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Kriek De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 79
Gots: 45 | 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 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.

Photo of Hautacam
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of dmbfrat420beers
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of Umbra
3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of EmilNoldSinclair
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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!)

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of guitarmage
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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.


Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oi! this is good Kriek. I feel very fortunate to be able to try a beer of this calibre. Thank you Premier Gourmet for having this, and for only 15 bucks too.

pours a clear bright ruby color with a light pink head that is very puffy and pillowy. Only a small amount of pinkish lace clings to the glass. The nose is awash with supple cherry flesh, tart lambic sourness and a musty funky feel. The taste is also lambic perfection with a good amount of fresh cherry flavor. Green cherry stems, enteric acid and wet hay show as the beer warms. The finish is musty and very sour, with a tiny amount of residual fruit sweetness. The mouthfeel is thick for a lambic and carbonation is creamy and light. Alcohol is imperceptable.

This is a magnificant creation. So complex and balanced, almost too drinkable. Not as sour as Cantillon, but definitely more fruity. Amazing!

Photo of bennetj17
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at John's Grocery in Iowa City, bottled on 07-04. The color is a glowing, clear cherry/ruby with a nice white head that recedes to a ring. Not much cherry intensity in the aroma, instead its more like a Gueuze. Vinegary, sour, lightly oakey, wild yeast notes. Excellent! The taste is much the same with a little more fresh cherry. The tartness is pleasant, and cetainly not overdone. Light body, with tight, sharp bubbles. This is an excellent Lambic. The cherry flavor hangs in the background and serves to balance out the tartness nicely. I'm very glad this wasn't overly sweet like many other examples. If you like sours, this would be a great selection...

Photo of TastyTaste
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark murky red/pink. Head is pink and small, just a creamy 1/4" on top of the beer.

Smell: Supremely sour, very fruity. The cherries are well represented, acidic yet soft.

Taste: A big sour punch up front is cut by the great cherry flavor that really balances the flavor nicely. Makes you pucker, but is sweet and fruity at the same time. Excellent.

Drinkability: Pulled off well, a fruit lambic that is both extremely sour, and pleasantly fruity. A little too acidic, it can be a little much after a while.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle.

This kriek poured a cloudy, red amber color with off-white foam (it was cloudy if the sediment was poured). The smell was a beautiful tart, sour, cherry smell combined with funky, barnyard, wild yeast aromas. The taste was tart and sour cherries with funky, wild yeastiness beneath. Not overly tart, but just the right balance. The mouthfeel was smooth yet crisp with medium body and strong carbonation. The tart cherry flavor lingered pleasantly. This was a delicious kriek, and was very drinkable.

Photo of Callenak
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle, corked and capped.

Pours a nice, clear deep pink color. Nice and heavy carbonation, true to the style.

Smell is funky, wild fermentation and cherries. Earthy with a little horse blanket. Very nice.

Beautiful taste on this one. Very clean and crisp. Sour cherries with a solid tart presence. The last two krieks I had were both Cantillon, so were very sour. This was toned down in comparison, but still plenty to go around

I think I paid close to $14 for this bottle, which is pretty steep. Cheaper than a Lou Pepe, but still steep. I would definitely drink again though. This is great cherry lambic!

Photo of mjc410
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my Lindemans flute, this beer raised a two finger effervescent pink head over a hazy, deeply red and translucent body. It's simply an beautiful beer, as everyone present agreed. The nose is all about sour cherries, with a little bit of lambic funk and a woody scent. Taste is very sour, funky, and full of dry cherries. This is no sweet lambic, but it's far more approachable than the Cantillon varieties. The mouth is very nice - medium bodied, and a bit tingly. It's definitely hard to drink on its own, but paired with food, it shines. Garrett Oliver suggested mole with kriek, and while this isn't a standard kriek, it really worked its magic with a Qdoba chicken mole burrito.

Photo of trep
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from Brawley's Beverage in Charlotte, NC. Mr. Brawley even hooked me up with a De Ranke glass free of charge. Hell of a guy.

Pours from the 750 into the De Ranke glass a murky red with a pink-toned head that slowly spreads into a ring around the glass. Some yeast particles are in suspension and lots of carbonation rising obviously.

DE-licious aroma of sour cherries that make your nostrils pucker. So sweet smelling, I know i'm going to love this beer.

Wow this is one tart and sour beer. From the get-go this beer makes your lips pucker with its tartness. Sour cherries and a funky musty taste coat your mouth and then it finishes as fast as it started. Dry as a bone.

Light bodied and high carbonation. Like a delicious alcoholic cherry soda pop. Pretty easy drinking. It's not too high in alcohol and the fruitiness never really gets mundane.

A solid lambic for sure.

Photo of cypressbob
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, corked and capped

Pours with a dark deep pink body, some ruby highlights, fizzy pink head with fair retention, very effervesant

Smell, thick sour alcoholic cherries, mixed berries, some sour funk, grapefruit and ugly fruit, little lemony too

Taste, fizzy tart cherries, pink grapefruit, crisp sourness on the finish, little bit of warming alcohol, smooth lasting tartness of berries on the finish, lemons too

A fantastic fruit lambic, probably the best i've had to date

Photo of EPICAC
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was in the mood for another sour beer, but didn't want to pay $30-40 each for the two Cantillon beers that Downtown Wine & Spirits carries that I haven't tried. I decided to try Kriek De Ranke, which I've heard good things about. At $15 a bottle it's closer to the right price. I chilled this and served it in one of my New Belgium glasses.

Appearance: Pours a deep hazy red with a fizzy light pink head that fades into a thin layer.

Smell: Sweet cherries, acidic sourness, light yeast and funky barnyard aromas. A lovely balance of fruitiness and lambic funkiness.

Taste: Acidic sourness upfront that persists throughout with sweet cherries that become evident as the sourness fades in the center. The finish is funky with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Tingly carbonation, light-bodied with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Sour, but with enough sweetness to balance.

Overall: An excellent Kriek. The beer has the sourness and funkiness that I like, but it is well balanced by sweetness from the fruit.

Kriek De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
93 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.