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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte KriekenbierVerhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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

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

Photo of putnam
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

watery blood red with a blue streak. no head. lots of hiss (I rate the sound of this beer a "5")

Blubbery, sweaty, lactic base to the aromatics supports mild, cherry berry nuances. decent intensity.

the flavors are nicely balanced but finish quickly. cherry liqueur, matured fruits, dough...nice and dry. fizzy fizzy.

thanks to Evan for the sample.

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Photo of fuzzcherry
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of heddar33
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Shaw
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a cherry-red beer with a massive carbonation explosion upon pouring. Reminds me of soda with all its bubbles. Its pink head reduces quickly.

It has a tart smell with a bit of musty odor as well. Perhaps barrel aging gives it this aroma?

It tastes like one expects a lambic to taste: tart. I think I can detect the cherry flavor, but I probably wouldn't be able to find the flavor if I wasn't searching for it. The sourness lingers long after swallowing. The taste is less complex than its sister brew, Duchesse de Bourgogne. Echte Kriek's mouthfeel is good, neither too watery nor too heavy.

I must admit I'm not too versed in lambics, but from the few I've had Echte Kriek fits in nicely. Good to try.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a goblet. See-thru light red with a finger of pink head that looks nice while it lasts, which is unfortunately not long. Little lacing.

All is forgiven once I get a good whiff, though. Nice big sweet and sour cherry nose.

A not-quite-vinegar-level sourness washes over the tongue for a few seconds before a substantial cherry pie sweetness threatens to take over. There's a bit of a sharp woodsy presence at the swallow. Good sweet/sour balance.

Carbonation is interesting, formed of seemingly very tiny (yet quite 'zingy') bubbles. Medium bodied with lingering sweet and sour in equal quantities.

Overall impression: Enjoyable, nicely balanced version of the style.

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Photo of Jason1337
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 11.2oz single from wilburs in ft. collins. Around $6.

A:a deep red, almost brown, has pink and purple highlights as well. White head about half an inc thick that doesn't stick around very long.

S: slightly sweet, dried cherries, strong smells of barnyard and funk, but has some strong acetone smells as well. Interesting.

T:cherries initially that leads into a caramel malt sweetness, not especially sour, but slightly tart. Nice balance between flavors of sour acidity and cherries and the malt sweetness. Very nice.

M: medium thickness, light carbonation, slight alcohol warmth.

D: very easy to drink, not overly sour and lots of nice flavors. Great beer. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty, enticingly raspberry-cherry rouge with a thin beige head. Pine resin, fresh cherries, and tobacco lead the nose with hints of vanilla and acetic acid not far behind. Delightfully tart, refreshing and full of cherry, but not without bready, buttery, and spicy notes that evoke apple pie, particularly in the finish. No doubt this would be an excellent food beer, especially for chocolate, venison, and pork.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
2.89/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: The label is very different than shown on the accompanying photo: first off, it's now "Echt Kriekenbier" rather than "Eckte", the black label shows two large cherries on their stems above two golden lions holding a crown-covered shield (very European, not sure of the significance of this particular heraldry). The shield is like the one on the upper label in the picture shown. The very American back label has alll the legal mumbo jumbo and a best-before with some printing that is completely illegible (like the computer dot-matrix printer got confused, or kind of like my typing of beer reviews before I check them for typos a few days later....). My guess is that it says 06/11/05, or best by November 6, 2005.

Pours a very red, thin port-colored, translucent, with a moderate, slightly pink (mostly white) head that drops to a thin cover in 2 minutes, leaving no lace.

Aroma is cherry. Not unpleasant, not overpowering, not strong. Not natural either. Somewhat artifical. But there is the slight sour notes between the sweet that make me happy.

Flavor. What is this? Sour cherry cough drop-like notes, not beer-like at all. More like cherry soda, and artifical in flavor. Just not right. After the aroma, I really wanted to like this, but just can't.

Mouthfeel is thin, according to my girlfriend- I can't disagree, but I don't think it's watery like some. Just ok. Drinkability- I just don't get it.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork says expiration date of Sept. 2011.

A- Pours medium-reddish brown that is almost more tan than red or brown. Small to medium head that is gone quickly and little lacing.

S- Tart and acidic on the nose. Only slight hints of cherry are still present. Yeast and dry scents are also prominent. Scent is somewhat fruity, but mostly smells more like a normal Flanders Red.

T- Taste is classic Flanders Red with slight hints of cherry. Starts with some tart cherry flavors and moves quickly into more traditional sour flavors. Yeasty flavor provides some bready backbone flavors. Then the sour and tart kicks back in for a little bit, before a dry, champagne-like flavor ends it. Dry flavor gives is a nice, simple finish.

M- Light and spritzy; very champagne-like. Sour notes are not overpowering, so this is very drinkable in both weight and feel across the tongue.

Overall, I'm a little sad I bought this out of date and it didn't quite have the cherry punch I expected. Other than that, it's a very good Flanders Red for a very affordable price.

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Photo of MaxOhle
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of meathookjones
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a different label then the one in the picture but it seems to be the same beer from what I read. As I was pouring a giant pink fizzy head erupted from the glass with audible fizziness atop a dark cherry colored clear body. After the head fizzled down quickly to a coating of bubbles there was no lace left about the glass. The aroma was of slightly sweet cherries and also quite a bit of tartness. Very sweet cherry flavor here similar to cherry syrup. The finish is tart and tangy with more cherry flavor. Mouthfeel here is a bit thin and the over carbonation doesn’t help either. I can see being in the mood for one of these but not drinking one after another. Interesting enough to make me want to seek out more of the style, thanks cornboy for this surprise brew.

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Photo of cosmonick
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Eighty
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of dalepryor
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of beergeek279
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a snifter at Fatheads. The color was ruby red, with a ring of white head. The smell was a rich cherry with just a bit of tartness. The taste was definitely dominated by the cherry flavor, but unfortunately rather than complimenting the natural sourness of the Flemish Red, it tended to dominate it a bit. Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, could session a bit on this one, depending on the wallet.

Thanks to Glenn, owner of Fatheads, for a sample of this one before we bought it, and for carrying it on tap when I've never even seen a bottle before! Definitely enjoyable...my only regret is that the cherry could have added to the sour experience of the beer, but rather ended up blocking it. Still, I'd have one again, even if I just realized I was drinking a reddish-looking beer from a snifter in a bar!

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

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice clear red with a small head.

The smell starts off with a nice, natural cherry, mild oak in the background.

I like the sour cherry start. Oaky and creamy in the middle. Nice tart finish.

Nice, slightly unique version of the style. Would I drink again? Yup, and I'd probably buy one again being it didn't seem sweetened!

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Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of mithrascruor
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper/red color with a wispy film-like off-white head.

Smell: Some cherry alone at the start, and then the usual Flanders Red tart/sour aroma.

Taste: A lot more mellow and fruity than the usual beers of this style,but not overly fruity. A bit like a watermelon Jolly Rancher, with a bit of cherry juice to add some flavor and tartness. The tart and sour flavors come out more towards the finish, and they persist in the aftertaste more than the initial fruity flavor, but it is never very strong.

Mouthfeel: Light feeling on the tongue, but has some body to it as well. Light, nice carbonation and smooth. Really good.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable; very moderate ABV. The flavor might get to be a bit much for some after a large bottle, but not bad.

A more "refreshing" take on this style, I suppose. I quite like it, but in moderation. The cherry flavor is just right, and I'm very picky about intentional strong fruit in anything but lambics. Perhaps a good introduction to this style for some; I'll have to try it on my girlfriend!

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Photo of samie85
2.81/5  rDev -27.4%
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 marburg
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Originally reviewed: 1/31/03) This one's interesting. I love brown/red Flemish ales, and I did enjoy this though it was a bit of a let down. The initial appearance is exceptionally inviting -- a very clear, transparent beer with a deep, attractive ruby red color is certainly an interesting treat to the eyes despite the lack of head. The high carbonation is also kind of fun to watch.

Beyond that, the beer is simply average. Big fruit aroma. More sour/acidic flavor than the color and smell would lead you to believe. More or less exactly what you'd expect from this style.

Rereview (4/14/03): OK, who am I kidding? When I first reviewed this beer, I was new to the site and must have been reviewing in comparison to other sour beers (eg, Goudenband). And comparitively, it IS average. But this is a really tasty beer, and the blend of sour and cherries is delightful. Very tasty. More points from me the second time around.

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Photo of elricorico
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very red beer, almost cherry red with a pinkish cap on top. It is relatively clear and carbonation is visible.

The smell is sour cherry predominantly. Also a bit acidic and dry smelling. If you like a tart aroma, this one will do.

Lightly sweet at the front, but the palate doesn't have much time before a big puckering tartness takes over. Cherry is mostly noticed after you recover from the sourness. A faint brett must seems to linger in the background.

Prickly carbonation I find takes a little away from the mouthfeel. It is almost like a thin cola in the way it feels to drink. Not a strong point.

This is a different one, it has moments where I quite like it, then some where I'd rather be having something else. I wouldn't have more than one of these at any given time.

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Photo of dgeebs07
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 425 ratings
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