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Kriek De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

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Reviews: 239
Hads: 437
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.76%
Wants: 87
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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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Photo of goochpunch
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours out almost still. Deep red/purple. Head fizzes up and then dies. Smells strongly of cherries. Underneath you pick up some lambic notes: brett/lacto and mustiness. The beer base comes out more strongly in the flavor. I get lots of bacterial and yeast character, supported by cherries, which dominate towards the middle-end. Dry. Earthy yeast in the aftertaste. Nice tartness. Mouthfeel is ligt bodied. I would have liked more carbonation. Another awesome beer from De Ranke. Great kriek. (505 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Has a beautiful, saturated cherry-red color, with a hazy glow to it.

I don't even have to put my nose into the glass, as the whole kitchen starts to smell of funky sour cherries, while pouring the beer. The aromas combine the Flanders Red Ale vinegar, funky tartness, with a distinct Kriek fruitiness of ripe sour cherries outstandingly well. Wooden qualities compliment to the sweet cherries, adding an earthy cherry-stone note.

Tastes of slightly tart cherries among earthy, barely noteable malts. A crisp note of lemon peel, as well as a higher carbonation invite the funk, which turns quite sour, with a dry aspect to it, while it never overpowers the cherries. Instead, the cherries seem to rejuvenate, while the sourness increases, evoking a refreshing spriziness. The sour aspect includes a fermented fruit note, as well as a glimpse of vinegar, among wooden malts, which turn more recognizable towards the finish, together with sweet, ripe cherries, as the funk settles down. A fruity, slick cherry flavor remains on the tongue for a longer while, with the sourness already faded. (1,090 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours ruby, hazy, half finger light pinkish head, quickly bombarded by fizziness, reduced to a line thin lacing.
Sour smell from afar, lots of lemon, some tart cherries also, but especially lots of balsamic vinegar and bit funky green hay and grass. A hint of barrel in the smell too, with a bit of old wine.
The 70% part of the beer dominates, with a huge sourness (at least at first), tons of lemon zest, with a nice cherry undertone, and again, vinegar. Barnyard funk straight from the start, lots of green hay, mold, funky herbs, gets more "rural" with horseblanket later on. Big chewy bitter grassiness, small hint of amaretto/marzipan. Unripe grape/dry wine in the finish, with a nice dry woody barrel showing too.
Light bodied, maybe a bit watery, decent carbonation. Aftertaste filled with funky notes, but with a minimum of cherry.
Not what you would expect from a "kriek", with the fruit present just to enrich a little bit, so don't get fooled by the name. Funkiness/sourness might seem a bit straightforward and simple too, but for me it just seemed.. perfected. (1,074 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.34/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bright cherry red color yields a cloudy body but a bright white head of intense fizz. There's a tart cherry nose but mostly I get a strong mineral rock aroma. The flavor is light, tart natural cherry sweet but the minerally taste comes rushing through. It's like sucking on a rock. The feel is easy, not too sour but slightly acidic. I love a sour or a lambic or for that matter nearly every fruit based beer but not this one. (426 characters)

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.09/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

from bottle cap: EXP 09/06/17
A: tahiti treat!; cranberry juice; translucent
S: kind of wet cardboard, not getting much cherry or much of anything
T: tart but not too much; not a lot of cherry character and what is there is pretty lean; slightly musty finish that is not appealing; just a touch of sourness; not a lot of flavour but what's there is quite interesting; finishes fast
M: light bodied, elegant,
O: This beer really doesn't do much for me at all. Not a lot of flavour or complexity, very little aroma, beautiful mouthfeel but all-in-all kind of disappointing. Did I miss something/ Drink it too soon? (613 characters)

Photo of Tele
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml Bottle Consumed 4/26/14

A: 4.5 Pours reddish pink with a fairly large light pink head that dissipates quickly. Pretty hazy.

S: 4.5 Lots of tart cherries and funk as soon as the beer hits the glass. Belgian yeast is in the background with a little vanilla and oak.

T: 4 Quite tart at first with a bit of sweetness following. Mostly get cherries (and maybe some raspberries), oak, and a bit of funk. Lemon and herbs show up later on as well. Pleasant medicinal flavor at the end with some light bitterness too.

M: 4 Seems a little light at first, but opens up a bit and coats the palate after a moment. Has a nice, dry finish.

O: 4.25 Really nice beer all around. I really like the way the acidity and fruit play off one another while remaining balanced. (766 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to tulip. Thanks to Jake_ramrod for the share.

A. Bright ruby red. Almost translucent, with some haziness. Ours a thick, light red fine-bubble head that retreats to a rim and film.

S. Tart. Sour yeast and light malts. A little fruity.

T. Tart. Sour yeast, neutral oak, cherries, persimmons, dust, and a little mineral.

M. High carbonation. Very smooth. Light body. A little syrupy.

O. A very nice sour kreik. A little syrupy but this ale holds it own with some of the heavy hitters from Belgium. he price seems reasonable. If I were in the mood for a kriek I would likely go for this again. This is likely something I would not keep in the cellar. Aging may help, but it seems good to go. (700 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

an excellent kriek specimen here, like waffle cherries from dennys, or rather pie filling cherries, bright red in color, just like the fruit that shades it. heady too, an inch or so high and surprisingly white for a pink beer. haze and some little yeast stones, pebbles i should say, sexy all up. the nose here is semisweet cherries, the label says only 30% lambic blended, they probably could have taken this to 40, at least for my palate, not as sour as it could be, but pleasantly tart and mouthwatering nose, better and better as it warms. the fruit is desserty, long lasting, and only a little sugar laden. tartness doesn't show up until the very end, but it is clearly lambic, oaky, open fermented, and funked out as it is puckery, a joy to drink, where the sweetness just balances. moderate carbonation is appropriate, more of a winter kriek for me, but a very well made one, and probably worth the 15 bucks they ask for it. refreshing but medium bodied, and somewhat of an all day fruit beer, where the sour and the sugar find a happy and patient equilibrium. solid example of the style, cool blending, and suitable for cellaring. (1,138 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer is deep reddish-pink in colour. A small white head is gone quickly.

Nose is very funky- surprisingly so. Cherry is there, of course, but also lots of horse blanket-like scents. Nice, but maybe a bit much.

Like the nose, the flavour is very funky. Tonnes of horse blanket and dry funk. A bit cheesy. Quite dry. Cherry is obviously there as well.

Very dry and astringent. The mouth loses all of its moisture. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated.

Overall, pretty good, but the funk overpowers the cherry, for me. (519 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Moeder Lambic, enjoyed chilled in a De Ranke Goblet.

The color is deep red almost burgundy with medium fuschia bright pink head with very fine bead some lace sticks as retention is good. The smell has a lot of wild yeast esters with mix of deep cherry sweetness and sour odors with mild alcohol and sweet woody odor with some mild yeast funk.The feel is very sour without an abundance of tart fruit, mild sweet secondary texture with light funk and moderately carbonated with lingering sour after dry mostly clean sournesss in finish.

The flavor is cherry and bright fruitiness up front with tangy juicy and slight tannic wiht a lemony sour element and wood spice with fruity funk and light lactic tang in the taste with a mild malt sweetness underscoring the aggressive sour flavor in the background. Overall the taste of cherry is very good in the mix with unique sour and funky mix of wild yeast, wood and bacteria doing a good job to make a complex yet drinkable fruit lambic (1,003 characters)

Photo of fdig23
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle.

Appearance: thought this looked kind of ugly. Color of a bad bruise with a slightly purple head. Definitely unique.

Nose: Lots of fresh, sweet, fruit. Juicy raspberry, blueberry, and cranberry. The cherry doesn't come through until the end and its sort of a candy black cherry aroma. A bit of a floral note over everything.

Taste: More fresh berries. The sourness comes through here though. Tart cranberry and cherry, rich, almost savory raspberry. There's a hint of flowers and grape skins as the fruit subsides. Finishes with a lingering cherry jam sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Really nice here. Big and thick. Perfect for all the fresh berry flavors going on.

Overall: Don't come into this one expecting a true kriek. The high alcohol and juicy berry flavors make it come off more like an American fruit beer, but a very well executed one. It doesn't have that trademark kriek funk and complexity but it definitely works as a sweet and sour sipper. (966 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Moeder

Looks reminiscent of the Cuvee. Just a beautiful deep red and pink head.

Lots of cherries and funk. Can't ask for much more. Light sweetness is present in the aroma and taste. The tartness sings through your mouth and towards the back before disappearing with the beer down the throat. There is some oak in your dry mouth. Grapefruit in the nose as well. big brett in the nose.

Has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied and carbonated. (461 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a nice bright clear red with thin layer of white head. Nose is relatively funky up front with a heavy amount of cherry and vanilla to follow. A bit of oak and vinegar come through as well. The taste is absent of the funk that the nose featured. Incredibly tart up front, nice cherry quality throughout. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin with moderate carbonation. Overall, very tasty. (391 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (1,392 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a Kriek Flute glass.

A: Pours this dark reddish cherry color forming a medium rose aired head which dissipates quite quickly leaving many chunks of foam in the borders of the lass. Good formation of lacings

S: Smells like a good Lambic, I mean, very fruity and sour. Strong cherry juice in the nose. Lambic yeasts are a must

T: Follows the nose. Fruity and sour. Cherry tart. Sweet malts and Lambic yeasts. A bit metallic. Upfront in kindly sweet but, in overall, a dry taste beer. However, quite delicate and smooth too

M: Light body. Medium to low carbonation. Sour mouthfeel and aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Great Lambic. A winner (670 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of IKR
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy medium purple and red color with a light violet head that dissipated quickly. I like the color of this one.

Smell: Mild funk and tart cherries. Not a bad nose just not much of it.

Taste: Sour cherries, a touch of funk, and light tobacco notes. I also get some some slight citrus notes. When cooler, I picked up some faint metallic notes which disappeared as the beer warmed. The beer finishes fairly dry.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light bodied with a fairly brisk level of carbonation.

Overall: Good sour. (530 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A high quality, traditional kriek that very much exemplifies the style. Pours cloudy and dark, a reddish-brown hued body with a small, pink-tinted head that settles down quickly. Not much in the way of lacing but there usually isn’t in authentic kriek. Body is moderately thin, with very light but present carbonation. Aroma of tart cherries and some other lighter berry notes, with a touch of oak and hints of vinegar. Taste very much follows the nose; good sourness and tart cherry flavor, lighter oak notes, decent acidity and some traces of vinegar underneath that are well-integrated and not overbearing. If anything it’s a little thin in terms of boldness of taste and very slightly watery. Not a super sour-cherry bomb but has a bit of puckering in the finish. This would be a nice introduction to the style for someone who’s ready for an authentic, unsweetened kriek but not for something as full-on atomic as say Hansenn’s Oude Kriek. Very nice but a bit on the pricey side. (991 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at drewone’s tasting.

Pours a slightly cloudy bright red with a reddish-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour, tart, and funky cherry aromas and a slight metallic note for some reason. Taste is pretty much the same without metallic flavors, but there is a slight medicinal flavor I am picking up. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good sour beer with a better taste than smell in my opinion. (583 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Date on the paper wrapping indicated it was bottled in April 2008. 750ml bottle poured into my De Cam Geuze glass. It poured a darker cherry red color with a thin, pink colored, fizzy head to it. The head disappeared pretty quickly, leaving it looking pretty still.

The aroma shows a lot of the tart, sour cherries to it. It's got a little bit of an acidic, slight vinegar presence to it along with some a little bit of funk and must. Very nice mix of sour, funky and fruity. Very complex and appealing.

The sharp, slightly acidic sourness comes out in the taste more up front. The finish is where I get the very nice tart and sour cherries to it. It's got a little bit of that funky, musty quality to it, which I love. The cherries are really good in it as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little low for the style. Overall, it was a great beer. The cherries were good, the sourness was good, and everything comes together pretty wonderfully. A classic version of the style. Maybe not the best Kriek, but it's not far off in my opinion. (1,071 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a fairly clear, deep red with a little amber and 2 fingers of light pink head that doesn't last very long.

Smell. Nice cherries, a little sweet yeasty funk, some lemon and a bit of vinegar.

Taste. Some cherries and a good amount of slightly lemony sourness. Just a bit of wood and leathery funk.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with a medium of lively carbonation.

Overall. A nice kriek. I won't have any trouble drinking this 750. (445 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/8" fizzy light pink head that dissipated quickly ove red liquid.

S: Sour funk, yeast, sour cherries, grassy hops.

T: Earthy and grassy hops up front with yeast, and a bitter and sour cherry finish.

M: Thin viscosity and a low level of carbonation.

O: Much more of a hop presence than other lambics I have had. But still good. (334 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Local Provisions. BB 04 2013. From notes.

A - Poured a murky dark pink colour, one finger of light pink head gone fast, good carb, no lace and no retention.

S - Sour cherry, musty, earthy, vinegar, oaky. More sweet towards the end of the bottle.

T - Holy hell that's tart. Sour cherry, lot's of vinegar, really musty and dank. Lot's of sour grapes, more sweetness towards the bottom of the bottle with more cherry.

M - Good carbonation, medium body and a really tart finish. 4

O/D - I can't decide if this is great or good. It sure as hell is sour. The most sour kriek I've had. Hard to tell if the cherry is there. Whether or not it's supposed to be this way, I enjoyed it. If the description is right, and it's actually a blend of two sour ales and a lambic steeped in cherries, this hits the mark. (817 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask at Moeder Lambic Fontainas, served in a De Ranke goblet.

A: Deep, pure cherry-red body with a thin light-pink head. Not much in the way of retention or lace, but a gorgeous color.

S: Pure sour cherries. Nothing else. Very, very pleasant, but a ittle underpowered.

T: Cherries up front, some lemony sourness in the middle, and more cherries on the rather bitter, very sour finish. Quite delicious.

M: Light carbonation in a light-to-medium body. Ok.

O: Very good, but not quite to the level of a really spectacular Kriek. Definitely a pleasant surprise to find on cask!

Cheers! (587 characters)

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Kriek De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
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