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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: 765   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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leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2015 Delicious. It smells like cherry, slighty like wine, pours a beautiful dark ruby, tart without a bite to it, mildly sweet, not short on flavor, but easy to drink.

4.7
gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - MAY 3, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2010 Dark ruby red. Sweet cherry nose. Some wood and yeast. Other dark fruits apparent. Flavor is malty and loads of cherry sweetness. Bitter tart unripe cherries and lactic acid. Very sweet but does not linger. finishes dry. I’m a huge fan.

4.7
witthatsbier (569) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 9, 2009
fruity nose with hints of marzipan ,dry fruity sourish flavour from the whole cherries steeped in this brown ale a belgian therefore a world great

4.7
TarcisioVasco (131) - Ribeirão Preto (SP)., BRAZIL - MAY 17, 2013
Deliciosa kriek maturada em barril, uma invasão de sabores e refrescância com muito sabor e aroma.

4.7
Mtbiker54 (39) - Nancy, FRANCE - NOV 27, 2013
Une couleurs ruby hallucinante. Une mousse rosée. Des arômes de kitsch et d’amande qui doit venir du noyau. Des notes boisées. Des notes acidulées très fines. Une bière très surprenantes.

4.7
Cooterbridge (10) - - DEC 14, 2013
Love this beer great balance between a flemish red and a kriek. Great entry beer for a newcomer to the sour world. Nice and mild acidity. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - JUL 16, 2010
Splendida, la base mi pare sia la Vichtenaar, ma le ciliegie le danno un bouquet gentile ed elegante; da vedere, poi, è uno spettacolo.. in bocca una deliziosa sour ale con la ricchezza della frutta e la poca voglia di scrivere che ho. In verità vorrei dormire ancora un poco ma vediamo..se riesco bene, altrimenti amen mi rifarò stasera/domattina ! Domani si inizia il ripasso di Lett. Greca woooo non vedo l’ora di fare qualcosa di diverso dalla storia, così da staccare un pochino

4.6
SanfordBrewer (1577) - Sanford, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2010
hazy dark red, pink head, medium body, medium-high carbonation.

aroma: sour cherries, musty, and a bit of acidity.

taste: lots of musty sour cherries. some acetic acid, and a little alcohol.

very nice. mostly sour and musty, with just a touch of sweetness -how fruit beer should be (imo). sourness is as much acetic and winey as it is fruit tartness.

4.6
Nightsky (176) - Lutz, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Tart palate, plus it has a very sweet finish. The aroma is pleasantly fruity. Nice and red in color. Makes me want more and more.

4.6
hwin666 (1) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2013 does not count
The beer was a pleasant surprise. The cherry body was fantastic and an instant reminder of my mom’s cherry pies. Only fault I could think of is that I only have one small bottle.


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