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%
"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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frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Best Before 31-10-05     Pours a deep cranberry color with an amber glow. A fast, pinkish-gray head is quickly a thin skin and halo. Mouthwateringly tart and acidic aromas showcase Belgian yeast strains. Leather, cheese, tannins and of course a fruity dollop of cherries that does not overwhelm. Sharp, astringent sourness in the mouth reeks of cherry pie filling. This flavor lingers on a dry finish, rather like a mousse. Mild acidity is not upsetting."Flemish Sour" or "Fruit Beer"... who cares... it’s rather decadent and enjoyable.

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iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2006
11.2oz, Best before 15-02-07. Pours a clear brownish red with a one and a half finger fading light pink head. Aroma of oak, sour fruits (in addition to the cherries), barnyard funk, a little bit of dust and cobwebs. The taste reminds me of their other beer I tried and the beer couldn’t decide whether it wanted to be sweet or acidic--this one wants to be a little too sweet for me. The flavors are otherwise pretty much the same with the oak and funk up front. I got a little cardboard as well. Dry finish. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Not too bad.

HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2006
A nice and not-too-sweet cherry beer with some background complexity and a primarily real fruit flavor. Good balance and a refreshing finish. I could drink a few of these with some soft cheese and dry sausage.

Jerre (3391) - Waregem, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2006
Sparkling clear ruby body topped by a foamy small pink head. The aroma is sour cherries and light nuty malt. Sour cherry with a fakish cherry flavor, cherry syrup I guess. Very stringent finish.

mabjork (692) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2006
Bottled. Dark red in colour. Minor red head. It has a sweet and cherry like aroma. The flavour is sweet but there is a sour tone at the same time. Kinda bitter really. Quite enjouable.

GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2006
[cask at GBBF 06] Aroma is dominated by cherry with some musky aromas and a faint acidity also a little lactic. full body with a sweet and tart finish. A little on the sweet side and I’d prefer a more agressive sourness.

hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2006
Draft at GBBF ’06. Dark red with a white head. No, it has a faint pink tinge to it. Cheese and sour cherry aroma. Vinegary sourness, but not overpowering as it blends wonderfully with the sweetness of the real cherries. Superb.

oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 24, 2006
Bottled. Ruby red colour, minor head. Aroma of cherry and alcohol (cherry liquor). Minor hints of burnt sugar. Flavour is strong cherry and alcohol. Some cookies in aftertaste. Strong cherry in aftertaste. Tasted almost like the sweet Madeira Wines on Madeira island. Brutal kriek, but yet again very nice.

thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2006
On draught at The White Horse, Parson’s Green. Red-brown colour with a small, but quite creamy off-white head. Sour fruit and yoghurt aroma. Nice and sharp sour flavours, fruit is very prominent, soothing sweetness underneath. Medium-bodied and quite fizzy. A wonderful beer for a hot summer’s day.

DuffMan (10429) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 6, 2006
Deep rich ruby red with an effervescent fast-fading pink head. Aromas of fresh mashed chokecherries (I’m serious-- this reminded me immediately of the smell in the kitchen when my dad made chokecherry jam when I was a kid) and something musty/earthy. Fresh sweet & sour cherry juice flavour with a definite sour finish that squeezes the saliva from your mouth in the first few sips. There is more here though, something woody and earthy and faintly yeasty too. Beguiling and different and quite good.

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