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Kriek De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

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94
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373 Ratings
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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9%
Wants: 76
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke visit their website
Belgium

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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Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

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

russpowell, May 08, 2008
Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

Look: Poured into a tulip glass. It pours a cloudy red with a very light, bubbly red/pink head that disappears quickly and lingers mostly at the edge of the glass. Don't see a whole of beers that look like this, but it is nice to look at once the head is gone.

Smell: The sour fruits and florals come out the most in the smell, with a hint of smoke in the background.

Taste: Not as sour as I expected from the smell. A slight buzz of sour strikes the mouth in the initial taste and slides into a smooth taste of sweet fruitiness and some tart that slightly lingers after swallowing.

Feel: A light bodied beer with the sour fruits in the beginning being the only deterrent from the smooth feel within the mouth. Coats nicely and could easily share the mouth with a meal.

Drink: An interesting lambic, with a little bit of a ride in terms of taste. At first, the tart beginning kind of threw me off. But as I came to expect the tart and go along with the smooth aftertaste, I began to enjoy this beer a little more. It is good to branch out from usual world of hops and malt, and would like to have this with a meal on a warm summer's day.

Scrumtralecent, May 07, 2008
Photo of Overlord
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

So ... I don't often pour a beer and find it to be pink. Not even fruit or sour beers. This sucker is pink, with maybe some reddish hues. Interesting. Nice bubbling, even if there's little to no head (and what there is, is pink froth).

Despite its tropical punch appearance, the smell is that familiar sour/tart aroma of a quality gueuze. But, I see that this is a lambic. And, stunningly, it is the first lambic I've reviewed. Amazing! Included in the wondrous head are raspberry and cherry notes.

The flavor is tart and resplendent with some raspberry sweetness to balance out the funky sour notes and tart cherries. I wouldn't say it's the most complex beer I've ever had, but it's very well balanced. There's some oaky/woodsy notes in here that contribute some dryness. Along with the champagne mouthfeel, this is truly a unique beer consumption experience.

Overlord, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

bottle shared at tasting courtesy of Miketd. Thanks for this one!
Pours an attractive bright cranberry color with a small pinkish white head. Smell is very lightly funky, but more emphasis on a woodsy tart cherry aroma. Taste is quite nice with the obvious sour cherry flavors, tart pink grapefruit and almost a pink bubblegum like quality about it as well, at times. Nicely tart, but not overly dry either, and pretty well balanced. Bitter, tart, grapefruity and cherry flavors made this very nice and drinkable.

JDV, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

White Wrapped Label/Green Bottle (750ml)

Pours a nice darkish red color, nice three finger fizzy white/reddish head, very nice carbonation, which does leave some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, tangy, fruity, and some spice. The taste is malty, pretty tangy, some fruity (raspberry), slight spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice brew.

Wasatch, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of Damian
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Best before 12 2010

Poured a clear, brilliant, ruby red with a thin whisp of light pink froth that left a thick ring of lasting lace.

The aroma was funky and barnyardy. Oaky and vinegary with a hint of fruity sweetness lingering in the background.

The taste was crisp and sprightly, yet surprisingly smooth for a lambic. Mild sour fruit notes came through up front before the knife-like lambic sharpness appeared. Sour (yet not overwhelming) and quite acidic with indications of hay and horse blanket. Oaky and intense. The finish was puckeringly sour and vinegary. Bone dry and woody.

Mouthfeel was creamier and more full-bodied than anticipated for the style, yet beautifully fluffy and light on the palate. Highly effervescent with a fine, lively carbonation. Rather champagne-like.

Drinkability was quite good. It seemed that the cherries and the oak aging helped to cut the acidic sharpness and mellow things out a bit (just enough). Surprisingly, I found this beer to be quite refreshing. A perfect offering to welcome in the start of spring.

Damian, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of Goliath
4.05/5  rDev -4%

Pours an orangey red color with a thin pink head that quickly receeds. No real lacing is apparent.

Aroma similar to many lambics. A tart fruitiness is apparent, bitter cherries, and oak.

Taste is delicious. Bitter cherry, a familiar sour probably from oak, an underlying sweetness, and even an herbal like mintiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is bright and bubbley with sour lambic characteristics that make your cheeks pucker.

Drinkability is fairly low. Flavors are nice but the bitterness can eventually overwhelm

Goliath, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

Capped and corked 750ml bottle wrapped in a white decorative paper poured into a large tulip glass. The beer poures a dark reddish brown color with a fizzy off-white head that quickly fades into a thin lace. The aroma is filled with sour cherries with some leather and barnyard funk as well. The taste is sour and acidic, but not overly mouthpuckering with some notes of fruit. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high level of carbonation that pricks the tongue with every sip. Overall, this is a solid lambic that is recommended.

cjgator3, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.43/5  rDev +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.

Kegatron, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of ggaughan
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

75 cl bottle shared with my wife at the Brugs Beertje in Bruges at the end of our last trip here around Christmas.

The beer poured a deep red, pink tone with a wonderul pink, active bubbling head that lasted for a bit and gave way to a nice ring on the glass and good lacing. The nose was outstanding, giving ver present sour cherry notes with some complimenting hits of funk and citrus. The taste was as advertised, spectacular. The sour cherries were unfront and very present but were balanced with some funk, earthy notes. The tastes were more present as the beer warmed in our bottle and glass. There is a not of the alcohol level and the body was wonderful and very drinkable.

ggaughan, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%

Appearance: Pours with a half-finger pink head, which settles into a quarter-finger. Lacing is fully present, spotty and script patterns, which last anywhere from 3-30 minutes, depending. The body is a rose pinkish-red, which is quite lively looking, almost like a sparkling wine, with bubbles continually feeding the surface.

Smell: An array of cherry flavors hits the nose first - cherries flambée, cherry Sucrets, maraschino cherries, dark cherries, cherry pie filling. Really great in that regard. Underneath are a variety of floral aromas that I can't quite distinguish, if for no other reason lack of flower knowledge. Hay, butter, cream, fresh dirt, brett all round out the aroma profile. Very complex, very inviting.

Taste: Cherries again, with all of the above-mentioned varieties holding, but also some other fruit flavors masked in the nose - berries, specifically blueberry, and even a little apple cider or juice-like back end. Sourness, really, is superbly concealed - it is present, but extremely well rounded out. There is very little to no astringency here, which is, in my experience, hard to do in a lambic. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Lively fizz and fruit. Very little astringency. Slight sour tastebud activation.

Drinkability: Fascinatingly, very drinkable.

RidiculedDisplay, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of Lothore
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%

A-Pours a deep reddish plum color adorned with an ample 1 finger red tinted head which fades to lacing. Lots of carbonation present.

S- Smell is extremely sour, predominantly raspberries along with other mixed citrusey fruits.

T- Taste was fruity at first followed by what can only be explained as a tsunami of sourness that harasses the palate. Inexplicably tart and wonderful at the same time however perhaps a tad unbalanced.

M- Thick and very bubbly, champagnesque in its carbonation.

D- This is not a very drinkable beer in my book. I have had sour beers that I enjoyed much more than this. While I didn't hate it, it just didn't come together for me. I think it takes something special to make a drinkable sour beer and this one just fell short.

Lothore, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of grub
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

plain 750ml bottle, corked and capped, wrapped in the usual paper de ranke sleeve. best before 07 2009 (bottled 07 2004). sampled jan 3/08.

pours crystal clear ruby red with a small dense pinkish head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass, but that ring lingers for a long time. no lace.

aroma is great. huge sour cherry and acidic nose. lemon. leather. bit of horse blanket. white bread. bit of grain. light alcohol. cocoa.

taste is great. sour cherries. light acidity. lemon. multigrain crackers. earthy. nice light funky character - leather and horse blanket. cider vinegar. bready malt. bit of alcohol. the funk comes out a little more as it warms, as does the fruit.

mouthfeel is great too. medium-low very fine carbonation level. medium body with a bone dry finish. even better once the carbonation died down a little.

drinkability is great. solid sourness and acidity, but not overpowering. this was a pleasure to sip on over the course of the evening.

grub, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of seaoflament
4.05/5  rDev -4%

Damn, that cork was really in there. Gave me a little bit of trouble but I got it out.

Best before: 12 2010

Pours like a strawberry soda, red and fizzy. Very minimal head at first and then zero. Lots of sediment, or tiny fragments from the cork.

Aroma of vinegar, sour and sweet cherries. Pretty sour and tart upfront but then the sweet side of the cherry and malt comes through. Smells like a sour version of Wisconsin Belgian Red.

Taste is surprisingly a lot less than I expected from the aroma. Cherry flavors are not as present as I thought they would and there is a plastic taste I’m detecting. I also get some lemon flavor. Still, there is a rather tasty sour berry flavor.

Thin mouthfeel and a bit fizzy like alka-seltzer. Fairly easy to drink and surprised that this is 7% because it’s very well hidden.

seaoflament, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of letsgopens
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%

I'm not convinced that this isn't a Flemish Sour. The bottle describes the brew as a sour and I tend to agree; or possibly a gueuze. But in any case, this selection pours a rosey caramel amber with peach colored highlights. The body is distinctly cloudy throughout. Good lace sticks well and is very uniform.

Very tangy; acidic and sour to the nose. Some funky yeast quality as well. Lots of cherry, orange, and lemon. Heavily fermented fruit and light spice. A vinous quality with some sour green apple as well. Again, tangy and pungent.

Wow, lip puckering sour with a nice sweet fruity finish; cherry and citrus. Definitely a vinous quality with some hay and grassy yeast. A bit of a barnyard character but not overly funky. The bubbly sourness is almost overwhelming at first but fades to allow for some more grainy fruit character in the finish. Really fantastic.

Super bright, bubbly mouthfeel initially but it fades into a vinous, sticky sweetness in the end. The sticky sweet fruit lingers on the palate well with a semidry finish. Tons of extremely bold flavors but still posses some subtle qualities to be appreciated. Really interesting and an awesome beer experience throughout.

letsgopens, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of drseamus
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Served from a nice capped and corked 750ml. Crystal clear red body with tons of visible carbonation. There was a white head just for a touch but it disappeared quickly. Nice sour tart cherry aroma with no detectable sweetness. There is a slight chlorine note, but it could be in my head. The flavor is extremely tart with a great pucker effect. There is a very dry finish with a hint of brett. There is a bunch of carbonation on the tongue giving it a nice mouthfeel. Overall a good beer.

drseamus, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

mikesgroove, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

25.4 oz. wine bottle,

A: Pours a hazy, yet bright pink/red, with a thick cap of white foam that slowly retreats to nothing over several hours.

S: Full smell of bacterial and yeast funk, cherries, and horse blankets.

T: Very interesting, full and complex taste. You get a beautiful, full cherry flavour, both sweet and sour, interesting contrast. The funk is there in spades, wet hay, and saddle leather, though if there is any Brett, it is minor. Very complex taste and hard to describe.

M: Acidic and tart, but not as much as I thought it was going to be, the beer did have a lighter mouthfeel than I thought it should have, the first few sips ran away too quickly if you get my drift.

D: A stellar lambic and kriekenbier, a beer that is meant to be drunk slowly, you really can't drink it fast, mine took over 3 1/2 hours, but you want more of it. Would really like another bottle to try and sort out the complexities again. Expensive, $13.99, for the 750, but definitely worth a try.

Halcyondays, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%

As my daughter says, “that is one pretty looking pour”. Yep, cherry with a touch of amber, with a nice thin but foamy rose head.

Aroma of the ol’ funky horse blanket with smashed cherries on it. One tart ass cherry quaff, fully charged tingly carbonation dries nicely in the mouth.

A very nice “beer” to sip on and enjoy with a sharp cheese, like a mild white chedder.

Daughter also says this is a new favorite "fruit" beer! Tasty!

Vancer, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

(Served in a tulip glass)
best before 12/20/2010
A- This beer has a dense ruby red ox blood colored body with a dept pink spongy head. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding up the sides of the glass. The head last for the full beer with some nice lacing as it slides back to the body after each sip.

S- The musty smell of peach fuzz gives way to a light tartness of cherries followed by a mousey note at the finish.

T- The smooth tartness of cherries has a pleasant musty basement note followed by a bright cherry acidic finish. There is a grapefruit zest quality to the cherries that comes through as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tartness that lingers after each sip.

D- This beer is a smooth lambic with a big tartness and some softer cherry flavors. There was some nice complexity that was a bit more subtle that some bigger lambics. Very nice to drink and would go well with food pairings.

rhoadsrage, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of hwwty4
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

750 ml bottle corked and capped. Poured a ruby red with a slight haze. The aroma is obviously sour cherries and a wee bit of sulfer. The taste is whole sour pie cherries right off the tree, with a little of the oaky wood taste. The only thing i can criticize is the drinkability. I just could not drink much of it. The sourness was overwhelming in the long run.

hwwty4, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%

Thanks to Tip Top for this beer.

A: Staggeringly gorgeous Smuckers strawberry jam color with a serious opacity to it. Carbonation is fizzy, with a pink tinted head blossoming but falling quickly.

S: Sour cherries, grapefruit rind, roses, limestone and a touch of sulfer.

T: If I had to define this beer in two words, it would be “cranberry sangria”. Starts with the hot sulfer aspect that most lambics have. Mineral flavors of the likes of limestone and aluminum come next, but not overbearing. From here the fruit flavors come forth…cranberry, cherries and red grapes. Reminds me a lot of a designer fruit punch…if kool aid went high brow. Vitamin B is strong, gives the beer a bloody streak. Finishes sour around the sides and sweet across the front of the tongue.

M: Thin and hard.

D: Ridiculously drinkable and refreshing.

Westsidethreat, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of WeisGuy
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%

Capped and corked 750ml bottle. Bottled in July 2004.

a - pours a hazy ruby red with a big, dense white head with retention around the edges and a little lacing

s - intense sour cherry aroma with a good dose of good ole barnyard funk

t - intensely tart cherry flavor up front, mid-palate has lots of funk and a slight sweet vinegar flavor along with a bit of woodiness, finish is strong sour cherry flavor and lingers for a long time, no sign of alcohol

m - light-to-medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation, finish is fairly dry due to the sourness

d - the intensity of this beer (along with the price) make this a sipper and one bottle is enough

Wonderful lambic that's worthy of all the praise bestowed upon it. Right up there with 3 Fonteinen Hommage as the best I've had of the style. Highly recommended as a splurge purchase if you can find it.

WeisGuy, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of klewis
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

Thanks to beerbeing for this one.
Best before 12/2010

A: Pours a hazy dark red with little head or lacing.

S: Prominent wild cherry Lifesaver smell with a touch of Belgian funk.

T: Opposite of the smell - lots of complex funk flavors with a subtle cherry taste. Sour and tart, but not to the extent of some lambics.

M: Medium bodied with plenty of crisp carbonation. Lingering tartness.

D: Pretty darn good, but not to the extent that I'll seek it out again. Definitely worth trying though.

klewis, Sep 25, 2007
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