, it IS average. But this is a really tasty beer, and the blend of sour and cherries is delightful. Very tasty. More points from me the second time around.

marburg, Apr 14, 2003
Photo of fattyre
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear medium dark brownish red with a largish quickly dissipating pink effervescent head. The mouthfeel is moderate. The smell is of faint sour cherries and oak. The taste is oak mild cherries sweetness offset by a sour acidity. This is a very oaky acidic pleasing not overly fruit beer. Quite nice.

fattyre, Apr 09, 2003
Photo of Brent
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

According to the label: "Malt beverage with cherries added. Belgian top-fermented cherry beer on the basis of a reddish brown ale matured in oak casks."
Pours a blush-wine red. Minimal pink head fades to nothing, with soft carbonation fizzing up. Very little aroma - gently fruity with the barest hint of solvent. Tartly sweet at the front of the tongue, shifting to sour cherry as the fluid moves back on the tongue. An interesting sensation. Sour/tart nicely balances the initial sweetness, which otherwise would be cloying. I had this as an after-dinner drink, for which it was ideal. About the only other time I could see myself wanting this beer might be as a shady sipper on a hot summer day. Not a versatile beer, but quite pleasant at the right time, in limited quantity.

Brent, Mar 03, 2003
Photo of jeffboo
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

jeffboo, Feb 26, 2003
Photo of putnam
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

watery blood red with a blue streak. no head. lots of hiss (I rate the sound of this beer a "5")

Blubbery, sweaty, lactic base to the aromatics supports mild, cherry berry nuances. decent intensity.

the flavors are nicely balanced but finish quickly. cherry liqueur, matured fruits, dough...nice and dry. fizzy fizzy.

thanks to Evan for the sample.

putnam, Feb 25, 2003
Photo of Bunnyhop
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear, medium dark, brownish-red Cherry Lambic with a largish, pink, quickly dissipating, effervescent head. The smell is sour unsweet cherry. The taste is sour cherry and winey. The body is moderate in my mouth. Overall, a tasty Kriek without an overwhelming acidity or cherry flavor.

(source: Great Beers of Belgium)

Bunnyhop, Feb 20, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an opalescent sanguineous color, the head fair in size, frothy in texture, but settles quite quickly, leaving a spindly lace behind. Nose is sweet and sour fruit, something like raspberries and ripe bananas, light hints of malt, and not unpleasant. Front is malt with a very light sweetness, but the sourness of a “Flanders Red Ale” hits the palate almost immediately. The top is cadaverous, the finish is caustic, meagerly hopped, the aftertaste bone-dry with a lingering sourness which is expected in this style. I must admit it is a bit thin, or better yet watery.

Gusler, Nov 18, 2002
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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
87 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.