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

bottled
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RATINGS: 630   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
envane (567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Clear reddish colour with a cherry coloured head (suprise!). Lambic smell. Taste is mildly sour with vinigar notes. Slightly sweet. Cherry flavour is there but not as pronounced as one might expect. Slight wood. Dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2004
A deep red color. The aroma is sour, with note of vinegar, and it definitely has good cherry notes to it. The taste is refreshing and dry with a sour cherry character. This would be a great beer to drink on a hot day. Fruity, but not at all cloying with a nice balancing tartness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6031) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2004
Bottle pours deep ruby with a minor light pinkish hued head.   Little carbonation with a good head.   Aroma is vinous, along with a cherry tinge.   Up front its very cherry, vinous, but towards the end it finishes rather quickly.   Light oak tinge, but definitely not as complex as the Duchesse De Bourgogne.   Sour/tartness on the aftertaste.   Very drinkable, but could stand to have a bit more in the palate & flavor.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Medium red color. Small pinkish head. Aroma is tart, fruity and sour. A medium bodied kriek. Tart and fruity with a nice malt backbone. Acidic and a little harsh perhaps, but it does have a sort of lactic sourness to it. Nicely balanced. Very smooth. Light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkElf (3028) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 15, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2004 (Pizza Port Belgian Beer Party in Carlsbad, CA) Fruity, cherry flavor with a moderate amount of palate-cleansing tartness; Nice bit of maltiness in the background makes this very enjoyable and balanced, but perhaps too malty for a kriek; Tart, sweet finish after the malt is done; Sweet flavor, but dry and carbonated on the palate like Champagne; Malty and fruity nose; Gorgeous ruby red color with an off white head

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2004
This kriek pours with a deep red body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. The aroma is surprisingly sweet and malty with notes of caramel and black cherries. The flavor is also sweet and malty with black cherry notes and some caramel notes. Where is the tartness? Medium bodied and slightly dry.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2004
red tinted transparent amber with a thin sheet of big bubbles...subtle malt drenched cherries, lightly metallic, not overly sour or even really sour at all..non-sour cherry aroma. "Kriek" is misleading.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (9657) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2004
Bottled: Dark amber coloured. Not much head. Sour cherry, some sweetness and a strange freshness dominate the nose. Grape, cherry, sweetness balanced by a light sourness makes a delightful flavour. Has a light cherrysweetness in the end, that again is balanced by a subtle and mild sourness.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (7722) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2004
Red-brown, not very dark; extremely fine & dense head, with a cream-pink hue. Cherry nose, quite fruity and woody, but at the same time perfumed, not really like the fresh fruit. Very tart taste, with a beautiful extreme wood-tannine backing. Very fruit-like again, better than the nose. Retronasal, there's just a touch of the fruit juice. Tart, outspoken dry-out effect, huge amounts of organic acids. The nose might just be off-putting for the extreme die-hard, for the less initiated it well be safer haven. The taste leaves nothing to be desired. Under-rated beer - even by myself.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2004
Red coloured. Natural cherry aroma and flavour. Tart, acidic and slightly sour. Very refreshing.


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