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Kriek De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

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Reviews: 242
Hads: 454
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 95
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij De Ranke
Belgium | website

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 warnerry
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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!


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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
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.

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Photo of capra12
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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!

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Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
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.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

While this has never been a particularly rare beer (at least not so far as I can tell), I've had a horrible time finding it. Seriously, I think this has been on my "Must Try" list since 2006. And then they just had a stack of them sitting at Binny's, like they were no big deal...

Pours red. A very appealingly natural-looking shade, like actual juice. The head is pale white, almost pink, and aside from Wisconsin Belgian Red I think this is the most delectable pour I've ever seen on a fruit beer.

Smells like fireworks. Gigantic sour cherries combined with oak, cranberry juice, Fruit Roll-ups, and pleasant lambic funk. Tastes just about the same, too. The sourness is just perfect, one or steps back from being cloying, pulling off the rare feat of being very extreme but not seeming too harsh or gimmicky. The more traditional yeasty lambic nodes do a wonderful job of balancing out the cheeksucking sour of the fruit.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man!

January 2006 vintage

The beer is a light ruby hue, with a healthy amount of head and lacing. The aroma is the best aspect of the beer, offering a delectable mixture of funk, yeast, and sour cherries. The flavor is quite good, with more of the same. Not quite on the same level as Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen, but a notch below. Lots of cherry presence in both the aroma and flavor, despite the bottle approaching six years old. Mellow and easy to drink. Nice tartness throughout. I definitely recommend it.

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Photo of Blanco
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a mostly-clear cherry red with the lightest pink (almost) white head. Head disappears almost immediately. cherry in the nose, slight funk. very fruity. taste is similar. sour, tart, sweet cherry. Very nice balance, sour but not overly so. Very light mouthfeel. This is a refreshing hybrid style that, while apparently not a traditional lambic, accomplishes much of what I would expect from a kriek. Very nice offering.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy glowing raspberry with lively loose head that goes fast. Raspberry juice, wood, jasmine, and a touch of balsamic on the nose.
Tart mixed berry and potting soil up front, sherry tones, and a sourball candy sweetness. Almond skin hit near the end, and ends with lemon rind and rosemary leaf.
Cherry skin finish and tart linger. Fizzy, medium, soft and creamy.

Fresh and round, with layers of tart and softness. Almost like a grown-up version of the sweet-and-sour fizzing candies. I'd imagine this is great with cheese.

And, as seems to be the case with the best krieks, "sour" and "cherry" are neither of the first words to come to mind.

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Photo of aasher
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is the 2008 vintage and courtesy of thagr81us, thanks Calton!

This one pours a medium bodied bright cherry red with no head or lacing at all. It smells of sour cherries, is very lactic, and very acidic. It smells great and is both nice and authentic. The flavor is in your face sour cherries. It's hard to imagine any other flavors but this one is SOUR. It also has a good amount of funk and barnyard. It's right up there with Cantillon 100% Kriek and Drie Fontenein's Schaersbeekse Kriek in terms of quality and sourness. This is a great Kriek.

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Photo of foogerd
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep ruby red body with a small light cherry head that disappears right away.

S- Medicinal, cherry pie, some wheat, and fizz.

T- Highly tart cherries, some subdued funk, highly acidic, any sour fan can handle this easily.

M- Light bodied, decent carbonation.

O- Excellent Kriek definitely one of the best ones I have had to date. Manages to maintain a real cherry flavor and in your face sour but still balances its palette friendly character.

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Photo of mrand01
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 4/13, bottled in April 2008. Poured in to a Crate & Barrel tulip. Inside of cap is very red and has some "growth" on it, smells wonderful.

A: Pours a transparent red with little head. Lacing fades quick.

S: Sour cherries are very prominent. A good amount of sourness in the smell, but I wouldn't call it funkiness.

T: Sour cherry bomb. Incredibly tart. Not much more here than a great sour cherry flavor.

M: Light body with light carb.

O: This is the 2nd or 3rd time I've had the pleasure of having one of these. Since then I've been able to try many other world-class krieks, and I still consider this to be up there with the rest of them.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice presentation with the bottle. vibrant red color with bright pink head. weak head retention. beer appears hazy. decent carbonation.

sourness really comes through in the smell. puts off an acidic punch. sweet dark cherry aroma. tulip glass made a world of difference. the other sample was in a pint glass and isn't nearly as intense in aromatics.

due to the smell, I was concerned it would be sweet. to my satisfaction, it is quite dry and tart. good example of a kriek, brett taste great. a true cherry flavor comes through, but not grossly sweet or artificial in character.

highly acidic beer - tooth melting. I don't mind something like this on occasion, but drinking this all the time, I feel like I wouldn't have any teeth left.

No technical flaws worth mentioning. It does come off a bit simple compared to some other lambics. very modestly funky/weird, maybe a good first lambic for people to see if they appreciate the style.

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

750 ml bottle

Pours red with pink head that fades to patchy layer, the beer is fizzy, full with small carbonation bubbles. Aroma is light earthy funk, sourish cherry, hint of fruity vinegar.

Taste is rather clean sour cherries, acidic fruit, mostly lemon, floral funk accompanied by light notes of vinegar, sweet and sour cherry aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light, the beer is very carbonated and dry.

Overall, and excellent Kriek. Maybe its flavours are not as pronounced as in other well-known Krieks, but I found this to be very drinkable. For about 5.5 EUR it has excellent price/performance.

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Photo of JLeege
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 9/15, so bottled in September 2010, Poured into a tulip

Appearance- Pours a vibrant red color with good clarity. Two fingers of pink tinted head forms and fizzles out somewhat quick, with a nice persistent collar.

Smell- Cherry, lemon, fairly leathery. A nice earthy funk. Even some subtle hops. Smells good, but not as strong as I was anticipating.

Taste- Cherry upfront, no surprise here. Lemon again, with a nice leather note. A musty earthy funk and some wet hay, a touch of vanilla. Stronger cherry pops up again on the linger. The first few sips are mouth puckering sour, but soon you get very used to it, and simple seems tart.

Mouthfeel- Medium light body with good carbonation. A bit spritzy and sticky at the same time. Fairly dry finish.

Overall- A very nice fruited lambic. Not the best I have had, but it is very enjoyable, and quite refreshing. I would recommend it and drink it again.

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

750ml capped and paper covered green bottle.

It pours a great color, clear red with a small white head.

The smell is great for a kriek. It is funky and sour but the cherries can easily be distinguished.

The flavor is a bit weak on the cherry flavor but it is good nonetheless. It isn't a funk bomb but rather a tart and sour mouth puckerer.

Not a bad one, pretty tasty.

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

A - Pours reddish brown. Turns pink around the edges of the glass. Head is off white with more shades of pink. It sticks around for a minute or so and fades to a thin ring around the glass. Carbonation appears to be on the active side.

S - Aroma is light but still pleasant. It's a great combination of sweet and sour. Lots of plump cherry followed by a touch of raspberry. Also prominent is some earthiness. I'm getting old lumber and a slight vinegary sting. Alcohol is not really present in the aroma.

T - Thankfully, the flavor is a little more in your face than the aroma. Still though, it's a nice balance of berries and earthy flavors. Cherry is present but not as much as expected. Lemon is in there too. Cedar and alcohol compliment the berries well. It's very tart midway, finishing with cooked cherry.

M - Lighter bodied with moderately active carbonation. Finish is mostly sweet and tart. Very dry.

O - Overall this is an excellent brew. Everything comes together to make one well balanced and highly drinkable elixir. The 7% abv is masked very well. Once the carbonation lost some of that buzziness it really started to impress. I only wish I had bought more than one bottle.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours raspberry red with a pinkish head that looks kindof like whipped topping on a strawberry pie.

Smells super funky and somewhat fruity--strawberry is the strongest aroma I get even though I know it's a cherry sour.

Tastes very funky and pretty sour but not as acidic and sour as the Cuvee de Ranke. Not super fruity, it's obvious it was brewed with fruit but the fruit isn't dominant in the flavors. I get watermelon and some cherries and maybe strawberry.

A nice beer but it's not as complex as the Cuvee de Ranke and not as fruit forward as I would like.


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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to G311 for the bottle, 2003 vintage.

A - The pour is rustic looking; its a tannic rosy-pink hue, hazy, and is capped with a very few soapy bubbles.

S - Phenomenal. Even after the better part of a decade, the cherry seems very vibrant and fresh. There is a very clean medicinal/Band-Aid note that borders on pineapple-fruity. The brew is also quite tart, and tips its hand in the bracing aroma, suggesting potent acidity. I cannot really say what type of acidity it is, as it does not smell acetic/vinegar-y nor tremendously lactic; it is more like whatever is in the sour candy such as Warheads and Sour Patch Kids that makes it so puckering. Tannic and astringent oak notes are perceived as well.

T - The flavor is quite intense and exquisitely balanced, which is no small feat given the sheer volume of flavor in this tipple. Cherries are first, foremost, and omnipresent, and even linger upon the palate long beyond the finish. There is a significant presence of oak, but it is limited to wet and musty notes, as well as bitter-tannic-dry notes. The acidity is high, but other than the medicinal tone, I cannot really peg the nature of the acidity; just as with the nose, it reminds me of some combo of malic, citric, fumaric or tartaric acid, and not so much lactic, and not really any acetic. At any rate, it is quite sour. The last pour, most yeasty, is exceptionally face-scrunching. This is an endlessly enjoyable brew, I wish it was in a Jeroboam.

M - The feel is lighter than medium, silky and softly carbonated, works well.

O - Based on my recollection of Dirty Horse (had it 1 month ago) this 2003 bottle of Kriek De Ranke is on a fairly similar level in terms of quality and impressiveness.

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Deep red and quite clear with a thin head of palest pink, leaving spotty lace.

Smell - 4.5
Complex aroma of wet horse-blanket, damp wood, sweet and sour cherries.

Taste - 4.5
Good balance of flavours - lightly oaky, vanilla and liqueur cherries with a good bite of yoghurty sourness and perhaps a hint of hoppy bitterness, finishing very dry.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Slightly puckering sourness, light body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall - 4.0
One of my favourite Belgian sours, a damn good beer.

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Kriek De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
94 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.