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Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 696   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Belgian top-fermented cherry beer on the basis of a reddish brown ale matured in oak casks.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielyabu (1354) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - JAN 26, 2015
large frothy creamy (2nd pour) ilght pink head. excellent lacing. mostly diminishing. sparkling flat thick dark red body. aroma: citrus lemon, moderate yeasty, cherry, vinegar and light metal. if: moderate sweet and acidic plus acetic (vinegar). ff: light sweet moderate acidic very light bitter and salty hints; long duration. palate: light medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, metallic and moderate astringent finish. Cerveja complexa, com troca de nuances do inicio ao fim do gole. Devido ao azedume presente em todo o gole, não recomendada para iniciantes. Média drinkability. Levedura bem presente no paladar. Toque salgado no final surge como diferencial, contrabalanceando o azedume. Saboroso dulçor de cerveja sempre inicia o gole, sofrendo aí a mutação de sabores nessa complexa cerveja.140 s

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (3030) - BELGIUM - JAN 14, 2015
Classic fruited ’oud bruin’, one of the last which is still made with real fruit; deep wine red colour under an off-pinkish head (clearly enhanced with cherry extracts nowadays - if my memory does not fail me, this was not yet the case ten years ago). Very fruity and estery with strong cherry presence but not all genuine, cherry extracts and sugar are clearly there; smooth malty middle phase with fruitiness and tartness, drying finish in which the sugar also lingers a bit, woody hint. Clearly this has become less ’authentic’ nowadays, sugared and at least partially made with cherry extracts, which is regrettable especially since the label still says ’Echt’ (real) Kriekenbier. I can understand the commercial intentions behind this, but then why not keep a fully authentic version (e.g. in 75 cl) for the real beer afficionados? Still, in its current version it is still way better and more complex than many other sweetened Belgian fruit beers so I’m glad this is still around today.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (2266) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2015
25cl bottle thanks to JefVerstraete! Pours a deep red with pinkish head. Initial big cherry drops aroma, lots of hard-boiled cherry sweet goodness in the taste. Quite a unique blend, vibrant & fruity.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mrnoluv (206) - long beach, California, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Plum color, plum, dark fruity taste, the sweetness on the swallow is followed the lingering tart aftertaste. Not enough ABV for me but this is a good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fritz123 (1274) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle at home in a snifter. Pours a deep red with a slight pink head. Head gone in 20 seconds. No lacing. Aroma is tart cherries, slight vinegar, and cough syrup. The taste is mostly tart cherries, slight sweetness, some tannin. Somewhat dry, not terribly impressive, but not bad. Light body and carb.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrOrla (473) - Odense C, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2015
Tap C4. Bright reddish amber color. Pink head disappeared quickly. Aroma is sweet cherry. Taste is good at start and then turns to something woody taste. Flat but decent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (1195) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2015
12 oz bottle pour. Pours dark red with a big foam. Rich cherry and sugar aroma. Delicious cherry pie dominated flavor. Slightly tart towards the finish. Good mix of sweet and sour cherry flavors. Awesome beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Simonsen (805) - NORWAY - DEC 28, 2014
Flaske fra vinmonopolet. Rød klar farge, lavt karbonert med hvit skumrand. Smaker kirsebær, eik, sitrus. Behagelig miks av sødme og surhet En ganske god surøl

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Franckg (396) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2014
Très bon goût de cerises bien sucrées et légère acidulation. Bien équilibré et les saveurs sucrées sont bien dosées. Le haut taux d’alcool ne parait pas. L’amertume courte est bien fruitée. Exellente bière.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsandman (582) - New York, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Pours deep cherry red, funky pinkish head. Aroma is heavy oak, old moldy cherry, wood, yeast. Flavor is oaked Cherry soda, very carbonated with a dry finish.


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