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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: 771   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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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3.5
john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2017
Draft. Deep red beer with nice sweet and sour, fruity, tart, tangy cherry taste. Very cherry, very sweet and sour. Earthy. Very nice! (2008)

3.8
Hanoi (951) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2017
Bottle. Balsamic, cherry oak. Taste is vanilla, marzipan, cherry, balsamic, apple, cherry, oak, sweet and sour. Very amenable

3.8
Towey1989 (2827) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2017
Bottle at The Bottle Lab, Leek. Pours a clear red colour with a frothy pale pink head. Aroma of cherry, oak, wood, a hint of funk and subtle marzipan. Taste of sour cherry, oak, some funk, slight marzipan and subtle spice. Medium bodied, soft carbonation and a slick texture. A sour cherry finish with a little oaky bitterness in the aftertaste. A delicious kriek, sour cherry and the oaky bitterness work wonderfully. Not too sweet and not too tart, well worked.

4.5
chefseanjudd (37) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2017
Excellent balance between the base beer and fruit. Nice oak character, good acidity, not too dry or tannic.

4.2
katrinaez (2019) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2016
Precisely what it should be. Tart, but not overly sour. A bit of sugar considering the style, which fits with the cherries.Aroma is sour and a bite of vinegar on the nose. Color is a nice brown red. Mouth, tasty tart and sour with some light sugars. Tap

3.3
Oleg85 (194) - Yaroslavl, RUSSIA - DEC 17, 2016
Странны& непривл& буро-кра цвет. Пышная шапка. Отличны& аромат с нотками уксуса. Во вкусе неприят& горчинк& Карбони& обильна& но мягкая.

3.1
Vells (1846) - Rīga, LATVIA - DEC 13, 2016
Seems bit one dimensional cherry. Thou that cherry impact is quite lovely, I would like more depth to it. Some wood dry impact in background. Moderate tartness with light sweetness Decent, but bit boring

3.6
jsporrer (1028) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2016
Pours a clear cranberry color with a thin pinkish ring. Sour, tart fruity aroma. Fairly thin texture and light body. Crisp tart cherry flavor with a lightly dry finish. Not as good as the other Verhaeghe cherry flavored ales but still tasty and pretty enjoyable.

3.4
borre_m (1651) - NORWAY - NOV 25, 2016
Pours a clear deep cherry red. Aroma is sour, vinegar, cherry. Taste is slightly sour, cherries, balanced.

3.6
brnandersen (3905) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2016
25 cl bottle. Slightly hazy red-amber colour with a thin, off-white head. Fruity aroma with cherries, caramel malts, oak and wheat malts. Taste is lightly sweet. Medium body with a creamy texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes slightly tart with cherries. Lovely Oud Bruin.


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