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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: 770   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
BeerandBlues2 (13825) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 26, 2006
Bottle from Luckygirl. Pours ruby with a mix of multi-sized particles, fizzy-bubbly with a patchy pinkish head, lasting. Aroma is sour cherry, tart berries, yeast (oak, cellar) and malt (straw). Initially tart and dry sour cherry flavor, foamy, goes moderately acidic, malty and cherry skin, vinous notes. Medium bodied, fizzy-foamy, dry and spicy palate.

3.5
bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 12, 2006
Bottle. Ruby-raspberry color with a quickly disapating pinkish head. Dusty, earthy, tart, fruity aroma. Fruity (cherry) flavor with light earthy tartness. Nice complexity. Lingering earthy, cherry flavor.

3
Nejhleader (1574) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2006
On Tap. Had a very sour and tart tast to it. Aroma was similiar. Not sure if I tasted any cherries at all.

3.6
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Caramel colored body with a thin, off-white head. Sour fruit aroma, some vinegar. A cherry, cinnamon, nutmeg flavor. Nice cool ending.

3.8
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Clear dark cherry color with a thin white head. Slightly sour aroma. Sweet cherry flavor with some light sour hints.

3.4
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Full aroma with cherries (of course) and also some tender maltiness. The appearance is dark ruby and even the head is a light pink. Sour and tart, as I expected, but it seems slightly off-balanced: it needs something other than the fruit to distinguish it from other fruit beers, it isn’t quite malty/sweet enough, and the sourness itself just isn’t enough to carry the flemish sour ale title, IMHO.

3.4
notalush (5922) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Reddish purple color with pink lace - aroma of sweet cherry syrup, acidity and band-aids - quite dry and medium-tart - just a mild cherry presence, not overpowering - dry, mineral-like finish - decent.

3.9
Aquahop (8) - Oregon, USA - MAR 3, 2006 does not count
Nice beer. Light cherry flavor. Excellent tartness. Not much acetic note at all. This is a very mouth watering beer which I could drink much more of. Much better beer than the Vichtenarr. Smooth lactic presence with a dry tart finish. Could use a bit more cherry to it, perhaps.

3.5
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - FEB 13, 2006
The aroma is of tart cherries and a viniger background. The beer pours a mahogony with a pink fizzy head. There is a tartness to the body with a sour cherry a malty sweetness balance.

2.7
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2006
Pours a muddy reddish-brown. Bubbly head diminishes rapidly. Aroma reminiscent of the layer of decomposing leaves and cherries in an orchard after harvest. Vinous with cherry sweetness and a neat bit of malt. A tad too much carbonation brought the mouthfeel down a bit. Develops a puckering feel almost like a cherryade.


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