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Kriek De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 81
Gots: 44 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of grub
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of seaoflament
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of letsgopens
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of drseamus
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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 Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Vancer
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

Photo of hwwty4
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of klewis
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of putnam
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Burgundy colored with an even, fine layer of foam. Gastric lemon barf aromas kissed with nutty, sweetly spiced wood. Expansive, soft texture on the palate delivers a har-to-believe balance of sweet and sour fermented winey cherry flavors. Acidity strongly disciplines everything, but perfectly transparently so that soft seasoned vanilla oak and Maraschino liqueur have their innocent, uninterrupted fun. Brilliant.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pt. 9.4 oz bottle into a flute glass.

Pours a gorgeous, burnt copper hue with hints of orange and deep pink around the edges. Amazing depth to the color of this brew. Head is white and thick with touches of pink and brown. Lots of carbonation seeping up from below makes for a well retained cap of foam. The aroma is full of unripened berries, with some malty breaded notes and a prominent sour cherry note.

The taste packs one hell of a lip-puckering sour cherry flavor, with the same unripened berry as detected in the aroma. My friend described it as shock tarts dipped in sour mash. Mouthfeel is tart and thin-bodied, with a touch of dryness. It definately puts a hurtin' on the whole mouth, not just the tastebuds. I have yet to fully "warm up" to sour beers, but this one gave me a greater appreciation. It's complex, looks amazing, and delivers a truly unique flavor.

Photo of jakon
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle purchased for $12.99 on 7-20-7 at Belmont Station

Unlabeled plain green bottle wrapped in white paper. I actually love this method of packaging. So elegant and logical. Best before date of December 2010 alongside a notation stating that the bottled on date is 5 years prior. Nice.

Corked and Crowned, I had to dampen the dry and flimsy cork before I was able to get the screw in there without producing nothing but sawdust. Once popped, it's apparent there is plenty of carbonation. I force an adequate sized pink-hued head which settles quickly to just a surface coating. The brew itself is ruby reddish. Like other fine Lambics, it's cloudy and appears to be glowing. It's beautiful. The aroma is funky and fruity. The taste is ridiculous delicious. Solid sour character mixed with the deep cherry presence. The carbonation is perfect. This is incredibly satisfying. One of the best beers I've ever had, and I decided this upon first sip. My depiction would never do this justice. Just a beautiful concoction. Something to behold. I have another bottle, and will be sure to pick up more whenever I can. Instant classic. Highly recommended.

Photo of biegaman
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paired alongside ripe cherries from the tree in our backyard as well as cherries from the tree of a close friend.

To unravel the white and pink gift wrap would unveil a sexy, corked and capped, plain dark green glass champagne style 750ml bottle. Like the price tag that adorns it, the bottle is quite heavy. The wrapping indicates a best before date of July 2009. This afternoon being July 2007, my sample could be considered a relatively young one (although bottling would have been July 2004 - add to it the six months it spent fermenting in oak barrels with the Polish cherries and the (I'd expect) 2 or so years the different lambics spent fermenting prior to blending - and you have a beer that is at least 3-6 years old already)

Prying the cork would fill the atmosphere with a vinegar like lambic scent and fragrant, pungent cherries. A soft pour would reveal a most lovely of shades of red - very soothing; if it is at all possible to find solace in a colour, this would be that colour.

In a less abstract description, the body resembles cranberry juice. Blood red. The appearance has a glowing clarity, with well polished ruby colour. (Opting to pour the bottom sludge in, at the end the appearance would look closer to a clamato ceasar.) A lulling pink head would part to the outsides, crowning the beer and impressing small vestiges of lacing here and there. Any simple stir is enough to arouse fizzy suds.

That same swirl would release an aroma which graces the air around me; Fragrant and ambrosial smells. The sweet scents of fruits - largely cherries but suggestion of cranberries, field berries and currant. The lambic character is simply arresting. It's magnetic. The "funk" of lambic... it's gripping and intriguing to the nose. The whole thing is simply ambrosial.

While I can marvel at the colour and indulge in the smell, resisting my urge to taste is far more difficult than with most others. The carbonation is well balanced, as is the play between sweet and sour. The cherries are sweet, the lambic is tart and lightly acidic. Neither are overwhelming. The beer is balanced. It's a much more unassuming sourness than others like the Rose de Gambrinus, but the lambic still quickly leads to gums-sucking and leaves a 'rotting' like impression on your teeth. It really dries out the back of your throat.

Quite frequently the flavour would take on a more cherry 'syrup' taste, rather than fresh cherries. The Polish cherries carry such a unique character; in trying Polish cherry brandy-wine and eating plenty of Polish 'loti' during my travels there, I really can pick out the distinction. The aftertaste of tart cherries last for a considerable time. The flavour is a luscious rose.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kriek De Ranke poured into a triple eight vodka sampler glass an excellent looking cloudy raspberry color with no heading. In the aroma was lots of barnyard funk and tart cherries. First thing that hits the palate is a big mouth puckering sourness. After letting it swish around for a while though juicy tart cherries come through, and some lemon as well, leaving the mouth feeling somewhat dry in the end. Despite its somewhat heavy looking appearance, the body of this beer is light. Awesome Lambic right here. Right up there with the Cantillon offerings for me. It paired nicely with some Swedish Fontina on water crackers. Cheers

Photo of waughbrew
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up before my wedding a couple years ago. Had one bottle on wedding night, saved another until now.

Slightly yeast-hazed strawberry color with white head. Although the head retention and lacing could certainly be better, beers of this style tend to lack. The color is beautiful and appetizing. Strong brett barn character in the aroma with sweetness as well, sour strawberries, cranberries, and cherries. Flavor is bright, lively, and complex. Acidic nature dances on the tongue and stays present in the mouth for a long long time after swallowing. Very refreshing.

Overall great color, flavor, balance of sour and fruit. No ugliness here, and I was still thoroughly enjoying the beer when the bottle was empty. The best fruit beer ever? Perhaps.

Photo of BillyB
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I read the description of this beer I was intrigued.
"A mixture of two blended and soured pale ales and Girardin Lambic".
A lot of America's extreme brewers get a lot of attention for brewing complex beers but good lambic brewing is truly a feat.

Poured a pinkish, reddish brown color with a thin white head.
Appearance is a bit murky/hazy with some sediment floating around.

Aromas were amazing! Tart, sour cherries. Melon, citrus, funky barnyard smells as well. Grass, hay, horseblanket.

Taste is sweet malt,sour/tart cherries.

Mouthfeel is light, carbonated, kind of fizzy. Very crisp and refreshing. Overall, an amazing beer.

Photo of peabody
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, real cork here. Pours out a very couldy pinkish amber color with very little white suds. Little lacing.
Smell hits you as soon as the cork is out. Very strongfruity aroma.
Now, this is a lambic. I have had others but this is the best smelling so far. sour grape leaves and lemon and orange peel.
Wow, this is what sour is supposed to be here. And the sweetness that is left in the mouth after the initial sour. Great great beer here. Reminds me of the gooseberries that my grandma would let me pick and eat raw. Man, sour as all getout.'
Like a peice of Alum.
Mouthfeel is very clean and I am drinking it a bit cold but it is very good cold.
Drinkability is high here but since I can't get it around here I have to cut it down a notch.
Still, all in all, this is a great Lambic. Got Petrus Oak beat.

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Viggo
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Sams in Chicago, been waiting to crack this one for a while. 750 ml champagne bottle corked and capped, and wrappered.

Pours an amazing hazy crimson, orange highlights, thick pink head forms, very spritzy, settles down a very thin layer and ring, few lace spots, really neat. Smell is very acidic, very tart, reminds me of a Cantillon. Citrus and cherries, super funk, bit of oak, yeasty, pretty insane. Taste is very intensely acidic, lots of tart cherry and oak, then it morphs into something different, very yeasty, lots of lambic funk, sugary cherries. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very high, sharp carbonation. Acidity kind of burns on the way down. Wasn't sure at first but I enjoyed more as I drank more. Pretty neat beer.

Photo of Naerhu
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Creamy, pinkish red with small white head.
Cherries, rasberries and malt, wrapped in a gueuzy creamy funky blanket.
Very dry and tart. This beer makes you work at liking it, and frankly, it makes you work too hard. Sour cherries, rasberries and cranberries.
Full bodied with fine carbonation.
Shared it with 4 people, and none of them liked it. I dont know what a traditional kried would be, but I doubt this is it. Most alcoholic beverages brewed several hundred years ago had low abv and high sugar. This is quite the reverse.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a murky cherry juice color with a dirty pink head that quickly falls to a collar.

Smells of undertones of watermelon and cranberry with a powerful sourness that reminds me of balsamic vinegar, cilantro, and that sweet gasoline smell that you would like to smell more of if you weren’t afraid of brain damage. There are also some suggestions of chlorine, but the way these smells intertwine is rather enticing.

Tastes of over-tart cherry and cranberry with an electric CO2 sting that brings about an under-ripe strawberry dryness. Finishes again with hints of balsamic vinegar and an electric stripe of pure sour that runs the length of my palate.

Feels disappointingly light and insubstantial with a thickening swarm of tiny bubbles that fortunately liven things up.

A nice take on the style with less funk than expected and nice balsamic notes.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby flavor with good head that dissipates quickly and leaves almost no lace at all. Aroma is wild yeast and some cherry sweetness. Plenty of sediment.

Absolutely terrific lambic flavor, plenty of tart gueuze tempered with the drinkability of the fruit beer. Very earthy and sour, the flavor never lets up. Great kriek, highly recommended.

Kriek De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
93 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.