Kriek De Ranke | Brouwerij De Ranke

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Kriek De RankeKriek De Ranke

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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 Hallu
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I usually don't like krieks, because there's too much fruit. But this one is different, much more balanced, less sour than most krieks. It is complex and a delight to drink. The best kriek out there to me.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Hazy red

S - funky horse blanket, vinous

T - Brett delight. A bit of cherry but a lot of citrus mostly lemon. A bit hoppy for a kriek. The malt is present but very lightly. Very complex taste

M - Subtle carbonation

O - An unique beer. A brett forward kriek. It has nothing to compare to 3 fonteinen or Cantillon krieks. It's sour at first but it's not too sour. A must try

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Photo of Jwale73
3.57/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Expires 12/8/20 printed on the cap (bottled in 2015). Pours the color of ruby grapefruit juice with a hazy clarity and copious tiny bubbles effervescing in solution. Head is bright white and frothy and quickly dissipates towards the edges. Nose is a bit dull - muted cherry and allspice. Taste is a bit reminiscent of a Yankee candle - spicy, cinnamon, waxy and dull cherry. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with an almost still carbonation. Overall - meh. Not much cherry present for a kriek. All and all somewhat disappointing.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-draught @ Moeder Lambic.

Lovely kriek I wish I had more time to write about...tart cherries, powdered sugar. Soft mouthfeel, refreshing and mellow. Balanced and we'll built. Great tartness, Subtle sourness. Good depth of flavour.

Really a must-try in the kriek style. I need to revisit this in finer grain - it's just an excellent brew.

Low B (3.55) / GOOD

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

75cl bottle. Deep burgundy red, with a medium height, light red head that gives way to a very thin lacing. Smells of lambic funk, macerated cherries, vinegar, cider. Tastes sour and a funky, mouldy bitter, with notes of sour cherries, sherry and a touch of vinegar. Light bodied and medium carbonation. A very interesting lambic, not as dry or as sour as the ones from Cantillon, and maybe a bit more complex.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A web-release at Systembolaget, Sweden January 28, 2016. Only 336 bottles was released in Sweden and I got two of them :)

Brouwerij De Ranke is one of my favorite brewery and I'm sure this beer will be great one!

I pours hazy, ruby-red with almost no head and no lacing on the tulip sniffer.

Nose: Red fruit, tart cherries, funk, vinegar, oak, vanilla and some Belgian yeast.
Taste: Sour and sweet. cherries , raspberries, oak, minerals and cranberry.
Mouthfeel: Fresh and crisp! Light carbonation. Medium body. Dry ending.

A very drinkable Kriek!

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dense, almost-opaque purple/punk with some pink-ish head that recedes quickly to some lacing around the glass.

Smells almost . . . sweaty? With a bit of copper, some almost chlorine scent? Definite vinegar. Tart cherries, Vinous. Milky.

Taste is, again, funky, almost sweaty. Soapy? Sour cherries, slight milkiness, balsamic vinegar. The alcohol is noticeable beneath the layers of sweet and tart and funky. Moderate body, moderate-high carbonation.

Your enjoyment of this will hinge on what you make of the slightly funky/sweaty/chemical scent and taste. Get beyond that and it's lovely (the cherry flavour is not quite as pronounced as others I've had in the style, it's not quite so sweet). If you can't, this is going to turn you right off.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip 14/9/15

A hazy dark red liquid with a large pink foam, I'm loving the color, the head sits around for a few sips leaving a couple partial rings

S lots of wet wood, cheesy funk, just a hint of vinegar, lots of cherries, a little raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, wet moldy basement, its very musty stuff with heaps of fruit

T more vinegar, still plenty of wet wood, not the same level of fruit the nose had, some lemon rind, cherries are sour and tart

M has a little sour pucker, lighter side of medium, fluffs up and flattens out, tannin like grit all over the mouth, funky, fruit lingers

O its a great example of the style and the couple extra percent are completely hidden, I could've gone higher for taste or smell so a little jacked up here

I could've swore I'd reviewed this one before but what do I know? I thought this one was solid start to finish and I'm a little surprised its mot more sought after

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Photo of FLima
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber red pinkish color with a fluffy pink head with short retention. It gets brown in the last pour.
Funky sour and vinous aroma with notes of horse sweat, sulfur, cherries, cranberries and mold. Strong in the very first minutes than becomes softer. Aging this is a trade between nose and mouth and I would choose mouth...
Intense sour flavor with notes of sulfur, lemon with peel, sour cherries, vinegar, unripe green grapes, quite earthy, dank wood, a pinch of salt though more like Eno Sodium bicarbonate, cranberries, quinine and raspberries. Despite the fruit addition, this is less sweet than any regular beer. Puckery dry, though not aggressive, aftertaste with an acid and must finish.
Light body with appropriate carbonation for the style. Alcohol of 7% is no way there.
Very complex and bold Kriek, still not unbalanced and with an earthy and vinous character (this last one might come from Rodenbach yeast reuse of the first batches when the brewery would give their prop yeast). Nice surprise once the fruit is not much present as appropriate for the style. It sure resides in the top bar for Krieks. I had been cellaring this for a while and it was now close to their best date, it resulted in a much attenuated Kriek. I understand there is a limitation of just 1500 bottles per year (due to the yeast story above); I am glad that Brazil has received more than its fair share. The big bottle went down easily and I sure could have had more.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours out almost still. Deep red/purple. Head fizzes up and then dies. Smells strongly of cherries. Underneath you pick up some lambic notes: brett/lacto and mustiness. The beer base comes out more strongly in the flavor. I get lots of bacterial and yeast character, supported by cherries, which dominate towards the middle-end. Dry. Earthy yeast in the aftertaste. Nice tartness. Mouthfeel is ligt bodied. I would have liked more carbonation. Another awesome beer from De Ranke. Great kriek.

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Photo of aleigator
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Has a beautiful, saturated cherry-red color, with a hazy glow to it.

I don't even have to put my nose into the glass, as the whole kitchen starts to smell of funky sour cherries, while pouring the beer. The aromas combine the Flanders Red Ale vinegar, funky tartness, with a distinct Kriek fruitiness of ripe sour cherries outstandingly well. Wooden qualities compliment to the sweet cherries, adding an earthy cherry-stone note.

Tastes of slightly tart cherries among earthy, barely noteable malts. A crisp note of lemon peel, as well as a higher carbonation invite the funk, which turns quite sour, with a dry aspect to it, while it never overpowers the cherries. Instead, the cherries seem to rejuvenate, while the sourness increases, evoking a refreshing spriziness. The sour aspect includes a fermented fruit note, as well as a glimpse of vinegar, among wooden malts, which turn more recognizable towards the finish, together with sweet, ripe cherries, as the funk settles down. A fruity, slick cherry flavor remains on the tongue for a longer while, with the sourness already faded.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours ruby, hazy, half finger light pinkish head, quickly bombarded by fizziness, reduced to a line thin lacing.
Sour smell from afar, lots of lemon, some tart cherries also, but especially lots of balsamic vinegar and bit funky green hay and grass. A hint of barrel in the smell too, with a bit of old wine.
The 70% part of the beer dominates, with a huge sourness (at least at first), tons of lemon zest, with a nice cherry undertone, and again, vinegar. Barnyard funk straight from the start, lots of green hay, mold, funky herbs, gets more "rural" with horseblanket later on. Big chewy bitter grassiness, small hint of amaretto/marzipan. Unripe grape/dry wine in the finish, with a nice dry woody barrel showing too.
Light bodied, maybe a bit watery, decent carbonation. Aftertaste filled with funky notes, but with a minimum of cherry.
Not what you would expect from a "kriek", with the fruit present just to enrich a little bit, so don't get fooled by the name. Funkiness/sourness might seem a bit straightforward and simple too, but for me it just seemed.. perfected.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.34/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bright cherry red color yields a cloudy body but a bright white head of intense fizz. There's a tart cherry nose but mostly I get a strong mineral rock aroma. The flavor is light, tart natural cherry sweet but the minerally taste comes rushing through. It's like sucking on a rock. The feel is easy, not too sour but slightly acidic. I love a sour or a lambic or for that matter nearly every fruit based beer but not this one.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
3.09/5  rDev -26.8%
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?

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Photo of Tele
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of macher0
4.31/5  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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer is deep reddish-pink in colour. A small white head is gone quickly.

Nose is very funky- surprisingly so. Cherry is there, of course, but also lots of horse blanket-like scents. Nice, but maybe a bit much.

Like the nose, the flavour is very funky. Tonnes of horse blanket and dry funk. A bit cheesy. Quite dry. Cherry is obviously there as well.

Very dry and astringent. The mouth loses all of its moisture. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated.

Overall, pretty good, but the funk overpowers the cherry, for me.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Moeder Lambic, enjoyed chilled in a De Ranke Goblet.

The color is deep red almost burgundy with medium fuschia bright pink head with very fine bead some lace sticks as retention is good. The smell has a lot of wild yeast esters with mix of deep cherry sweetness and sour odors with mild alcohol and sweet woody odor with some mild yeast funk.The feel is very sour without an abundance of tart fruit, mild sweet secondary texture with light funk and moderately carbonated with lingering sour after dry mostly clean sournesss in finish.

The flavor is cherry and bright fruitiness up front with tangy juicy and slight tannic wiht a lemony sour element and wood spice with fruity funk and light lactic tang in the taste with a mild malt sweetness underscoring the aggressive sour flavor in the background. Overall the taste of cherry is very good in the mix with unique sour and funky mix of wild yeast, wood and bacteria doing a good job to make a complex yet drinkable fruit lambic

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Photo of fdig23
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle.

Appearance: thought this looked kind of ugly. Color of a bad bruise with a slightly purple head. Definitely unique.

Nose: Lots of fresh, sweet, fruit. Juicy raspberry, blueberry, and cranberry. The cherry doesn't come through until the end and its sort of a candy black cherry aroma. A bit of a floral note over everything.

Taste: More fresh berries. The sourness comes through here though. Tart cranberry and cherry, rich, almost savory raspberry. There's a hint of flowers and grape skins as the fruit subsides. Finishes with a lingering cherry jam sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Really nice here. Big and thick. Perfect for all the fresh berry flavors going on.

Overall: Don't come into this one expecting a true kriek. The high alcohol and juicy berry flavors make it come off more like an American fruit beer, but a very well executed one. It doesn't have that trademark kriek funk and complexity but it definitely works as a sweet and sour sipper.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Moeder

Looks reminiscent of the Cuvee. Just a beautiful deep red and pink head.

Lots of cherries and funk. Can't ask for much more. Light sweetness is present in the aroma and taste. The tartness sings through your mouth and towards the back before disappearing with the beer down the throat. There is some oak in your dry mouth. Grapefruit in the nose as well. big brett in the nose.

Has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied and carbonated.

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Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a nice bright clear red with thin layer of white head. Nose is relatively funky up front with a heavy amount of cherry and vanilla to follow. A bit of oak and vinegar come through as well. The taste is absent of the funk that the nose featured. Incredibly tart up front, nice cherry quality throughout. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin with moderate carbonation. Overall, very tasty.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, just a sittin' there on Alberta beer store shelves...

This beer pours a somewhat hazy, dark magenta hue, with two fingers of tight, foamy pink head, which bleeds away at a consistent, accelerated rate, leaving a few random swaths of arched lace around the glass.

It smells unexpectedly up front of bready, grainy malt, before the middling sour, acetic cherry 'fruitiness' makes itself known, with a further mild earthy funkiness, and some ethereal leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet, and equally semi-tart, black cherry juice (very redolent of that backyard cherry liqueur my Polish friend made a few years ago), some additional acerbic lemon character, a bit of astringent, woody funk, and tame earthy, leafy hops. No evidence of any of the extra few points of booze.

The carbonation is a tad fizzy, but generally unobtrusive, the body a near-medium weight, and actually fairly smooth, another sign of the overall effects of the understated tartness. It finishes more or less dry, the muffled sourness of the fruit outweighing any hopeful strains of sweetness that may still be inadvisably lingering.

A splendid, and rather approachable cherry lambic - the intensity of the main players (for the style) at least somewhat restrained, though hardly ignored, so I can heartily recommend this for the nascent beerophile's entry into this very heady world of beer appreciation.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a Kriek Flute glass.

A: Pours this dark reddish cherry color forming a medium rose aired head which dissipates quite quickly leaving many chunks of foam in the borders of the lass. Good formation of lacings

S: Smells like a good Lambic, I mean, very fruity and sour. Strong cherry juice in the nose. Lambic yeasts are a must

T: Follows the nose. Fruity and sour. Cherry tart. Sweet malts and Lambic yeasts. A bit metallic. Upfront in kindly sweet but, in overall, a dry taste beer. However, quite delicate and smooth too

M: Light body. Medium to low carbonation. Sour mouthfeel and aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Great Lambic. A winner

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Photo of ehammond1
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Pink and ruby in color with a distinctly pink head that doesn't last for too long, and eventually leaves lots of spotted stick down the glass.

The aroma is very cherry-forward, with a mild funk accompaniment. There's a touch of tannic oak as well, but the cherries and funk are dominant.

The flavor too is filled with lots of sour cherry, moderately level of sourness, and mild funk. It's all very well integrated and quite tasty.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

A very nice kriek, though it doesn't rank with the finest in the world.

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