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


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RATINGS: 780   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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AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 17, 2002
Blood-red appearance. Strong, cranberry-currant taste. Pleasant and sour. I've never managed to develop a taste for currants, but this was an interesting drink. Complex, slightly woody finish.

jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2002
Tastes like sour musty cranberries. Fizzy and sweet, like candy melted down and mixed with ginger ale. Too sweet and carbonated.

Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2002
Not a big fruit beer fan, I approached this with some trepidation. I just had a New Belgium Frambozen, which was just OK. I like this one a little bit better, as I enjoy the tart finish. The fruit is there but it is not overwhelming. It certainly makes the beer red, though. Sort of reminds me of the Duchesse, minus the balsamic vinegar (most of it anyway).

Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2002
Cranberry juice look. Fizzy pink champagne head. Sour cherry FRA smell. Starts sweet, but turns sour with the quickness. Fruity spritzy flavor. You can taste the red ale underneath. Dry sour finish.

Oakes (19931) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 25, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2008 Fresh: Rich ruby colour. Acetic, lactic aroma with cherry candies. Oaky, fat, tangy, voluptuous. Port-like accents. Slightly candyish finish, with a hint of acetic acid.

Aged, Vichte Vera, rated November 22/08
Light brown. Hazy. Rich, almost malt vinegar nose. Wood and sweet fruits on the palate, only a little bit of sourness. Strange stuff, but this is also really old stuff so the fruit is muted and the weirdness accentuated. I rated this aged version 7-3-7-3-14 = 3.4

OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2002
Quite a high ABV for a Lambic. Crystal clear ruby red with a small short lasting light pink head. Some red ale character apparent on first approach. Cider sour, wood, yeast, port wine and plastic aroma. Use by date is still 12 months away but it tastes kinda mellow to stale. Medium light body. Winey and balsamic vinegar sour bitter start. Hardly any sweet and even less cherries. Bland sour sweet finish and aftertaste. Different but still uninspiring.

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