Kriek De Ranke | Brouwerij De Ranke

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke
Belgium
deranke.be

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
481
Reviews:
249
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9.24%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle brought in and brewed earlier in year. Good till 2015. Quick fading head, more red than pink. Aroma more strawberry than cherry. Intense flavour, acidic, above-average carbonation. Sourness, but not mouth puckering, very drinkable. Even others at meal sampled it without their eyes bulging. Interesting although mildly disapointing based on its high rank.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at drewone’s tasting.

Pours a slightly cloudy bright red with a reddish-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour, tart, and funky cherry aromas and a slight metallic note for some reason. Taste is pretty much the same without metallic flavors, but there is a slight medicinal flavor I am picking up. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good sour beer with a better taste than smell in my opinion.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy ruby red in color. It poured with a finger high pink head that died down, leaving a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of sour cherries in the nose; neither the sourness nor the fruit are overpowering.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of cherries and a light amount of sourness. Some of the sourness lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because it has a good balance between fruit flavors and sourness and does not have any traces of alcohol in the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yea, cellaring this beer went absolutely nowhere. I couldn't even wait a week.

The beer pours with a bright zinfindale ruby, pink, and peach colors. The efforvescent carbonation releases a short lived and somewhat fizzy head that reduces to a trace quickly. Moderate haze keeps the beer glowing and whimsical.

Tart cherries is all in the nose. Mouthwatering and clinches the jawls. Vineous, leathery, berry-like, and pleasantly sour. Modest aromas of horse blanket and musty attic decorate the nose. Acidity tickles the nose while light notes of vinegar and red wines finish lastly.

The flavor is like biting into a ripe black cherry. No confectionate sweetness to buffer the tartness. This beer is all cherries all the way. The Brett yeast disolves much of the maltiness and sweetness, allowing for a super clean cherry and vineous blend of flavors. Lemons, under-rippened berries, and other acidic fruits provide a pleasant undertone to the cherries. Much cleaner taste without the musty flavors that the nose suggests.

Quite thin from the acidity, vineous, astringent, and 7% abv. (more than most Lambics exhibit). The Brett yeasts just cut through any would-be maltiness or sweetness. Fully attenuated for a crisp, clean sourness. No hop bitterness is required as there is plenty of complexity and balance here already.

Finishes with a burst of cherries and a light vinegar note. This might be as good as Krieks get. No soda-pop sweetness to apease the masses, this beer is true to its traditional for. And nice restraint on the hops for the brewery.

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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 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Plain green 750mL bottle wrapped in white paper with red text.

Pours a gorgeous deep reddish-brown, that's nearly opaque in the glass. Pastel pink raspberry sherbet foam. Head recedes to form a white ring around the surface. Carbonation continuously feeds it, ascending in tiny bursts. Suspended particles appear like fruit pulp.

Aroma of cherries, damp oak, fresh garden herbs, and some wet hay as the glass is swirled.

Dry, tart feel, oaky in the finish. Sour cherry upfront, juicy with a distinctive Lambic base. Sharp citrus is felt from this, perfectly complimenting the cherry notes.

Slightly higher that moderate acidity, it creates a good pucker, matched with the woody, drying finish. Salivary glands work overtime, beckoning the next sip. It's a bottle best shared however, due to the level of acidic sourness.

08/09: BBD 12/2010 2005 bottle. Acidic, tons of cherry flesh, tannic oak, a real treat. Seems to improve with age, but its been a couple years since I first had it. To me it's fairly reminiscent of Boon Oude Kriek. The cherry is tart but with some cherry pie aftertaste. A very solid traditional Kriek.

Side note: The brewer at De Ranke is also an author and wrote the book Geuze & Kriek.
Highly recommended reading, and a detailed perspective on the lambic world past & present.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright reddish/brown beer with a medium head with average retention. Aroma is overpowered by cherries and sourness/tart - smell very much like a lambic – kriek. Taste is dominated at first by sour cherries and finish of a very sour note. I very much appreciated this beer but the lack of sweetness to balance the sourness would limit the number of bottles I would drink in one session.

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Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Opaque cherry red with a pinkish-white head that lasts longer than expected. This one has a great color to it.

Smell: Funk and cherries in equal portions. Unripe berries, balsamic vinegar, dry red wine and lots of signature lambic barnyard aroma.

Taste/mouthfeel: Dry and oaky. Big tannic flavors combined with juicy sour cherries. No sweetness here whatsoever, but the acidity isn't over-the-top either; it's very nicely balanced. Hints of balsamic vinegar. Carbonation is lively, keeping things crisp and balancing the intensely dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A sipper for sure, but one that I have no desire to put down.

Notes: Excellent stuff, glad I finally had a chance to try this.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
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 oberon
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its been awhile since I went Belgian even longer since I had a lambic beer for wich Iam not a big fan but I decided on taking a chance on this pretty highly acclaimed on today and Iam glad I did.First off what a pour into a tulip glass a a rosey color with a fluffy pink head that settles slowly into a creamy-like mass with globs of lace behind.A whole lot of stuff going on in the nose a little funk and iron to go along with the sour cherry and vanilla just alot to take in,the flavors are just so much rolled into one starts off big and nearly puckering sour but is stopped abruptly by a cedar wood dryness and iron/metallic note.A nice vanilla pod lends itself well as it melds nicely between the two extremes of this beer.This is a doozy and makes me think more about a style that I didnt care for much before but maybe I havent explored it enough,it might be my beer phase I go into exploring the fruit lambic style.

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4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A cherry red (crimson-tinted orange-amber) body is capped by a short head of creamy pinkish foam that settles to an average collar and leaves only minor lace. The nose delivers a refreshing and exciting combination of tart dried fruit amidst the hallmark gueuze characteristics (musty, sweaty, barnyard, leather). Its light and smooth in the mouth with a very fine bubbled, lightly zesty carbonation that dances across the tongue. The flavor perfectly balances its tartness and gueuze characteristics with natural (not overly sweet), juicy cherry flavor. It finishes tart and powdery dry. A perfectly balanced kriek that has roots in tradition. Refreshing and satisfying!

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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