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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: 767   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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a deep ruby red with a one finger slightly pink head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, candied sugar, strawberry, and sweet tarts. The flavor was of sweet malt, strawberry, cherry, sugar, cherry syrup, and subtle sweet tart. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I will warn all who approach this brew that it is a lot more sweet than some other Krieks out there. This does cover up quite a bit of the subtle flavors that were present as I could not pick them out unfortunately. For what they were aiming for it really wasn’t too bad if I honest as the sweetness did carry throughout, but it wasn’t overpowering to the point where you think you are going to get diabeetus from drink a glass of it. A fairly well done brew that I wouldn’t mind having again in the future if more funky Krieks are not available at the time. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.1
Quick3Beers (1356) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2017
Pours a wonderful dark magenta from a bottle, somewhat thick light purple head. Nice sweet-tart cherry aroma, almost a hint of concord grape as well. Similar flavor, nice balance between sweet and tart. Interesting non-lambic beer. Very good.

3.6
Bamsen78 (5538) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2017
Bottle from my dear old students - thank you T17! Pours clear lightish ruby with stable pinkish head. Clear aroma of fruit, with vinous notes and malty and estery hints. Vinous flavour with notes of cherries and touches of yeast. Dusty hints, especially in the lingering, dry aftertaste. Decent for the style.

4.1
stchloe (1104) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 6, 2017
Beautiful color, initially bitter and tart, soft sweet, goes mildly into a vanilla finish, very pleased, worth drinking for the finish.

3.4
jjsint (3425) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2017
25cl bottle at the Elm Tree from Belgian National Day Festival. Reddish brown, very thin-looking, with a tiny ring of white head. Cherry, oak, some red wine vinegar on the nose: simple yet attractive. The taste is a step up: oaky sourness hits you but it’s balanced by a heavy cherry sweetness. More sour than sweet in the long finish. Hints of Merlot and soy sauce in the aftertaste. Carbonation is heavy but not aggressive. A beer which I’m unsure if at first but I grow to enjoy.

4
superspak (5871) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2017
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 9/2019. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light pink/cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big lightly tart/tangy cherries, raspberry, strawberry, lemon, plum, green apple, red grape, oak, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, hay, straw, leather, grass, funk, pepper, almond, slight red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/light funky yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart/tangy cherries, raspberry, strawberry, lemon, plum, green apple, red grape, oak, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, hay, straw, leather, grass, funk, pepper, almond, slight red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light fruity/lactic tartness, yeast/tannic oak spiciness, and fruit tang on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy cherries, raspberry, strawberry, lemon, plum, green apple, red grape, oak, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, hay, straw, leather, grass, funk, pepper, almond, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/light funky yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/tart/tangy/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from carbonation and tart/tangy/spicy notes, increasing through the glass. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly tangy/acidic/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6.8%. Overall this is a great fruited Flanders red ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/light funky yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the mildly tart/tangy/drying finish. Extremely well balanced for the style. Plenty of authentic cherry flavors, with solidly funky yeast complexity. Nice oak and malt presence. Never overly sweet or sour either way, with no slick/syrupy character from fruit or malts. A very enjoyable offering.

3.8
Alusmamuts (2094) - LATVIA - JUL 11, 2017
Red clear with small pink head. Slight cherry aroma. Sweet-sour cherry taste. Just nicely fruity.

4
JK (6249) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2017
Bottlw. This looks like cherry juice. Cherry aroma qith a little balsamic. Lightly tart and lots of cherry flavor with cinnamon and cjerry pot. A good amount of sugar. Good fruit beer.

3.8
GoufCustom (2119) - HONG KONG - MAY 30, 2017


250 ml bottle bought at IC Beer in Kwun Tong.

Looks: Translucent cherry wine redOne-quarter finger head with soapy light pink foam which fades in 20 seconds; Fair sticky lacing with near zero carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant malt, with strong Port wine, strong red wine, strong wood barrel, dark cherries, yoghurt tartness, malt vinegar, grape skins, dry wheatyness and strong tannin.

Taste: Strong sour malt, with dark cherries, strong yoghurt, strong malt vinegar, red wine, alcohol, wood barrel, tannic, light sugar, biscuits, lemon and light grass.

Body: Close to light body; Thin palate.

Mouth Feel: Good maltyness in a slightly watery background. Dark and sour cherries in abundance, with tasty malt vinegar, yoghurt and red wine, with light sweetness for balance. Carbo-ish and dry with notable tannin and lemon to round. Very nice!

Hoppiness: Not nose, lemon and light grass in taste; Bitterness is mostly tannin with slight lemony hops for an abrupt, low to fair astringent sour malty finish.

After Taste: Quite dry; Tart, fruity and quite easy to mouth.

Comments: So this is sour cherries on top of a Sour Red Ale, and it taste very cherry soda-ish in a nice way. Its winey and vinegar characters were intact, with fruity cherries gave some refreshing sparks. If only most fruit beers can be as decent as this. A tasty Summer treat!

3.5
Rubin77 (2477) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 7, 2017
F: thin, off-pink, quick gone. C: dark red, hazy, almost opaque. A: red berries, cherries, light red wine, oak wood, fruity sourness, syrupy, hint of brett. T: cherries, woody, red fruits, hint of vinous, a bit of funky, not sweet, not very complex but still quite good and enjoyed, medium to full body, low to medium carbonation, 0,75l bottle from Shopping Peltri in Overpelt.

3.7
alex_leit (5008) - Minsk, BELARUS - APR 4, 2017
Bottle. Amber-red color, noisy pinkish foam. Aroma: vinegar sourness, fermented cherries, a little red wine and strawberries. Taste: sour cherry, sparkling rose wine, fruit vinegar, cherry stone, sour-sweetness, good balanced.


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