Kriek De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke
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Reviews by peabody:
4.55/5 rDev +7.8%
Wow, real cork here. Pours out a very couldy pinkish amber color with very little white suds. Little lacing.
Smell hits you as soon as the cork is out. Very strongfruity aroma.
Now, this is a lambic. I have had others but this is the best smelling so far. sour grape leaves and lemon and orange peel.
Wow, this is what sour is supposed to be here. And the sweetness that is left in the mouth after the initial sour. Great great beer here. Reminds me of the gooseberries that my grandma would let me pick and eat raw. Man, sour as all getout.'
Like a peice of Alum.
Mouthfeel is very clean and I am drinking it a bit cold but it is very good cold.
Drinkability is high here but since I can't get it around here I have to cut it down a notch.
Still, all in all, this is a great Lambic. Got Petrus Oak beat.
06-19-2007 00:32:00 | More by peabody
More User Reviews:
4.28/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
06-11-2006 00:59:04 | More by oberon
4.05/5 rDev -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.
04-12-2007 16:03:30 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
09-15-2009 20:27:09 | More by ricke
4.43/5 rDev +5%
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.
10-22-2005 16:07:50 | More by orbitalr0x
4.23/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
04-06-2012 02:01:37 | More by warnerry
3.88/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
06-12-2008 02:10:14 | More by dill
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
08-16-2010 23:13:17 | More by Mora2000
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
06-12-2012 15:42:44 | More by ehammond1
4.83/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
02-18-2004 04:36:11 | More by WVbeergeek
5/5 rDev +18.5%
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.
05-25-2010 03:46:34 | More by OStrungT
United Kingdom (England)
4.88/5 rDev +15.6%
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.
07-24-2002 02:31:13 | More by rastaman
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
(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.
11-09-2007 17:36:51 | More by rhoadsrage
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
02-10-2008 19:02:32 | More by ggaughan
4/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
09-01-2012 03:50:34 | More by biboergosum
4.15/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
07-19-2010 00:26:23 | More by GilGarp
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
07-04-2007 15:35:09 | More by BillyB
3.95/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
09-18-2005 04:19:22 | More by Sammy
Kriek De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
94 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.