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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Belgian top-fermented cherry beer on the basis of a reddish brown ale matured in oak casks.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2004
This is beyond a doubt, one of the finest beers to include fruit that I have ever tasted and I am suprised that the ratings aren’t much higher. Pours with a lovely ruby color that positively sparkles; a little pink head that crackles like rice crispy treats ... plenty of carbonation here. The aroma is pure choke cherries with tons of sourness. Nice acridity and sourness that puckers. The fruit flavor creates a nice balance. A lingering malt flavor on the tongue. Positively brilliant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 16, 2004
Medium red color with a 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. Very smooth though. Light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2600) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Small, light pink head, short lived. Beautiful ruby red color. Spicey, cherry nose. Mediuum body. Mild maltines plenty of cherry, earthy flavors, yeasty spiceynes, some vinegery notes. Medium dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2004
Distinctly red in colour. Not up to the standard of a lambic kriek in my view but, otherwise, just what you’d expect - woody, strong cherry character and some sour notes. Not too sweet. I just thought it fell away a little on the finish, which was quite dry and clean. A nice drink. Pump dispense at GBBF 2004.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2004
dark red, small head, aroma of cherry, sour and sweet cherry flavor, refreshing,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (7183) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Pours with a frothy head that disappears rather quickly, and elicits a fruity aroma. There is a full cherry flavor with noticeable carbonation. I found the combination of strong kriek and sour brown flavors to be unique and quite satisfying. Overall, an outstanding beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2004
33 cL bottle, snifter, bottle labled as "Echt Kriekenbier". My first impression of the aroma is "gingerbread cookies". Tons of cherries, cask wood, raisin, slight port, a bit of anise and maybe some soy sauce in the aroma. Smells every bit as good as its little brother but yet entirely different. Light plum-red body with a tall, pink, frothy head that diminishes quickly. Heavily sweet, moderately acidic (sour) flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately acidic (sour, tart) finish. Strong tannin presence in the aftertaste. Medium body, oily/slick texture, average carbonation. The bottom line is: a very drying, tannin laced finish is a little strong for my preference, but this is still a very fine brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (5006) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 20, 2004
This bottled brew marked best before 6/7/05 poured a large sized head of foamy finely sized quickly diminishing to the point of non-existence with a very loud noisy decrease as the head receded from the popping bubbles. The bubbles were purple hued and left behind a poor lacing. The body was carbonated and transparent purple/brown in color. The aroma was strongly cherry and malty. The mouth feel was initially tingly bubbly and had a dry finish with continued to dry in a lingering finish. The flavor contained strong notes of cherries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Bottle. Best before 6-7-05. Poured a large pinkish fizzy head with fine-small sized bubbles that quickly dissipated. Soft carbonation, transparent and a red hue. Cherry, sweet and alcohol aroma. Sweet, acidic, cherry and alcohol flavor from start to finish. Tingly mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2010 Cask conditioned - pumped by some method similar to a syringe? - GBBF 2004. A sour fruity smell to this deep red coloured beer with a good looking off-white head. The taste is suitably sour with good cherry notes. A long lingering aftertaste to this classy beer. Score 4.3
Subsequent rating scored 4.2. Score unchanged.

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