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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 DaftCaskBC
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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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Photo of MaineMike
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
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 +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottled into a St. Bernardus goblet. Best before 10/12/2012. Going to assume a European dating system and say 10 December 2012.

A: Little head. Clear garnet; gorgeous beer shot through with light bubbles. Nice lacing.

S: Soft-bright fruit and lambic-sour yeast. More raspberries than cherry, though I could see a fresh cherry/strawberry blend. What I'm getting at is a touch of sweetness.

T: Mmm, quite nice! Not usually a fan of Flemish reds, but the sour sickness is concentrated on the very aftertaste. The foretaste is rich fruit, puckery sour, followed by a strong (balsamic) vinegar. Only towards on the end due more unpleasant flavours like metal and acidity creep in.

M: Crisp and somehow cleansing. It washes away the shame of the taste and leaves you feeling somehow renewed and refreshed. A scintillating experience, akin to throwing up in the bathroom at a party thrown by a friend of a friend but then emerging to find the girl you've been eying all night slap her date across the face and lock eyes with you on the dance floor for a revenge fuck.

O: Nice for the style, but not particularly my thing. I would recommend it to lovers of lambics or fruit, and, while I would certainly drink it again, I wouldn't seek it out.

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

The Brasseurs DeGarde flute nicely showcases a clear, tawny, ruby red beer with random columns of carbonation. A one-inch, off-white head is creamy, turning rocky as it lasts a long time. The beer has an iridescent red glow and leaves modest lacing.

The aroma is that of sweet cider vinegar with some cherries. The combination of aromas are mouth watering, making one’s mouth pucker. There is a background of bread dough and fermented apples.

The flavors are fresh, including ginger bread and cherries. This one is sweet, though less acidic and tart than suggested by the nose. Tart wine berries linger in a long subtle finish. Sour cherry flavors build with warmth.

This Flanders Red has a medium body and lively carbonation. Overall, this is refreshing, similar to fruit salad, with a silky texture and no presence of alcohol.

An easy sipping beer for late morning or early afternoon conversation. I also enjoyed it while reading at night. This makes for a nice occasionally enjoyed beer.

This was the first beer that my wine friends enjoyed.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked bomber into an oversized wineglass. My girlfriend and I split this one on Valentine's Day. Poured a pretty clear light mahogany color with very little head, barely any retention and no lacing.

Smells great- very balanced scent of the wild yeast (a little nutty) and cherries. Not overwhelmingly tart- very enjoyable.

Tastes very smooth- definitely no overwhelming funk as was expected. Of course there is that little tang of Brett on the back of the tongue but it is nothing that will make you squirm. Pleasant round cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel is excellent- medium to well carbonated with a medium body that makes it feel almost like you're drinking some kind of premium soda. This is certainly not the most exciting wild ale I've ever had but certainly enjoyable (we're eating it with steak and potatoes and it accompanies them very well).

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Imsothirsty
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle with Exp. Sept 2011 on the cork.
Frothy light pink head on top of a bright bubbly pink/orange/coral brew. Lots of bubbles

Nose is sharp vinegar, cherries and blueberries.

Taste: No doubt about the acetic acid in this, sour throughout, some cherries just a hint of the alcohol comes through. Cidery but not funky. Very little in the way of malt presence.

Mouthfeel is very light, almost watery, high carbonation.

Overall an excellent thirst quencher, but not complex enough to really be a favorite.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of beveritt
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Photo of DreamInOrange
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of mantissa
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of xnicknj
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of mlazzaro
3.25/5  rDev -16%
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 +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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