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Kriek De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

Kriek De RankeKriek De Ranke

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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke visit their website

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2013 07:17:50 | More by MattSweatshirt
Photo of macher0


4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 00:06:43 | More by macher0
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 23:42:54 | More by StonedTrippin
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 00:54:53 | More by jrenihan
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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 22:45:47 | More by fdig23
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4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 23:32:48 | More by homebrew311
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 03:50:34 | More by biboergosum
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 19:12:58 | More by eduardolinhalis
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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 15:42:44 | More by ehammond1
Photo of IKR


3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 03:12:08 | More by IKR
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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 15:31:05 | More by tobelerone
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3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 01:07:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 23:30:30 | More by billab914
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 02:25:56 | More by Rutager
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 23:37:49 | More by DaftCaskBC
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4.23/5  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.

Serving type: cask

04-06-2012 02:01:37 | More by warnerry
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 00:57:37 | More by tbeckett
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4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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!


Serving type: cask

04-04-2012 13:30:32 | More by woosterbill
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4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. 750mL and best before 09 2015.

3.5 A: First pour gives a well hazed not-quite-ripened plum color. Two fingers of pink tinted, creamy/frothy head. Retention is perhaps a touch below average and very little lacing is left.

4.5 S: It's hard to say whether there is more cherry or more funk in this, but I'm glad that there's lots of both. Tart cherry is plentiful. Musty basement type funk with rotting wood, sweat socks, and thoroughly used bath towel. Not very acetic, but lots of lactic tanginess. Very nice.

4.0 T: This is a very well balanced kriek. The sourness doesn't turn your intestines into out, but it does offer enough to scratch the itch. Tart cherries are abundant with lactic acid galore. Musty funk again, but with a heavier dose of fruitiness. Very tasty, but missing something underneath that is present in the nose.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. The carbonation could be spritzier and the mouthfeel creamier.

4.0 D: Tasty, well balanced kriek. I might pick up one to age.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 03:35:21 | More by DavoleBomb
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New York

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A pinkish / purple rose with a fizzy white head 1/2 finger head that dissapates rather fast. Some clingy lacing slides along the side of the glass. Funky barnyard nose, some sour cherry aroma, and cheese. A more funky then sour nose but slightly muted. The flavor is good, but not complex. A sour cherry flavor presents first followed by cheesy musty funk. A good balance between fruit and funk sour is found here. The cherry flavor is nice, but not a very "clean" or pronounced cherry pop. Nice dry finish, lively carbonation. In the end this is a fairly good lambic, but not overly complicated.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 14:43:56 | More by pmlondrigan
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New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed out of a short flute glass.

Appearance: Pours a ruby red with tints of garnet. Little head came about and stayed in the glass.

Smell: Funk and tart cherry skins, aromatic profiles fluctuate in intensity.

Taste: Opens with very intense tart cherries. Funk and oak meld really well with the tart cherries. Leaves the palate salivating. A solid fruit lambic offering from de ranke.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Puckering and making my palate crave more.

Overall: I would definitely have this again and recommend this to those who thoroughly enjoy fruit lambics. The expiration date for this was 2013 and it leave my memories as to when I purchased it but regardless, a very enjoyable lambic.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 19:32:37 | More by capra12
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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with wife.
Served in flutes.

Very bright reddish pink. Small whitish head. Spotty lacing.
Very funky, oaky, earthy, lots of Belgian yeast, and bright sour cherry notes.
Good tartness up front with some sour cherry notes.... Very dry finish holds a little lactic and acetic sour bite.

Feels a bit undercarbed-- almost like a thick white wine. Some residual sugars stick to my teeth while my cheeks are pulled in from the sourness.

Overall-- not bad. This is blended with some gueuze and fruit is added so I can understand it being classified as a fruit lambic... This is pretty good considering I can grab it off shelves, but it doesn't come close to the 100% Kriek by Cantillon!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 00:49:29 | More by AleWatcher
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy ruby red in color. It poured with a finger high pink head that died down, leaving a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of sour cherries in the nose; neither the sourness nor the fruit are overpowering.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of cherries and a light amount of sourness. Some of the sourness lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because it has a good balance between fruit flavors and sourness and does not have any traces of alcohol in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 12:38:55 | More by metter98
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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a lindemans stange

A - pinkish red mostly opaque. nice finger thick light pink head with great retention.

S - sour cherry, oak, bit of candied sugar

T - earth malts, funkiness bit of cherry tartness in there as well but not as pronounced as i thought. sugary sour finish.

M - light to medium bodied with lots of carbonation. astringency is there but not overbearing. sourness and sweetness hit the mouth at the same time fighting for supremacy.

O - its a fine lambic. very very solid.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 00:52:47 | More by celticfutblclub
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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the most drinkable not too sweet krieks. Though it isn't an Oude Kriek and sweetened with sugar, the sugar is not mentionable. It feels naturely.

L: ok, quite light red, diminishing top;
S: very good, nice touch of bretts;
T: the taste is, in contrast what others have mentioned, not very much in line with the smell. Sour, some cherries, but most of all very tart and bone dry; element of French cheese in it (Brie), some cream;
M: lovely alcohol, nice tartness, very drinkable;
O: not too complex but but very good kriek, which I will buy whenever I see it.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 21:21:21 | More by Filosoof
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Kriek De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
94 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.