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


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RATINGS: 769   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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koleminer20 (3956) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2015
On draft at HopCat in Ann Arbor. In prep for Rare Day tomorrow. The pour is a dark, dark ruby color with a light pink colored ring of head and a couple spots of lace. The aroma is very sweet. There is cherry present, but it's syrupy and sweet. Candied cherries almost. Light aromas. Heavy syrupy cherry. The flavor is syrupy and sweet. Bleh. There is a nice light tartness on the back end but it's so sweet. It's not right. The mouth feel is thick and syrupy with a light carbonation and a heavy medicinal cherry. The finish is a little dry and lightly tart, but quickly fading. Meh ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Vignale (3997) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2015
Flaska från Beergium. Fin rödvinsfärg med rosa skum som snart försvinner. Doft av rejäl laktosyra, syrliga mejeriprodukter, trä, vinäger och söta körsbär. Inte jättesur eller jättesöt utan ganska bra balanserad men definitivt åt det lite sötare hållet, fin syra, lite träig eftersmak, generellt ganska snäll och trevlig.

miquelcrush (2053) - Granollers, SPAIN - NOV 8, 2015
Cervesa amb aroma agradable, en boca és dolça amb tocs àcids. Cerveza con aroma agradable, en boca es dulce con toques ácidos.

Zlotta (3808) - Hagen / Düsseldorf, GERMANY - OCT 24, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2015 0.25 l bottle from De Bierkoning, best before 23/12/2018. Clear, deep red with a medium large, fluffy, slowly diminishing, pinkish white head. Sweetish-sourish, fruity and minimally funky aroma of sour cherries, bitter almond, raspberries, red wine and oak. Sweetish-sourish, fruity and minimally funky taste of cherries, red wine, oak and hints of sherbet powder, followed by a medium long, slightly vinous, oaky and tart finish. Thin to medium body, astringent and effervescent mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Maybe a tad too sweet to convince completely, but this is very delicious. I still would have liked the fruitiness to be more subtle in favour of the base beer’s characteristics. Nevertheless good.

Werthergoethe (354) - Moscow, RUSSIA - OCT 20, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2015 Любопыт& вишнево& пиво. Довольн& крепкое. Вкус кислый, суховат& Освежае& Послевк& вишнево& компота.

Ysok02 (1826) - Mons, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2015
Une bière agréable, fraîche et fruitée, idéale pour se désaltérer avec un beau fruit et la tension d’une sour ale.

rarbring (2290) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2015
Overall: Sweet cheeries, almonds, sour wine.
Note: On-tap at De Klomp. Reviewed 2015-10-10.

ryecatcher (1464) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Bottle. Reddish amber pour, pink tinted frothy head. Nose is cherries, fruity funk, minerals, cider, some diacetyl notes. Mouth is medium bodied, tart up front, fruit forward, then sweetens up mid-range. Balsamic, woody, cherries, mildly medicinal, band aids. Finished a little too sweet for my taste.

Beersiveknown (5300) - NORTHERN IRELAND - SEP 6, 2015
Bottle at Lindemans brewery
Dark hazu ruby with pink tinged head. Rich fruity cherry nose, fruity cherry drop sweets flavour, toasty malts, earthy, rich, fruity, long finish. Tasty

BeerViking (5041) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2015
Bottle, pours red, light sourness and fruity nose, sour and dry-sweet. Finishes a little cloying.

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