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 GCBrewingCo
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

900th review, also final review of all DeRanke brews.

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear ruby red with a white frothy head which rose and retreated slowly to lace the chalice from top to bottom.

The aroma was sour and quite acidic in nature with strong lambic aromatics of horsey, sweaty and oak coupled with slight fruit aromas of cherry and grape.

The flavor was sour and quite acidic with grapeskin flavors and sensations coupled with a low level of fruitiness, namely from cherries.

The finish was dry with sourness first into the aftertaste and then in the finish after complete dryness and fading of the sour nature the cherries emerged and lingered. The body was medium light. Unfortunately I expected more cherries, both in the aroma and in the flavor. The cherries only really made a play in the finish, with slight appearances in the aroma and the flavor. A nice lambic, kinda missing the mark on the fruit part.

750 ml, corked and capped paper wraped bottle. Lot # 0005, best before 11, 08.

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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 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 SheepNutz
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a deep red color with one finger of head. Not much lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet and funky, with lots of barnyard aromas going on. The taste is funky at first, and nice and sweet on the finish. It's balanced brilliantly. A great cherry flavor. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, and the drinkability fairs well too. A nice kriek.

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Photo of clvand0
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sheepnutz brought this to a tasting. Thanks for that Sheep. Pours a very cool red color with only a ring of foam around the edge and not much head nor lacing at all. Expected. The aroma is very sour and fruity. Raspberries and sweetness abound as well as a horseblanket thing going on. The flavor is very nice. It doesn't have as much of the sour character that was in the nose, but there is still some there. The flavor is nice and sweet and has a lot of fruits, mostly raspberries, along with the tart feel. Very nicely done. Has a great aroma, taste, and mouthfeel, but I just can't drink very much of stuff like this because the tartness gets to me. Very very good.

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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 CharlesRiver
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a great looking beer. As close to wine like as I have seen. Deep purple in color with a small head that doesn't last. I love the packaging of this beer. No lables on the bottle, just on the paper.

The smell is sweet but mostly sour. The taste lives up to the smell. Sour and tart in the beginning but sweet in the end. Very well balanced and smooth. Just a perfect blend. The perfect amount of carbonation as a small spiral of bubbles makes its way to the top.

I will be buying much more of this beer. I continue to be blown away by this breweries beers!

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pomegranate red with a volumnous pinkish beige head. Champagne-like carbonation. Beautiful musty and dusty yeast notes. Barnyardy, sour cherry aromas. This is how a fruited lambic should be, dry and tart. Sour cherry is clearly evident. Loads of tartness on the tongue. Darker, sweeter cherry flavor in the background of the whole sweaty gym sock lambic funk. Spritzy, and the healthy carbonation only enhances the whole experience. Thoroughly drinkable at 7%. Not a real big fan of pairing up fruit and beer, but this is the finest example of a fruited lambic.

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Photo of ark57
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a clear crimson with a white head. The aroma has a lot of sour cherries and some great horse blanket/barnyard funk. The cherry taste is strong and so is the sourness. There is some funky barnyard and a mustiness to the taste as well. It finishes rather clean despite its myriad of extreme flavors and high alcohol. It is almost mouth puckering yet the fruit is strong. This is an awesome kriek.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pinky red hue, extremely cloudy and as mysterious as any forest at night. Pink head gives it a sexy appeal. Aroma of a fine saison, appealing, fresh barnyard which is still a virgin from human exploitation if that's possible. Belgian funk, dry leather, dust, cobwebs, wait this is a kriek? I didn't get much fruits in the aroma, but I know I liked it, just not as much as I hoped, perhaps some more cherry intensity would have been extremely benefiting for it and lead me to give it extremely high ratings. Ah! Yeah, after sipping now I understand, cherries are indeed there among more leather and dust. This is very yeasty, but that was expected. This is quite tart too, but that was expected too, I surprise myself hoping for more. Mild alcohol feel in middle-mouth. More yeasty cobwebs in the finish and a light bitter touch. Mouthfeel is thin-medium which fits well, but perhaps a touch too fizzy and carbonated. Overall, there are plenty of flavours I love in there, but I kept wishing they'd appear better blended in the next sip. It tastes old although it isn't (1.5yr). Definitely worth seeking out nevertheless, especially if you're a Fantôme fan, you'll find yourself enamored swiftly enough. As messed up and orderless as my review is, it's quite obvious that this is quite the untypical fruit beer. Cheers Martin.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was akin to black cherry cola with a quickly diminishing pinkish head. Varied nose with the lively sweet/tart aroma of crushed cherries and the accumulated musty, barnyard-after-a-rain smells of wet animal hides and damp earth.
The taste produced a jaw-cramping sourness initially. The acidity worked over my tongue. The tartness of the geueze battled with the sweetness of the cherries, each holding the line and complimenting the other. The yeasts doled out that signature barnyard flavor, adding an earthy flavor to the mix. The zippy carbonation and biting acidity resulted in a light, dry, tingly feel.
Drinkable? - you betcha! That lively sweet/tart taste is wonderful. This was my first beer by De Ranke and it was fabulous. A great example of a kriekbier.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 750 mL bottle, into a goblet. The color is a port red, with a very quickly dissipating head. The smell is a nice cherry tartness. The taste has a very slight cherry on top of the lambic tartness. Mouthfeel is syrupy. As for drinkability, could have a few.

A nice kriek from a fine brewery like De Ranke. Though I haven't had the Cantillon to compare, this is a fine beer that doesn't seem too sugary sweet. Great, and one that I'll have again

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Photo of ngandhi
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Labelled LOT N 0004; drink by 07/07.

Get down, get down with the funk. De Ranke's nose is young -- characteristically lambic with a good dose of black pepper and strawberries (!), just a little metallic, and, of course, the cherries.

The peppery notes come out a great deal on the palette -- fresh cracked black pepper -- and propose a stunning marriage to the cherries. Though tart, there is nothing abrasive about this beer. But what sets it apart from other krieks and most certainly from the American interpretations, what sets it apart even from Cantillon, is the balance between earth and fruit. Luscious cherries and that lambic funkiness are in every sip. The acid is strong enough to tie everything together, but never intrusive. Mellow, yet developing deep into a finish that moves from kriek to mild cheddar and flowers with some faint yeastiness hidden in the background. The body falls flat by the end and effectively washes out some of the more evocative complexities of this brew.

Burgundian, but more Oregon trying to be Burgundian than Burgundy itself because the (third stage of the) finish is all fruit . . . . What? This isn't pinot?

Relax, relax.

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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 smcolw
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance--Dark cherry color. This beer cannot be "seen through" and there is a slight cloudiness to it.

Aroma--Predominent cherry notes. Interestingly, I also detected medical bandages. Rather than detract, I thought this added to the aroma.

Taste--Very sour, puckering and tart. Compared to other lambics (like Lindemans or Boon) this is very, very dry. I also noted some citrus flavors, particularly lemon.

Mouthfeel--Very fine carbonation. Rich and thick with a mouth popping astringency.

Drinkability--Drier than most lambics, this is very tart. I envision it as a wonderful post-dinner beer by the fire.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
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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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 Gueuzedude
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Hop Leaf with food, February 2004
Well This was a grand dissappointment. This beer did not pair well at all with the light food that I was eating. I only had a few sips & then just ignored the beer for the rest of my stay. I don't think that this was a bad bottle, it just really died when it was paired with food. Well at least by itself this beer is good.

Sampled December, 2004
The naked green bottle wrapped in tissue paper is quite elegant.

This beer pours a clear red color, it is topped by an ever-so-slightly tinted pink head. The cherry red color of this ruby elixir is quite intense. This beer is quite carbonated, yet the head disappears pretty quickly. An aroma of sour cherries and some leathery character emanates from my glass. It tastes quite dry, lightly sour (not nearly as intense as a good traditional lambic). This beer is packed with a nice dry cherry character. There are notes of wood, cherry, tannin, musty, leathery, and cherry stone in here. This is quite good, I was not expecting something so much like a lambic in character, I wonder what their other beers are like. Like a good fruit lambic, this beer manages to be quite fruity tasting even though it is bone dry. The cherry character is quite evident. I must say I am quite impressed with this, my first beer from this brewery.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at Karakterbier Weekend - Vichte on 11/1/2003...

Appearance: appetizing deep red color, hazy, a crown of pinkish foam

Aroma: very light fresh-cherry essence, yoghurty sourness, a sprinkling of barnyard flora/fauna

Flavor: pleasantly sour (like a tart cherry), some wheat, a bit of corky woodiness, cherry stem bitterness, dry finish with a fruity-tart aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light body, gentle carbonation, mildly acidic, a bit thin

Overall Impression: A susprisingly authentic kriek. I generally don't expect a beer-brewery to make a lambic-style beer that can stand up to something made by a brewery specializing in lambics. This is an exception to that expectation. Though there is not a whole lot of lambic quality, it is quite nice. Would be a fun one to lay down for a while!

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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 TheLongBeachBum
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Awesome little number this one!
I had a bottle of this for the first time on Thursday 28th November 2002, in the Bier Circus, Brussels.
Came is a brown 750ml bottle, wrapped in a white background and burgundy lettered paper wrap, VERY Timmermans!!! The sell by date is not a computer driven nick in the edge of the paper label, but a hand written mark on the standard range of months and years. This transpired to be "Best By September 2006".
This beer is 7% ABV and pours a lovely deep red color. Marvellous rich deep schaerbeek cherry shades. Nose is deep, and of cherries, rich deep sour dark red skinned cherries. Awesome.
Tastes are **Orgasmic**. First off, this is a very good beer; this is by no means a beer with added cherry syrup flavouring, Oh NO!!! This is a very accomplished Lambic En Krieken. Not listed in many Beer Guides. Extremely rare, hardly ever seen – but if you do see it – nail this sucker, and BeerMail me and tell me just how good this beer really is –because I couldn’t believe it.
This is one seriously great beer – and I have to say I tried to purchase a Bottle to bring back to the US, and the guy behind the bar at the Bier Circus said I drank his last Bottle – Yeah Right!
Is it that good that publicans protect their stash???
– Too bloody right it is!!!

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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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