Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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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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Photo of brez8791
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


A light red hue, with some pink bubbles. Not much in the lines of a head, retention, or lace. The nose is of lightly tart dark cherries, lactic sweetness, and some balsamic notes. On the palate, balsamic notes hit first with dark cherries through the middle. The finish starts with a wave of tartness and then ends with a lactic sugar sweetness. Medium body with low carbonation for the style. One of the more fruit forward flanders I have had, and almost to a fault. The fruit is sugary sweet, masking any true tartness that might be present.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 10/12/2012 (Dec 10th) but I do not know what year this is.

Pours a light brownish/red with a thick frothy tan head that recedes leaving a nice layer of lacing. Smells of sour funk, past ripe cherries, and sour grapes. First sip is much sweeter that the nose indicated but still fairly sour. The funk is there up front but that sweetness is a bit too much. Set your insulin pump for an additional 10 units. The mouthfeel on this puppy is great as it is well carbonated and rather creamy. I would like to try this with 10 years on it as maybe over time the sweetness will fade.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of spicelab
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Love the 250mL bottles from this brewery.

Near crystal-clear light crimson with a decent white head that retreats audibly over a few minutes to a slight ring.

Nose is big balsamic cherries, with palpable sherbety, candy floss sweetness and relatively mild lactic sourness. Alluring and simple.

Flavours kick off much the same, before gradually giving way to a chalky mustiness. As you adjust to the sweetness, the balsamic tartness creeps a little.

Tingly carbonation on the tongue and mid-palate, however not sufficiently assertive to cut through syrupy mouthfeel. Some tart dryness, but not a great deal.

Not my favourite from this brewery. The flamboyant cherry character is great as far as it goes, but the lack of Flanders Red character makes this a little one-dimensional.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real pink looking head is formed off the pour, settles to a thin collar very quickly with no retention. Body is a real nice red cherry ruby budy, lots of thin rising carbonation and fairly clear.

Nose is cherry tart, a mild vinegar mix of wine and sweetness. Cherry fruit angle opens up more as it warms and feels quite soft after sometime, almost taffy like.

A noticeabley sweet palate but quite tolerable. Crisp carbonation mixing with cherry sweetness. Non syrupy body comes with a nice mix of sweetness and faint acid vinegar, but mostly burried.

Overall a pretty easy drink beer, and lip coating smacking good too.

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2.56/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dirty pinkish brown. The brown color is a little offputting. Head is pinkish and dissipates quickly.

S: Some fruit notes but really smells a little but like rotten fruit which is just no good. I was hoping for fresh fruit. Some hints of cherry. Yeah it's pretty bad.

T: Surprisingly little flavor. Definitely fruit. Lingering bitterness that hits a little stale.

M: Sits super light and leaves a bitter stale fruit.

Overall I am surprised.. so many people liked this beer but I did not. I'm a huge fan of fruit beers but this one really misses the mark. The fruit flavor isn't pleasing and the mouthfeel is way too light.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/8" light pink head over fizzy red liquid.

S: Sour funk, oak, yeast and a hint of cherries.

T: Sweet cherries, oak, yeast, and some funk.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine fizzy carbonation.

O: Definitely sweeter than most in the style, it remains incredibly drinkable. If you don't have a New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red then this will do in a pinch.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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