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Kriek De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

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Ratings: 418
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 78
Gots: 45 | FT: 2
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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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Ratings: 418 | Reviews: 238
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 t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  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.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly brightened pink cherry color with a white head that is ever so slightly tinted pink. Smell is dominated by cherries, but isn't quite as pungent as offerings from Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen. Mild bit of funk, but nothing extraordinary at this point. Taste is again, loads of cherries, and is well integrated with the sourness and hints of earth. Mouthfeel is slightly dry, but certainly not overly so. Good sourness level with just a bit of acetic character. Drinkability is quite smooth. If this were easier to come by around here, it just might become a staple.

Photo of metter98
4.3/5  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.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yea, cellaring this beer went absolutely nowhere. I couldn't even wait a week.

The beer pours with a bright zinfindale ruby, pink, and peach colors. The efforvescent carbonation releases a short lived and somewhat fizzy head that reduces to a trace quickly. Moderate haze keeps the beer glowing and whimsical.

Tart cherries is all in the nose. Mouthwatering and clinches the jawls. Vineous, leathery, berry-like, and pleasantly sour. Modest aromas of horse blanket and musty attic decorate the nose. Acidity tickles the nose while light notes of vinegar and red wines finish lastly.

The flavor is like biting into a ripe black cherry. No confectionate sweetness to buffer the tartness. This beer is all cherries all the way. The Brett yeast disolves much of the maltiness and sweetness, allowing for a super clean cherry and vineous blend of flavors. Lemons, under-rippened berries, and other acidic fruits provide a pleasant undertone to the cherries. Much cleaner taste without the musty flavors that the nose suggests.

Quite thin from the acidity, vineous, astringent, and 7% abv. (more than most Lambics exhibit). The Brett yeasts just cut through any would-be maltiness or sweetness. Fully attenuated for a crisp, clean sourness. No hop bitterness is required as there is plenty of complexity and balance here already.

Finishes with a burst of cherries and a light vinegar note. This might be as good as Krieks get. No soda-pop sweetness to apease the masses, this beer is true to its traditional for. And nice restraint on the hops for the brewery.

Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright reddish/brown beer with a medium head with average retention. Aroma is overpowered by cherries and sourness/tart - smell very much like a lambic – kriek. Taste is dominated at first by sour cherries and finish of a very sour note. I very much appreciated this beer but the lack of sweetness to balance the sourness would limit the number of bottles I would drink in one session.

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

Radiant ripe cherry with a rose petal pink crown that is much more attractive than one usually sees on a beer of this style. Some might think it looks girlie, but I think it looks classic. After all, how else should a kriekbier look? A lack of lace is the only (minor) disappointment.

The aroma is chock full of sour cherries, oak and that fruit vinegar tanginess that lambics are known for. On second thought, 'chock full' isn't quite accurate. I expected a cherry bomb to go off in my nose with each sniff, but the beer isn't nearly that pungent.

Kriek De Ranke is, first and foremost, a lambic. That's a head's up for all those out there who might be looking for the Belgian ale equivalent of New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red (which is fantastic beer, but is nowhere near a lambic). You have to like sour-acidic to be on board with this one because it delivers both with both barrels.

Although I'm far from an expert when it comes to lambics, this Brouwerij De Ranke beer is at least as good as Cantillon Saint Lamvinus (grapes) and is better than Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus (raspberries). It's difficult to compare one fruit to another (it's apples and oranges, really), but the sentiment still stands.

The flavor profile is a dead ringer for the aroma. Tart cherries macerated in wine vinegar (and possibly a splash of balsamic vinegar) and aged in oak barrels gets it about right. If that sounds appealing, then plop down $13.99, crack the cap and pull the cork. My cork was sopping wet, with a little beer sitting between cork and cap. No ill effects have been noted.

One thing I appreciate is that this fruit lambic isn't a pucker bomb and isn't so acidic that it threatens to remove the enamel from my teeth. Those looking to drink a great example of the style without being overwhelmed could do worse than to start right here.

With so little experience, I find it difficult to assess the mouthfeel on lambics. It's probably right where it should be, but I'm not blown away. It's light-medium, with a bit of stickiness on the amazingly dry finish, and a near perfect amount of fine-bubbled carbonation.

Kriek De Ranke is one of the world's classic beers. Although it won't be everyone's cup of lambic, and the cost will probably keep the uninitiated from taking a chance, it's a damn fine ale that every beer lover (Belgianophile or not) owes it to himself or herself to try.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into several Goblets

A – Poured a very light pinkish red with a small pink colored head of maybe an inch that quickly faded down to just a thin film of a half an inch across the top. Great side glass presentation that just swirled around the glass throughout the session and gave it a bit of a hazy and cloudy representation. Very nice carbonation could be seen streaming skyward toward the top of the glass replenishing the lace throughout.

S – The aroma was very nice and fruity. Large wisps of tart raspberries and cranberries were plainly evident as was a very nice grain and yeast filled back. The same was not overwhelmingly tart, but that general feeling was definitely noticeable and hard to miss. Overall it had a rather lighter aroma then I was expecting, but still nice and sour and fruity.

T – The flavor was very nice, albeit a touch light. The initial wave of sour fruit washed over with loads of berries and a nice wild yeast flavor to it. As you let it roll around some light grass like notes began to swirl but where then quickly beaten back by a nice sour rip that finished it off with quite a nice little punch. Lighter then some of the sour ales I have had in the past; however the flavor was still very nice and quite well rounded.

M – Very light and smooth mouth feel. This was definitely not a heavy one. There was a light bubbly quality to it as well as a very nice carbonation profile. It almost came off a tad bit frothy and creamy and really had a nice feel about it. Again very light and easy.

D – A really easy drinker, this was not so sour and harsh you had to take your time with it, rather this was light enough that you could enjoy it without being overwhelmed by it. I thought this was done very nicely.

Overall not bad at all. To be honest I have had better in the style, but this was by no means bad in any way. It was very light and that was my only complaint, I would have liked to have seen it be a little more tart or sour, adding maybe even a touch of sweetness, but I would in no way ever turn this one down. A very respectable selection, this deserves its ranking.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a slightly hazed dark red color with a short lived light pink head.

S: A nice lactic bite on the nose along with some semi-sweet, semi-sour cherry aromas. Slightly musty and barnyard funk notes, but not all that powerful.

T: A really wonderful sour cherry flavor is present right away. The lactic acidity is really pleasant and provides a bit of a lemon flavor. The funk is again subtle, but provides a nice balance.

M: The body is medium with a plentiful carbonation that tingles the tongue quite nicely.

D: So pleasant, refreshing, and easy to drink. I'll take another one of these any day.

Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Opaque cherry red with a pinkish-white head that lasts longer than expected. This one has a great color to it.

Smell: Funk and cherries in equal portions. Unripe berries, balsamic vinegar, dry red wine and lots of signature lambic barnyard aroma.

Taste/mouthfeel: Dry and oaky. Big tannic flavors combined with juicy sour cherries. No sweetness here whatsoever, but the acidity isn't over-the-top either; it's very nicely balanced. Hints of balsamic vinegar. Carbonation is lively, keeping things crisp and balancing the intensely dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A sipper for sure, but one that I have no desire to put down.

Notes: Excellent stuff, glad I finally had a chance to try this.

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 ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, red-amber body with a small, white head.

Smell: Sour cherry nose, pits and stems are most certainly included, along with musty notes of potting soil and the antique leather of grandpa's boots.

Taste: Slight woody maltiness with only a modest amount of sweetness before you're welcomed by a tart sour cherry fruitiness. While it does exhibit a bright, puckering acidity, it's not nearly as jarring as some lambics. Touches of earthiness and leather. Finishes expectantly tart and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high, fine carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, subtle kriek beer that's a suitable choice to slake your deep lambic thirst.

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.

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