Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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3.87/5
Very Good
432 Ratings
Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte KriekenbierVerhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Belgium
brouwerijverhaeghe.be

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAngel on 11-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,884
Reviews:
224
Ratings:
432
pDev:
12.4%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
38
Trade:
1
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Photo of baklo
2.67/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
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.

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Photo of JoshJ
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kwright
2/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of erk0607
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

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Photo of HoppyBastard
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.

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Photo of OliverWilde
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.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Irishman_Scott
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!

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Photo of Starchildpsu33
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!

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Photo of Wmubroncos85
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Botulizard
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of steverx8
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmg480
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bad_Attitude_Brews
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of epyon396
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of desint
2.81/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenMind
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Oleg85
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 432 ratings