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


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RATINGS: 767   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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mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2005
deep ruby red, light pink head. aroma of cherries, oakmalt vinegar, cherry candy and lemon. flavour has a hint of cinnamon I always seem to notice in krieks. flavour has jammy cherry flavous with balancing lemon and woody malt. nice.

SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Bottle. Pours light red with minimal light head. Nose is alcohol and cherries. Taste is fizzy, cherrys and alcohol.

hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Pours a beautiful red with a slowly diminishing pink head, no less! Aroma is a little weak but nice. Vinegar, cherries (of course), light wood-smoke and sweaty yeast. Taste is mild but nice. Slightly sour, somewhat sweet. Mouth puckering a little. Aftertaste fades quickly from lightly sour, tiny bit bitter. Overall it’s nice, but of Verhaeghe, I like Vichtenaar a little better.

DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Deep ruby pour with medium, creamy, white head. Aroma of big tart cherries, some port and malt. Tastes tart cherryish, with a medium, fruity, smooth finish. Very nice!

BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Smelled really good, like fresh black cherries. Strong tart cherry flavor, almost a sour candy quality. Sampled with some dark chocolate and it really perked up. Great with food, but not so great on it’s own.

whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 Clear, rosy hue and a pink, sudsy head. Tart and sweet cherry nose with some woody barnyard character. Strong cherry flavor with some fruit peel quality and a tart, puckering finish. Too sweet and lacking in depth. Like a cherry-laden horse that runs for the pink team.

beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2005
Sampled at le Mondial de la bière 2005. Pours a clear dark red color with a thin offwhite head. Sweet aroma of cherries. Sweet and sour flavor of cherries. Light to medium body, soft carbonation.

MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2005 A Mes rate: Re rate following Croydon Belgian Festival. I must have had a bad bottle of this as my second attempt was much much better than my first. Also since then I have really enjoyed it every time. Very very similar to the Vichtenaar just with more fruit. Wonderful body, great finish. Maybe it has just grown on me... . (I better rate this one quick before it gets drained! Not too good to be honest. A strange chocolate hint to the aroma and the flavour. For me it doesnt really work that well. Goes down quick and easy though! Damn these 25cl bottles!)

Sammy (12604) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2005
Musty and leather smell. Very cherry, light head. Opaque red. Sugar and vinegar acidic, not finishable, doesn’t work altogether, the taste the fizzy carbonation. Too dry too thin,

Papsoe (25059) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2005
(bottle 25 cl) In my version only 5,8% ABV. A different, stronger, more dry and less sweet Kriek. More beer, less fruit. A refreshing and quenching fruit-beer based on Sour Ale rather than sweetened lambic. If you miss Rodenbach Alexander, this is a decent substitute. 220896

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