Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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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
Ratings:
419
Reviews:
218
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.69%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
33
For Trade:
1
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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
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 -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmg480
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bad_Attitude_Brews
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of epyon396
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of desint
2.81/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenMind
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Oleg85
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kgoldsbe
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrisroarshack
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AlexAfonin
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeppedled
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pretty red, deep, but yet still has lots of clarity. The aroma drops both sweet and sour cherry notes, sweet probably winning.

Taste came off dry, a different kind of flanders, sweeter, but still earthy with something like mint leaves in a small way. Leather, tobacco, dirt too. Wasn't all that sour, maybe a 2 on a 1-10 scale. Still good, but wouldn't go looking for this when Oude Tart exists.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of samEBC
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jw4free
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MaxOhle
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nichols33
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Taybeh
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into the brewery's really cool stemware. Beautiful deep dark red with a thin crown of eggshell head that slowly subsides over a couple minutes...no lacing. Lots of vinegar on the nose, a hint of tart pie cherry underneath the vinegar...ok, but nothing too great. Taste is very cherry and sweeter than expected, but not in a bad way, with a nice very modest sour edge that grows on me and develops as I sip.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vylo
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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