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


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RATINGS: 776   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
"Echt Kriekenbier (real cherry beer)" is, as the name suggests, a cherry beer that is manufactured with only the real fruit of cherries instead of with flavor enhancers or extracts of cherries. The fruit is sourced from the region around Sint-Truiden in Limburg (Belgium). Unlike the most famous fruit beers is the basic beer of the "real cherry beer" not a Lambic but a West-Flemish red-brown ale aged in oak wood. About mid-July at the picking, the Northern cherries are brought in at the brewery and laid in on the base beer. Because the taste of the cherry fruit varies from year to year and this according to the number of hours of sunshine or rain, the kriekenbier at its final composition is blended with cherry beer from the year before and two-year old cherry beer. This is intented to have a a more constant taste of the "real cherry beer" over the years.

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nathanvc (921) - Brugge, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2018
At 't Poatersgat, Bruges. Shared with Anke.
Pours clear dark red/brown with a thin, pinkish head. The aroma contains sweet cherry, marzipan, sugar, strawberry, red candy, hint of vinegar. It tastes medium fruity sweet and light to medium fruity/funky sour; bit tart, woody finish. Medium body, slick texture, fizzy carbonation. Lovely!

sharkydodson (2049) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - FEB 15, 2018
the aroma is fruity and spicy with hints of cherry, red wine, berries, candy and flowers... the taste is fruity and tart with notes of cherry, prunes, lollipop, red wine, berries and some spicy grasses... sour, sweet and tart aftertaste...

Muggus69 (2845) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2017
330mL bottle from International Beer Collector. BB 28-03-2021 Pours a rather attractive deep scarlet body with a creamy pink-tinged head. Aroma is complex - cinnamon & nutmeg, marzipan, ripe & sour cherry, sweet pasty, old wood, brown sugar. Fullish body, slight creamy carbonation & mouthfeel, nice tartness to it cuts through. Flavours a excellent - persistent cherries - sweet, sour, stalk & pit - those lovely marizpan & savoury woody spices again, brown sugar, sort of doughy notes, hint of old wood & horsey funk, lingering tartness & vinous tannin. Really enjoyed this - not as refined as other Flemish red/oud brune based Kriek beers, but the flavours work very well!

willisread (4028) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 28, 2017
Draft at Craft Brewed. Pours a deep burgundy red with almost no head. Deep cherry aromas with musty basement and oak, slight horseblanket. Deep cherry flesh and skin, aged prosciutto, cherry stone. Uber complex with lots going on. Dry finish with musty cherry that lingers. Great stuff, probably unfairly tasted next to a Destihl sour.

deepdrinker (385) - Leeds, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2017 Poured on Xmas day from 750ml bottle . Ruby brown I appearance. Cherry Kriek aroma . Mild tart sour , sharp

julesxxl (632) - FRANCE - DEC 11, 2017
(rouge guignolet, nez infini kirsch, bouche kriek authentique & pure, vineuse, finale bois-acide, poivre doux, historique)

Cybercat (6505) - Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2017
Pours clear mahogany with a thick, though not long-lasting, eggshell head. Sure is a noisy one, though. Aroma puts forth tart cherry, woody and sour fruit notes. Tart and slightly sweet cherry dominates the flavor, while making room for subtle woody and malty tones. Mouthfeel presents fair body and good fizz. Get real!

afn (15) - New York, USA - NOV 22, 2017
Great balance. The dryness of the hops compliments the bare sweetness of the beer. The sour components are not out of place. The cherry tone is faint while drinking, but it lingers on the breath long after the primary components are gone. A keeper. If there was a rating for balance (the most important component to a beer), it would be 8-9 out of 10.

Quick3Beers (1601) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2017
Pours a wonderful dark magenta from a bottle, somewhat thick light purple head. Nice sweet-tart cherry aroma, almost a hint of concord grape as well. Similar flavor, nice balance between sweet and tart. Interesting non-lambic beer. Very good.

Bamsen78 (5707) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2017
Bottle from my dear old students - thank you T17! Pours clear lightish ruby with stable pinkish head. Clear aroma of fruit, with vinous notes and malty and estery hints. Vinous flavour with notes of cherries and touches of yeast. Dusty hints, especially in the lingering, dry aftertaste. Decent for the style.

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