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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: 772   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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3.6
fonefan (51593) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2008
Bottle. Clear medium to dark red color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light red head. Aroma is light yeasty, barnyard, moderate to light heavy cherry, fruity sour. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and acidic with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (060408)

3.4
yespr (48097) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2008
25 cL bottle, thanks to BelJohansen. Pours clear and golden red with a lacing pink head. Extremely dry and sulphorish cherry aroma. Dry to acidic sulphor/wooden flavour. Solid citric bite following. Woody flavour seems more dominant than the cherry fruit notes. Ends in a citric to dry sulphor wood finish.

3.3
Ungstrup (38594) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2004
A red beer with a small white disappearing head. The aroma is slightly sweet with notes of wood and cherries. The flavor is boring of cherries, and dry wood with the carbonization tickling the tongue. The end is very dry with notes of over-ripe cherries.

3.4
joergen (29360) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2007
Bottle.
Clear orange red coloured with an off white head.
Light acidic aroma of wood, brett and berries.
Light acidic flavour of wood, red wine, berries and glue.
Tart finish.

3.5
oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 24, 2006
Bottled. Ruby red colour, minor head. Aroma of cherry and alcohol (cherry liquor). Minor hints of burnt sugar. Flavour is strong cherry and alcohol. Some cookies in aftertaste. Strong cherry in aftertaste. Tasted almost like the sweet Madeira Wines on Madeira island. Brutal kriek, but yet again very nice.

3.3
Travlr (26248) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2008
A full-bodied brown ale made with cherries. Has an intense fruit flavor, but no sweetness - and yet, doesn’t have the sourness of a lambic. Worth trying.

3.3
cgarvieuk (26089) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 12, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2009 Cask at GBBF 2008... deep red ...Sour woody light fruit nose ... tart ligth hop and some cherry and little sour....

Cask at GBBF 09 ....light soft pink ... tart cherry nose ... big fruity cherry ... light sour ... big soft fruit.3.4

3.5
madmitch76 (25817) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2010
3rd August 2010. GBBF
Clear amber beer with a pinkish tint. Sour fruity nose. Light dry palate. Sweet and sour cherry with a little worcester sauce. Nicely sweet and sour.

3.4
omhper (25811) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2003
Bottled. Reddish brown. Balsamic cherry aroma. Light bodied and lightly syrupy, but with balanced sweetness. Refreshing and uncomplicated.

3.6
Papsoe (25055) - 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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