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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 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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Photo of crossovert
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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 -0.5%
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 +6.5%
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 -4.9%
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 -19.1%
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 -3.1%
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 +3.4%
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 +5.2%
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 +3.4%
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 +11.1%
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 -2.1%
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 -20.9%
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 -6.5%
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%
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 -2.3%
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 +4.7%
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 -12.1%
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 +11.1%
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 +9.8%
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 +3.9%
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 +15.8%
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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Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 429 ratings