Kriek De Ranke | Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke

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Kriek De RankeKriek De Ranke

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Brouwerij Brasserie 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2002

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Photo of OStrungT
5/5  rDev +19%
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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4.99/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Superb. Bucket list beer. Buy me a case.

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Photo of brdc
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
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 +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!

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4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
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 +16.2%
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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4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
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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4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
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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4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
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 +15%
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 +14.8%
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 +14.5%
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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4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
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 +13.6%
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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Kriek De Ranke from Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke
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