Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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Overall, I'm a little sad I bought this out of date and it didn't quite have the cherry punch I expected.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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4.98/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

dark reddish colour,aroma sweetish with marzipan tones,dry sour flavour with large cherry hit sweet/sour finish that lasts for ages,altogether a well rounded beer that drinks easily,not at all gassy despite co2 dispense,///===,a good alternative to trad kriek ,only slightly less sour and little sweetness

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

an expiration date of september 2011 on the cork. poured a deep but clean red almost burgundy with very slight amount of white head with a pinkish hue. smells of port wine barrels, wet cork, wet hay, very funky. a sour cherry flavor up front with a barrel flavor hitting the palate immediately afterwards. taste is just like the smell to be honest, it just develops differently. high carbonation and medium body, very tart makes it a sipper.

not a bad sour at all, just not exactly excellent either. it was honestly more tart than sour, which is not what i was expecting. a nice wood barrel feel from the flavor lingers with the sour cherry notes.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a deep ruby red with a one finger slightly pink head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, candied sugar, strawberry, and sweet tarts. The flavor was of sweet malt, strawberry, cherry, sugar, cherry syrup, and subtle sweet tart. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I will warn all who approach this brew that it is a lot more sweet than some other Krieks out there. This does cover up quite a bit of the subtle flavors that were present as I could not pick them out unfortunately. For what they were aiming for it really wasn’t too bad if I honest as the sweetness did carry throughout, but it wasn’t overpowering to the point where you think you are going to get diabeetus from drink a glass of it. A fairly well done brew that I wouldn’t mind having again in the future if more funky Krieks are not available at the time.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel snifter. The beer has a beautiful, clear, deep red color with a thin pinkish head that quickly dissipates. The nose has plently of sour cherry notes and a bit of sweet, oakiness as well. I also get some plums and dark fruits. It smells like a glass of merlot.

Medium-light body and a mouthfeel that is somewhere between thin and firm. A nice level of carbonation helps somewhat and opens up the palate. The flavor is very balanced between sour and sweet, with just a bit more sweetness than is probably necessary. It has sweet and sour cherry-like notes on the front of the palate and becomes grapey and wine-like on the finish, without having any severe tannins or mouth-drying characteristics. The beer is refreshing, tasty, and easy to drink.

Overall, a nice easy-to-drink sweet-and-sour beer. I would prefer it just a bit more sour, and with a bit more intensity in the flavor, but I do like what the cherries bring to this style.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of brewandbbq, thanks Jeff!
Pours a deep reddish brown color with a white head that has a tint of pink in it. Light retention that fades to a small cap on top. Smells of sour cherries and brown sugar with a hint of vinegar. A light bit of lactic with enough sweetness to keep some balance. The flavor is lots of tart cherries and lots of sweet and brown sugar with just enough lactic tartness and a hint of balsamic. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet tart almost syrupy mouthfeel going on. I love cherries, and this one did not disappoint on that front. That being said, as a Flanders red this one falls a bit short for me. It really needs more tart. This feels like a wine cooler to some extent, I'll bet this is pasteurized and back-sweetened ala lindemanns. I wouldn't hesitate to drink this again, but the purest in me had to mention its downfalls.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
3.85 out of 5 based on 417 ratings.
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