Kriek De Ranke | Brouwerij De Ranke

Kriek De RankeKriek 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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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 Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man!

January 2006 vintage

The beer is a light ruby hue, with a healthy amount of head and lacing. The aroma is the best aspect of the beer, offering a delectable mixture of funk, yeast, and sour cherries. The flavor is quite good, with more of the same. Not quite on the same level as Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen, but a notch below. Lots of cherry presence in both the aroma and flavor, despite the bottle approaching six years old. Mellow and easy to drink. Nice tartness throughout. I definitely recommend it.

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Photo of Blanco
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a mostly-clear cherry red with the lightest pink (almost) white head. Head disappears almost immediately. cherry in the nose, slight funk. very fruity. taste is similar. sour, tart, sweet cherry. Very nice balance, sour but not overly so. Very light mouthfeel. This is a refreshing hybrid style that, while apparently not a traditional lambic, accomplishes much of what I would expect from a kriek. Very nice offering.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy glowing raspberry with lively loose head that goes fast. Raspberry juice, wood, jasmine, and a touch of balsamic on the nose.
Tart mixed berry and potting soil up front, sherry tones, and a sourball candy sweetness. Almond skin hit near the end, and ends with lemon rind and rosemary leaf.
Cherry skin finish and tart linger. Fizzy, medium, soft and creamy.

Fresh and round, with layers of tart and softness. Almost like a grown-up version of the sweet-and-sour fizzing candies. I'd imagine this is great with cheese.

And, as seems to be the case with the best krieks, "sour" and "cherry" are neither of the first words to come to mind.

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Photo of aasher
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is the 2008 vintage and courtesy of thagr81us, thanks Calton!

This one pours a medium bodied bright cherry red with no head or lacing at all. It smells of sour cherries, is very lactic, and very acidic. It smells great and is both nice and authentic. The flavor is in your face sour cherries. It's hard to imagine any other flavors but this one is SOUR. It also has a good amount of funk and barnyard. It's right up there with Cantillon 100% Kriek and Drie Fontenein's Schaersbeekse Kriek in terms of quality and sourness. This is a great Kriek.

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Photo of foogerd
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep ruby red body with a small light cherry head that disappears right away.

S- Medicinal, cherry pie, some wheat, and fizz.

T- Highly tart cherries, some subdued funk, highly acidic, any sour fan can handle this easily.

M- Light bodied, decent carbonation.

O- Excellent Kriek definitely one of the best ones I have had to date. Manages to maintain a real cherry flavor and in your face sour but still balances its palette friendly character.

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Photo of mrand01
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 4/13, bottled in April 2008. Poured in to a Crate & Barrel tulip. Inside of cap is very red and has some "growth" on it, smells wonderful.

A: Pours a transparent red with little head. Lacing fades quick.

S: Sour cherries are very prominent. A good amount of sourness in the smell, but I wouldn't call it funkiness.

T: Sour cherry bomb. Incredibly tart. Not much more here than a great sour cherry flavor.

M: Light body with light carb.

O: This is the 2nd or 3rd time I've had the pleasure of having one of these. Since then I've been able to try many other world-class krieks, and I still consider this to be up there with the rest of them.

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

nice presentation with the bottle. vibrant red color with bright pink head. weak head retention. beer appears hazy. decent carbonation.

sourness really comes through in the smell. puts off an acidic punch. sweet dark cherry aroma. tulip glass made a world of difference. the other sample was in a pint glass and isn't nearly as intense in aromatics.

due to the smell, I was concerned it would be sweet. to my satisfaction, it is quite dry and tart. good example of a kriek, brett taste great. a true cherry flavor comes through, but not grossly sweet or artificial in character.

highly acidic beer - tooth melting. I don't mind something like this on occasion, but drinking this all the time, I feel like I wouldn't have any teeth left.

No technical flaws worth mentioning. It does come off a bit simple compared to some other lambics. very modestly funky/weird, maybe a good first lambic for people to see if they appreciate the style.

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Photo of atis
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle

Pours red with pink head that fades to patchy layer, the beer is fizzy, full with small carbonation bubbles. Aroma is light earthy funk, sourish cherry, hint of fruity vinegar.

Taste is rather clean sour cherries, acidic fruit, mostly lemon, floral funk accompanied by light notes of vinegar, sweet and sour cherry aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light, the beer is very carbonated and dry.

Overall, and excellent Kriek. Maybe its flavours are not as pronounced as in other well-known Krieks, but I found this to be very drinkable. For about 5.5 EUR it has excellent price/performance.

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Photo of JLeege
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 9/15, so bottled in September 2010, Poured into a tulip

Appearance- Pours a vibrant red color with good clarity. Two fingers of pink tinted head forms and fizzles out somewhat quick, with a nice persistent collar.

Smell- Cherry, lemon, fairly leathery. A nice earthy funk. Even some subtle hops. Smells good, but not as strong as I was anticipating.

Taste- Cherry upfront, no surprise here. Lemon again, with a nice leather note. A musty earthy funk and some wet hay, a touch of vanilla. Stronger cherry pops up again on the linger. The first few sips are mouth puckering sour, but soon you get very used to it, and simple seems tart.

Mouthfeel- Medium light body with good carbonation. A bit spritzy and sticky at the same time. Fairly dry finish.

Overall- A very nice fruited lambic. Not the best I have had, but it is very enjoyable, and quite refreshing. I would recommend it and drink it again.

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Photo of crossovert
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped and paper covered green bottle.

It pours a great color, clear red with a small white head.

The smell is great for a kriek. It is funky and sour but the cherries can easily be distinguished.

The flavor is a bit weak on the cherry flavor but it is good nonetheless. It isn't a funk bomb but rather a tart and sour mouth puckerer.

Not a bad one, pretty tasty.

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Photo of csmiley
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours reddish brown. Turns pink around the edges of the glass. Head is off white with more shades of pink. It sticks around for a minute or so and fades to a thin ring around the glass. Carbonation appears to be on the active side.

S - Aroma is light but still pleasant. It's a great combination of sweet and sour. Lots of plump cherry followed by a touch of raspberry. Also prominent is some earthiness. I'm getting old lumber and a slight vinegary sting. Alcohol is not really present in the aroma.

T - Thankfully, the flavor is a little more in your face than the aroma. Still though, it's a nice balance of berries and earthy flavors. Cherry is present but not as much as expected. Lemon is in there too. Cedar and alcohol compliment the berries well. It's very tart midway, finishing with cooked cherry.

M - Lighter bodied with moderately active carbonation. Finish is mostly sweet and tart. Very dry.

O - Overall this is an excellent brew. Everything comes together to make one well balanced and highly drinkable elixir. The 7% abv is masked very well. Once the carbonation lost some of that buzziness it really started to impress. I only wish I had bought more than one bottle.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours raspberry red with a pinkish head that looks kindof like whipped topping on a strawberry pie.

Smells super funky and somewhat fruity--strawberry is the strongest aroma I get even though I know it's a cherry sour.

Tastes very funky and pretty sour but not as acidic and sour as the Cuvee de Ranke. Not super fruity, it's obvious it was brewed with fruit but the fruit isn't dominant in the flavors. I get watermelon and some cherries and maybe strawberry.

A nice beer but it's not as complex as the Cuvee de Ranke and not as fruit forward as I would like.


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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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Photo of LittleCreature
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Deep red and quite clear with a thin head of palest pink, leaving spotty lace.

Smell - 4.5
Complex aroma of wet horse-blanket, damp wood, sweet and sour cherries.

Taste - 4.5
Good balance of flavours - lightly oaky, vanilla and liqueur cherries with a good bite of yoghurty sourness and perhaps a hint of hoppy bitterness, finishing very dry.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Slightly puckering sourness, light body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall - 4.0
One of my favourite Belgian sours, a damn good beer.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice hazy ruby colour with a pink head that characteristicly dies very fast and laces a little.

S - Very tart aroma and mixed with cherries and a little funk.

T - Nice a sour up front before giving way to some balanced sweet cherries and yeast. Very nice finish indeed.

M - Light toi medium body and medium to full carbonation

O - A very decent sour this, and very well balanced in sour and sweet cherries.

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Photo of craytonic
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Ruby-amber hazy pour with an enormous blood-pink head that quickly fades, leaving no lacing

Aroma: Exciting. Tart cherries, balsamic vinegar, oak, and vanilla.

Taste: Slightly sweet; the tart cherries and black cherries dominate, followed by wet leather, balsamic vinegar, oak, vanilla and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Great, light spritzy carbonation accentuates the sour

Overall: Not a Cantillon, but a great kriek. If I get another I will cellar it a few years.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a tulip.
7% ABV, Best before end 09 2015, "Date of bottling is 5 years prior to the best before date".

Thanks to Sweemzander for this quick tick as I headed through town, a la NickD-style. :P

A - The vibrant ruby red beer is slightly hazy in color with a poorly retained pink fluffy head. Light smatterings of lace are left adorning the glass.

S - The aroma is full of fresh, tart, crushed cherries and cherry skin. A mild malt backing is offset by the subtle funk aroma of the yeast.

T - Sour opening but the flavor is thin and flat with a low backing of malt. Cherry tartness blends well with the nice yeast funk.

M - Deliciously sour but still balanced, not too bold. Tart, funky, dry, and refreshing.

O - It's a brew that's decent all around and drinkable but not very exciting. Not that every beer needs to be complex, but the flavor is just a bit on the thinner side with this one.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Man, I'm excited to finally get to try this... I eyed this for several months before finally grabbing the last one off of the shelves...

Poured into my new Lost Abbey tulip/goblet.

This opened without the slightest sound at all but produced a gentle head atop a pale reddish liquid...

Aromas are heavy on the funk and earthiness... Faint cherries present but this one is all about the barnyard. They aren't all that pungent to begin with really... Slightly vinegary as well...

Starts tart and fruity with a lingering earthy funk in the background. Not overwhelmingly sour or tart. Fairly straightforward fruit with some vinegar aspects.

I was hoping for a touch more here... Maybe I should have waited a bit longer?

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Photo of sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a stemmed glass. 09/2015 best before date (09/2010 Bottled date).

(A)- Pours a deep blood red color that produced a good pink frothy head with decent retention and lace.

(S)- Nice dry tartness with an obvious funky brett aspect. Lots of ripe sour fruits too. Earthy.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Primarily has a brett funk to it with decent tart fruits. Finishes dry.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Dry and fruity with lots of funk to it thanks to the brett profile. Smooth and almost has a crisp feel too.

(D)- A good example, yet really has nothing too complex about it. Its just a great drinker and very easy to enjoy sip after sip.

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

Thin, hazy, cherry-colored body with light, spritzy carbonation and a tiny ring of bubbles on top. Reminiscent of a wine or sangria; fruity and lively.

Scent packs in a profound amount of cherry. There's a heavy sourness with a sniff of vinegar astringency, but it's all buoyed by a mild maltiness and sweet fruit flavors.

The scent definitely foreshadowed the flavor. The tartness and pucker are quite a shock to the system, followed by a concluding funkiness and must that take on a certain fishiness (this isn't a bad thing). The dryness may bring a hint of booze but that plays well with the sourness and manages to make it a unique and complex lambic.

The liquid itself is quite thin, but the champagney bubbles show off the fruit, tart and musk. It masterfully displays all of its characteristics.

I didn't know the ABV at the time, but the way I drank the 25 oz. bottle made me think it was pretty benign. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that this this might be my favorite Kriek. It's refreshing and tart, but never one-dimensional.

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Kriek De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
Beer rating: 92.6% out of 100 with 486 ratings
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