Kriek De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 82
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2002

Based on an extinct yet favorite tipple of the De Ranke owners, Nino Bacelle and Guido Devos, De Ranke Kriek emulates the famed Oud Kriekenbier from the defunct Crombé brewery in Zottegem. De Ranke Kriek is a mixture of two blended soured pale ales and Girardin lambic, all steeped in whole fresh cherries from Poland and then aged for six months. A unique and much sought after Kriekenbier.
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Reviews by cypressbob:
Photo of cypressbob
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, corked and capped

Pours with a dark deep pink body, some ruby highlights, fizzy pink head with fair retention, very effervesant

Smell, thick sour alcoholic cherries, mixed berries, some sour funk, grapefruit and ugly fruit, little lemony too

Taste, fizzy tart cherries, pink grapefruit, crisp sourness on the finish, little bit of warming alcohol, smooth lasting tartness of berries on the finish, lemons too

A fantastic fruit lambic, probably the best i've had to date

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its been awhile since I went Belgian even longer since I had a lambic beer for wich Iam not a big fan but I decided on taking a chance on this pretty highly acclaimed on today and Iam glad I did.First off what a pour into a tulip glass a a rosey color with a fluffy pink head that settles slowly into a creamy-like mass with globs of lace behind.A whole lot of stuff going on in the nose a little funk and iron to go along with the sour cherry and vanilla just alot to take in,the flavors are just so much rolled into one starts off big and nearly puckering sour but is stopped abruptly by a cedar wood dryness and iron/metallic note.A nice vanilla pod lends itself well as it melds nicely between the two extremes of this beer.This is a doozy and makes me think more about a style that I didnt care for much before but maybe I havent explored it enough,it might be my beer phase I go into exploring the fruit lambic style.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at the Map Room. Unknown vintage. April 7, 2007.

Stunning appearance. Simply flawless. Deep, thick pinkish crimson with a thick and lasting pink head. Aroma of tart/sour lambic funk and black cherries. Musty and sweaty. Flavor is loaded with tart cherries, puckering with zesty carbonation. Acidic, sharp, with a dry finish. Awesome beer. Guzzelable.

Photo of ricke
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage. Sampling date: 2009-09-11.

A: Nice reddish pink with a small pink head that leaves some lacings.

S: A very nice smell. Lots of cherry aromas, cherry pits, grass and funky barnyard and horse blanket. A hint of vinegar.

T: The taste is rather tart, almost sour. Lots of cherries and lemons. It's really impressive that so much cherry flavor is present after about two years in the bottle. Notes of cherry pits, grass and mud. Not much malts get through. The funk is more restrained than in the smell, but here's still quite a lot of barnyard character. The finish is dry with some candy-like cherries, grassy bitterness, tartness and a mineral note.

M: Medium body, dry and refreshing.

D: A very nice beer, really well done. It's very lambic-like and I would guess that quite a lot of lambic went into the blend.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this with my buddy James on my b-day last night. Pours from the bottle a deep opaque reddish orange with a bubbly pink head that slowly falls to a ring around the glass. Very nice. Aromas of sour cherries upfront - ripe & fresh. Exquisite layers of cob webby funk immerse my nose. Lovely woody tones are present as well in the beautiful nose of this brew. Simply wonderful.

First sip brings a lemony pale maltiness along with a bounty of sour cherry flavors. Notes of vinegar with a tartness that hits each side of the cheeks with every subsequent sip. Woody notes pop out all over the place with barnyard funkiness in full effect throughout. Just a wonderful kriek here that has met my expectations and then some.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth with a stable carbonation that doesn't ever get too agressive. On the acidic side overall but still is quite enjoyable. Well worth seeking out if you're a fan of the traditional kriek. I'll definetly be getting to this one again sometime soon.

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Moeder Lambic Fontainas on 3/14/11

A - Pours a turbid red/brown with one finger of light pink foam. Head has decent retention, but leaves no lacing.

S - Aroma is a good but mild cherry and some funk. I was sitting outdoors at the cafe and it was hard to get a good sense of the aroma.

T - some initial faint sweetness is quickly erased by tart cherry, a dry earthiness, and a surprising bitterness near the finish. Very nice.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a lingering bitterness.

O - An enjoyable kriek, but not my favorite. The bitterness is actually a nice addition.

Photo of dill
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was a bit disappointed in this beer, perhaps because I was expecting something more bold. The taste of the fruit didn't come through very much, and it wasn't as sour as I expected. Or rather there was some vinegary sourness but not any sourness from the cherries as I would have expected. It was easy to drink though and enjoyable from beginning to end of a meal.

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. Bottled April 2008.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is unmistakably kriek, with notes of tart cherries and some oak. The flavor is tart cherries, oak, vanilla and some funk. The beer is very dry, very tart and very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of ehammond1
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Pink and ruby in color with a distinctly pink head that doesn't last for too long, and eventually leaves lots of spotted stick down the glass.

The aroma is very cherry-forward, with a mild funk accompaniment. There's a touch of tannic oak as well, but the cherries and funk are dominant.

The flavor too is filled with lots of sour cherry, moderately level of sourness, and mild funk. It's all very well integrated and quite tasty.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

A very nice kriek, though it doesn't rank with the finest in the world.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another brew sampled with crookedhalo here, deep cherry tone unfiltered cloudy appearance with a nicely formed bubbly pink head, beautiful stuff leaves lacing as it dwindles. Aroma: Tart cherries, awesome wild spices farmhouse influenced funk wonderful artform in a bottle Cantillon comes to mind. Taste: Tart kiss of puckering cherry sour tones, but it's not overkill tear jerking sour refreshing and balanced with the sweet candy like cherry juice the wild yeast and spices added make for an amazing tasting experience. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied absolutely pours like champagne very effervescent great stuff not cloying at all perfect level of tartness. Drinkability: Does an amazing job of keeping this true to lambic tradition but doesn't kill me with tartness excellent balance brings incredible drinkability not too candy not too sour perfect.

Photo of OStrungT
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a slightly cloudy pinkish red color, with a tiny white head that fades instantly, leaving no lace.

This beer smells tart, with a nice cherry aroma. I also smell some funky, earthy yeast. The alcohol is well hidden in the aroms. Damn, this beer smells good!

The beer tastes exactly like it smells. Tart and sour cherries. Some yeasty, earthy funk. It has a great taste to match the aroma.

This beer is sour. It leaves a tart, cherry like aftertaste. It is highly carbonated, suiting the style. Alcohol is hidden throughout.

This beer would make an excelent session beer. It tastes great, and I dont think it could get old. The alcohol content isnt too high, so I can see drinking it all night long.

Overall: This beer is great. I love it. I only wish I had access to it.

Photo of rastaman
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What an excellent little brew. Has the colour of a Rose wine. The earthy aroma of pinot noir, the vinegary cherry tartness of a good kriek lambic, and a lovely soft oak character, very savoury, and has a refreshing acid sour/bitter flavour. I think this is the ultimate hot weather beer, extremely elegant aswell, a classic.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
best before 12/20/2010
A- This beer has a dense ruby red ox blood colored body with a dept pink spongy head. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding up the sides of the glass. The head last for the full beer with some nice lacing as it slides back to the body after each sip.

S- The musty smell of peach fuzz gives way to a light tartness of cherries followed by a mousey note at the finish.

T- The smooth tartness of cherries has a pleasant musty basement note followed by a bright cherry acidic finish. There is a grapefruit zest quality to the cherries that comes through as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tartness that lingers after each sip.

D- This beer is a smooth lambic with a big tartness and some softer cherry flavors. There was some nice complexity that was a bit more subtle that some bigger lambics. Very nice to drink and would go well with food pairings.

Photo of ggaughan
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottle shared with my wife at the Brugs Beertje in Bruges at the end of our last trip here around Christmas.

The beer poured a deep red, pink tone with a wonderul pink, active bubbling head that lasted for a bit and gave way to a nice ring on the glass and good lacing. The nose was outstanding, giving ver present sour cherry notes with some complimenting hits of funk and citrus. The taste was as advertised, spectacular. The sour cherries were unfront and very present but were balanced with some funk, earthy notes. The tastes were more present as the beer warmed in our bottle and glass. There is a not of the alcohol level and the body was wonderful and very drinkable.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, just a sittin' there on Alberta beer store shelves...

This beer pours a somewhat hazy, dark magenta hue, with two fingers of tight, foamy pink head, which bleeds away at a consistent, accelerated rate, leaving a few random swaths of arched lace around the glass.

It smells unexpectedly up front of bready, grainy malt, before the middling sour, acetic cherry 'fruitiness' makes itself known, with a further mild earthy funkiness, and some ethereal leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet, and equally semi-tart, black cherry juice (very redolent of that backyard cherry liqueur my Polish friend made a few years ago), some additional acerbic lemon character, a bit of astringent, woody funk, and tame earthy, leafy hops. No evidence of any of the extra few points of booze.

The carbonation is a tad fizzy, but generally unobtrusive, the body a near-medium weight, and actually fairly smooth, another sign of the overall effects of the understated tartness. It finishes more or less dry, the muffled sourness of the fruit outweighing any hopeful strains of sweetness that may still be inadvisably lingering.

A splendid, and rather approachable cherry lambic - the intensity of the main players (for the style) at least somewhat restrained, though hardly ignored, so I can heartily recommend this for the nascent beerophile's entry into this very heady world of beer appreciation.

Photo of GilGarp
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before end 09/2012.

750mL bottle, corked and capped, with a white paper wrapper. Unlike the Gouldenberg, there is no label on the bottle itself.

Served cool into my New Belgium goblet, Kriek De Ranke is a striking ruby red color with pink head. The head settles quickly leaving no lacing behind. The clarity is nearly perfect.

Aroma is sour and tart - a good indication of what's to come. Cherries come through here but there is also a red wine character to it.

Whoa. The first sip is enough to make me stop, blink a few times, and do a double-take. This is one intense beer! It starts of with sweet cherries but quickly turns very tart, sour, and bitter. The lactic definately plays a defining role in the flavor profile of this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with lower than expected carbonation.

Overall a totally unique and very interesting beer. It's certainly worth seeking out if you're into lambics and sours.

Photo of BillyB
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I read the description of this beer I was intrigued.
"A mixture of two blended and soured pale ales and Girardin Lambic".
A lot of America's extreme brewers get a lot of attention for brewing complex beers but good lambic brewing is truly a feat.

Poured a pinkish, reddish brown color with a thin white head.
Appearance is a bit murky/hazy with some sediment floating around.

Aromas were amazing! Tart, sour cherries. Melon, citrus, funky barnyard smells as well. Grass, hay, horseblanket.

Taste is sweet malt,sour/tart cherries.

Mouthfeel is light, carbonated, kind of fizzy. Very crisp and refreshing. Overall, an amazing beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle brought in and brewed earlier in year. Good till 2015. Quick fading head, more red than pink. Aroma more strawberry than cherry. Intense flavour, acidic, above-average carbonation. Sourness, but not mouth puckering, very drinkable. Even others at meal sampled it without their eyes bulging. Interesting although mildly disapointing based on its high rank.

Photo of augustgarage
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled in April, 2008 - poured from a tissue-wrapped label-less green glass 750mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Clear crimson body with an active blushing seashell head which recedes to a tiny collar and raft fed by a steady undercurrent of bubbles. Fast running light lacing, no legs.

The inital aroma upon opening is a distinctive "cellar" smell - something I tend to associate with a cork - but there isn't one present in this bottle. This largely clears in the glass, and the cherry comes to the front - a mixture of dark, dried, and rainier varieties coupled to a faint wood-aged quality I'm guessing derived from the addition of the lambic. Very faint green peppercorn notes and perhaps a restrained "barnyard" smell as well.

Bracing tartness on the palate like 100% pure juice mixed from cranberries and sour cherries - castor sugar, zinfandel grapes, and lightly fermenting berries join the profile mid-palate - while the finish is somewhat dry. Low level wild notes persist throughout, though they aren't as forward as many other examples of the style. Very well balanced...masterfully blended.

Light-bodied, effervescent, and just barely creamy.

Drinkability is very high, though perhaps at the sacrifice of a touch more complexity that would otherwise boost the taste into the stratosphere.

An excellent kriek - one I don't hesitate to pick up when it is in stock. While maybe better known for their hoppy ales, don't overlook De Ranke's take on the classics.

Photo of alovesupreme
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark pink or light red color. Opaque with a little bit of foam.
Lots of cherries, smells almost like a desert, a little sour smell.
Very sour, but in a good way, tons of sour cherries, as well as some wild yeast notes.
A little syrupy, not to carbonated but good for style.
For a lambic this is drinkable, I would not want more than 6 oz but thats a stylistic preference.
This had also been paired with belgian waffles which was excellent.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Vibrant red-purple grape in color, hazy, with a nice fluffy white head. This is not overly pinkish like some kriek and framboise lambics, but it is still a very girly shade of deep berry. Head retention is not all that great and lacing is almost non-existent. But that paper wrapped bottle is so damn cool!

S - Tart berry juice, sour pucker candy (Warheads?), nail polish remover, red wine vinegar, and lovely sour cherry notes are found here. This smells almost electric with sour energy... can't wait to get zapped by the flavor/mouthfeel.

T - Yup. Just as it smells, this is friggin' SOUR. I love me some sour beer, and this is astringent, vinegary, phenolic, and medicinal. This is an outstanding display of balance between "so sour it makes your eyes water" and "oh my God, this is complex and tasty!" Sour cherry candy, red wine vinegar, and little hints of sweetness behind the wall of sour. THis is like those gooey sour gummy candies that are encrusted in sugar... puckery, but sweet on the back end.

M - This one is a tastebud punisher. This'll strip the enamel off of your teeth and cause you to make a funny face with each sip.

D - I loved my HOUR OF SOUR POWER experience with this brew. Top notch stuff.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A cherry red (crimson-tinted orange-amber) body is capped by a short head of creamy pinkish foam that settles to an average collar and leaves only minor lace. The nose delivers a refreshing and exciting combination of tart dried fruit amidst the hallmark gueuze characteristics (musty, sweaty, barnyard, leather). Its light and smooth in the mouth with a very fine bubbled, lightly zesty carbonation that dances across the tongue. The flavor perfectly balances its tartness and gueuze characteristics with natural (not overly sweet), juicy cherry flavor. It finishes tart and powdery dry. A perfectly balanced kriek that has roots in tradition. Refreshing and satisfying!

Photo of cjgator3
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped and corked 750ml bottle wrapped in a white decorative paper poured into a large tulip glass. The beer poures a dark reddish brown color with a fizzy off-white head that quickly fades into a thin lace. The aroma is filled with sour cherries with some leather and barnyard funk as well. The taste is sour and acidic, but not overly mouthpuckering with some notes of fruit. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high level of carbonation that pricks the tongue with every sip. Overall, this is a solid lambic that is recommended.

Photo of prototypic
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kriek De Ranke's a sight to behold. It's mostly clear (at least on the first pour) and is raspberry red in color. We'll see if there's any haze on the second pour (EDIT: it is a little hazy on the second). It features a light pink crown that only reaches about a finger deep. It was quick to recede and left very light strands of lace on the glass. Very unique and interesting look due to the color. I approve.

The nose is slightly underwhelming in terms of strength. It just doesn't open up enough. Primarily, it smells sour and yeasty. The sour aspect of it is nicely done. It has a strong vinegar-like smell and features a load of cherry. There's a sweet berry aroma drifting throughout. Yeast is prominent and appealing. Oak and wood chips are noted and seem to become more prominent as it warms a little. There's a slight band-aid aroma that's possibly attributed to oak. The aging impact is obvious here. Overall, it smells nice and has some positives. If it were a little stronger, it might just be special.

The flavor is a step up from the nose. I'm waffling on whether or not it's material enough to warrant a bump in score. I'll reserve judgment for a few. A very tart sour cherry flavor starts off the festivities. It's pretty damn sour and not for the faint of tart....errrr...heart. There's a little bit of berry flavor, but any sweetness that it might have is blurred by the tart assault. A very impressive oak flavor gives it a ton of character and depth. It doesn't come across band-aid-ish in the flavor. It's simply a very refined piece of art. Yeast is noted, but isn't prominent. It's a secondary flavor that simply adds more depth. The strong sour flavor seems to diminish a little as it warms. Overall, it seems to become a little more friendly. I believe I just made my decision on the flavor score. It finishes sour, acidic, and a little sweet.

Kriek De Ranke has a body that's on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation seems middle of road and just about right. It's smooth, but the sour flavor blurs the smoothness (or my attention) just a little. Drinkability is above average, but not quite good. I'll polish off the 750 with little trouble, but I would've preferred a 375. The sour, acidic flavor just doesn't lend itself to being very drinkable. That being said, I enjoyed it quite a bit.

I've been sitting on this bottle of Kriek De Ranke for over a year. I don't know that it's really improved, but it's certainly held up well. There's no question that it has a ton of character and satisfying flavor. The oak flavor from the barrel aging probably is the x-factor for the great flavor. It's difficult to put into words how nice of a flavor that is and how much it adds overall. Suffice it to say it gives me wood...errr...I's excellent. Very impressive stuff all-around. Be a good BA and go find a bottle. You'll be glad that you did.

Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a 1 or 2-year old bottle (lost track of the cellaring) with a few friends. While the cherry kriek aspect was very mild, there was a wonderfully rich sour character that was big but perfectly balanced.

It reminds me of the great fruit sours coming out of Cantillon so much so that I wonder if they supplied any of the base beer. The sour puckering isn't too strong, but you can certainly feel it at the back of your jaw. The tart cherry is mixed with biting lemon and almost floral barnyard funk.

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Kriek De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
93 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.