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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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4.1
seamus77 (31) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2005
pleasent, soft fruity aroma, reminds me of a french wine that I can’t quite place. a beautiful, deep red-brown color, thin head which fades almost immediatly. lightly cherry, nicely balanced but slightly more on the sour than the sweet though not too much of either. light body, slightly effervescent. not much on the finish, but with a slight sweetness that clings to the lips.

3.6
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Pinkish head. Clear ruby/coppery red body, attractive. Sweet bandaids, oaky sweet cherries. Off-cardboard/bbq sauce and twig finish. That type of flavor, is on top of a sweet/sour cherry. Its like they tried to do a Rodenbach Alexander, but, its not as good.

2.9
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Plum-brown body under a light purple bubbly head. Concentrated sweet cherry aroma with woody, slightly vinegary, medicinal notes. The flavor has a weak, astringent malt backing with the same over-sweet cherries. Lots of skin tannins as well. This is a dumbed-down flemish sour, sort of like Lindeman’s Kriek.

2.8
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Pours to a odd red-hued brown with a thin white head. The aroma is lots of fermented cherries, vinegar, menthol, and oak. The flavor is strange, apple cider vinegar? Oak. To me, the palate is one of the redeeming qualities of this beer. I love Flemish Sours when they’re good, but this isn’t one of them. I want more Panil!

2.4
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2005
reddish pinkish brown color w/ a light pink head. a tart aroma, sour cherries touches of metalic very sweet some bandaids. Light palate somewhat carbonated very light. A fairly bad flavor fermented cherry a touch stale overly sweet. blah.

3.2
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2005
pours a dark cranberry red, almost looks like a glass of fruit juice except for a thin fizzy head that disappears rapidly. vinegar, sour apple and sweet cherry in the aroma, which was not overwhelming in its sourness. flavor was very much the same, all the elements were there, but were balanced very well and actually ended with a crisp tartness, rather than an extreme sourness.

3.5
RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Typical intense sourness deftly balanced by sour cherries, but not overwhelmed by them. Beautiful scarlet pour with an abundance of beading. There’s a Christmas party going on in my glass. bright and lively spritziness on the tongue and throat going down...champagne-style. Very well done!

3.4
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Pours red with slight pink head. Nose is quite tart and cherrylike. Flavor is also tart-like with a smooth underlying sweetness. Nice sipping beer.

3.1
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Vivid dark ved, medium sized pink foamy head. Acetic acid and an unfortunate phenolic aroma. Tart cherry flavor gives way to pucker tart. Plastic phenol tinges marr the flavor especially noticable in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium light and fairly smooth and dry.

3.3
Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 19, 2005
this is yet another journey into "sour-land" for me.im a bit nervous so here we go.this sour ale pours a see through crimson body with a small white head.aromas are of hot alcohol,sour funk,and cherry ludens.flavor is much of the same.with a little smoke,oak,and sherri thrown in.different but not bad.


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