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Brouwerij Verhaeghe

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork says expiration date of Sept. 2011.

A- Pours medium-reddish brown that is almost more tan than red or brown. Small to medium head that is gone quickly and little lacing.

S- Tart and acidic on the nose. Only slight hints of cherry are still present. Yeast and dry scents are also prominent. Scent is somewhat fruity, but mostly smells more like a normal Flanders Red.

T- Taste is classic Flanders Red with slight hints of cherry. Starts with some tart cherry flavors and moves quickly into more traditional sour flavors. Yeasty flavor provides some bready backbone flavors. Then the sour and tart kicks back in for a little bit, before a dry, champagne-like flavor ends it. Dry flavor gives is a nice, simple finish.

M- Light and spritzy; very champagne-like. Sour notes are not overpowering, so this is very drinkable in both weight and feel across the tongue.

Overall, I'm a little sad I bought this out of date and it didn't quite have the cherry punch I expected. Other than that, it's a very good Flanders Red for a very affordable price.

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Photo of beerandthedead
4.98/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

dark reddish colour,aroma sweetish with marzipan tones,dry sour flavour with large cherry hit sweet/sour finish that lasts for ages,altogether a well rounded beer that drinks easily,not at all gassy despite co2 dispense,///===,a good alternative to trad kriek ,only slightly less sour and little sweetness

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

an expiration date of september 2011 on the cork. poured a deep but clean red almost burgundy with very slight amount of white head with a pinkish hue. smells of port wine barrels, wet cork, wet hay, very funky. a sour cherry flavor up front with a barrel flavor hitting the palate immediately afterwards. taste is just like the smell to be honest, it just develops differently. high carbonation and medium body, very tart makes it a sipper.

not a bad sour at all, just not exactly excellent either. it was honestly more tart than sour, which is not what i was expecting. a nice wood barrel feel from the flavor lingers with the sour cherry notes.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a deep ruby red with a one finger slightly pink head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, candied sugar, strawberry, and sweet tarts. The flavor was of sweet malt, strawberry, cherry, sugar, cherry syrup, and subtle sweet tart. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I will warn all who approach this brew that it is a lot more sweet than some other Krieks out there. This does cover up quite a bit of the subtle flavors that were present as I could not pick them out unfortunately. For what they were aiming for it really wasn’t too bad if I honest as the sweetness did carry throughout, but it wasn’t overpowering to the point where you think you are going to get diabeetus from drink a glass of it. A fairly well done brew that I wouldn’t mind having again in the future if more funky Krieks are not available at the time.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel snifter. The beer has a beautiful, clear, deep red color with a thin pinkish head that quickly dissipates. The nose has plently of sour cherry notes and a bit of sweet, oakiness as well. I also get some plums and dark fruits. It smells like a glass of merlot.

Medium-light body and a mouthfeel that is somewhere between thin and firm. A nice level of carbonation helps somewhat and opens up the palate. The flavor is very balanced between sour and sweet, with just a bit more sweetness than is probably necessary. It has sweet and sour cherry-like notes on the front of the palate and becomes grapey and wine-like on the finish, without having any severe tannins or mouth-drying characteristics. The beer is refreshing, tasty, and easy to drink.

Overall, a nice easy-to-drink sweet-and-sour beer. I would prefer it just a bit more sour, and with a bit more intensity in the flavor, but I do like what the cherries bring to this style.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of brewandbbq, thanks Jeff!
Pours a deep reddish brown color with a white head that has a tint of pink in it. Light retention that fades to a small cap on top. Smells of sour cherries and brown sugar with a hint of vinegar. A light bit of lactic with enough sweetness to keep some balance. The flavor is lots of tart cherries and lots of sweet and brown sugar with just enough lactic tartness and a hint of balsamic. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet tart almost syrupy mouthfeel going on. I love cherries, and this one did not disappoint on that front. That being said, as a Flanders red this one falls a bit short for me. It really needs more tart. This feels like a wine cooler to some extent, I'll bet this is pasteurized and back-sweetened ala lindemanns. I wouldn't hesitate to drink this again, but the purest in me had to mention its downfalls.

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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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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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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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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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Photo of Jamesthebrit
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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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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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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Photo of AgentMunky
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of SLeffler27
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +8.3%
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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Photo of Imsothirsty
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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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Photo of beveritt
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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 mlazzaro
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
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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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright red with no head. Carbonation is low, but it's been aging for 3 years I guess.

Smells of tart cherries, and possibly even some vinegar, and just a touch o funk. Smells damn good.

Not as complex as the smell might lead you to believe. Tart kriek cherries dominate the taste. Hints of vinegar and funk are noticeable. I was looking for more funk, but the funk level seems to fit nicely. It's still feels light and less syrupy than othe Belgian fruit beers.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap

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San Diego, CA

Clear, ruby red and dark pink with a frothy, light pink head. Regular lacing down the glass with each sip.

Sweet aroma of cherries and a faint amount of tart yeast--pleasant, but not biting, sharp, pungent, or powerful.

A very sweet Flanders red with lots of cherry flavor--not nearly as tart, acidic, and sour as others I've tried within the style. This one is very sweet and drinks similar to cherry juice with just a mild sourness.

Light to medium bodied. I would have preferred much higher carbonation--this seems too close to juice.

A sweet, somewhat undercarbonated, Flanders red--lacks the biting, stinging, wonderful sourness I've come to expect within the style.

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Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a ruby red color and a mostly clear texture. There was a big, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A very sour aroma. Also had lots of cherries, wood and a strange fruity quality.

T: Tasted of cherries up front (very hard to miss), with an unusual fruit in the finish. It's slightly odd, but somehow appealing. There were also traces of apples and malt, making for an interesting flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This is a slightly unusual, but somehow likable beer.

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Photo of Cavery
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ML shared with SundaySour, cork says best before September 2011

Poured into Lost Abbey Tulip ~45F serving temp.

A: A really brightly stained wood with an ivory head. The color of the body bleeds into the base of the filmy head, but the bright whiteness of the bubbles are very noticeable. You can just look at this beer and know there are cherries in it, many cherries were harmed in the creation of this beer.

S: Woody cherries, really soft with a maple-sweet character. There's a lot of subtlety to the nose that keeps the cherries from going too deep into that syrupy/grenadine character. There certainly is the cherry aspect, but it's eloquently subdued in the wood. Red apples appear in the blending of cherries and wood.

T: Sweetened like a nice raspberry/cherry vinaigrette, really drying after the berries appear. Old woods with de-fanged alcohols; there's a gap where an experienced drinker might expect a boozy bite. The gape is glazed over by a deeply acidic flavor of red apple skins and seared salted watermelon. the acidity hurts the drinkability for me a fair amount. An after taste of gojji berries and craisins in blood orange juice. A nice depth of wood backed flavor that is really quite compromised by the strong acidity. This is the least spicy hot sauce you'll ever drink, that's for sure.

M: I'd say this is a pretty strong bodied beer for it's ABV; the carbonation is lower than one might expect, but it allows for more subtle wood derived flavors to arrive. I think I would like it more with a bit more fizz, but I'm not sure if that would counteract the acidity enough for me to give it higher marks.

O: this is a sophisticated Flanders's that doesn't quite blend in its additional ingredients. The oak and cherries lend a lot to the flavor, but also combine to create an unstable concoction. The tartness in the finish is really quite pleasant and refined; but the acid that comes with it is quite overwhelming. It may not be in the first few sips, but it gradually accumulates. After getting down to about half a glass I felt like I was ready to tap out. By no means a bad beer, but I feel like I just drank a gallon of pure lemon juice. Not even the solid flavors can save the drinkability of this brew. Sorry Verhaeghe, but I'm in love with the duchesse.

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Photo of SundaySour
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared with Cavery.

A: An autumn leaf red (reddish brown) with a thin cream colored head. Misty and mysterious like a witch brew on the kettle.

S: The smell honestly reminds me a bit of it's totally babealicious cousin, the Duchesse. Cherries, apple vinegar, sourdough dough, and the happy smell of Father Christmas delivering gingerbread cookies and happiness on a frosty winter eve. .. I smelled it.

T: Much less tart than the Duchesse, but still another tangy victory from this brewery I cannot pronounce. It tastes of cherry tartlets, fizzy apple cider, Granny Smith apples, and God's mercy. If you're just learning about the joys of Flanders Red Ale, but still are not quite in the mood for a fine glass of vinegar, I think this is a great alternative.

M: Fizzy and crisp, maybe even a little creamy. The taste does stick, as if I've just scarfed an apple.

O: While I don't this comes near to the body-snatching madness of the Duchesse, this is a deliciously complex red ale that does stay true to the brewery's signature taste. Yum yum yum. Even the sour-hating crazies in this household enjoyed it.

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Photo of Airyk12
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep cherry color, with a very small light pink head.

Smells of tart cherries, as well as a hint of vinegar and a few spices.

tastes like a sour cherry pie, with flavors of rich cherries, a few spices, and a yeast flavor that fades quickly. Sweetness is prevalent, but not too strong.

Smooth, but with a decent bite from the tartness. Low carbonation and a medium body make this quite a easy drinker.

A solid kriek from a true belgian brewery; hits all the right notes without being overwhelming on any count. Sweet, tart, fruity, with a hint of spice, this beer is a great sipper for dessert or to go with some good dark chocolate.

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3.85 out of 5 based on 411 ratings.
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