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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
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke visit their website

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 EspressoGuy
3.1/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

from bottle cap: EXP 09/06/17
A: tahiti treat!; cranberry juice; translucent
S: kind of wet cardboard, not getting much cherry or much of anything
T: tart but not too much; not a lot of cherry character and what is there is pretty lean; slightly musty finish that is not appealing; just a touch of sourness; not a lot of flavour but what's there is quite interesting; finishes fast
M: light bodied, elegant,
O: This beer really doesn't do much for me at all. Not a lot of flavour or complexity, very little aroma, beautiful mouthfeel but all-in-all kind of disappointing. Did I miss something/ Drink it too soon?

EspressoGuy, May 17, 2014
Photo of Beervana
4/5  rDev -5%

Beervana, May 17, 2014
Photo of jacewg
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

jacewg, May 16, 2014
Photo of Danny1217
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Danny1217, May 08, 2014
Photo of Maillard
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Maillard, May 07, 2014
Photo of Tele
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml Bottle Consumed 4/26/14

A: 4.5 Pours reddish pink with a fairly large light pink head that dissipates quickly. Pretty hazy.

S: 4.5 Lots of tart cherries and funk as soon as the beer hits the glass. Belgian yeast is in the background with a little vanilla and oak.

T: 4 Quite tart at first with a bit of sweetness following. Mostly get cherries (and maybe some raspberries), oak, and a bit of funk. Lemon and herbs show up later on as well. Pleasant medicinal flavor at the end with some light bitterness too.

M: 4 Seems a little light at first, but opens up a bit and coats the palate after a moment. Has a nice, dry finish.

O: 4.25 Really nice beer all around. I really like the way the acidity and fruit play off one another while remaining balanced.

Tele, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of evil_liver
4.25/5  rDev +1%

evil_liver, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of samEBC
4/5  rDev -5%

samEBC, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of akang
4/5  rDev -5%

akang, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +1%

SocalKicks, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of CoolEthan
4/5  rDev -5%

CoolEthan, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of JefferyYoung
4.25/5  rDev +1%

JefferyYoung, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of SierraJosh
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

SierraJosh, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of macher0
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to tulip. Thanks to Jake_ramrod for the share.

A. Bright ruby red. Almost translucent, with some haziness. Ours a thick, light red fine-bubble head that retreats to a rim and film.

S. Tart. Sour yeast and light malts. A little fruity.

T. Tart. Sour yeast, neutral oak, cherries, persimmons, dust, and a little mineral.

M. High carbonation. Very smooth. Light body. A little syrupy.

O. A very nice sour kreik. A little syrupy but this ale holds it own with some of the heavy hitters from Belgium. he price seems reasonable. If I were in the mood for a kriek I would likely go for this again. This is likely something I would not keep in the cellar. Aging may help, but it seems good to go.

macher0, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of budsandsuds8
4/5  rDev -5%

budsandsuds8, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Sparky44, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

an excellent kriek specimen here, like waffle cherries from dennys, or rather pie filling cherries, bright red in color, just like the fruit that shades it. heady too, an inch or so high and surprisingly white for a pink beer. haze and some little yeast stones, pebbles i should say, sexy all up. the nose here is semisweet cherries, the label says only 30% lambic blended, they probably could have taken this to 40, at least for my palate, not as sour as it could be, but pleasantly tart and mouthwatering nose, better and better as it warms. the fruit is desserty, long lasting, and only a little sugar laden. tartness doesn't show up until the very end, but it is clearly lambic, oaky, open fermented, and funked out as it is puckery, a joy to drink, where the sweetness just balances. moderate carbonation is appropriate, more of a winter kriek for me, but a very well made one, and probably worth the 15 bucks they ask for it. refreshing but medium bodied, and somewhat of an all day fruit beer, where the sour and the sugar find a happy and patient equilibrium. solid example of the style, cool blending, and suitable for cellaring.

StonedTrippin, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Kelp, Mar 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

MSandahl23, Feb 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

mc4z, Feb 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Feb 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

kjkinsey, Jan 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Texasfan549, Jan 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

GJ40, Jan 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

rolltide8425, Jan 19, 2014
Kriek De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
94 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.