Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier
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From:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe
 
Belgium
Style:
Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #60
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,830
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 12.4%
Reviews:
228
Ratings:
214
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 07, 2022
Added:
Nov 18, 2002
Wants:
  24
Gots:
  39
SCORE
87
Very Good
Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte KriekenbierVerhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier
Notes: Echt Kriekenbier, (real cherry beer)" is as the name suggests a cherry beer that is manufactured with only the real fruit of cherries instead of with flavor enhancers or extracts of cherries. The fruit is sourced from the region around Sint-Truiden in Limburg (Belgium).
Unlike the most famous fruit beers the basic beer of the "real cherry beer" is not a Lambic but a West-Flemish red-brown ale aged in oak wood. About mid-July at the picking, the Northern cherries are brought in at the brewery and laid in on the base beer.
Because the taste of the cherry fruit varies from year to year and this according to the number of hours of sunshine or rain, the kriekenbier at its final composition is blended with cherry beer from the year before and two-year old cherry beer. This with the intention of becoming a more constant taste of the "real cherry beer" over the years.
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
330 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 6.8%. Clear deep red colour, moderate to small off-white / pinkish head. Strong aroma of sour cherries, brettanomyces / farmhouse and oak. Sour and medium sweet flavour with cherries galore, some brett and oak.
Aug 07, 2022
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Rated by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon

4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Delightful, rich, full-bodied cherries. Wonderful.
Apr 09, 2021
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Reviewed by cardfan212 from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a fluted glass.

Look - A lot browner than I expected. I thought it'd be a very vibrant red. Sandy colored fluffy head that sticks around for a bit. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell - Quite sour, decently woody, and sweet cherries. A decent blend of pleasant scents.

Taste - Like the smell but more intense. The sourness is tame enough and very enjoyable. A wonderful swirl of flavors.

Feel - Medium body with just the right amount of fizz to it.

Overall - I never thought I'd be able to fall in love with a sour beer, but this one might be close to it. Incredibly balanced and nuanced, and absolutely delicious.
Apr 17, 2020
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a turbid brown with almost no head. Zero head retention

S: Cherries, a little barnyard once warm

T: Dryness, sweet & tart cherries, woodyness up front. Sweet & tart cherry, a little woody dryness & leafy hop as this warms, a touch of leather & vinegar. Finishes tart & puckery, faint fig notes, woodyness & cherry

MF: Medium body, minimal carbonation , puckery

A nice cherry infused take on the style
Nov 15, 2019
 
Rated: 3.69 by TargaFlorio from Indiana

Aug 25, 2019
 
Rated: 3.43 by JLapadura from New York

May 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.05 by RickS95 from Indiana

Apr 27, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Kolb from Montana

Apr 24, 2019
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
11.2oz brown bottle. Best before date is '2020-01-21'.
Dark brown with reddish tint colored body. No real head upon pouring, but does yield a medium ring and a bubble fed island. No lacing.
Aroma is a sweet cherry smell, with a corresponding sour green apple.
Taste initially expresses the tart cherry and then, towards the end, a sweeter cherry comes forth. Rather short taste profile, with very little aftertaste.
Medium plus mouth feel. Has a lower level of carbonation.
A somewhat refreshing Flanders Red, especially when the sweet cherry expresses.
Apr 12, 2019
 
Rated: 3.77 by kingjohnh from New Mexico

Dec 16, 2018
 
Rated: 2.67 by baklo from North Carolina

Nov 08, 2018
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Reviewed by Pray_For_Mojo from Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: much lighter in color than I expected for a Flemish red/brown. This beer is much more red than brown. The cherries’ contribution to the color is obvious. Dark ruby with only a hint of brown. Wonderfully bright. The head is spritzy, almost artificial in appearance, which fades quickly like a hot soda. The head is off-white with just a hint of pink.

Aroma: cherry sweetness, candy-like cherry aroma. Somewhat artificial. Mild lacto-sourness and oak.

Flavor: sweet! Too sweet even after the first sip. This is too sweet to finish in a sitting. The cherry comes through as cherry cough drops (more like Ludens than medicated drops). Then comes an awful metallic taste; as if this beer were stored in an old tin soup can. The sourness is mild, or at least mellowed by the sugar. The metallic taste is overbearing!

Mouthfeel: medium-medium.

Overall: between the excessive sweetness and the overwhelming metallic taste, this beer is marginal. Fortunately, it was relatively inexpensive for the style ($10-11 / 750ml). I wouldn’t buy this beer again, though. This beer has too many areas for improvement. I drained poured the remainder of the bottle following my tasting notes.
Sep 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4.36 by JoshJ from Australia

Jul 28, 2018
 
Rated: 2 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jul 06, 2018
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Reviewed by erk0607 from Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Look: Raspberry brown and copperish with a slightly pink-white head that turns to lacing.
Smell: Cherries, apples, pear, a slight funk
Taste: Slightly grainy, oaky, cherry, bright fruit. Definitely NOT a derivative of cherry cough syrup. Nice yeasty funk.
Feel: Light, crisp, dry, soft carbonation
Overall: Good kriek - would get again. I'm a Duchess fan and this is a bit less vinegary
Apr 02, 2018
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Reviewed by HoppyBastard from Nebraska

1.37/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1
Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 ounce corked and caged bottle into a Shaker pint glass, expiration date "06/2018".

APPEARANCE: pours a dark, redish-brown color with less than one finger tan head that quickly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, there is very little lacing on the glass, highly carbonated.

SMELL: vinegar, that is really all I got, in a word..... unpleasant.

TASTE: sadly, the taste follows the nose, vinegar and some cherry in the background, I have had cherry cough syrup better than this.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: two words: drain pour. I finished half of one glass and poured the rest down my kitchen sink. That is $12.00 I'll never get back.
Mar 20, 2018
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Reviewed by OliverWilde from Oklahoma

4.97/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is what low ABV bier should taste like. You know its old either from the nice yeasty-open fermentation flavor or the tartness. I've never had a kriek with this much farmhouse funk so I'm sold. A few points off for being so clear; I don't know much about beer so I don't know if some beers just clear up on their own or what but to me clear beer always seemed so superficial and commercial.
Feb 16, 2018
 
Rated: 3.92 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Jan 30, 2018
 
Rated: 3.93 by DrewSnyc667 from Massachusetts

Nov 24, 2017
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Reviewed by Irishman_Scott from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Way back, Kasteel Rouge is what really turned me on to crafts and premium beers. It still knocks my socks off. This runs a pretty close second to it. Much like it, if you're familiar. This one's cherry is a bit more tart though. Very distinct cherry. Worth a try!
Nov 14, 2017
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Reviewed by Starchildpsu33 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
As soon as it hit my tongue my taste buds exploded. This may be my favorite beer now. Just the right amount of sour and cherry flavor. I even had my local beer distributor order a case to keep in stock. Love this beer!
Oct 27, 2017
 
Rated: 5 by Wmubroncos85 from Michigan

Oct 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by -Andrew- from Michigan

Sep 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Aug 31, 2017
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 9/2019. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light pink/cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big lightly tart/tangy cherries, raspberry, strawberry, lemon, plum, green apple, red grape, oak, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, hay, straw, leather, grass, funk, pepper, almond, slight red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/light funky yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart/tangy cherries, raspberry, strawberry, lemon, plum, green apple, red grape, oak, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, hay, straw, leather, grass, funk, pepper, almond, slight red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light fruity/lactic tartness, yeast/tannic oak spiciness, and fruit tang on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy cherries, raspberry, strawberry, lemon, plum, green apple, red grape, oak, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, hay, straw, leather, grass, funk, pepper, almond, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/light funky yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/tart/tangy/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from carbonation and tart/tangy/spicy notes, increasing through the glass. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly tangy/acidic/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6.8%. Overall this is a great fruited Flanders red ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/light funky yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the mildly tart/tangy/drying finish. Extremely well balanced for the style. Plenty of authentic cherry flavors, with solidly funky yeast complexity. Nice oak and malt presence. Never overly sweet or sour either way, with no slick/syrupy character from fruit or malts. A very enjoyable offering.
Jul 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by steverx8 from England

Jul 02, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
On tap at Blackback Pub, Waterbury, VT. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a dark cherry red color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace leaving some light messy lacing sticking here and there. The smell started off with some sweet and tart cherries blending into a light malt base. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors and added a light acceptable acidity to it. Gentle on the sour, nice for the most part. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it, noting that the "sour" is tame enough to balance everything all out very nicely. Overall, this was a pretty good sour ale with the cherries really coming through authentically.
Jun 23, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by NickThePyro from Washington

Jun 14, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by jmg480 from Pennsylvania

Jun 07, 2017
 
Rated: 3.16 by Bad_Attitude_Brews from South Carolina

Jun 04, 2017
 
Rated: 3.87 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania

May 14, 2017
 
Rated: 2.81 by desint from Belgium

Apr 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by bigred89 from Maryland

Mar 26, 2017
 
Rated: 3.92 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

Dec 19, 2016
 
Rated: 3.8 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation

Dec 17, 2016
 
Rated: 3.87 by Kgoldsbe from Colorado

Oct 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by chrisroarshack from Alaska

Aug 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by AlexAfonin from Russian Federation

Jun 29, 2016
 
Rated: 3.79 by shelby415 from Oregon

Jun 26, 2016
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Reviewed by zeppedled from Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Ruby red color, little head, dry champagne like aroma, smooth fruity flavor with tart Cherry and raspberry hints. Aftertaste is a bit unusual with a unique metallic taste,, very lactic like but isn't bad. Oddly. Kind of like a Wisconsin door County fruit wine with carbonation and more complexity.
Jun 17, 2016
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