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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
Ratings:
417
Reviews:
217
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.69%
 
 
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Photo of djbreezy
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a low snifter.

appearance - dark and rich cherry brown, good retention on the sides of the glass, medium lacing

smell - dark cherry, tart, some funk

taste - cherries, light vinegar, funk, sour and tart, smooth aftertaste

mouthfeel - medium body, high carbonation, bubbly, tingles

drinkability - fairly standard for the style, flavorful

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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 bskrtz
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle served cold, poured into St Bernardus beer challis

A) Aged copper penny, amber, very little head. Clear -- light easily passes through

S) Sweet & sour, cherries, citrus

T) Candy sugar, tart cherries, apple juice, smooth.

M) Fine carbonation. Very smooth. Light ale feel, medium body with virtually no alcohol burn

D) Very drinkable after dinner treat

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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 deapokid
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep, blood red elixir with thin head and moderate carbonation. Slightly resembles a Jolly Rancher and appears to be sweet, but doesn't look to be rich.

Scent of cherries, leather and a warming alcohol pop from the first sniff. The whole bouquet is extremely tart. Admittedly, the smell closely resembles this brewery's most famous ale, the Duchesse De Bourgogne.

Flavor profile boasts tart cherry, candy sugar, an oakey character picked up from the barrel-aging and a concluding dryness. The tingly carbonation and slightly musky quality mask the mildly medicinal notes.

Liquid coats the tongue in a fashion not typical for sour beers. Although the cherry flavor is the star of the show, it's never cloying and works really well with the woody backbone.

Although it's not a hard beer to take down, I could see the sugary, cough syrup-esque quality eventually becoming a bit of a nuisance.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lindemans flute.

Pours a clear ruby, bordering on the garnet, with a healthy amount of pinkish foamy head. The nose is tart berries, sour black cherries, green apple flesh, and some sort of wood (I can't tell which...though oak is highly probable...). The expected tartness isn't really there, replaced by a very blunt sour cherry flavor. The wood returns as well, adding a nice oaky backdrop to the proceedings and repelling any tartness that would have wanted to show itself. The body is a lightly heavy soup with a lightly tickling carbonation. This did not turn out the way I expected, but it wasn't all that bad either. Just different, that's all.

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Photo of fairdinkum2
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap at the Brick Store in Decatur, GA.

Poured a bright garnet color without any haze or cloudiness. Beautiful looking kriek. Nice white head.

On the nose some tart cherry and dried cherry notes.

Compared to a lot of this style I've tried before, it doesn't rate as highly on the packer up scale. However, it has a brighter, fresher taste that I found very appealing. Certainly not as heavy as say the Rodenbach style.

Very drinkable style. Well suited to a hot day.

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

330ml bottle, fairly fresh according to date code:

Pours a rich ruby color with a smallish cap. Light carbonation.

Aroma is a musty-cherry earthy barnyard profile...hints of sweetness but not saccharine, tartness dominates...very nice.

Flavor is lush with tart fruit, malty notes, oak, lush port-like tastes, decent complexity....finish is tart and fruity with a hint of sweetness.

Nicely put together variation on an flemish sour brown.

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Photo of squaremile
2.77/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a decent looking ruby color with some sour cherry notes on the nose. Small white head that dissipates quickly. Taste is 2/10 on the pucker-meter and moves into cough syrup territory for me as it warms. Seems a bit one note, and it is overall pleasant at first, but just wears me down.

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Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not sure why it took me so long to try this, but I sure am glad I did. This is my new go to beer for the style. Easy to get an drelatively cheap.

Pours a dark cherry color with a silky pink head and nice lace.

Nose has tart pitted fruits, oak and funk.

Great blend of sweet fruity flavors and musty, sour funk.

Nice body has a dry, acidic finish.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served with course #9, chocolate-encrusted dates filled with bleu cheese, at the 17th Annual Labor of Love Belgian Beer Dinner.

Ruby red glasses clink around me, faces are smeared with chocolate and someone's pants are off. It's time to lift them high! Sweetness and tart cherries clang around in my nose, lifting my spirits ever higher. The sourness reveals itself as well. The taste starts sweet, before the sour comes in, dominating the middle and leaving the tart cherries to finish the job, coating my mouth in sexiness.
A beer perfectly matched with its companion food.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Bottle design is different, I had a hard time finding this beer through the search because of the difference in spellings. My bottle reads "Echt Kriekenbier" vertically, with two cherries near the top of the bottle, and what is probably the brewery logo on the bottom.

A: High carbonation produces a light rose colored foam, loose, but with decent retention. Body is beautiful dark ruby, and exceptionally clear (I have only poured half the bottle omitting the yeast for now). Gorgeous.

S: Sweet, sour, cherries. Some complexity from the fruit, and in the fermentation are evident.

T: Smooth, round cherry flavor. Some sweetness in the front, but the tartness cleans it up fairly nicely. No barnyard characters here, unfortunately.

M: Nicely carbonated, mouthfeel is full, as there are some sugars in there. Finish is good, but could be a little dryer.

D: Wildly drinkable, refreshing, if not a little sweet at times.

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Photo of pwoody11
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2nd cherry beer of the night.

Poured a light red with a thick pink dome atop.

SOUR CHERRIES!!! All I'm getting from the aroma.

Taking a page from the nose, the taste is dominated by sour cherry. An oak-like flavor makes an appearance with just a tad of bitterness. Me likey.

Solid brew. Never had this style before, but happy I got to try it. Only downside I had was it was just a tad high on the carbonation side of things. Try it out!

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Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut colored with a filmy white head that fades quikly into nothing

Raz cherry farm animal leather earth a bit of sour fruit

Nicely carbonated with a finish to ie for. Sour cherry really shines through at the entire spectrum. Bits of residual sugar hints of milk chocolate nice funky earth character and really well rounded.

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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 organicbrewer
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Very pretty full pinkish red with a huge pink tinged head. Lots of bubbles.

S-cherry soda. Light tart cherry juice. Much sweeter smelling (I know you can't smell sweet) than a lambic kreik. Still pleasant. Light balsamic.

T-Sweet sour. This tastes like duchess with cherry juice added. Caramel malt. No hops

M-medium bodied. The sweetness sticks around a bit but the carbonation cuts it a bit.

D-Nice but a bit sweet for me to go through more than a bottle. Cut the sweetness and we have a winner.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a deep red color with a very slight brown tint that tempers some of the brightness of the color. One-finger of pink head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet cherry aromas with mild amounts of tartness and even milder amounts of vanilla. The tart cherry aromas intensify a bit as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Equal parts tart and sweet cherry flavors kick things off with indistinct sweet malts backing them up. Midway through the sip the sweetness subsides a bit, allowing a mild amount of funk to come through. These flavors carry through to a crisp and mildly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quicker than expected and could easily have another.

Overall I thought the sweet and tart flavors were present in very good amounts, a hard feat to achieve in beers of this style. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of crossovert
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My bottle says "Echt Kriekenbier" but I am pretty sure this is the right one.

11.2 oz bottle best before 26-04-11.

It pours a crimson red with a tall pink carnation colored head that looks a bit fizzy. It quickly recedes leaving lacing along the walls of the tulip. Many bubbles are seen racing to the head with this clear filtered brew.

It has an acute and bold cherry scent. There are hints of vinegar and brown sugar as well, but massive, massive cherry here.

It is quite sweet. It has a thick, syrupy cherry flavor with a kick of vinegar. It also has the slightest touch of oak complexing the flavor. It is very, very sweet.

The sugary sweetness mixed with the slight vinegar notes drags the drinkability down somewhat but it is a decent brew.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 10-12-10.

Pours a clear, reddish brown with ruby highlights. A light tan, fizzy head sits above for a short time, leaving a nice halo during the drink.

Moderately complex mix of fresh, natural cherries, light vinegar and hints of caramel from the malts.

Nice, fresh cherries, light woodiness, like oak with a mildly puckering finish.

Carbonation is high and sparkling adding to the refreshing value of this beer. Very sweet and easy to drink.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- A loose head dissipates semislowly into a translucent crimson. Small bubbles skim the surface of the pour after settling.

S -- Smells strongly of cherries, tart and sweet, mellowed by wood. A light acid lingers in the nose.

T -- Tastes of mildly sour cherries, tart and lightly sweet. Slightly acidic tones fade into wood. Not particularly overpowering in flavor, rather pleasant aftertaste.

M -- Light carbonation, slight pucker factor from the acidity and tartness of the cherry.

D -- Nice, easy drinker. Quite similar to a lambic but not having the sweetness. A definite repeat.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A pour into my Bruery tulip reveals a translucent garnet color with a thin layer of pink foam (despite a quite vigorous pour).

S: The smell is not quite what I was expecting. The dominating aroma is that of a typical Flanders Red Ale (which apparently this is). In the background is the aroma of sweet cherries. A fair amount of acetic acid is present as well.

T: The taste is surprisingly tame, considering the fairly intense nose. The cherries are there, but the acidity and tartness is very muted.

M: The level of carbonation is moderate, and provides the usually tingly feeling on the tongue. The beer is medium in body, appropriate for the style.

D: This is certainly an easy drinking beer. The flavors are decent and the nose is not too bad either. The problem is that there isn't anything that really "wows" me or makes me want to drink it down and have another.

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Photo of illidurit
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruddy mahogany orange, not really the brilliant ruby of true kriek. Leaves some nice pinkish-tan-ecru lacing on the glass. Aroma is overripe cherries with a lactic black cherry yogurt note and also some sort of salty, lightly smokey note. Flavor is just about the same, although the smokey note proves to be slightly meaty, as if in a rauchbier. Very odd. Cherries and ham isn't really my thing. Mouthfeel is coarse from overcarbonation, but otherwise it's alright.

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Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in tulip. Poured a lovely amberish-red with about an inch and a half of fluffy pink head that dissipated at a moderate pace and left minimal lacing.

A sharp cherry scent greets the nose, with a slight vinegary tang behind it. The flavors are dominated by cherry, obviously.

The body was what was expected, light, crisp and effervescent, but perhaps just a little thinner than I anticipated. Drinkability was very good, if you can put up with the tartness, several go down easily.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pink fizzy finger of head forms and begins to settle immediately. The beer is a crystal clear ruby red with a nice amount of carbonation rising to the top. The head does quickly settle to a thin cap of foam. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma is sharp, tart, vinegar like and obviously of cherry.

As is typical the sharpness in the flavor is not as strong as the aroma leads you to believe. Initial tartness gives way to a nice moment of pure cherry flavor. The melds with some muted malt flavors that hide behind the cherry.. Not overly sweet at all. Quite balanced with the sweet/sour notes.

Mouth feel is light and delicate with a bright tingly carbonation.

Very drinkable. I continue to grow an appreciation for the sour class. I look forward to continuing my journey.

Nice Beer.

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Photo of atremains
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby red with relatively no head. Very little lacing. Smell is a great balance of sweet and tart cherry scents. The balance of sweetness and tart flavors is great. It starts out with more of a sweet feel that transforms into a tart maltyness that lingers for just the right amount of time. The mouthfeel is just a little too fizzy for my preference but lightens up as the beer warms. My first of the style, similiar to a lambic. Refreshing brew.

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