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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte KriekenbierVerhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier

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Brouwerij Verhaeghe

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAngel on 11-18-2002

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of beveritt
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours with about 1.4 inch if off white head. This settles quickly to nothing. The beer itself is a dark tinted red, yet perfectly clear.

Smell: Tart cherries with an underlying bitterness.

Taste: Mildy tart cherry flavor that is neither as sweet or as tart as many Flemish reds. Finishes with a slight bitterness that, to me, really captures the flavor of cherries.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation, decent body.

Drinkability: A good refreshing drink that would not be too sweet to have a couple nor to tart.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mlazzaro
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

best before 19/5/2013 - 11.2 oz. bottle
Decent carbonation with a deep cherry color. Clear as a bell with no head. No yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle.? I think this is force carbonated with compressed co2.
Smell is nice. Pleasant oak character, wild yeast - acidic aroma. It does have a disconcerting sweet aspect to the cherry aroma.
Taste is for me disappointingly sweet. It does have all the other exciting tart/souring agents, yeasty, and oaked characteristics. But sweetness comes off as distracting and syrupy for me.
Less acidic than a typical kriek beer. It's very drinkable beer - surprisingly smooth. I would normally say age this one for a good while to dry up the flavor, but I don't think that cellaring would change the beer with no yeast sediment.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright red with no head. Carbonation is low, but it's been aging for 3 years I guess.

Smells of tart cherries, and possibly even some vinegar, and just a touch o funk. Smells damn good.

Not as complex as the smell might lead you to believe. Tart kriek cherries dominate the taste. Hints of vinegar and funk are noticeable. I was looking for more funk, but the funk level seems to fit nicely. It's still feels light and less syrupy than othe Belgian fruit beers.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap

The Linkery
San Diego, CA

Clear, ruby red and dark pink with a frothy, light pink head. Regular lacing down the glass with each sip.

Sweet aroma of cherries and a faint amount of tart yeast--pleasant, but not biting, sharp, pungent, or powerful.

A very sweet Flanders red with lots of cherry flavor--not nearly as tart, acidic, and sour as others I've tried within the style. This one is very sweet and drinks similar to cherry juice with just a mild sourness.

Light to medium bodied. I would have preferred much higher carbonation--this seems too close to juice.

A sweet, somewhat undercarbonated, Flanders red--lacks the biting, stinging, wonderful sourness I've come to expect within the style.

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Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a ruby red color and a mostly clear texture. There was a big, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A very sour aroma. Also had lots of cherries, wood and a strange fruity quality.

T: Tasted of cherries up front (very hard to miss), with an unusual fruit in the finish. It's slightly odd, but somehow appealing. There were also traces of apples and malt, making for an interesting flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This is a slightly unusual, but somehow likable beer.

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Photo of Cavery
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ML shared with SundaySour, cork says best before September 2011

Poured into Lost Abbey Tulip ~45F serving temp.

A: A really brightly stained wood with an ivory head. The color of the body bleeds into the base of the filmy head, but the bright whiteness of the bubbles are very noticeable. You can just look at this beer and know there are cherries in it, many cherries were harmed in the creation of this beer.

S: Woody cherries, really soft with a maple-sweet character. There's a lot of subtlety to the nose that keeps the cherries from going too deep into that syrupy/grenadine character. There certainly is the cherry aspect, but it's eloquently subdued in the wood. Red apples appear in the blending of cherries and wood.

T: Sweetened like a nice raspberry/cherry vinaigrette, really drying after the berries appear. Old woods with de-fanged alcohols; there's a gap where an experienced drinker might expect a boozy bite. The gape is glazed over by a deeply acidic flavor of red apple skins and seared salted watermelon. the acidity hurts the drinkability for me a fair amount. An after taste of gojji berries and craisins in blood orange juice. A nice depth of wood backed flavor that is really quite compromised by the strong acidity. This is the least spicy hot sauce you'll ever drink, that's for sure.

M: I'd say this is a pretty strong bodied beer for it's ABV; the carbonation is lower than one might expect, but it allows for more subtle wood derived flavors to arrive. I think I would like it more with a bit more fizz, but I'm not sure if that would counteract the acidity enough for me to give it higher marks.

O: this is a sophisticated Flanders's that doesn't quite blend in its additional ingredients. The oak and cherries lend a lot to the flavor, but also combine to create an unstable concoction. The tartness in the finish is really quite pleasant and refined; but the acid that comes with it is quite overwhelming. It may not be in the first few sips, but it gradually accumulates. After getting down to about half a glass I felt like I was ready to tap out. By no means a bad beer, but I feel like I just drank a gallon of pure lemon juice. Not even the solid flavors can save the drinkability of this brew. Sorry Verhaeghe, but I'm in love with the duchesse.

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3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared with Cavery.

A: An autumn leaf red (reddish brown) with a thin cream colored head. Misty and mysterious like a witch brew on the kettle.

S: The smell honestly reminds me a bit of it's totally babealicious cousin, the Duchesse. Cherries, apple vinegar, sourdough dough, and the happy smell of Father Christmas delivering gingerbread cookies and happiness on a frosty winter eve. .. I smelled it.

T: Much less tart than the Duchesse, but still another tangy victory from this brewery I cannot pronounce. It tastes of cherry tartlets, fizzy apple cider, Granny Smith apples, and God's mercy. If you're just learning about the joys of Flanders Red Ale, but still are not quite in the mood for a fine glass of vinegar, I think this is a great alternative.

M: Fizzy and crisp, maybe even a little creamy. The taste does stick, as if I've just scarfed an apple.

O: While I don't this comes near to the body-snatching madness of the Duchesse, this is a deliciously complex red ale that does stay true to the brewery's signature taste. Yum yum yum. Even the sour-hating crazies in this household enjoyed it.

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Photo of Airyk12
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep cherry color, with a very small light pink head.

Smells of tart cherries, as well as a hint of vinegar and a few spices.

tastes like a sour cherry pie, with flavors of rich cherries, a few spices, and a yeast flavor that fades quickly. Sweetness is prevalent, but not too strong.

Smooth, but with a decent bite from the tartness. Low carbonation and a medium body make this quite a easy drinker.

A solid kriek from a true belgian brewery; hits all the right notes without being overwhelming on any count. Sweet, tart, fruity, with a hint of spice, this beer is a great sipper for dessert or to go with some good dark chocolate.

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Photo of samie85
2.81/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes; originally 5/30/11.

A-Pours a brilliant ruby color with two and a half fingers of light pink head.

S-Smells of tart cherries and a bit of balsamic vinegar.

T-Pretty sweet cherries on the forefront with a bit of oak.

M-A little under-carbonated for the style; medium-bodied and a little sticky.

D-A little sweet and the carbonation level being a little low hurts the drinkability on this one for me.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle split into two big snifters

Pours clear ruby with a weak head. Smells sour and cherry, delicious in fact.

Taste is tart cherries, makes me think of sweet tarts (which is one of the things I love about this style). It's quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is dry, a little abrasive (what I'm familiar and comfortable with for the style).

Overall, this is exactly what I was hoping for from this beer. Very good.

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Photo of snogglethorpe
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beeeautiful ruby-red color, with a playful but short-lived head. Yeasty belgian smell that leaves a slight impression of "sparkly sweetness."

Taste is great. With the name "kriekenbier" I wasn't totally sure what to expect (and was a little afraid it would be a sticky sugar bomb), but it's basically true to its style (flanders red ale): quite tart/sour, very slightly sweet, with a rich dry musty yeastiness. On top of that, there's a definite cherry flavor; it's _very_ well done, refreshing and distinctive, but _not_ artificial, overpowering, or excessively sweet. Very, very, refreshing.

I couldn't taste the alcohol at all, and indeed was surprised to see afterwards how high the ABV was!

A really nice variant on an already delicious style of beer. Absolutely refreshing and a great treat on a summer evening...

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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
3.85 out of 5 based on 413 ratings.
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