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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: 645   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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.


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 (5188) - 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]

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2003
Aroma is pure cherries! Beautiful, crystal clear garnet color, topped by a faint white head. Flavor is a little too sweet, with big bursts of cherry on the tongue for every sip. Again, this is unfortunately out of balance. The cherry is real, and tastes it, unlike a certain american wheat beer with cherry in it. The only real problem is in the balance. As far as fruit goes, this beer is fantastic, but where is the beer? With a lambic you get the horse blanket and the must, but with this beer, all you get is cherry. Still, a very refreshing fruit drink for the summer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2003
Wow, i'm surprised how low the ratings are here. This was delicious, lovely tart sour cherry flavours, with some earthy stinkyness, the finish is very refreshing. The mouthfeel is light, yet the flavour absolutely bursts on your tongue, i liked this better than the Duchesse De Bourgogne.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2003
Rich burgundy/red w/ small pink head. Light tart cherry & barnyard aroma. Light, lively feel. Nice sour cherry, barnyard, & leather flavour.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2003
An interesting, but not intense, sour nose that resembled cherry flavored wax. A ruddy brown color with red hues. The flavor was not as bad as the aroma, but still, was not outstanding. Moderate sourness, some acidity, and a short and unpleasant finish do not a good beer make. Interesting to try, but not something I really want again.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pivo (2558) - GERMANY - JUN 29, 2003
Sour nose, interesting red copper color, fizzy but no head. Sugary sweet cherry floavor on top of a decent malt base. Very sour in the middle and end with a foul aftertaste. Thinish body. Like Rodenbach? The cherries and the oud bruin go great together.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YogiBeera (2466) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2003 Strawberry, apricot - acidic nose. Light brown-red color, no head, light carbonation. Acidic Strawberry taste, diminishes fast. On Draft at the GBBF 2003: Cherry comes more through than anything else. Nice medium finish - some metallic spores. Nice.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - JUN 15, 2003
Clear ruby red coloured beer with a small pink head. Slightly aged, cherry aroma. Sour cherry taste. Fairly neutral finish.


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