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Kriek De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

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Reviews: 242
Hads: 454
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 95
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij De Ranke
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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 eric5bellies
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice hazy ruby colour with a pink head that characteristicly dies very fast and laces a little.

S - Very tart aroma and mixed with cherries and a little funk.

T - Nice a sour up front before giving way to some balanced sweet cherries and yeast. Very nice finish indeed.

M - Light toi medium body and medium to full carbonation

O - A very decent sour this, and very well balanced in sour and sweet cherries.

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Photo of craytonic
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Ruby-amber hazy pour with an enormous blood-pink head that quickly fades, leaving no lacing

Aroma: Exciting. Tart cherries, balsamic vinegar, oak, and vanilla.

Taste: Slightly sweet; the tart cherries and black cherries dominate, followed by wet leather, balsamic vinegar, oak, vanilla and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Great, light spritzy carbonation accentuates the sour

Overall: Not a Cantillon, but a great kriek. If I get another I will cellar it a few years.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a tulip.
7% ABV, Best before end 09 2015, "Date of bottling is 5 years prior to the best before date".

Thanks to Sweemzander for this quick tick as I headed through town, a la NickD-style. :P

A - The vibrant ruby red beer is slightly hazy in color with a poorly retained pink fluffy head. Light smatterings of lace are left adorning the glass.

S - The aroma is full of fresh, tart, crushed cherries and cherry skin. A mild malt backing is offset by the subtle funk aroma of the yeast.

T - Sour opening but the flavor is thin and flat with a low backing of malt. Cherry tartness blends well with the nice yeast funk.

M - Deliciously sour but still balanced, not too bold. Tart, funky, dry, and refreshing.

O - It's a brew that's decent all around and drinkable but not very exciting. Not that every beer needs to be complex, but the flavor is just a bit on the thinner side with this one.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Man, I'm excited to finally get to try this... I eyed this for several months before finally grabbing the last one off of the shelves...

Poured into my new Lost Abbey tulip/goblet.

This opened without the slightest sound at all but produced a gentle head atop a pale reddish liquid...

Aromas are heavy on the funk and earthiness... Faint cherries present but this one is all about the barnyard. They aren't all that pungent to begin with really... Slightly vinegary as well...

Starts tart and fruity with a lingering earthy funk in the background. Not overwhelmingly sour or tart. Fairly straightforward fruit with some vinegar aspects.

I was hoping for a touch more here... Maybe I should have waited a bit longer?

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Photo of sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a stemmed glass. 09/2015 best before date (09/2010 Bottled date).

(A)- Pours a deep blood red color that produced a good pink frothy head with decent retention and lace.

(S)- Nice dry tartness with an obvious funky brett aspect. Lots of ripe sour fruits too. Earthy.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Primarily has a brett funk to it with decent tart fruits. Finishes dry.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Dry and fruity with lots of funk to it thanks to the brett profile. Smooth and almost has a crisp feel too.

(D)- A good example, yet really has nothing too complex about it. Its just a great drinker and very easy to enjoy sip after sip.

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Photo of deapokid
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thin, hazy, cherry-colored body with light, spritzy carbonation and a tiny ring of bubbles on top. Reminiscent of a wine or sangria; fruity and lively.

Scent packs in a profound amount of cherry. There's a heavy sourness with a sniff of vinegar astringency, but it's all buoyed by a mild maltiness and sweet fruit flavors.

The scent definitely foreshadowed the flavor. The tartness and pucker are quite a shock to the system, followed by a concluding funkiness and must that take on a certain fishiness (this isn't a bad thing). The dryness may bring a hint of booze but that plays well with the sourness and manages to make it a unique and complex lambic.

The liquid itself is quite thin, but the champagney bubbles show off the fruit, tart and musk. It masterfully displays all of its characteristics.

I didn't know the ABV at the time, but the way I drank the 25 oz. bottle made me think it was pretty benign. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that this this might be my favorite Kriek. It's refreshing and tart, but never one-dimensional.

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Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a 1 or 2-year old bottle (lost track of the cellaring) with a few friends. While the cherry kriek aspect was very mild, there was a wonderfully rich sour character that was big but perfectly balanced.

It reminds me of the great fruit sours coming out of Cantillon so much so that I wonder if they supplied any of the base beer. The sour puckering isn't too strong, but you can certainly feel it at the back of your jaw. The tart cherry is mixed with biting lemon and almost floral barnyard funk.

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Photo of Bree8966
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! When poured, the cloudy rose color is stunning with a nice little short lived pink head.

The aroma...You are greeted with intense tart cherry, strawberry and a slight vinegar nose. One whiff and my mouth was watering with anticipation for that first sip.

It has the wonderful tart cherry flavor you expect, but so much more. Add to the tart cherry some sour/tart strawberry and balsamic vinegar. The sourness was pleasant without overwhelming you. It is not quite as acidic as you would think from the first smell.

Crisp and medium body and oh so delicious. I would definitely recommend this and drink it again.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage. When I popped the top I was temporarily horrified. It had a ring of green puss with grey and red in the center. Wine drinkers would be horrified. But Wild Ales drinkers rejoice! There's funk in that bottle!

Pours a cloudy ruby body with a short lived fizzy pink head.

Aromas of tart cherry, raspberries, fruit driven, but with notes of balsamic vinegar the sourness is not lacking. My mouth is watering with anticipation. With my second glass, a warmer bottle revealed strong notes of dirty gym socks. The second half is much funkier than the first.

Yes! The whole, fresh, Polish cherries lend a hint of sweetness before quickly turning sour. Red wine vinegar takes over mid palate with a burst of acidity. The finish is sour pink grapefruit. Oak mellows and rounds the intensity, but this a very acidic beer. Not mouth puckering, but close. Newbies beware.

Crisp carbonation, medium body, seems to suit the beer very well.

If only more Lindemans Kriek drinkers could appreciate beer like this. Best kriek I have tasted. Better than drie fonteinen oude kriek, cantillon kriek or boon kriek. I have not tried Schaerbeekse Kriek, but I'm guessing this one is close. An honor to enjoy. Worldclass stuff.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Best before 04 2013. Poured into a tulip glass an opaque reddish color with a slight collared pinkish head. The aroma has a nice semi-sweet cherry along with some funk. The taste is nice and sour with a nice sweet cherry balance. Light mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Not extremely sour but sour enough to garner a slight pucker. Pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red with a tight head. The aroma is barnyard and fresh cherries presenting a pleasant tartness and a nice sourness. There is also this really beautiful floral note in there as well. The flavor has tons of fresh cherry tartness along with a big sour character and a mild bit of vinegar. The finish is a tad salty but somehow that works. The mouth feel is sprizy and almost champagne like at times.

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Photo of samie85
3.44/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes; originally 11/19/10.

A-Pours a strawberry color with a one finger, pinkish head.

S-Really sour, tart smelling with some funk and a bit of lemon.

T-A lot of sour, tart, lactic cherries with some lemon, the slightest hint of sweetness, and some leather.

M-Light bodied with medium to heavy carbonation.

D-One of the more sour, one dimensional fruit lambics I've had.

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Photo of beerhan
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle with no markings on it, just a paper sleeve. Bottled in December 2005. Poured into a snifter with a thin white head that dissipates rather quickly but carbonation is still very present after five years. Comes out a lovely grapefruit color with such strong cherry notes. Tastes very tart and fruity. Mostly cherry but it has a lot of geuzzyness to it that really stands out. Feels great in the mouth but still makes your eyes cringe a little. Incredibly drinkable. I need more.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward to popping this one open. The plain bottle conceals a sparkling red beer with present but minimal foam.

It smelled like sour funky cherries immediately upon opening. Has the smell of a beer with intense lacto sourness, and a bit of sweat and a little horse shit too. Even somewhat perfumey as it warms. Very nice.

Oh yeah, high sourness on this one, it approaches Cantillon's 100% Kriek with pucker-ocity. Explodes in your mouth like a Warhead. Sweetness at or near zero. Sour cherry upfront, hints of sweat and leather at the back end.

While it doesn't give the appearance of being tremendously carbonated, there is plenty enough of it, and the carbonation present is on par with that of the best lambics.

Kriek de Ranke is no beginner sour. This is intense and tasty. Right up there with the highly coveted Cantillons and Drie Fonteinens, nearly as good as Kriek gets.

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Photo of Kaldak
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite Lambic's. I love how the paper reveals a plain bottle so you can pretend you are trolling 16th century Europe.

It helps that the beer is very well done, with a great sour taste and the sweetness is subtle without overwhelming. The color is a nice burgundy and I prefer it in a tulip.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 75cl (750ml) bottle at De Bierkoning and poured it into a Geuze Boon branded glass. Bottled on - April 2008.

Printed on the wrapper around the bottle: Unfiltered & Unpasturized - On base of old Flemish beer, Lambic and sour cherries - Ingredients: barley malt, wheat, hops, sour cherries, sugar, yeast and water.

A: Pours an amazing light cherry red hue with almost a brownish tint to it, big bubbles that cling in clusters along the inside of the glass and surprisingly no head and no lace.

S: Sweet and funky wood with strong sour fruit aromas (obviously from the cherries).

T: Similar to the smell but the sour funk is even stronger (old books and leather), with a dry woody sweetness that is absolutely amazing - really surprised with how pronounce the cherries are without having any sweetness, but at the same time, not tasting unripened or bitter. The cherries somehow dominate while still remaining perfectly balanced - A+

M: Extremely dry and smooth (like a quality champagne), light bodied with small vigorous bubbles that roll across the palate perfectly.

D: In my 21 years of drinking beer, this is the easiest drinking, most pleasant Lambic I have ever had the pleasure of tasting.

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Photo of kkipple
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Prototypic for sending me this months and months ago, finally got 'round to cracking it with friends in the first cool days of Autumn. The 750ml bottle reads 04 - 2013, which would make this a 2008 vintage. The bottle fill is absurdly high - delightful!

A. After removing the classy white wrapper, the beer is cracked and poured from a heavy dark green bottle into my dependable little Tripel Karmeliet glass. The beer is a very attractive and regal blood-orange red, clear with a tiny head, and with bubbles that stick to the glass beneath the surface. Easily as pretty as they get.

S. Hmm... Tart! A sharp tart-funk up front (but more tart than funk) is a real eye-opener, and this is before the delicious, bold cherry-sweetness hits. Rich and clean, this is quite engaging, and with only hints of oak and a slight metallic tinge, the real star is the lush sour fruit. Nothing wrong here.

T. Quite tart - sour lactic - but not too intense or overbearing. Lemon, some reserved funk, and clean. After the initial shock, the waves of rich cherry flavor flood in and stick around long into the mouth-puckering finish. The flavor fills the mouth and is very, very good. The Girardin here is evident. Nothing ground-breaking here, simply a classic Kriek and one that can stand up to anything from Cantillion or Drie Fonteinen.

M / D. Fine carbonation, really quite perfect, and a long, dried out cherry-tart finish that fades out with panache.

Kriek De Ranke is really about as good as I've had for the style; a wonderful blend that avoids being too sour or too funky and gives up lots of red-cherry tart lovin' pretty much all night. Highly recommended for the sour-fruit beer lover.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly brightened pink cherry color with a white head that is ever so slightly tinted pink. Smell is dominated by cherries, but isn't quite as pungent as offerings from Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen. Mild bit of funk, but nothing extraordinary at this point. Taste is again, loads of cherries, and is well integrated with the sourness and hints of earth. Mouthfeel is slightly dry, but certainly not overly so. Good sourness level with just a bit of acetic character. Drinkability is quite smooth. If this were easier to come by around here, it just might become a staple.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours apple-skin red with a half finger of light pink head.

The aroma is dusty/musty up front with a nice sour cherry backbone. Notes of pear, acetone, leather boots, and pool water. Nice.

The flavor is attic corner and apple skin up front. Lots of vinegar in the finish. The cherries aren't huge but they lend nicely to the finish. I also pick up some horse blanket and lipstick.

The body is medium, carbonation is a bit stingy, and this is dry as desert sand. I would describe it as more tart than sour, although there is definitely a distinct sourness on the back of the throat.

Overall this is a fine kriek. Perhaps not as subtle and delicate or as blisteringly sour and fruity as some of the top examples, but a fine beer that is worth the high purchase price for sure.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright red colour - very hazy, with pink-tinged white head. Lace is speckled, fairly thin. Yeah, looks odd, but not bad. I mean it's suitable for style. But it's odd, like the style.

Yeah, very sour nose, lots of cherry character, some cheese rind funk to it as well. Hints of red vinous notes, tart and acidic with a slight tomatoey note lingering at the back. Not bad.

Taste is very sour, fruity, with lots of tomatoey boldness to it coupled with mottled hints of cherry. The tart cherry juice character and bits of bitter cherry skin flavours come through on the mid, but that tomatoey aspect just won't leave my mind. Fairly refreshing, with nice fruity characters and a good hit of funk on the back. Crisp and tart. Pretty nice.

Has a good, firm body to it. Slightly puckering on the back though.

I'm not a big fan of the style, but if you're in the mood for a sour, cherry-flavoured beer this is one to look for.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome paper-covered presentation. A big 750ml bottle that opens with a bare hiss. It looks impressive before I've even laid eyes on it poured.

Once it's in my glass, it's a very pleasant ruby red coloured brew, with a fine-bubbled and surprisingly heavy head of pink foam. Body is very thick, leaving some static bubbling when swirled. Very dense for a kriek. I like it a lot. I'm not sure I've ever had such a heavy kriek lambic before.

Nose is classically lambic. Big sour tart notes, although there's not a huge amount of cherry here. Still, it's extremely stylistically true, and has some wonderfully fresh and fragrant characters.

Taste is much in the same vein. Great classic and sour characters, with a refreshingly dry back palate. Cherry is present throughout, but only giving a subtle twang to the lambic sourness, which reigns throughout. Finish is indeed very dry. Mouthfeel is crisp and tart, verging on puckering without going to that extreme.

This is a very nice beer, and one that has to be respected for the expertise which went into making it so drinkable. I've had some intense and almost undrinkable lambics, but this does a good job of balancing character and intensity with drinkability.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 vintage, as the best by date is in 2008, and the paper wrapping claims, in Dutch, that the beer was brewed five years before this date, I think.

Pours a clear, pinkish amber with a small head that retains and laces pretty well for a Kriek.

The aroma is quite interesting and full of lightly fruity, musty and earthy notes, with a sort of mineral zing that I've never before experienced.

The flavor is quite tart, though very well-balanced and smooth. This is a sour beer, but with the age on this bottle, the flavors have mellowed and made for a Kriek-Lambic that is not overpowering or too puckering. There's sort of a non-descript fruity acidity, as most of the real cherry flavor has dissipated by this point, leaving behind a beer with almost no trace of sweetness. Bit of strawberry. Incredibly dry and acidic. I really like how this drinks, and the mouthfeel was light and somewhat spritzy, with superfine bubbles.

I know that a lot of people don't believe in aging Krieks, but I think this beer is outstanding with seven years on it. Could probably do ten, or more-- who knows?

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Photo of Xul
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright, translucent ruby with some pink highlights around the edges, capped by one finger of frothy, light pink head. Retention is poor as it dissipates almost immediately, leaving some scant lacing atop the beer.

S: Moderate lactic acidity up front with a strong cherry character, blending both sweet and sour fruit components. Some light musty funk hangs in the background but the cherries and acidity are dominant.

T: As with the nose, lactic acidity is up front but a combination of lemon zest and juice join it. Sour cherries come in strong on the mid-palate along with some faint pears, before some light sweet cherry character and barnyard funk come in late to provide some balance. Long finish of dark, musty cherries with a light lactic acidity on the edges.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, feels lively on the tongue without feeling over carbonated.

D: In spite of the solid lactic acidity, the sour aspect feels somewhat restrained and it goes down remarkably easy. No sign of the 7% ABV and has a refreshing feel.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a slightly hazed dark red color with a short lived light pink head.

S: A nice lactic bite on the nose along with some semi-sweet, semi-sour cherry aromas. Slightly musty and barnyard funk notes, but not all that powerful.

T: A really wonderful sour cherry flavor is present right away. The lactic acidity is really pleasant and provides a bit of a lemon flavor. The funk is again subtle, but provides a nice balance.

M: The body is medium with a plentiful carbonation that tingles the tongue quite nicely.

D: So pleasant, refreshing, and easy to drink. I'll take another one of these any day.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. Bottled April 2008.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is unmistakably kriek, with notes of tart cherries and some oak. The flavor is tart cherries, oak, vanilla and some funk. The beer is very dry, very tart and very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Kriek De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
94 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.