Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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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
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419
Reviews:
218
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.69%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
2.71/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Room temperature Musty and leather smell. Very cherry, light head. Opaque red. Sugar and vinegar acidic, not finishable, doesn't work altogether, the taste the fizzy carbonation. Too dry too thin, maybe with some spicy meat. This is a fruit beer, right? Modiale 2005.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cork indicates an expiration date of 10/2015.

Pours a clear cranberry juice color with a 1/2 inch reddish-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of sweet and sour cherries, funk, and woody aromas. Taste is of sour cherries, slight funk, wood, and a medicinal or mineral-like taste on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think this one smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a tasty kriek, probably middle of the road in terms of overall quality if you put a beer like lou pepe kriek at the top. its deep ruby red in color with a short lived half inch of oddly brown foam for a fruit beer. the nose on it is nice, jammy sweet and just a touch tart, definitely not as lambic heavy and woody funky as so many of the best ones out there, but its well better than the syrupy cheap ones too. the fruit is very authentic in the taste, no denying that, but the residual sugar is a little higher than it needs to be, and it makes it feel a little heavy. there is also a strawberry flavor in here i cant overlook, not sure how you get that from cherry, but its there. i realize as it warms up that there is a lot of funk to this, not acidity and sourness, but yeasty wildness that i really like, even though its not sour in any real way. its lovely beer in the morning, and serves as a great middle mark on the kriek scale. if it was dried out a little more it would be phenomenal, but the sweetness slows it down for me just a bit. on tap at choice city in fort collins.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.07/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm surprised to see this is a Flemish Red, I thought for sure that it was a Wild Ale or Lambic. Either way this brew has a wonderful Red color and that's the only thing I really liked about this beer. The aromas and taste are similar to each other, acidic and tart. Reminded me of vinegar a little. A little bit of funk to it as well. This is a beer for those who like this style, I for one am not that much of a fan of them. I'll give them all a try but I can't say I'll like them.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear dark red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high pink head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of cherries are present in the nose along with hints of sweetness and oak.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite fruity and has lots of cherry flavors along with notes of sourness and oak. Hints of vinegar are perceptible in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink as there's enough fruitiness from the cherries to prevent this from becoming too sour.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty good Cherry Belgian beer. Not as complex, rich, or rounded as some that I've sampled, but well brewed nevertheless. Good tart cherry aromas surrounded by solid hints of red wine, vinegar, and citrusy tartness. Looks ruby red, almost to the extent of carbonated cranberry juice. Very deep and clear, highly carbonated. Tastes as plesant as it smells. Tart but not sour. Enough malt character to sweeten the body. Tartness begins to edge toward vinegar and cider, but not enough to deter. Fruity cherry for an extra flavor profile, but not overly dominant. Finishes tart and dry--quite wine-like. After taste is a solid echo of cherries.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear russet hue, with two fingers of soapy pink head, which leaves a small ring of sudsy lace around the glass. It smells of sour, acidic cherry and lemon, and bready grain. The taste is fairly sour cherry and raspberry, caramel malt, some woodiness, and a bit of straight ascetic acid. The carbonation is moderate, the body thin and fruity, and it finishes with some straightforward fresh tart cherry.

A pretty approachable sour Flemish ale, the fruitiness nicely balanced with the acidity.

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy russet color with a vaguely lavender head; not much retention or lacing, but just enough

Smell: Cherry soda and a subtle earthy sourness; a touch of alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a rather sweet cherry base; after the swallow, a quick sourness kicks in that joins with a woody flavor and the sweet cherry into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Although not a classic Flanders Red, this is an enjoyable fruit beer; enough depth of flavor to please a beer lover but not so wild as to turn off all but the true lambic lovers

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Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BBD: 13-10-06

Pours into an Ommegang tulip a deep rosy auburn tone. When poured from a good height, a finger of head forms, but soon dissipates to a ring around the glass.

Sort of a flinty, wet stone smell, coupled with the requisite cherry.

Nice moderately tart pucker with the first few sips. Black cherry with a mild sweetness. Prickly on the tongue at first, becoming a little flat over time. Vague oak dryness in the finish. The last dregs have a bit more woodiness.

Fairly light, not cloying. Easy to finish the 11.2 oz. bottle. Personally I still prefer the depth of Duchesse over this, but the cherry adds a nice fruit character.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep red color ale with a rather large pink color foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of a load of cherries with some notes of oak. Taste is also a mix between loads of cherries that are sour but also lightly sweet but some light sour and tart notes with some oak presence also noticeable. Full body with some great carbonation and no appearance of alcohol. Very well done and definitely something I wish I could get more often.

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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 NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The full and creamy pink head atop this beauty's clear ruby body is an indication of the light and fruity flavor to be found within. In the nose, tart cherry combines with lambic-like characteristics (Lactobacilus, Brettanomyces). It's gently effervescent on the tongue, and becomes airy as it crosses the palate. The flavor expresses clear sour-cherry and lactic character over a sweetish malt. The bitterness is sublime, as it should be, and it finishes with a whisp of sweetness that fades into tartness and some dry chalkiness. Quite nice!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/24/2015 at Doherty’s Ale House, Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with no head and no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains sour cherries and grapes, some Belgian yeast and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a quick burst of sweetness from flavors of cherries and grapes followed quickly by some tartness. The malt character is thin and there is no hops presence as you would expect, but there’s a good balance. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 15/03/15

A: Pours a crystal clear deep crimson red in color with significant amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass along with some purplish red highlights (not dissimilar to the color of a lot of red wines). The beer has a half finger tall fizzy pinkish purple head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate aromas of cherries over some lighter aromas of oak. There is a light to moderate amount of gueze-like tartness present as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of cherries and sour cherries that is followed by some lighter flavors of oak. In the finish, there is a light amount of sourness and vinegar flavors.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Not as sour as I expected from the style (Flanders Red Ale) but that is likely due to the cherry sweetness. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 smithj4
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head on the glass presented--therefore, no lace. Beautiful light ruby color. Clear.

This beer reminds me of a cross between a spritzy wine and sweet fermented cider. There isn't much "cherry" flavor here, but it is still very tasty. There's a good "chew" to the body.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright bloody crimson when the afternoon sun is permitted to slant through the glass. Echte Kriekenbier is the reddest beer that I've ever seen. The cap is cherry blossom pink and is too soft and too unsticky to last or to lay down any lace. I love the brilliant, perfectly clear beer, but the head leaves quite a bit to be desired.

The nose can only be described as pungent. It's cherry fruity, salivary gland squeezingly sour and funky yeasty all at once. I like it, I just wish there was more cherry and less funk. But then this is a Flanders red, not some pretty pink fruit beer, so I guess the brewers know what the hell they're doing.

All beer of this style (at least the handful that I've had to date) end up at roughly the same level of likeability for me. That isn't to say they all taste alike, just that I kinda, sorta like them and respect them, but don't really love them. Something about the curious mix of flavors and flavor sensations. Maybe I just haven't had a really good one yet.

Sour cherry is noted on the palate. However, it's nearly overcome by an aged oaky, almost phenolic flavor that would be better if it was cut in half. A change like that would probably alter the beer so much that it would no longer be a member of the stated style. Well, I guess it's 'take it or leave it' time. I'm still on the fence. The label says that 150 gm/L of sour cherries were added. Would 300 gm/L have helped?

I'd like more substance in the mouthfeel department, but it does seem to fit the flavor profile pretty well. A full, sticky beer of this sort wouldn't work at all. The carbonation is fine-gauged and unobtrusive, even as it keeps things moving along without a hitch. All in all, the mouthfeel neither adds nor detracts from the overall experience.

Verhaeghe Echt Kriekenbier may be the quintessential Flanders red ale for all I know. If so, then I don't really love what this style embodies. I'll keep searching, though, in the hopes that I run across one that will rock my world to Flanders and back.

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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
3.85 out of 5 based on 419 ratings.
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