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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: 690   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2005
(Best by June/07/2005) Very cherry in color with a nice pink head. The palate is dry with a touch of iron and horse blanket. At 6.8% this beer is dangerously drinkable. Not a world classic, but well above average.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2655) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2005
The aroma is sour cherries and apples. The appearance is a dark red color with a pink head. The flavor is somewhat sour but mostly sweet with some sour cherries, vanilla, and apples. The carbonation tends to get in the way a little bit. Overall this is a little sweeter than many Ive sampled from this style but its still very good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3970) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2005
UPDATED: APR 21, 2005 Best before June 6th 2005 bottle. Donít know why most readily available Flemish Sour Ales in the U.S. are so heavily filtered, but this one sure is. Still, a ruddy-strawberry rhubarb color, with some medium dark beige/brown tones and a small but somewhat persistent off-white head. Aroma of new plastic, light cherries, a touch of acetic acid and light oak suggestions. Flavor, to my surprise, is not as simple and cherryish as I would have expected. Having not particularly cared for the Vichtenaar, I thought I would like this even less (I donít like fruit in lambics or sour ales as much as I like the classic rendition). But the cherries do not dominate, there is a lightly sugary flavor, but the beer does present a decent oakiness, with some good instances of sourness along the way. Itís nothing that knocks your socks off. Lightly tart yeast notes, oak and vinegar notes mix with the cherries on the finish. Strange chalk or gum-like consistency to it, almost like chewing a cherry candy chew. Much better stuff out there (can you say "Alexander"), canít see myself drinking this again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2005
As I was pouring a giant pink fizzy head erupted from the glass with audible fizziness atop a dark cherry colored clear body. After the head fizzled down quickly to a coating of bubbles there was no lace left about the glass. The aroma was of slightly sweet cherries and also quite a bit of tartness. Very sweet cherry flavor here similar to cherry syrup. The finish is tart and tangy with more cherry flavor. Mouthfeel here is a bit thin and the over carbonation doesnít help either. I can see being in the mood for one of these but not drinking one after another.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2005
11.2 oz bottle (best before 6/11/05). Ruby red color with medium head. The aroma is cherry, burnt cherry maybe. The flavor is also of burnt cherries. It is somewhat tart, woody, not too sweet, and a bit minerally. The flavor is similar to Quelque Chose. Itís not our favorite Verhaeghe beer but the brewery is still tops on our list.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Clear ruby red with a thin head and some lacing. Burnt cherry and funk in the nose. Canned cherry pie flavor. Not very good kriek.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3483) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2005
Ruby with fast fading pink head. Cherry nose. Cherry flavor borders on vinergar. Not one of the better ones of this style

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Dark red with white laced head. Taste is cherry and vinegar. Malty..an odd out of place flavor i couldnt put finger on. Not really good..and i love this style.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (10123) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 5, 2004
clear dark reddish colour, almost no foam, red fruits and vinegar aroma, notes of straw, acidic and sweet, medium-bodied, the finish is dry and sour - good but not in the same category that the Duchesse

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kinz (3450) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
I would have sworn I had rated this. Then I found a bottle floating around in the back of the beer fridge. Still thought I had rated it, but was in the mood for a desert type of beer, so opened it anyway. Decided part of the way through to check my previous rating to see if my impressions were the same. Then discovered that I had never rated this. Iím getting daft. In any case, clear red with a brown tinge, ring of head. Aroma largely of cherries with a hint of wood. Bite of carbonation on the palate. Woody flavor gives way to some sour cherries and the faintest hint of funk. Light bodied and fizzy. Interesting, but just not my thing.


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