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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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350 Ratings
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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 17
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAngel on 11-18-2002

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of texashammer
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of Derek
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of santoslhalper
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of Sammy
2.71/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of cokes
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of Toddv29424
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Dukeofearl
2.89/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: The label is very different than shown on the accompanying photo: first off, it's now "Echt Kriekenbier" rather than "Eckte", the black label shows two large cherries on their stems above two golden lions holding a crown-covered shield (very European, not sure of the significance of this particular heraldry). The shield is like the one on the upper label in the picture shown. The very American back label has alll the legal mumbo jumbo and a best-before with some printing that is completely illegible (like the computer dot-matrix printer got confused, or kind of like my typing of beer reviews before I check them for typos a few days later....). My guess is that it says 06/11/05, or best by November 6, 2005.

Pours a very red, thin port-colored, translucent, with a moderate, slightly pink (mostly white) head that drops to a thin cover in 2 minutes, leaving no lace.

Aroma is cherry. Not unpleasant, not overpowering, not strong. Not natural either. Somewhat artifical. But there is the slight sour notes between the sweet that make me happy.

Flavor. What is this? Sour cherry cough drop-like notes, not beer-like at all. More like cherry soda, and artifical in flavor. Just not right. After the aroma, I really wanted to like this, but just can't.

Mouthfeel is thin, according to my girlfriend- I can't disagree, but I don't think it's watery like some. Just ok. Drinkability- I just don't get it.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The full and creamy pink head atop this beauty's clear ruby body is an indication of the light and fruity flavor to be found within. In the nose, tart cherry combines with lambic-like characteristics (Lactobacilus, Brettanomyces). It's gently effervescent on the tongue, and becomes airy as it crosses the palate. The flavor expresses clear sour-cherry and lactic character over a sweetish malt. The bitterness is sublime, as it should be, and it finishes with a whisp of sweetness that fades into tartness and some dry chalkiness. Quite nice!

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2nd ba in a row to thank Cornboy for this bonus goodie..

looked tasty, looked like the duchesse. red with pink foam. beautiful, of course, but this is an unfair advantage with the cherry beers and reds.

aroma contained cherries, of course, wood, some brandy and some malt. not too far off the standard profile for this type.

this beer was pleasanty tart, but not in the cantillon way. light and not too carbonated. the cherry flavor in this beer seems more suited to soda, making it less of a serious brew and more of (as the bottle says), a 'refreshing' beverage.

my girlfriend loved it.. of course.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to cornboy for this one of many offerings.
I had no idea what to expect when pouring this baby...wow, looks
like what you'd get if you mixed black cherry and grape soda.
A half an inch of pinkish-white head that had little bubbles dancing on top of the foam and then just popped...was that a hallucination?
Can't be...this is my first beer.
Smell is of what else....cherries...almost wine-like.
The taste is not as sweet as I was expecting...that's a good thing.
Very refreshing w/ tons of carbonation...the aftertaste is a real treat...just wraps around the tongue and lingers for a bit.
I don't believe I could drink more that 2 of these...not due to the alcohol or anything negative. It's just not one I would normally choose to drink beyond a pint or two. I am real glad this was a surprise send by cornboy...I would have never picked this one up.

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

I grabbed a bottle of this brew at Steelgaarden below Bethlehem Brew Works. The beer is served in a 8 oz bottle in a goblet. Pours a clear red grape color with a small frothy pink head, that fades to a minor surface layer. Aroma is musty and sour cherry very tart overall. Quite enticing! First sip is tart and sour rather puckering on my lips. Small prickly carbonation is carried in an average body. The flavor is slightly sweet and fruity in the middle and finishes dry and wooden. The finish leaves a tingle on my gums. A very nice beer that I would recommend to any one that enjoys tart sour brews!

Photo of aracauna
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very clear deep ruby body topped off with a pink head. The aroma is sour, wood and cherries. The flavor has a large oak aspect. The cherry is there, but something in this one is very medicinal. It’s not bad and actually fairly refreshing, but that medicinal quality to the aroma and flavor is annoying. A sweet beer, but sweet like juice (especially with the fairly light body) instead of rich or cloying sweet.

Photo of 99bottles
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: In a wine glass, this beer is a transparent red color, not quite pink. Copious amounts of carbonation; no head and no lacing. Looks like pink champagne, not beer.

Smell: Strongly tart cherries, sharp sour notes.

Taste: Much like the smell, this beer assualts the mouth first hiting with sharp tart cherry flavors. This slowly wears on the palette until some light oak notes play through the finish. That's really about it. Sharply acidic and tart cherries, and some wood. For a Belgian, I'm unimpressed. The 6.8% ABV is well concealed; though this has more carbonation than a malternative.

Mouthfeel: Champagne. Thin, slight alcoholic cloy and lots of carbonation which keeps it light.

Drinkability: Not for me. Decent fruitiness but not complex. It's not a sugar-syrup so that wins a few points, but I'm amazed this site calls it a Flanders, as it is more a tart Lindemans' lamb-fake.

Photo of merlin48
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Newer label than pictured, with a "best before 31-10-05" printed on the label. Label says this is a west flemish red brown ale matured in oak casks with added whole cherries.
Pours a clear, ruby body with a soft, pinkish head that quickly falls into a persistent collar and sheets of lace.
Aroma is tart, with oak wood and sweet cherries.
Mouthfeel has a light medium body, with lots of effervescent carbonation. The cherry sweetness negates the acidic and tannic character of the underlying, Flanders Red.
Taste is a fascinating hybrid of a Flanders Red and a sweet, Lambic kriek. Yeast is virtually nonexistent in the taste, except to add a mild earthiness. The sweet natural cherry flavors round out the harsh edges of an acidic and mouthpuckering Flanders red, but this ale is an exceptionally tasty one. Wood notes are present, and the cherries are never overly sweet. I can understand how some may find the cherry sweetness overwhelming for a Flanders red, but I find it to be extremely well executed, and exceptionally tasty.
If you like cherries in your bier, seek this one out and give it a try! I plan to stock a few of these in my cellar. $2.99 a bottle at the Vintage Cellar, and this is one of my favorite alltime fruit biers.

Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
87 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.