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Brouwerij De Ranke

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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 OStrungT
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a slightly cloudy pinkish red color, with a tiny white head that fades instantly, leaving no lace.

This beer smells tart, with a nice cherry aroma. I also smell some funky, earthy yeast. The alcohol is well hidden in the aroms. Damn, this beer smells good!

The beer tastes exactly like it smells. Tart and sour cherries. Some yeasty, earthy funk. It has a great taste to match the aroma.

This beer is sour. It leaves a tart, cherry like aftertaste. It is highly carbonated, suiting the style. Alcohol is hidden throughout.

This beer would make an excelent session beer. It tastes great, and I dont think it could get old. The alcohol content isnt too high, so I can see drinking it all night long.

Overall: This beer is great. I love it. I only wish I had access to it.

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Photo of brdc
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Large capped and corked bottle, poured into a tulip.

Bright red, with a nice light pink head that does not hold very well, some lacing on its wake.
A funky, leathery, earthy smell, along with oak and fruity notes, obviously with cherry dominating. It suggests a very tart beer, and it blossoms from the first sip.
Very tart and acidic, fruity, it is as dry as a fruit beer will ever get.
Surprisingly dry, it might be the best "fruit" beer I ever had; keeps the drinkability high with a lot of funk, tartness and acidity. Not markedly complex, but very satisfying.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
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!

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 into a slender tulip

Generates a big, fluffy, yet short lived light pink head. Keeps a thin ring, but no lacing to speak of. Transparent light red body with pink and peach colored highlights. Very nice to look at.

Aroma of funk (horse blanket), cherry, sour, granny smith apples, and oak, in that order. Some faint red wine vinegar as well. A little sweetness as it warms.

On the palette is a good deal of the same, sour cherries and apple peel, vinegar and such. A long oak and vinegar finish. The sourness is mouthpuckering, and makes for a great experience. A good dry finish as well. Very acidic as well.

The body is a bit thin and dry, and the carbonation is medium to low, which fits the style.

Drinkability, for me, is pretty high. I could see this causing some heartburn, but it's certainly worth it for the experience this beer provides.

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Photo of jakon
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of rastaman
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What an excellent little brew. Has the colour of a Rose wine. The earthy aroma of pinot noir, the vinegary cherry tartness of a good kriek lambic, and a lovely soft oak character, very savoury, and has a refreshing acid sour/bitter flavour. I think this is the ultimate hot weather beer, extremely elegant aswell, a classic.

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Photo of putnam
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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 mynie
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

While this has never been a particularly rare beer (at least not so far as I can tell), I've had a horrible time finding it. Seriously, I think this has been on my "Must Try" list since 2006. And then they just had a stack of them sitting at Binny's, like they were no big deal...

Pours red. A very appealingly natural-looking shade, like actual juice. The head is pale white, almost pink, and aside from Wisconsin Belgian Red I think this is the most delectable pour I've ever seen on a fruit beer.

Smells like fireworks. Gigantic sour cherries combined with oak, cranberry juice, Fruit Roll-ups, and pleasant lambic funk. Tastes just about the same, too. The sourness is just perfect, one or steps back from being cloying, pulling off the rare feat of being very extreme but not seeming too harsh or gimmicky. The more traditional yeasty lambic nodes do a wonderful job of balancing out the cheeksucking sour of the fruit.

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Photo of imblane
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Sour cherries and funk with a distinct barnyard/goaty character that is rare for this style. No hop aroma or other off aromas.

Appearance - A cherry red cloudy color with a two finger off white head and moderate retention, appropriate for the style.

Flavor - Tart cherries dominate the palate with a barnyard funky taste that balances the tartness perfectly. No hop flavor, diacetyl or other off flavors noted. An oak/vanilla sweetness is at the forefront of the palate and then balances the sourness perfectly. World class!

Mouthfeel - Effervescent and well carbonated. A pleasant astringent pucker is apparent but not inappropriate for the style. In a word, delicious!

Overall Impression - A complex fruity, acidic, sour, funky example of the style that is very rare in a the modern day of sweet/fruity examples. World Class!!

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.81/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to G311 for the bottle, 2003 vintage.

A - The pour is rustic looking; its a tannic rosy-pink hue, hazy, and is capped with a very few soapy bubbles.

S - Phenomenal. Even after the better part of a decade, the cherry seems very vibrant and fresh. There is a very clean medicinal/Band-Aid note that borders on pineapple-fruity. The brew is also quite tart, and tips its hand in the bracing aroma, suggesting potent acidity. I cannot really say what type of acidity it is, as it does not smell acetic/vinegar-y nor tremendously lactic; it is more like whatever is in the sour candy such as Warheads and Sour Patch Kids that makes it so puckering. Tannic and astringent oak notes are perceived as well.

T - The flavor is quite intense and exquisitely balanced, which is no small feat given the sheer volume of flavor in this tipple. Cherries are first, foremost, and omnipresent, and even linger upon the palate long beyond the finish. There is a significant presence of oak, but it is limited to wet and musty notes, as well as bitter-tannic-dry notes. The acidity is high, but other than the medicinal tone, I cannot really peg the nature of the acidity; just as with the nose, it reminds me of some combo of malic, citric, fumaric or tartaric acid, and not so much lactic, and not really any acetic. At any rate, it is quite sour. The last pour, most yeasty, is exceptionally face-scrunching. This is an endlessly enjoyable brew, I wish it was in a Jeroboam.

M - The feel is lighter than medium, silky and softly carbonated, works well.

O - Based on my recollection of Dirty Horse (had it 1 month ago) this 2003 bottle of Kriek De Ranke is on a fairly similar level in terms of quality and impressiveness.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another brew sampled with crookedhalo here, deep cherry tone unfiltered cloudy appearance with a nicely formed bubbly pink head, beautiful stuff leaves lacing as it dwindles. Aroma: Tart cherries, awesome wild spices farmhouse influenced funk wonderful artform in a bottle Cantillon comes to mind. Taste: Tart kiss of puckering cherry sour tones, but it's not overkill tear jerking sour refreshing and balanced with the sweet candy like cherry juice the wild yeast and spices added make for an amazing tasting experience. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied absolutely pours like champagne very effervescent great stuff not cloying at all perfect level of tartness. Drinkability: Does an amazing job of keeping this true to lambic tradition but doesn't kill me with tartness excellent balance brings incredible drinkability not too candy not too sour perfect.

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Photo of marburg
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My 750mL bottle was wrapped in a pleasant white paper that was the only labelling at all. You know that it's not a big seller in the States since everything is written exclusively in Flemish and French. ;-) The best before date suggested the brew be consumed before January of 2006 -- which I decided to do. Tonight. In good ol' July 2003.

Popping the cork brings forth a steamy fog, like many corked brews, that bears some resemblance to mist off a swamp. The tart aroma is unavoidable from the very opening of the bottle. The pour reveals a cloudy nearly-blood red with a hint of tan. The head starts fairly big and retreats back to its home fairly quickly -- a definite pop-like head (That's right; I said pop -- not soda. So there!). This one is *lively* like champagne with a torrent of bubbles rising through the beer and popping at the surface with amazing frequency at first.

The tart cherry aroma is the primary focus, but deeper investigation reveals very light hints of cinnamon -- and the tartness is noticeably dull with an almost musty, basement quality.

This fairly light-bodied but effervescent brew is a little thin up front but is very quickly extraordinarily sour with a sour cherry explosion that plows over the tastebuds like a wrecking ball through plaster. The sourness lasts through the finish, which is very crisp and brief.

In the most literal sense, this is a mouth watering beer. The nose is so powerfully aromatic and sour that it really does cause one's mouth to water with expectation of this tart joy. Exceptionally good for a sour brew, this one was a little bit obvious. But it was just so good, it's hard to knock it even a tiny bit for anything at all.

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Photo of dmbfrat420beers
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely dark reddish/pinkish hue with a slightly pink tinged off white head of creamy bubbles. The aromas are excellent and consist of traditional lambic mustiness, lovely ripened sour black cherries (pit, pulp, and flesh), and lovely belgian hops and yeast. The taste is almost better than the aroma! This stuff is sweet, sour, tart, and chalky all at the same time. The flavor consists of hints of black sour cherries, traditional lambic-like sourness, belgian yeast, and fresh citric hops...and more! The moutfheel is sharp, acidic, and extremely effervescent on the tongue and the drinkability is just excellent for a traditional lambic, or a fruit beer. This is truly world-class. Very traditional and oh-so refreshing at the same time. Easily one of the best Kriek biers that I have ever had!

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Photo of moulefrite
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color of the inside of a black cherry, and aromas to boot. At once tart, barnyardy, and way cherry, this brew is all about fine tuned balance. While it screams Belgium lambic, it cries out cherise!! Same in the mouth-a fine sorbet like quality here as the beer cleanses and refreshes at each taste. Flavors balance between cherry, horse blanket, bitter, sour then "au natural" fruit sweetness-very pure and good. This lambic has found a lambic middle gound with its elegance. Never too sweet, nor too tart, nor to blatently wild. A masterfull example of the style.

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Photo of sideshowrob
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this one in a cap-topped cork bottle. The cork was really dry but it was still airtight. Bit of a struggle to get it out.

Beer poured a delicious medium red with a sizzle of tiny bubbles around the rim of the goblet. No head whatsoever. The smell of sour cherries was immediately present, along with a strong tart note.

The beer had a complex but not overwhelming taste, with the sour gueuze, lambic notes and cherries all well in balance. Given this is a blended, aged beer I guess that's to be expected. No hops were harmed in the making of this beer, yet it's far from having any hint of malt domminance. Very nice.

The beer was refreshing and crisp to drink, with a heavy kiss of sour coming mid-sip. This is definately a beer for sour beer drinkers, anyone hoping for a fruity sweet domminance will be let down. This is a sipping beer, but remains light and refreshing to drink. Lovely.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted at the ZBF and was one of the highlights for me at the festival. Perfect appearance with its for ever lasting pink head and redbrown beercolor. Nose was great too. Great cherries in a sour soup with lots of oak and hay. Taste is more or the less the same but the cherries go more into the background and the stable smell is more prominent as the sourness is. Very good kriek with the complexity it shows! Can only say great work mr Giradin and de Ranke! Drinkabillity was great too as it was the only beer a got 2 of in St. Niklaas and thanks Jeroen for bringing me a bottle as well!

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Photo of waughbrew
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to SheepNuts for sharing this beer with our tasting group. The beer was a nice pinkish ruby color wtih just a ring of bubbles left around the rim. No real carbonation or head came through on the pour. Funk funk and more funk come through in the nose. Who put farm animals into my glass? Dancing in the background there are sweet cherry tones as well. I dig the way this beer smells. The flavor is nicely blended. The sour and tart come through first, but just to let me know they are still there. The funkey barnyard flavors were the dominant player in the flavor, and they were awesome. Tones of sweet hay and straw (yes, I have tasted hay and straw) give this beer a great flavor. The cherry is there, but subdued in the background behind the funk. The feel was thin to moderate, with just a slight carbonation. I really did love this beer. The flavors were big and full, but not offensive. I wanted to have a little more from the bottle, but we had to save some for our latecomer. This is a beer I would get again, many times over.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of bowersdm
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle, part of which was poured into a stange.

A - red/pink color with 1cm head. it reminded me of a slightly dark version of cherry 7UP or something of that nature. it appeared to be very carbonated.

S - sour cherries, oak, musty attic, yogurt, grape jelly, lactic acid

T - amazing. fairly/pretty tart sour cherry and oak flavor with lactic acid, yogurt, and a grape jelly-like flavor. the ever-present Brett flavor of musty attic was there, as was a hint of acetic acid/vinegar not noticeable in the nose.

M - very carbonated, which for some reason, I always think enhances the sourness of a beer.

D - amazing beer. definitely my favorite lambic thus far.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a half-finger pink head, which settles into a quarter-finger. Lacing is fully present, spotty and script patterns, which last anywhere from 3-30 minutes, depending. The body is a rose pinkish-red, which is quite lively looking, almost like a sparkling wine, with bubbles continually feeding the surface.

Smell: An array of cherry flavors hits the nose first - cherries flambée, cherry Sucrets, maraschino cherries, dark cherries, cherry pie filling. Really great in that regard. Underneath are a variety of floral aromas that I can't quite distinguish, if for no other reason lack of flower knowledge. Hay, butter, cream, fresh dirt, brett all round out the aroma profile. Very complex, very inviting.

Taste: Cherries again, with all of the above-mentioned varieties holding, but also some other fruit flavors masked in the nose - berries, specifically blueberry, and even a little apple cider or juice-like back end. Sourness, really, is superbly concealed - it is present, but extremely well rounded out. There is very little to no astringency here, which is, in my experience, hard to do in a lambic. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Lively fizz and fruit. Very little astringency. Slight sour tastebud activation.

Drinkability: Fascinatingly, very drinkable.

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Photo of orfeu
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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