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Verhaege Kriek (Kriekenbier) | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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3.88/5
Very Good
38 Ratings
Verhaege Kriek (Kriekenbier)Verhaege Kriek (Kriekenbier)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Belgium
brouwerijverhaeghe.be

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 06-13-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,434
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
38
pDev:
11.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
2
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2.47/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm confused on many levels with this beer so I'll guess I'll start at the beginning. I couldn't find a match of the exact beer I drank, however, this seemed to be the closest. Could it be I acquired a really, really old or a really, really new bottle, but I have no clue for sure. The label on the bottle I'm drinking has a coat of arms, 2 cherries and says the ABV is 6.8%.

The best part of this beer is the appearance. It poured a deep, cherry red with minimal head which foamed a bit when swirled. The positive aspects of this beer stopped right there for me.

The smell was the first thing that weirded me out; maybe I was expecting more of a lambic-ness, but the smell had a funk that I found hard to place. What the hell was that smell? Dirty underwear?

The taste started okay with a tart, bitter cherry flavor but followed by a metallic nastiness that almost pressed down on the back of my tongue. Seriously.

The mouthfeel was uneventful and not at all pleasant.

Drinkable? I'll pass.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of MenardMa
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of mantissa
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Kerrie
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Overlord
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with a slight reddish hue. Small white foam head.

Smells ... like berries, actually. Cherries you say? If you say so. Smells sweet.

Taste is predominantly sweet, somewhat medicinal berry/cherriness. Maybe a slight pucker that lingers on the tongue. Not particularly sour.

Pleasant prickly mouthfeel.

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3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gbontrag
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beauteous violet with rose froth that rises high, and holds well.
Smells very lactic, like cherry kefir; slight horseblanket, and a little vegetal.

Soft and creamy mouthfeel is nice. There's woody astringency. Sour milk, light horseblanket, sweet. This is pretty thin, not so dry--very fruit juicy.

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3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Merks
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Beginner2
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Also from the Verhaege brewery (just reviewed), this ale also displays the Belgian flair -- nay, quirkiness and self-confidence -- to produce sour beers.
This Kriek had a bit too much cherry for me to have again, but I did appreciate its tartness.

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" said this : "In West Flanders, the Verhaege brewery also produces a Kriek variation... that has to aroma and palate of a Kirsch."

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Photo of cubedbee
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a wine glass, this is a nice deep purplish amber color with a thin head and a moderate amount of lacing. Smell is a strong cherry smell, kind of like a cough drop, with a slight oak scent as well. Taste is more of the very strong cherry, more tart that sweet, doesn't leave a lingering syrpupy aftertaste. Hard to taste much other than the cherry, although there is a decent malt underlying. Mouthfeel is medium with a fairly high carbonation and a light effervescent feel in the motuh. The only other Kriek I've had was Lindeman's, and this is definitely a better beer. Goes well with desert, especially chocolate.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker reddish tinted brown, moderate cap of off white head, decent retention. Scent brings berries, tart cherry, red wine and apple cider vinegar, lightly herbal and medicinal. First sip brings blended vinegar and berry notes, can pick out each individually but quite even in the taste... tangy and tart, lightly sweet. Medium bodied, a splash bubbly. Not as bold on the cherry front as i had hoped, mild vinegar and bright berry notes.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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Verhaege Kriek (Kriekenbier) from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 38 ratings
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