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Kriek De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!)

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.

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.

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.


Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
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
4.43/5  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
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
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
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
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
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
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 -5%
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
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +7.6%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its been awhile since I went Belgian even longer since I had a lambic beer for wich Iam not a big fan but I decided on taking a chance on this pretty highly acclaimed on today and Iam glad I did.First off what a pour into a tulip glass a a rosey color with a fluffy pink head that settles slowly into a creamy-like mass with globs of lace behind.A whole lot of stuff going on in the nose a little funk and iron to go along with the sour cherry and vanilla just alot to take in,the flavors are just so much rolled into one starts off big and nearly puckering sour but is stopped abruptly by a cedar wood dryness and iron/metallic note.A nice vanilla pod lends itself well as it melds nicely between the two extremes of this beer.This is a doozy and makes me think more about a style that I didnt care for much before but maybe I havent explored it enough,it might be my beer phase I go into exploring the fruit lambic style.

Photo of orfeu
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL green punted bottle with cork and crown. Lot no. 0005, best before September 2008. Before deciding to drink this tonight, I did a bit of research on Kriek De Ranke. I had no idea it was as rare as it is: 1500 bottles per year. I feel lucky to know at least three places nearby to buy it, all at around $15 each. The bottle was chilled and then set out to sweat for a few minutes before opening. The cork slid out easily enough and proved to be quite moist on the bottom. It feels really old-school to have this bottle sitting in front of me, completely bare with no label after the wrapping is removed... Poured into an Ommegang cervoise, this kriekenbier is a glowing, hazy ruby color with the palest of pink foam caps. Sour cherries are immediately apparent in the nose, along with some puckeringly tart brett aromas, all sharp and funkily tannic. Actually quite thrilling, to be honest. The sour cherries greet the palate at the beginning of the first sip, then they disappear, cowering before an incredibly aggressive smack of sour lambic funk. This really has an unbelievable flavor -- unmistakably a fruit beer, but so terribly dry and crisp I feel like I'm drinking a glass of wine. Honestly, this has the most bone dry finish of any beverage, period, I've ever tried -- save, perhaps a gueuze or two. The undeniable acridity of this beer increases as it warms, turning it into more of a sipper and less of a spring evening refresher, but it otherwise conveys a killer drinkability. I think I'll want to always have a bottle of this around for special occasions.

Photo of soultrain
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of kmcnair
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of AlexJ
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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