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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAngel on 11-18-2002

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Ratings: 421 |  Reviews: 218
Photo of illidurit
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
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 -2.8%
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 +3.6%
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 +5.4%
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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Photo of quinnsi
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beer appears ruby red with a rocky tan head that fully dissipates.

S: The nose is full of both sour cherries and sweet cherries, with each playing off the other very well.

T: Sour at first, then mild malt and some sweetness, with hints of ripe cherry coming in to provide a very clean finish while at the same time allowing the sour cherry scent to linger in your mouth.

M: Mouthfeel is nice and light, with just enough carbonation. Quite refreshing.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 11.2oz single from wilburs in ft. collins. Around $6.

A:a deep red, almost brown, has pink and purple highlights as well. White head about half an inc thick that doesn't stick around very long.

S: slightly sweet, dried cherries, strong smells of barnyard and funk, but has some strong acetone smells as well. Interesting.

T:cherries initially that leads into a caramel malt sweetness, not especially sour, but slightly tart. Nice balance between flavors of sour acidity and cherries and the malt sweetness. Very nice.

M: medium thickness, light carbonation, slight alcohol warmth.

D: very easy to drink, not overly sour and lots of nice flavors. Great beer. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a goblet. See-thru light red with a finger of pink head that looks nice while it lasts, which is unfortunately not long. Little lacing.

All is forgiven once I get a good whiff, though. Nice big sweet and sour cherry nose.

A not-quite-vinegar-level sourness washes over the tongue for a few seconds before a substantial cherry pie sweetness threatens to take over. There's a bit of a sharp woodsy presence at the swallow. Good sweet/sour balance.

Carbonation is interesting, formed of seemingly very tiny (yet quite 'zingy') bubbles. Medium bodied with lingering sweet and sour in equal quantities.

Overall impression: Enjoyable, nicely balanced version of the style.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap @ Blind Lady. Poured clear red-pink with pink head. Good retention. Cherry Robitussin nose doesn't do this any favors. Acidic mouthfeel wtih too much carbonation. Felt like it was corroding my tongue towards the finish, similar to the feeling after eating too many Sweet Tarts. Sour cherry flavor that leans towards Sweet Tarts, again. At least it wasn't Robitussin. Wished there was more of the oak flavor. Oh well, they can't all be Cuvee de Tomme.

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Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head on the glass presented--therefore, no lace. Beautiful light ruby color. Clear.

This beer reminds me of a cross between a spritzy wine and sweet fermented cider. There isn't much "cherry" flavor here, but it is still very tasty. There's a good "chew" to the body.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What will a three year old keg taste like? On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Dessert beer! This is deep red in color, and features an extremely pleasant aroma of cherry pie, cherry pastries....whatever it is, it's awesome! To taste, it isn't strongly acidic, but very tart with the cherries. More cherries appear and bombard the palate. Mmmmm. I'm not a cherry lover, but I do like this beer. Sip and enjoy!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood, 3 years cellared,

A: Pours pink/red, soft off-pink head, good retention.

S: Sweet Bing cherries, brown sugar, vinegar.

T: One-dimensional cherry flavour, but it is certainly direct and real - not artificial or medicinal and I thank it for that. Balsamic vinegar and a bit of molasses.

M: Over-carbonated a bit, moderate acidity, very quick finish/no aftertaste, demi-sec overall.

D: This beer is tasty, I could drink a ton of this stuff, rather delightful, just don't look for a huge complexity.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The 11.2-ounce bottle pours sparkling-clear and cherry-tinted coppery amber in color and is capped with a finger-and-a-half's thickness of snappy pale pink foam. The head settles in short order, maintaining itself at a thin sheet fed by active streamers of carbonation from below. A soft, slumping film of lacing slides down the sides of my Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

The aroma is sweetly fruity with a mouthwatering smack of tangy acidity. Sour cherries aplenty dominate the profile, and are augmented by a grassy note and a whiff of yeasty spice.

The taste is crisply fruity, with a splash of strawberry-watermelon riding atop potently-juicy notes of cherry. The brew is well-balanced by mellow tartness and cleaned up nicely by a drying trace of sweet grass.

The drink is light-medium in body with palate-refreshing carbonation. Almost soda pop-like but hardly a child's drink, this is a highly-quaffable 6.8% beer.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very deep, dark red, with a little bit of brown. Light shines through a tannish-yellow on the edges. Minimal head, no lacing.

S - Very sour smelling, cherries very present. A wood, maybe oakey smell comes through at the end.

T - Very sweet, and very sour, almost tart.

M - Light-bodied beer, nice carbonation gives this beer a little kick to go with the sourness of the cherry flavor.

D - Easy to drink, could put these down all day until the sour starts to feedback too much.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the bottle into a chalice with almost no head, just a thin flim of foam, which promptly vanished, leaving no lacing behind. The body, however, was the most gorgeous bright (clear) ruby red I have seen a long time... the color saved the appearance rating... no visible carbonation from the side or top of the glass.

S- The aroma of sour cherries dominated the nose (as expected), which eventually gives way to some retrained notes of red wine vinegar and some hints of almond (cherry stones?).

T- Tastes like biting into a lusciously ripe sour cherry... sweet and sour all over. There are some prominent note of candy sugar and almonds as well... a touch of oak tannins... and some nice vinegary bite (acetobacter?). This beer finishes long, sour and dry... absolutely lovely!

M- Light to medium body... thanks to a number of unattenuated sugars. The carbonation is a but spritzy, which compliments the sour notes of the beer... and it seems to be a bit oily... coats the mouth nicely.

D- Oh so drinkable. This sweet and sour beer airs on the side of sweet... but not cloyingly sweet... nothing about this beer is overpowering. Just... nice. Could drink it all night!

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this better than redbach. less cherry flavor

appearance: beutiful red copperish color, looked liek a glass of red wine

smell: sour fruity, grapes and cherries

taste: not extemelely sour enough and slightly swetter than other I have tried. The cherry is not dominate and brings a very compelentary flavor.

mouthfeel: high carbonation and light

drinkability: very easy... but too much of a fruit beer for me. It's my wifes favorite beer ever though.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

The beer pours a deep deep brown red, but red is dominant with a light tan head.

Right off the bat it smells very very tart with hints of cherry.

Looking at the bottle you'd think was a lambic but its actually a flemish red so the taste initally caught me off guard until I realized what I was drinking. Its very bitter from start to finish with a very sharp bite at the end. Cherries are subtle but there. Pretty decent flemish red.

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Photo of goethean
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wine glass @55F. Similar to New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red, with that overly rich, ripe cherry flavor, but this beer is much drier, more funky, more complex, more drinkable, and just all-around better. Main complaint: small serving size combined with high price. That's okay for strong ales, but this one is too drinkable to nurse.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8 oz. pour served in an oversized wine glass.

Deep red, not quite opaque with a small pink tinged head. No noticeable carbonation. Definite fruit aroma, but not as pronounced as other Flanders Reds or Lambics. Much less tart than expected. It has a light mouthfeel and a clean finish. It would make a good dessert beer.

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Photo of okra
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a flight of 5oz pours - this displayed some wonderful cherry fruit, without being overpowering. Some tartness, nothing like some of the really sour lambics though, so don't let that put you off. It balanced a luncheon sausage perfectly, the tartness and acidity balancing out the whole plate. I have had the bottle version, and found the draft to be even more drinkable!

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Photo of wl0307
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB 16/11/09, served just lightly-chilled in a long and slim flute-type glass of Lindemans.

A: pours a dark yet bright ruby colour with some purple-ish glows; the pinky foamy head comes with a strong hissing sound, breaking down to a thin layer in no time on top of pretty fine and lively carbonation.
S: well, sour cherry-juice flavoured sorbet and the salty-sour prune-ish edge of Vichtenaar oud bruin base are intertwined seamlessly, with a slightly higher-than-normal level of sourness standing out of the brown malts. A closer sniff somehow helps to differentiate the two levels of lactic sourness, with the slightly more aromatic cherry-skin-ish fruits running in parallel with an underlying stream of prune-ish tart oud bruin. Refreshing and very pleasant indeed.
T: the lightly vinegary tart-sweetness of berry fruits of oud bruin makes a vivid impression upfront, ensued by (melting) cherry sorbet, relatively light-bodied sour cherry fruits, and a fast developing semi-chewy undertone of oak-ageing, which is, of course, way less tart/tannic as the fruity lambiek. The aftertaste is oak-woody as well as cherry-ish aromatic, slightly grapey even, but never exceeding the necessary level of sweetness and sourness; in fact, it finishes pretty clean for my palate.
M&D: the texture is full of fine carbonation vis-à-vis a medium body for a 6.8%abv. fruit-beer. This ale overall is quite close to the performance of the beer base, the Vichtenaar, in terms of integrity and balance, while the good amount of cherries used in the brew have made a deep imprint in the harmonious profile alongside the unique lactic edge of the oak-aged bruin. Enjoyable!

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Photo of Rayek
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Lindemans lambic glass.

A: Cherry red with amber highlights. A leisurely carbonation holds up a foamy pink tinged cream cap that has great retention. Leaves chunks of lace.

S: Definitely a beer brewed with cherries, as their tartness greats the nose before any other aromas. A bit of fresh hay is in the background, along with a mild mustiness.

T: Tart and sweet. The cherries are very evident. A straw like malt flavor is there, plus a hint of green grape, but they both hide behind the cherry flavor. Bitterness comes in the form of a faint pepper bite. Finishes extremely tart and slightly sour, with lingering cherry, lemon and grape flavors.

M: Medium-light body has a sparkling cider feel to it. Generous carbonation feels right for this particular beer.

D: Tasted a lot like a cherry infused champagne to me. A very different brew that I'm glad I picked up. Its lightness makes it go down easy. I found it to be quite the fun experience.

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Photo of ComradeCanadia
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful looking beer. Ruby red body, nice head which descends into a ring that hangs around a while. In the right glass, I could stare at it all day.

S: Sour cherries, sour cherries and... well, sour cherries.

T: This is a very nice balance of sour and a candy sweetness. Any more on either side and I think I wouldn't like this. The cherry flavour is extremely powerful and this has a nice dry finish.

M: Fiercely carbonated, but it helps the refreshing character of the beer.

D: This goes down very easily, although not something I'd want to drink too fast.

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Photo of tigg924
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: redish brown, small head, small carbonation, there is surprisingly a bit of sediment

Smell: sour cherry

Taste: sour dark cherry and a noticable alcohol

Mouthfeel: very sour, dry, smooth, and tart

Drinkability: I just had a Duchesse before this and think this is more sour than that. A wonderful beer that I will search for again and could have several in a sitting. A great starter sour.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a goblet. Raises a champagne-like fizzy head that quickly settles but can be easily aroused. Brownish-red.

S - I like this. Loaded with cidery oak barrel-smell, and smells very vinous. Occasional whiff of leather.

T - I almost think this is more complex than this brewery's flagship Duchesse. Cidery and quite acidic. Bracingly sour, but not so much of the balsamic vinegar taste you get with Duchesse and Rodenbach. It's more of a vinous, tannic bitter/sour. Lots of sour cherry Jolly Rancher flavor. In the finish, some goose-y funk. Good stuff, and very refreshing as you would expect.

F - As you would expect, the spiky carbonation of a Flanders red. Light-bodied.

D - Off the charts. I would love to just drink up the 4-pack right now. Not quite as rich an experience as Rodenbach Grand Cru, but still very, very good. This is a nice sour, I don't understand the relatively low score....I like Duchesse, don't get me wrong, but I think this blows Duchesse out of the water. I can't ask for too much more out of this. It's a satisfying sour and then some.

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Photo of AccidentalKate
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love the deep dark red of this beer, a near black cherry color with a tinge of mahogany. Served in a tulip glass, it has a constant head and a champagne-like stream of co2 coming from its depth. This is a nice looking glass of Red Flemish Ale.

The aroma is sharp. The cherry is there up front, and underneath the malt. But there is also a small bit of acrid aroma that I can't quite place.

Sour cherry hits the palate first, with enough sweetness to keep it interesting.As that fades away it becomes a little too sour. However, after about a minute or so, the finish is nice and malty. A strong start, a good finish, but an iffy middle.

A good zip of carbonation keeps the mouthfeel lively, and a strong head gives a bit of a creamy texture. Very nice indeed.

If you're a fan of Flemish Ale, this is a very nice beer. There are some things holding it back, but overall, a fine notch to put on one's belt, so to speak.

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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 71% out of 100 with 421 ratings
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