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Kriek De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9%
Wants: 75
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
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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 soultrain

New York

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into an Ommegang chalice.

A-1/2" pink head settles to an off-white thin foam within minutes. Beer is cloudy golden reddish peachy color. Yeasy chunks abound. Champagne effervescence.
S-Funky yeast. Cherry aroma is mild at first, but when it warms, the cherries come out.
T-Sour/tart art: farm funk blast of an extremely compelling sort, followed by cherries. When it gets warmer, the cherries become more present, 'natch. Refreshing astringency. Each glass is more delicious than the next. Highly addictive, indeed.
M-Superb puckering mouthfeel. Crisply well made brew.
D-I was wondering how I would finish the bottle, when it was gone too soon. Sneaky.

CRUX: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FRUIT BEER. Good cold, great at cellar temp. Can't wait to sample this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 22:25:13 | More by soultrain
Photo of kmcnair


4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, best before sometime in 2008 (don't quite remember)

A - Pours a deep red rose color and makes a half inch of light pink colored head. Head retention is pretty pretty good and a swirl of my glass creates a nice lacing.

S - As I would expect, the aroma is loaded up with sour cherries followed by strong musty barnyard funk, there's a bit of vinegar and chemical solvent likeness.

F - Intense sour cherries, very tart and acidic, strong puckering astringency, very intense funk and some phenolic esters.

M - Light to medium bodied, highly carbonated and is crisp, clean and refreshing, a pleasant dry finish.

D - Very nicely done, 7% alcohol is well masked. This drinks just as good as any of the best lambics out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 07:16:08 | More by kmcnair
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A seductive darkly muddled fuscia color pour with a sizzling pink head that quickly settles to a thin ring, leaving only the scantest trails of delicate lace.

Aroma is bursting with tart, freshly squeezed sour cherry with hints of cherry pits as well. There's a dry, woody oak note and hints of almond. There's more than enough brash, lambic funk to go around with it's tart, Brett-like, farmy, and almost cheesy grossness. Delicious grossness!

Flavor is a palate awaking burst of sour, then sweet wild cherry. It's juicey and refreshing with just enough sweetness to make it truly drinkable. There's plenty of farmy compost, half-rotton fruit, and decaying wood to further the complexity. Not as sour as Cantillion, but every bit as funky and complex. As it warms up, red berry and wine notes become apparent.

Body is medium, with big bubbles of C02 and a slick, almost slippery mouthfeel. Very delicious and more approachable than some other lambics. Well worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 23:15:31 | More by AlexJ
Photo of DrJay


4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy watermelon with a quickly dissipating, pinkish head. Tart aroma of fruit and berries backed by mild bready yeast. Plenty of sour cherry flavour, very tart and dry with a hint of woodiness. Quite dry and mouth-puckering. Very tasty and cleansing on the palate, especially after a lot of other full flavoured beers. Thanks Kevin!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 02:00:15 | More by DrJay
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very red. No seriously, it's like ruby-red grapefruit juice. Has a little off-white/pink head. Wild.

S: Sour fruit. Funky/wild.

T: Sour raspberry. It's quite tart, but it really works here.

M: Moderate body and carbonation, quite acidic and puckeringly sour.

D: Quite good for the style.

Thanks Kevin!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 01:11:07 | More by Derek
Photo of twelvsies


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't drink lambics all the time, but when I do, I'm reminded of how much I enjoy them. I just love how natural and wild they taste. That being said, I love all of De Ranke's other beers but had not had this one until last night. It's great, as expected. Pours a ruddy, light brown color filled with ruby highlights and a nice pink wispy head. Really good looking beer here. Smells of sour cherries up front, with plenty of lemmon juice and a grassy, earthy, hayfield naturalness. Taste is tart and sour, but not overwhelmingly so, due to the sweetness of the fruit, even though they're tecnhically "sour" cherries. After the initial puckering effect however this beer becomes much more complex and offers all of those excellent grassy, wet hay, lambic funk characteristics. I like the way the beer chagnes a bit and becomes softer as it warms up, not that it should be too cold to begin with. Like I said before, I don't always drink lambics, but occasionally when I pick one up I'm always glad I did, as they're always interesting, delicious, and hedonistically good beers. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 19:34:12 | More by twelvsies
Photo of blitheringidiot


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trying to forget that opening this was like ripping into a present with the wrapping. Best by 2008 as per the wrapping.

Gorgeous hazy ruby pour into a tulip topped with a splotch of ivory 1/2" dense cap, reflecting a bit of ruby that quickly settles to a collar void of lace.

Tart aromatic cherry and lemon. Just a drool inducing aroma.

First swigs: Tart sour lemon lime juice cocktail with a wince causing lambic bite. A middle acidic lemon lime that when rolled onto the back and sides of the tongue makes my eyes water. Oooh, good. Finishes with a powdery dryness like a touch of starch.

Medium bodied with a spritzy carbonation. Maybe a touch too much for the style (?) buy I don't mind. I could drink one of these badboys everyday for the rest of my life.

Last swigs: Not quite Cantillon sour but excellent nonetheless. The cherry aspect is a suggestion to the fruit mix. 43/4.1

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 22:18:50 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of bignick


4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice lambic. The scent is wonderful. It foreshadows the tart, sour, complex cherry flavor to come. This beer definitely makes me pucker a little bit, but in the way that a good champagne does. This beer is suitably dry going down; there is very little sweetness, just enough to balance the tartness. This is one of (if not the) best lambic I have yet to try.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 20:27:56 | More by bignick
Photo of murphysbleachers


4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with cork and cap into a champagne flute:

Appearance: Magenta and cloudy, the white head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Barnyardy and earthy with sweeter and sour cherry notes mixed in...I love the smell of this beer.

Taste: Sour cherries, acidic in the back. Notes of citrus and other flavors come and go.

Mouthfeel: Makes my mouth water a bit, you can feel the sourness and acidity.

Drinkability: This is a delight to smell and sip. I wrote in my notes that it was maybe a bit too sour and acidic to drink a lot of after the first glass, but I went back to finish the whole bottle. So what do I know?

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 17:30:36 | More by murphysbleachers
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle bought from www.belgianshop.com.

Poured a red / pink colour... Head was a nice off white / pink colour - this disappeared almost instantly....

Aroma - Strong sour cherries, lemony, acidic notes, woody hints, earthy...

Taste – Light sour cherries, lemony hints, nice tartness with only the slightest hint of sweetness...

Feel - Quite sharp and refreshing...

Overall - An excellent kriek. Very refreshing and very drinkable...

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 09:59:06 | More by mdagnew
Photo of RoBotGod


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

By far the best kriek I’ve had. There is a lot of flavors going on in this that I never though to be in beer. The color gives off a light red. Almost a Kool-Aid looking color. First taste gives off a tart red apple bite. It has more body the your average lambic. At first it has the sweet cherry flavor and then follows threw with a Belgian like flavor to give it great depth. I don’t know if it’s the look but after it warms up a little bit, I start to get a huge tomato juice flavor. It leaves a butter like taste in your mouth. If you’re a fan of the style, this beer is a MUST.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2005 05:15:18 | More by RoBotGod
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this with my buddy James on my b-day last night. Pours from the bottle a deep opaque reddish orange with a bubbly pink head that slowly falls to a ring around the glass. Very nice. Aromas of sour cherries upfront - ripe & fresh. Exquisite layers of cob webby funk immerse my nose. Lovely woody tones are present as well in the beautiful nose of this brew. Simply wonderful.

First sip brings a lemony pale maltiness along with a bounty of sour cherry flavors. Notes of vinegar with a tartness that hits each side of the cheeks with every subsequent sip. Woody notes pop out all over the place with barnyard funkiness in full effect throughout. Just a wonderful kriek here that has met my expectations and then some.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth with a stable carbonation that doesn't ever get too agressive. On the acidic side overall but still is quite enjoyable. Well worth seeking out if you're a fan of the traditional kriek. I'll definetly be getting to this one again sometime soon.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 16:07:50 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 04:19:22 | More by Sammy
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cherry red with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Smells quite funky. Horseblanket, salty, sour ripe cherry.

Taste is sour and funky. Very earthy and barnyard-like in the flavor. Sour cherry, quite tart. Not a lot of sweetness here. Crisp and dry in the mouth. A whole lot going on here, not sure I was able to catch it all on the first go around. A bit of a sipper due to the sourness but really tasty stuff nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 02:12:10 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of meathookjones


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle wrapped in a paper cover with 7/07 as what I am guessing is the best by date. Opaque dark red body with a tall pinkish white head of bubbly foam. Some scattered foamy rings of lace. Tart cherries really stand out in the aroma. Under that there is a nice light sweetness and a bit of earthiness. Sharp cherry tartness upfront with a mild sweetness from the fruits. Musty and earthy with a bit of wood notes going on. Finishes up with a sour cherry bite. A bit bubbly and pretty crisp. Nicely tart without going overboard. This stuff is great plenty of subtleties going on and a nice sourness.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 15:03:55 | More by meathookjones
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

900th review, also final review of all DeRanke brews.

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear ruby red with a white frothy head which rose and retreated slowly to lace the chalice from top to bottom.

The aroma was sour and quite acidic in nature with strong lambic aromatics of horsey, sweaty and oak coupled with slight fruit aromas of cherry and grape.

The flavor was sour and quite acidic with grapeskin flavors and sensations coupled with a low level of fruitiness, namely from cherries.

The finish was dry with sourness first into the aftertaste and then in the finish after complete dryness and fading of the sour nature the cherries emerged and lingered. The body was medium light. Unfortunately I expected more cherries, both in the aroma and in the flavor. The cherries only really made a play in the finish, with slight appearances in the aroma and the flavor. A nice lambic, kinda missing the mark on the fruit part.

750 ml, corked and capped paper wraped bottle. Lot # 0005, best before 11, 08.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2005 21:58:45 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of paterlodie


4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted at the ZBF and was one of the highlights for me at the festival. Perfect appearance with its for ever lasting pink head and redbrown beercolor. Nose was great too. Great cherries in a sour soup with lots of oak and hay. Taste is more or the less the same but the cherries go more into the background and the stable smell is more prominent as the sourness is. Very good kriek with the complexity it shows! Can only say great work mr Giradin and de Ranke! Drinkabillity was great too as it was the only beer a got 2 of in St. Niklaas and thanks Jeroen for bringing me a bottle as well!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2005 18:52:00 | More by paterlodie
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 18:44:47 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of SheepNutz


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a deep red color with one finger of head. Not much lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet and funky, with lots of barnyard aromas going on. The taste is funky at first, and nice and sweet on the finish. It's balanced brilliantly. A great cherry flavor. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, and the drinkability fairs well too. A nice kriek.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2004 19:00:10 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of clvand0


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sheepnutz brought this to a tasting. Thanks for that Sheep. Pours a very cool red color with only a ring of foam around the edge and not much head nor lacing at all. Expected. The aroma is very sour and fruity. Raspberries and sweetness abound as well as a horseblanket thing going on. The flavor is very nice. It doesn't have as much of the sour character that was in the nose, but there is still some there. The flavor is nice and sweet and has a lot of fruits, mostly raspberries, along with the tart feel. Very nicely done. Has a great aroma, taste, and mouthfeel, but I just can't drink very much of stuff like this because the tartness gets to me. Very very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2004 16:23:55 | More by clvand0
Photo of kmpitz2


4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to SheepNuts for sharing this beer with our tasting group. The beer was a nice pinkish ruby color wtih just a ring of bubbles left around the rim. No real carbonation or head came through on the pour. Funk funk and more funk come through in the nose. Who put farm animals into my glass? Dancing in the background there are sweet cherry tones as well. I dig the way this beer smells. The flavor is nicely blended. The sour and tart come through first, but just to let me know they are still there. The funkey barnyard flavors were the dominant player in the flavor, and they were awesome. Tones of sweet hay and straw (yes, I have tasted hay and straw) give this beer a great flavor. The cherry is there, but subdued in the background behind the funk. The feel was thin to moderate, with just a slight carbonation. I really did love this beer. The flavors were big and full, but not offensive. I wanted to have a little more from the bottle, but we had to save some for our latecomer. This is a beer I would get again, many times over.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2004 16:55:16 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of CharlesRiver


4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a great looking beer. As close to wine like as I have seen. Deep purple in color with a small head that doesn't last. I love the packaging of this beer. No lables on the bottle, just on the paper.

The smell is sweet but mostly sour. The taste lives up to the smell. Sour and tart in the beginning but sweet in the end. Very well balanced and smooth. Just a perfect blend. The perfect amount of carbonation as a small spiral of bubbles makes its way to the top.

I will be buying much more of this beer. I continue to be blown away by this breweries beers!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2004 23:45:42 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of crookedhalo


4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pomegranate red with a volumnous pinkish beige head. Champagne-like carbonation. Beautiful musty and dusty yeast notes. Barnyardy, sour cherry aromas. This is how a fruited lambic should be, dry and tart. Sour cherry is clearly evident. Loads of tartness on the tongue. Darker, sweeter cherry flavor in the background of the whole sweaty gym sock lambic funk. Spritzy, and the healthy carbonation only enhances the whole experience. Thoroughly drinkable at 7%. Not a real big fan of pairing up fruit and beer, but this is the finest example of a fruited lambic.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2004 14:15:36 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of ark57


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a clear crimson with a white head. The aroma has a lot of sour cherries and some great horse blanket/barnyard funk. The cherry taste is strong and so is the sourness. There is some funky barnyard and a mustiness to the taste as well. It finishes rather clean despite its myriad of extreme flavors and high alcohol. It is almost mouth puckering yet the fruit is strong. This is an awesome kriek.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2004 18:19:34 | More by ark57
Photo of Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pinky red hue, extremely cloudy and as mysterious as any forest at night. Pink head gives it a sexy appeal. Aroma of a fine saison, appealing, fresh barnyard which is still a virgin from human exploitation if that's possible. Belgian funk, dry leather, dust, cobwebs, wait this is a kriek? I didn't get much fruits in the aroma, but I know I liked it, just not as much as I hoped, perhaps some more cherry intensity would have been extremely benefiting for it and lead me to give it extremely high ratings. Ah! Yeah, after sipping now I understand, cherries are indeed there among more leather and dust. This is very yeasty, but that was expected. This is quite tart too, but that was expected too, I surprise myself hoping for more. Mild alcohol feel in middle-mouth. More yeasty cobwebs in the finish and a light bitter touch. Mouthfeel is thin-medium which fits well, but perhaps a touch too fizzy and carbonated. Overall, there are plenty of flavours I love in there, but I kept wishing they'd appear better blended in the next sip. It tastes old although it isn't (1.5yr). Definitely worth seeking out nevertheless, especially if you're a Fantôme fan, you'll find yourself enamored swiftly enough. As messed up and orderless as my review is, it's quite obvious that this is quite the untypical fruit beer. Cheers Martin.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2004 04:57:27 | More by Rastacouere
Kriek De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
94 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.