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


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RATINGS: 772   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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cab (866) - DENMARK - FEB 23, 2007
Bottle. thanks to beermouth. NIce cherry tast and aroma, veak head, should be nice with strong solid food´s, i do like it.

beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2007 Deep clear amber with reddish notes and i fine slightly tanned head. Good strong cherry-nose with raisins, prune, preserved cherries. Nice high acidity and good strong sourness.

Tmoney99 (15040) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2007
Bottle. Poured reddish brown with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate sour tart fruit aroma. Light to medium body. Medium sweet fruity flavor with a medium sweet finish. Smooth refreshing brew.

mgermani (1010) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2007
Pours a deep rich red with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma very distinct: sour cherries (black forest cake!) and red wine. Tastes just like it smells - more cherries, less wine, but a lingering dry sweet/sour aftertaste. Very little in the way of hops. Numbing sensation in the aftertaste, thin body but unique - slightly over-carbonated. Good beer with great character, but lacks some variety in palette. Not my cup of tea, but nonetheless well done.

redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Pours with a red tingedd head. Aroma of oak and cherry. A decent sour/red with a hint of cherries. Kind of tart, not much sweetness.

LyndaNova (531) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Cold 11.2oz bottle: Pours a gorgeous clear cherry amber color with a small pink bubbles around the edges. Aroma is of cherries and rich malts with notes of brown sugar and alcohol. Taste is of rich malts and cherries with notes of wood and sourness. Watery texture and moderately carbonated. Ending is dry and sweet with sour notes and hints of alcohol.

Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 10, 2006
11.2oz bottle: Pours a clear red with some orange and a thin white head, sour wood and cherries in the aroma, very acidic and tart flavor that ends with the taste of soggy wood. I wanted to enjoy this beer, but was unable to.

hopscotch (11322) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Bottle... Clear blood-red ale with a mid-sized, creamy, pink head. Good retention. The nose is acidic, lightly woodsy and a touch medicinal with notes of black cherries and subtle molasses. The very acetic, fruity flavor shows flashes of medium alcohol and tempering sweetness. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Finishes sweet, tart and tannic. Hearty for a lambic!

asheft (3111) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2006
[little bottle like in the picture]
Balsamic vinegar that was aged with cherries in the nose. Clear red with a brownish tint and no lasting head. Sour cherry first, followed by a woody aged character that contains some bitterness. A pleasant malt flavour comes in late to round off things and not leave the mouth puckered. Excellent beer that to me is the perfect Flemish red: not cloyingly sweet and not crazy full of acid either. I prefer this to the Duchesse de Burgoyne or whatever it’s called. High carbonation and light to medium body.

jimhilt (2630) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2006
Pours a three finger, fizzy red/brown head that fades to a thin layer leaving no lace. Deep red/amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Sour cherry nose. Starts and finishes as sour cherries, there is some sweetness part way through. You have to like krieks to really appreciate this. Pricey at $3.49 for a 330ml bottle from John’s Grocery Iowa City, IA. Best by Feb 15, 2007.

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