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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

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Added by BeerAngel on 11-18-2002

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Photo of wordemupg
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip nov1 2010

A clear brownish ruby with a fast falling light pink head that leaves no lace but I'm loving the color

S earthy cherry with some vinegar

T very tart cherry with some mild funk and a red hard candy flavor I used to love as a little guy, quite acidic and the vinegar smell is still quite present in the mouth, slight vinous flavors add some complexity

M tingles a bit and the bubbles thicken it up a little, very tart and dry has quite the pucker too it

D this is a beer I would have one of and then move on, a little intense and well concealed booze could hurt you

worth a try but for the price here in Alberta I doubt it would make it into your regular rotation

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle for about $5 in Boston last week. The label states that it's aged in oak casks with natural flavor added (cherries). Also, the label lists the name as "Echt Kriekenbier".

It pours a dark red color, clear, with a thick and wet-looking layer of foam that laces in wet clumps onto the glass. From the aroma there's no mistaking this beer for anything but a kriek. Strong cherries and wild funkiness, this smells like it's gonna be good.

And it follows through with the flavor, more kriek-like than most Flanders Reds I've tried, loads of sweet and sour notes from the cherries. Well balanced in terms of those 2 attributes, with a mild oakiness in the back that matches nicely.

Good carbonation level for a barrel aged beer, it seems that barrel aging fits this style of beer well. I'm very happy overall with this bottle, and I think it's definitely worth the cost to buy more in the future.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice brew. Pours a clear red tone, with a light pink two finger head that dissipates in a couple minutes. Leaves decent lacing behind. Smell is very nice. Big sour notes, balanced by some cherry sweetness. I can smell some funk as well, and it's clea rthat brett was used in the brewing process.

Taste is good, but a bit disappointing following the aroma. Sweetness from the cherries is kicked up a notch, and sourness is kicked down a notch. Still a decent balance, but I liked the balance in the aroma a bit more. Nice and light to medium bodied, with a prickly carbonation that fits the style and flavor profile very well. Refreshing, although the sweetness is just a bit high which hurts the drinkability.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany with ruby red highlights. Pepto pink head fizzes like soda and quits just as quick. Lacey sheet left by thin collar retention.

Aroma is cherries and steely sour. Sweet cherry and fairly reserved sour blend well but this leans more to the sweet side. Sangria and bunt spice come to mind. Effervescent carbonation.

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Photo of scott451
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A clear brownish ruby red with a one finger pinkish head which soon diminished to a thin layer. Good lacing.

Sourish fruity smells. Cherry is immediately apparent. Sweetish sour finish. Not as sour as the smell would suggest. A lingering fruity aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is a light body well carbonated.. Not sweet but a lot of lingering fruit flavours. I can easily drink a couple. Interesting.

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Photo of sk8man121
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into Allagash fluted chalice.

A: Pours a very attractive purple/pink with a rapturous boysenberry (yes!) tinted head. I love writing beer reviews.

S: Cherry and blueberry notes up front; slightly tart. Slightly medicinal, but appealing overall.

T: Not as sour as I had expected; not sour at all, really. Tart, and acidic, but not sour. Kinda one dimensional; cherry, a little bit of oak, some vinegar. I was expecting this to be overly sweet, but it isn't, which is a nice surprise.

M: I think the mouthfeel works well for the style. Fairly thin, very well-carbonated; it's nice.

D: Since it isn't extremely sweet, I'd say this is pretty drinkable. I'm going to cook with 1/3 of the bottle and probably drink the other 2/3 myself, so...whatever that tells you.

Not a Kriek, not 100% a Flanders; it doesn't quite know what it is. All in all, there are other beers I'd choose over this (I'm looking at you, RGC) but it's a nice change of pace and I can't say I'd never pick it up again.

I say give it a shot if you've never tried it.

Edit: "A-" is a bit much. I had to knock this down a bit...

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Photo of kbutler1
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Best before date of 10-12-10. Pours a reddish tinted mahagony color iwth a slighlty red head. Very effervescent. Funky cherry and acidic nose. The smell I actually like. Much sweeter in the taste than I wold have expected. Sweet cherry followed by funkyiness and then a slight acidic bite. I could see people knocking this for being to sweet but I find it fairly refreshing. Not really sour by any means. Light mouthfeel. Slight taste of alcohol near the end.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red, purplish body with quickly dying one-finger pink head. Mostly tart cherries in the aroma along with some funk but that's about it. Taste is more of the same as a light-bodied and smooth beer passes over my tongue and I get a whole lot of cherries, more sweet than sour. Not as sour or as complex as others of this style yet I really enjoyed this beer and while more than one would probably make me sick the one I had was real enjoyable.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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 +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 bskrtz
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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 +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 deapokid
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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 -6.5%
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 +4.1%
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 +2.6%
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 -28.4%
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 +18.9%
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%
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 +9.3%
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 +2.1%
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 +3.4%
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 +1.3%
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 -7.2%
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 +5.9%
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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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 425 ratings
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