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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: 642   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (7796) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
BeanDip was extra nice to me and gave me this brew one lovely afternoon, Thanks!

Deep mahogany body, Exceptionally effervescent, * Mad explosions within the glass- Loud Fizz - A mound of light pink head becomes very vocal as it recedes - Snap, Crackle, Pop!
The aroma is dirty feet; rotten cherries, prunes, vinegar, - armpit. Flavor: is acidic…. Tart…. Large bitter / sweet notes of cherries, cabernet ….. SUPER BRUT Champagne, sweat and sour chicken. Lots of maltness.. Quite earthy and stuffy, reminds me of the first breath when entering families old cedar cabin after it had not been used for several months: mildew and aging wood, dust and stagnate air. Finishes dry and tart, like pickled ginger. A very unique experience, not even unpleasant, as one may think by reading my descriptions.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (3702) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2003
Bottle, from Beers of Europe (website). No head, no carbonation (not sure if this means it was bad bottle?). Mulled, grapey aroma. Some sourness blended into the initial winey, cherry hit. Gingery, spicy, malty aftertaste, which lingers nicely. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but flavour is complex. I feel that this may have deserved more points than I have ended up dishing out, but I reserve the right to re-rate, as this appeared to be a quality product, let down only by the lack of fizz.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
caesar (4897) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2003
Deep red color, pink head. Aroma is like a flemish sour ale, oak wood, cherry, but with some sweet cherry kriek added. Taste is like the duchesse de bourgogne, but just some kriek added to it, not really well balanced. Taste is quite ok though, sour and a bit sweet.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
skortila (4424) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2003
Aroma of cherries and wood, bit winey. Reddish coloured, offwhite lasting head. Taste is fruity (cherries), winey, sweet, some light sourness and woody. Fresh and dry palate. Okay, but lacking complexness and balance.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bloemart (257) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2003
Well, I'm not really a kriek fan, 'cause it lacks the real beer experience if you ask me, but this kriek was pretty ok, if one does not expect the have a beer, but just an enjoyable drink.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2003
(bottled) Sour cherry & wet wood dominates the aroma of this brilliantly clear beautiful brownish red beer. Strongly-carbonated effervescence lifts the strongly sour tartness. Seriously sweet with a lovely funky must. There's a taste like old sweet rotting wood smells- I know that sounds terrible, but it's a sweet, earthy aroma that reminds me of the woods in springtime. Smokey bacon hints? I'd buy that. Long, lingering tart & suprisingly dry finish. The complexity is terrific.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Nice deep glowing russet rose color with a thin, light tannish head with a bit of off-pinkish tone to some of it in thicker areas. Fades fast to a thin ring and lace in fast dripping strings and spots. Smell is a souring cherry tinge and wild oaky sweetness with some yeasty meat-like bacon notes. Taste has a quick hold of souring cherry, substantially biting and sweet oakyness with a nice little tart kick. Notes of yeasty uncrisp bacon laying on the side of the oak character, kinda weird but nice. Simple and pleasing, not a overbearing cherry fruitness, just alot of cherry character in the sour and tart areas which it has a good portion of. Pretty full feel upfront with a quickening hit of souring then eases out and finds lots of tart cherry dryness and oaky sweetness. A pretty decent, quite powering little brew, a pleasure to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
SilkTork (5163) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2004 Bottle - Aug 2003: Sampled alongside Belle-Vue Kriek and Mort Subite Kriek, this Flemish Sour Ale with cherries spanked them into quivering submission. Complex, challenging and utterly fascinating.
The initial light, loose bubbles faded away to reveal a beautiful shining cherry colour full of light, moonbeams and red-faced angels singing in the streets of Mysore and Zanzibar. This was a priceless gem brought by camel train across the sands of time. When looked at from above it is merely a transparent brown - dull and sewerish, like turd stained water. Looking at an angle you can see the brown top surface and the magical cherry sides at the same time. Awesome! This gets high marks for the trick of being two colours at the same time - both of which are interesting, though one is mysteriously sublime while the other is curiously revolting.
The aroma is sour with some aged damp leather, some dried cow shit, an iron bar and a bag of twiglets. The aroma is of a steel sword having hacked through a body - still steaming with blood and guts. It was the most fascinating of the three, though also the least pleasant.
The palate is soft and gentle yet firm enough to satisfy. Sweetness and sourness are very pronounced but well balanced resulting in an intense flavour experience compared to the other two.
This is a devilish concoction of blood, cherries and acid. Yummy! [4.1]
Draught - Aug 2004, GBBF: Woody. Great flavours and great taste. Probably the best beer of the fest. I was surprised at the high carbonation - and that was a negative for me. [3.9]


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