Kriek De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

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Reviews: 239
Hads: 428
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 5.65%
Wants: 81
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
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Belgium

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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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (362 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 metter98
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (581 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 BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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. (1,559 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (2,392 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 emerge077
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Plain green 750mL bottle wrapped in white paper with red text.

Pours a gorgeous deep reddish-brown, that's nearly opaque in the glass. Pastel pink raspberry sherbet foam. Head recedes to form a white ring around the surface. Carbonation continuously feeds it, ascending in tiny bursts. Suspended particles appear like fruit pulp.

Aroma of cherries, damp oak, fresh garden herbs, and some wet hay as the glass is swirled.

Dry, tart feel, oaky in the finish. Sour cherry upfront, juicy with a distinctive Lambic base. Sharp citrus is felt from this, perfectly complimenting the cherry notes.

Slightly higher that moderate acidity, it creates a good pucker, matched with the woody, drying finish. Salivary glands work overtime, beckoning the next sip. It's a bottle best shared however, due to the level of acidic sourness.

08/09: BBD 12/2010 2005 bottle. Acidic, tons of cherry flesh, tannic oak, a real treat. Seems to improve with age, but its been a couple years since I first had it. To me it's fairly reminiscent of Boon Oude Kriek. The cherry is tart but with some cherry pie aftertaste. A very solid traditional Kriek. (1,130 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (2,138 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (923 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
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! (671 characters)

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

750ml bottle shared with the wife (on our anniversary) into a couple of Cantillion stems.

Pours a somewhat murky dark cherry red color with a fingers width of pinkish white head. Retains down into a thin ring around the edge of the glass that left some non-sticking lace. As soon as you pop the cork out of the bottle, that tantalizing aroma hits you. Intense sourness that gives way to a fruity cherry aromas and of course Belgian funk. It definitely makes you crinkle your nose when the aroma hits it but in a good way.

The taste is a huge rip of tartness up front that gives way to that fresh cherry taste but there seems to be some other fruit flavors in there as well, with raspberries seeming to stand out the most. Wild, yeasty funkiness also mingles in at this point to create a most pleasant mix with the fruit character. Things end once again with another blast of sourness that really sticks on the palette, giving an overall impression of it lasting throughout the whole sip. The tartness is definitely lip puckering but never feels astringent, which definitely helps with the drinkibility. The mouthfeel is light medium bodied with some lively carbonation and a dry finish. The 7% ABV really seems hidden to me.

I don't have a ton of experience yet with the really sour Lambics or Krieks but this one really seemed to be a solid starter for me. It definitely get the ole' tastebuds awake with it's sour nature but neverly overly so and remained quite quaffable, as was easily able to get past that and concentrate on some of the other flavors. I really look forward to experiencing more of these in the future. (1,629 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 russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is courtesy of Ding, cheers mate! BBD of Dec 2010

Pours a noisy effervescent purple/pink tinged brown with 1+ finger of pink sand colored head. Head falls away pronto & this murks up a bit the bottom 1/3rd of the bottle & turns a muddy brown, no lacing or head retention

S: Tart cherries & raspberries by the bushel

T: Sour cherries, oakyness, & earthy raspberry vinaigrette up front. Tartness & oak dominate as this warms, plus dryness. Finishes with much cherry tartness, a little cherry sweetness

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, a bit of slickness

Drinks pretty easy for the style, enough tartness to grab you, but not so much that you're overwhelmed. I bet this would go great with a salad & some broiled or pan-fried trout. I think there are better lambic-krieks out there, but this one is pretty good (832 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Busted upon a bottle for early Thanksgiving dinner with my wife. Drank out of a champagne flute. Bottled Sept. 2007.

A - Fuchsia color with bright pink head that dissipates really quick (it was gone by the time I started typing this review!). Lots of visible carbonation. Looks like a kriek should!

S - Sour cherries, musty, but not as funky as some other krieks I've had. Some sweeter fruits in the background. Very tart - reminds me of La Folie.

T - Tart, but not overwhelmingly mouth-puckering. There's a fair bit of sweetness too, although it comes out later. Obviously sour cherry abounds, but also some green apple and maybe a hint of citrus in there. I think this is a well-balanced brew - not the masochistic sourness of other lambs and wild ales that I've had.

M - Very dry, like a good champagne. Very clean, unlike some other lambics. Carbonation tickles the palate, but otherwise this is smooth.

D - Doesn't taste like 7% (most krieks seem to be less, and this one didn't taste any more boozy). I could have a few glasses without getting "candy-mouth" (that feeling after you eat too many Sour patch kids). The nice balance of sour and sweet makes this a very drinkable kriek.

Up there with Cantillon Lou Pepe in my book... (1,241 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance--Dark cherry color. This beer cannot be "seen through" and there is a slight cloudiness to it.

Aroma--Predominent cherry notes. Interestingly, I also detected medical bandages. Rather than detract, I thought this added to the aroma.

Taste--Very sour, puckering and tart. Compared to other lambics (like Lindemans or Boon) this is very, very dry. I also noted some citrus flavors, particularly lemon.

Mouthfeel--Very fine carbonation. Rich and thick with a mouth popping astringency.

Drinkability--Drier than most lambics, this is very tart. I envision it as a wonderful post-dinner beer by the fire. (622 characters)

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

Review #900 and the 9th out of the top 10 fruit lambics on this site I've reviewed thus far. Even though that list changes from time to time, the only one I'm currently missing is Selin's Grove Frambroise.

Beer served in a DFH snifter. Beer is red / pink and cloudy with a thin broken head of small pink bubbles that clings to the interface of the glass and the beer. Leaves some lacing. Carbonation overall seems a bit low but still there. Looks really good.

Oh my god this beer smells awesome. Its quite funky with this nice biting acidity and nice fruit flavors. There is nice cherry flavors in the aroma but also pears and some leather.

Beer is thin and quite sour and tart. AWESOME. Cherry flavors are subdued slightly. Mostly lactic and an acetic bite. Finishes cleanly. Some funk in the back but no bitterness. The tart is the primary thing to this beer. Its a little thin on the forward palate. I also wish I knew the vintage. I would definitely drink this again. Very very awesome.

EDIT: Beer says "Best by 09 / 2012" does that mean it was bottled in 2009? (1,070 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle (covered in paper, unlabeled on bottle, cork and cap)
Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours cherry red with a pink head that soon becomes a swirling patch that nearly covers the top.

The smell is of sour tartness and cherries.

The taste is sour with sweet cherries. Sour with a fruit and sugar candy sweetness.In a way, it reminds me of a throat lozinger (sp?). But it does have a maltiness to it, and the cherries do taste fresh. Very dry, sweettart finish.

The body is appropriately light, though not watery by any means. Very drying.

Sour with a candyish sweetness. It's unique. Can't say it quite lives up to its reputation, but a worthy drink that is good for a "something different" sort of beer. (727 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (343 characters)

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Kriek De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
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