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Kriek De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 79
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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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 klewis
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

klewis, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of putnam
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

putnam, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

wagenvolks, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of jakon
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

jakon, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of biegaman
4.63/5  rDev +10%
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.

biegaman, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of jamie2dope
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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

jamie2dope, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of waughbrew
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

waughbrew, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of BillyB
4.33/5  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.

BillyB, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of peabody
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

peabody, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

emerge077, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Viggo, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of Naerhu
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Naerhu, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

DarkerTheBetter, May 31, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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.

BretSikkink, May 15, 2007
Photo of Hautacam
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good looking red and clear...pretty small head.
Smells mostly of earthy lambic funk....some cherry aroma.
Tastes extremely tart...acidic..funky , very dry sour cherry comes through the funk. The tart does not let up....no matter how many sips...it comes at you like it's the first.
Mouthfeel is thin and pretty carbonated.
Fairly drinkable, if you really like tart cherry funk.

Hautacam, May 13, 2007
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found by complete surprise at Holiday Wine Cellars in Escondido California in March (or so), 2007. Tasted in May of the same year. Paper cover of the unlabelled bottle is printed with Best Before 12/2010, and that it was bottled 5 years prior, so this is a little over a year old.

Cap and cork open easliy enough- as I am finishing cooking dinner, the bottle decides to start spouting foam all by itself as it sits on the counter- I'm always amused (and a little confused) when this happens.

Pours a very murky cherry red with what starts as a good head, that drops to nothing. A top up refreshes the head for a few seconds, then back to nothing again.

Aroma is well, of cherries. What else? Tart cherries. And guess what- the flavor follows through. Tart. I expected lambic sour, and I guess that's there, but to me it's all tart, not sour. Maybe splitting hairs, but it is pretty overwhelming.

I took a chance, and served this with fish that had a mango salsa-type sauce. Big mistake. I thought the fruit would match with the fruit, but the sweet and the tart did not match. It kept me from liking this at first.

Even after dinner, while I have my "beer hat" on, I settle on realizing that this is an incredible recipe, very daring, very on the edge, but the real bottom line is that I just don't really enjoy it that much. So my review scores are a mix of appreciating this for what it is, but also realizing that's it's just not my kind of beer. And to be honest, I really haven't found a kriek yet that is my type. I won't likely return to this one.

Dukeofearl, May 13, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at the Map Room. Unknown vintage. April 7, 2007.

Stunning appearance. Simply flawless. Deep, thick pinkish crimson with a thick and lasting pink head. Aroma of tart/sour lambic funk and black cherries. Musty and sweaty. Flavor is loaded with tart cherries, puckering with zesty carbonation. Acidic, sharp, with a dry finish. Awesome beer. Guzzelable.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of dmbfrat420beers
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kriek De Ranke
Picked up in Amsterdam on 3/14, drank 3/28
Bought at Bierkoning
Best before Dec. 12 2010 (botted 5 years before that date according to label)

I first drank this about a year ago and fell in love. Finally found some more during a visit to Amsterdam, so picked up this bottle for about 1/3 what I paid in the US!

This time around paired with Oud Gouda, crusty German bread, the Times Literary Supplement, and Steve Kimock Band.

I smelled the musty, sour cherries as soon as I open the bottle. A beautiful dark and hazy orange-tinted cranberry, with light pink head that dissipates rapidly. Carbonation ebbs forth constantly. Aroma is full of cherry and sourdough bread. Decent carbonation in the mouth and velvetly smooth texture. Quite dry as well. Taste is a mileau of rich flavors – sour, tangy, plenty of cherry, and a fairly subdued sweetness that coats the top of the mouth (nothing like Lindeman’s et al). Can feel the alcohol in the chest, seemingly a bit strong for a lambic, but quite pleasant. The delicious sour taste remains on the lips for some time. Becomes more drinkable as you adjust to the sourness of the beer and I had no trouble finishing the 75 cL bottle. A wonderful beer that is quite expensive in the US, so make sure you pick some up if visiting Belgium/Netherlands.

dmbfrat420beers, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of Umbra
3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Due to an impending construction project, I've been forced to clear out the cellar. This one was good until 2009, the 750 corked and capped bottle as pictured. Ruby red with a reddish-touched thick head. It quickly dissipated, but left nice lacing. Nose is tart and funky.

The first couple of drinks are heavily sour and funky. Once your mouth gets used to that, there is a very subtle and sweet cherry background waiting to be had. Nice, but keeps reminding me of acid reflux at times. Though not as funky as others out there, I'd still like to have more of that cherry hiding in the background and lesss funky.

Umbra, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 750 corked and capped bottle.

A: The ale has a strong lambic red color, slightly hazy with a thick head on pour that quickly dissapates.

S: The nose is quite tart, enough to make the mouth both pucker up and water. Underscoring the tartness is a dry sour cherry.

T: The ale is bold flavorwise. An intensely sour, tart brett element begins the ale, damn near scalding the taste buds. As the tartness subsides, some cherry sourness emerges, as does a dru candied sugar sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel is dominated by the dry tartness. The flavor is an acquired taste that I often struggle to get into. The fruit flavor is dry and subtle, taking the backseat to the big tartness.

D: The tartness is different but one dinner bottle between my wife and I is more than enough for me.

akorsak, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

The smell is of sour tartness and cherries.

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

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

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

jwc215, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of EmilNoldSinclair
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired at the Publick House in Brookline, MA. This beer was moderately tart. Didn't end up noticing that soured pale ales were mixed in! Anyways, this was an opaque reddish-pink color and had a relatively small head. The taste had a balanced sourness, and a noticeable cherry flavor. The aroma had the usual funk to it, but it wasn't overpowering. A little hoppiness, but not over the top. One of the more easy going lambics that I've had. Thoroughly enjoyed this beer and well worth trying (the XX Bitter is amazing too!)

EmilNoldSinclair, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 Vintage, the side says Best before end 07 2009. Date of bottling is five years prior to the "best before" date shown.

As I popped the cap some cork soaked beer flew at me and there was carbonation flowing through the cork still. As my corkscrew began to spin into the cork, the cork started to fall apart. It eventually got through and the cork came out with a lot of pressure behind it. Pours a nice deep dark red color that looks like candy. There's a lot of carbonation and the head retains very well. The smell is of horse blanket that's not overly done. It also has a slight smell of cherries. There is a cork flavor that has been incorperated into the beer. There's horse blanket flavors, but not picking up on the cherries, just the sourness. The mouthfeel isn't harsh even though there was so much carbonation. Overall this was a very good kriek, but I expected more cherry flavors. I will have another ne sometime when I have an extra $15.

Erdinger2003, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 07/2004. Pours a beautiful hazy raspberry color with a thin white head that fades to some moderate lacing. The smell is of fresh sour cherries, a lambic tartness, and a touch of barnyard in the nose. Flavor is quite sour, but not as sharp as offerings from Cantillon. The lambic tartness and the sour cherry tartness blend to create a sourness that is sour, but not acetic. Tart and refreshing with fresh cherry flavors and a clean metallic finish that fades into light barnyard/cheese flavors. The mouthfeel is clean and light and quite refreshing. Quite drinkable- would be amazing on a hot summer day.

Georgiabeer, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of guitarmage
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful red with lots of cider like carbonation, white ring around the flute, some orange hues shine through.

Smell: Pungent cheese, cherry, alcohol, little bit of barnyard, faint though.

Taste: Cheese, fermentation, dash of cherry sweetness, puckering sourness comes through but disappears and finishes dry, lemon citrus, a faint graininess.

Mouthfeel: Plentiful prickly carbonation, light bodied, a little chewy, and a super dry finish.

Drinkability: I find this very drinkable, alone, or with a meal. Tart cleansing quality would make a good option for meals that are rich.


guitarmage, Feb 09, 2007
Kriek De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
94 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.