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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: 664   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2004
Deep blood red with foamy pink head that dissolved more like a soda than a beer. Cherry smell, sourness, wine-like scent. Quite sour, carbonated, I can see the vinegarness here too. A little metallic in the finish. Nice Kriek, one of the better sours that I have tried.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 16, 2004
11.2 oz bottle, courtesy of The Foodery in Philadelphia. Dark purplish ruby, little head, fully diminishing. Powerfully sour fruity aroma, hint of bitter almonds. On the tongue, surprisingly smooth and velvety at first...agressive sour, almost vinegary flavors develop, not entirely pleasantly. This is an over-the-top sour cherry flavor, potent and real but not altogether wonderful. Light almond nuttiness, vinegar and ammonia to finish...dry and woody and perhaps just a bit thin. Iím fascinated, but I just donít know if I like it.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2004
mostly yeast in the aroma; dark red with a frothy pink head; sour cherry taste with a dry finish

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flemdawg (532) - Naples, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Sour aroma with a hint of cherries, duh. See through red with a fine pink head that was gone by the time I finished drinking. A brief hint of sweetness that was followed up by the cherry sourness, and finshed with a bitter flare. A rather dry finish and some carbonation as well. Not too bad, but New Glarus is better.

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 (3810) - 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 (6298) - 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 (5287) - 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 (3035) - 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.


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