Kriek De Ranke | Brouwerij De Ranke

Kriek De RankeKriek De Ranke
489 Ratings
Kriek De RankeKriek De Ranke

Brewed by:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2002

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of IKR
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy medium purple and red color with a light violet head that dissipated quickly. I like the color of this one.

Smell: Mild funk and tart cherries. Not a bad nose just not much of it.

Taste: Sour cherries, a touch of funk, and light tobacco notes. I also get some some slight citrus notes. When cooler, I picked up some faint metallic notes which disappeared as the beer warmed. The beer finishes fairly dry.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light bodied with a fairly brisk level of carbonation.

Overall: Good sour.

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4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A high quality, traditional kriek that very much exemplifies the style. Pours cloudy and dark, a reddish-brown hued body with a small, pink-tinted head that settles down quickly. Not much in the way of lacing but there usually isn’t in authentic kriek. Body is moderately thin, with very light but present carbonation. Aroma of tart cherries and some other lighter berry notes, with a touch of oak and hints of vinegar. Taste very much follows the nose; good sourness and tart cherry flavor, lighter oak notes, decent acidity and some traces of vinegar underneath that are well-integrated and not overbearing. If anything it’s a little thin in terms of boldness of taste and very slightly watery. Not a super sour-cherry bomb but has a bit of puckering in the finish. This would be a nice introduction to the style for someone who’s ready for an authentic, unsweetened kriek but not for something as full-on atomic as say Hansenn’s Oude Kriek. Very nice but a bit on the pricey side.

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3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
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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4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Date on the paper wrapping indicated it was bottled in April 2008. 750ml bottle poured into my De Cam Geuze glass. It poured a darker cherry red color with a thin, pink colored, fizzy head to it. The head disappeared pretty quickly, leaving it looking pretty still.

The aroma shows a lot of the tart, sour cherries to it. It's got a little bit of an acidic, slight vinegar presence to it along with some a little bit of funk and must. Very nice mix of sour, funky and fruity. Very complex and appealing.

The sharp, slightly acidic sourness comes out in the taste more up front. The finish is where I get the very nice tart and sour cherries to it. It's got a little bit of that funky, musty quality to it, which I love. The cherries are really good in it as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little low for the style. Overall, it was a great beer. The cherries were good, the sourness was good, and everything comes together pretty wonderfully. A classic version of the style. Maybe not the best Kriek, but it's not far off in my opinion.

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a fairly clear, deep red with a little amber and 2 fingers of light pink head that doesn't last very long.

Smell. Nice cherries, a little sweet yeasty funk, some lemon and a bit of vinegar.

Taste. Some cherries and a good amount of slightly lemony sourness. Just a bit of wood and leathery funk.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with a medium of lively carbonation.

Overall. A nice kriek. I won't have any trouble drinking this 750.

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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/8" fizzy light pink head that dissipated quickly ove red liquid.

S: Sour funk, yeast, sour cherries, grassy hops.

T: Earthy and grassy hops up front with yeast, and a bitter and sour cherry finish.

M: Thin viscosity and a low level of carbonation.

O: Much more of a hop presence than other lambics I have had. But still good.

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Kriek De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 489 ratings
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