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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

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

Review #900 and the 9th out of the top 10 fruit lambics on this site I've reviewed thus far. Even though that list changes from time to time, the only one I'm currently missing is Selin's Grove Frambroise.

Beer served in a DFH snifter. Beer is red / pink and cloudy with a thin broken head of small pink bubbles that clings to the interface of the glass and the beer. Leaves some lacing. Carbonation overall seems a bit low but still there. Looks really good.

Oh my god this beer smells awesome. Its quite funky with this nice biting acidity and nice fruit flavors. There is nice cherry flavors in the aroma but also pears and some leather.

Beer is thin and quite sour and tart. AWESOME. Cherry flavors are subdued slightly. Mostly lactic and an acetic bite. Finishes cleanly. Some funk in the back but no bitterness. The tart is the primary thing to this beer. Its a little thin on the forward palate. I also wish I knew the vintage. I would definitely drink this again. Very very awesome.

EDIT: Beer says "Best by 09 / 2012" does that mean it was bottled in 2009?

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Photo of GilGarp
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before end 09/2012.

750mL bottle, corked and capped, with a white paper wrapper. Unlike the Gouldenberg, there is no label on the bottle itself.

Served cool into my New Belgium goblet, Kriek De Ranke is a striking ruby red color with pink head. The head settles quickly leaving no lacing behind. The clarity is nearly perfect.

Aroma is sour and tart - a good indication of what's to come. Cherries come through here but there is also a red wine character to it.

Whoa. The first sip is enough to make me stop, blink a few times, and do a double-take. This is one intense beer! It starts of with sweet cherries but quickly turns very tart, sour, and bitter. The lactic definately plays a defining role in the flavor profile of this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with lower than expected carbonation.

Overall a totally unique and very interesting beer. It's certainly worth seeking out if you're into lambics and sours.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL paper-wrapped green glass pry-top champagne bottle. Bottled 04/2008.

Appearance: Pours a murky burgundy reddish pink, like raw tuna color. Thin off-white head.

Nose: Sour black cherries and toasted wood notes, lots of funkiness, and red wine vinegar.

Palate: Acidity is bracing right from the get go, grabbing the tip of the tongue like sparkling wine and thrashing cherries all over the place. Crisp and clean towards the mid-palate as the sweetness catches up and rounds things out. Finish is focused on dried berries and "fruit-leather." The acidity gives way to a balanced finish.

Notes: Not the most complex sour beer, but definitely one of my favorite to drink. Very pleasurable and not overly acidic. Love it.

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

Bottled April 2008, I grabbed this at State Line a couple of weeks back.

Pouring a mildly hazy brilliant pink in color, the cherries have so taken over the beer that even the head is pinkish! Retention is decent, and as expected, there isn't much lacing. The nose is quite a wonderful expression of the cherries. Aggressively fruity with a sharp sourness and a strong cherry pit character, this really brings to mind black cherries. The base sour is pretty strong too, with a rather strong lemony and mildlyT acetic character. A touch of acetone too, which enhances the cherries, despite my typical dislike for that characteristic.

The palate opens with a big, clean, lemony and lactic sourness with quite a bit of cherry character. Big, tart, fruity and mildly sweet, the cherries are wonderfully expressed. Much to this beers' disadvantage, I've had the 01 and 07 Lou Pepe Kriek and the 08 Schaerbeekse Kriek multiple times in the past month, and it doesn't really stand up to those giants, but it's still an excellent beer. Funk is low, there's some oak character, just a little vanilla. A little vinegar appears towards the finish, rather balsalmic like, but when coupled with the cherries, it's more like a light fruit vinaigrette.Drying on the finish with a moderate to high acidic character that's a blend mostly of lactic and lemon with a little acetic, this one does attack the enamel. There's a lingering cherry character on the finish, dry and with plenty of skin tannins and a touch of acetone. Light in body with medium-high carbonation, this beer feels great on the palate. The alcohol is well hidden, though I wish they could drop it to a more manageable 5% to allow for true sessioning and complete destruction of the stomach lining.

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Photo of BeerSingh
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful 750 ml bottle procured from Spencers for Rs 870 (approx USD 20) - wrapped in parchment. I decided to have it today and share it with my lady (remembering she liked the Lindeman's Kriek). Cracked open the crown and pried the cork out - the beer turned out to be a gusher, as expected. Lost about 1/2 oz in spillage. Poured it into 2 small tulips (9 oz) and had about a tulip full left in the bottle. The beer poured a cranberry juice red with a pink head, not thick and not long lasting - shortly settled into a coin sized collar on the amazingly red body, rather "shamelessly" red body.
The aroma was very fruity and sour, with a little bit of lactic acidity. It was backed by a nice and warm sweetish maltiness, but that was faint in comparison to the tartness.
The taste accentuated the smell 360 degrees. Sour cherries with a fruity sweetness, then came in a faint, but steady malt sweetness. Like the smell, there was a quaint lactic sourness prevelant in the taste. It was not "ass puckering" but for the untrained or unexpectant palate, it could be a big deal. This was clearly a paradigm shift for me in beerdom. If this was a gateway to sours, I was more than ready. I guess it has something to do the way Indian palates are conditioned. I kept wanting more and more. The beer did not leave any noticeable lacing, just freckles of yeast on the glass sides.
The beer is light bodied and moderately carbonated, which does suit the style. I would love to open an evening with this and move on to a more malty OR hoppy beer eventually, but yes, I would definitely recommend this as an excellent aperitif.
I am already on my second tulip and my lady is still only half way through her first. This is a world class beer, a genre in its own. Sours - here I am and here I come.

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

Bright, bright red. Perfectly clear with a small, pink head that dissipates immediately.

A little sweet and sour, touches of barnyard funk, hints of cherry. Quite good.

Intensely tart with a good fruity edge. The cherry note is good yet slightly subdued. Just a hint of sweetness. There is an astringency which is annoying and the finish is a bit watery.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation.

This isn't bad and I appreciate the unsweetened lambic. Unfortunately, it lacks a complexity of flavour that I expect in this type of beer. Basically, it ticks all the boxes but doesn't amaze me.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Vibrant cherry red color with a slightly smaller than average, white foamy head. It somewhat reminds me of cranberry juice that comes out of a machine. Head goes away fast and leaves only trace lacing.

S - Slightly sweet and acidic cherry smell on initial whiff with a typical Flanders Red/Bruin and funky smell in there as well. On the finish of the smell, a strong tart cherry aroma comes out and lingers. A touch of the sweetness comes back on the finish in subsequent smells. This makes for a wonderful cherry aroma on the finish that lingers.

T - Good mix of tart, sweet, and sour cherry throughout. Some sour and tart flavor initially. This gives to some sweet cherry flavor along with a good amount of malt. Some earthy and woody flavors also come out. Just a bit of funky flavor and slight acidic taste. The finish has some tart and sweet cherry.

M - Light to medium body with average carbonation. Pretty smooth, and a little drying, but definitely nothing compared to some other sours.

D - A pretty drinkable beer with a nice balance of sweet, tart, acidic, and sour. Doesn't overpower the palate and pretty refreshing. Not as sour or puckering as other sours.

Notes: Best before 09/2012. Nice lambic that isn't as sour or puckering as a lot of sours but also doesn't have a cloying or artificial sweetness. Good balance of flavors featuring a lot of aspects of cherry. Very enjoyable lambic, may not quite be world class, but a solid one. Worth trying.

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

A: Deep red body with a nice sized pink head. Not much in the way of retention as the head quickly crashed to a spotty skim. Just a little bit of spotty lace left behind.

S: Tart and sour cherries. Oak. A bit of funk as well as some red wine and vinegar.

T: Much like the nose, the dark, sour cherries are present from the very first drop. Equal parts tart and sour. Oak accentuates the fruit nicely and the red wine like notes fill out the rest of the profile.

M: Medium bodied. Effervescent, a tad bit too effervescent. As noted above, fairly sour and tart. Not overpowering, however.

D: All in all a good fruit lambic. I found the carbonation to be a bit on the high side and the prickly feel detracted from an otherwise good beer.

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Photo of OStrungT
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a slightly cloudy pinkish red color, with a tiny white head that fades instantly, leaving no lace.

This beer smells tart, with a nice cherry aroma. I also smell some funky, earthy yeast. The alcohol is well hidden in the aroms. Damn, this beer smells good!

The beer tastes exactly like it smells. Tart and sour cherries. Some yeasty, earthy funk. It has a great taste to match the aroma.

This beer is sour. It leaves a tart, cherry like aftertaste. It is highly carbonated, suiting the style. Alcohol is hidden throughout.

This beer would make an excelent session beer. It tastes great, and I dont think it could get old. The alcohol content isnt too high, so I can see drinking it all night long.

Overall: This beer is great. I love it. I only wish I had access to it.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled in April, 2008 - poured from a tissue-wrapped label-less green glass 750mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Clear crimson body with an active blushing seashell head which recedes to a tiny collar and raft fed by a steady undercurrent of bubbles. Fast running light lacing, no legs.

The inital aroma upon opening is a distinctive "cellar" smell - something I tend to associate with a cork - but there isn't one present in this bottle. This largely clears in the glass, and the cherry comes to the front - a mixture of dark, dried, and rainier varieties coupled to a faint wood-aged quality I'm guessing derived from the addition of the lambic. Very faint green peppercorn notes and perhaps a restrained "barnyard" smell as well.

Bracing tartness on the palate like 100% pure juice mixed from cranberries and sour cherries - castor sugar, zinfandel grapes, and lightly fermenting berries join the profile mid-palate - while the finish is somewhat dry. Low level wild notes persist throughout, though they aren't as forward as many other examples of the style. Very well balanced...masterfully blended.

Light-bodied, effervescent, and just barely creamy.

Drinkability is very high, though perhaps at the sacrifice of a touch more complexity that would otherwise boost the taste into the stratosphere.

An excellent kriek - one I don't hesitate to pick up when it is in stock. While maybe better known for their hoppy ales, don't overlook De Ranke's take on the classics.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Given to me from a friend, Douroguy...thanks Rick! Poured from a blank 750ml bottle into my Ommegang snifter glass. Pours a bright red, hazy and crisp looking. The head is pink in color, frothy and has decent retention. Lacing is speratic and quick sliding.

Aroma is very nice! Sharp, funky, sour, sweet cherries, wood...earthy. Overall...a great and inviting sour!

Wow, very nice! Light, crisp mouthfeel...mid to high carbonation. Sharp sourness, sweet notes within...especially in the aftertaste and what's left on the lips. Funkiness and sourness is just right! Booze is not bad...especially for being slightly higher than normal for this style of beer. Overall, a very good beer!

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Photo of illidurit
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a brilliant, deep, ruby red with a rapidly fizzling pinkish head. Aroma is very lambic-esque, with lemons, sour cherries, and mushroomy brett funk. Flavor is pretty damn sour. Lots of tart cherry sourness and a lactic character recall black cherry yogurt. Light wood and barnyard, very dry finish, high acidity. The extra 2% alcohol above normal kriek is subtle but noticeable. Maybe just a tiny breath of ethanol, indistinguishable to someone not looking for it. Slightly thin as well. Very good sour.

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Photo of voteforgoat
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance - red, small amount of foam that goes away quickly.

smell - a bit of sweat and funk in the smell, but smell is not very strong

taste - sour but balanced, has some candy bubblegum type notes hidden in there but not crazy sweet.

mouthfeel - thin, sour, long finish

drinkability - could drink a bunch!!

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked one of these up today at Jungle Jims.

Pours a gorgeous, bright red with a pink head. After a few minutes, the head settles to a pink ring on the cusp of the tulip glass.

Delicious funk on the nose with sweet, fresh cherries. Band aid astringency in the funk.

Taste reflects the nose. Light bodied with high carbonation on the mouthfeel.

Very nice example of a cherry lambic. Authentic and tasteful - highly recommended.

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 into a slender tulip

Generates a big, fluffy, yet short lived light pink head. Keeps a thin ring, but no lacing to speak of. Transparent light red body with pink and peach colored highlights. Very nice to look at.

Aroma of funk (horse blanket), cherry, sour, granny smith apples, and oak, in that order. Some faint red wine vinegar as well. A little sweetness as it warms.

On the palette is a good deal of the same, sour cherries and apple peel, vinegar and such. A long oak and vinegar finish. The sourness is mouthpuckering, and makes for a great experience. A good dry finish as well. Very acidic as well.

The body is a bit thin and dry, and the carbonation is medium to low, which fits the style.

Drinkability, for me, is pretty high. I could see this causing some heartburn, but it's certainly worth it for the experience this beer provides.

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Photo of Freethyhops
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle in 07/2004. should be funky

A- opens with a pop. pours a fuchsia/dark pink color with just a thin film of white head. bubbles are rising constantly.

S- the aroma is musty funkiness mixed with some abbey yeast. not strong on the cherries. i think they've faded quite a bit over the years. you can defintely detect the tartness/sourness, though.

T- mouth puckeringly sour. the cherries are quite muted but that is expected at almost 6 years old. the funk is definitely there but it is surprisingly not nearly as intense as the sourness is. this beer is really my ideal fruit lambic. funky, slightly fruity, and sour as hell.

M- light/medium in body. great carbonation and dry in the finish.

D- the 750ml is going down quite quickly. 7% is fairly high abv for a lambic and it is no where to be found in the taste. I only paid 7.99 for this bottle as it was on sale but I would easily pay around $15 for another.

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

Big thanks goes out to hero27 for sending me this bottle as an extra. You over did it, Eric, and I thank you!

Pours a clear vibrant reddish color into a pint glass. The slightly pink but mostly white head fizzles out quickly, leaving little to nothing behind. No lacing either. The color is beautiful, and the lack of head is understandable. The first glass is clear as day, and subsequent glasses get cloudier and cloudier, until the final, yeast filled glass is poured, at which point the color changes from beautiful red, to murky brown with red tint.

The nose is huge on the cherry notes. I'm not the worlds biggest cherry fan but I totally dig this. Tart unripened cherries dominate, and in teh background I detect a light woody character, along with a light wild yeast funk.

The taste is acidic and sour. A light woody character comes out again, but the focal point is tart cherries. The acidity only gains strength as the brew warms. Finishs tart and dry.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, with a crisp acidity. Drinkability is great.

Overall, not my favorite Lambic in the world, but definitely up there. This is a fantastic representation of a Kriek, and by far the best that I've had so far. Thanks a bunch Eric for sending me this amazing extra!

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with a best by date of 09/2012 which apparently means it was bottled in September, 2007. I was a little wary because despite how much I enjoyed the flavor of cuvee de ranke, it really upset my stomach and I only had half a bottle. This is much easier to drink. Nice red color with a pink foamy head that dies fast. It smells real nice like cherries, barnyard brett, funk, manure, good. The flavor is smooth cherries and not really sour at all, very easy to drink. On to the next one.

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Photo of adamette
3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint, 9.4 oz. bottle that I purchased for $13.99 at Rozi's in Lakewood along with two other "De Ranke" beers that I will taste and review in the coming days. Poured into my Westvleteren silver rimmed goblet. Best before end of: 04 2013 stamped on the paper wrapper around the bottle. No label on the actual bottle inside the paper wrapping.

A Dark fruit punch look of translucent cherry red under a brief, light pink head that dissipates from 1 cm to a ring around the top of the beer within about 60 seconds. 3.5

S Cherries and barley malt predominate. Also other lambics that I have had come to mind. 3.5

T Tart cherries, some barley grains, lingering sweet cherry taste in the back of my throat. I am sure that this is a classic Kriek taste but it is a bit unidimensional when I think of the multitude of dynamic beers that I have had. I even believe that I have had better Kriek beers but this is a very solid one. 3.5

M There is that tartness and barley taste that beefs it up a bit but this is a rather thin beer, true to style of course. If anything, the term "classic" comes to mind when I think about the feel of this beer. 3.0

D Not bad but again, it is a bit too straightforward in its cherry/lambic tartness to be interesting enough to seek out again or to drink any more than this 1 pint, 9.4 ounces. 3.5

Notes: I am coming around to krieks but I think that I need more practice. I am not sure that I really dig the cherry tartness. I recall Oud Beersell having this same cherry tartness that I did not really appreciate at that time. On to the Cuvee de Ranke tomorrow night.

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Photo of bobsy
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle in Buffalo, as part of a joint purchase of some de ranke, girardin and drie fonteinen with ritzkiss, so we decided to crack this open last night.

Pours a cloudy strawberry red with a girly pink head that leaves no doubt this is a fruit beer. This soon drops to a light film, but leaves a few spots of lace. I was expecting a lot of cherry after seeing the depth of its pinkness, but instead I was welcomed by a deep wiff of funky barnyard, and woody oak. A nice dry sourness permeates, and the cherries peek out from underneath.

The flavour is pretty cool, and well-done for a kriek. Its definitely on the funkier end of the spectrum, and the cherries are an equal partner rather than the dominant force. Awesome horseblanket and drinkable sourness. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

This is a top notch lambic, and highly recommended.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paper wrapped 750ml, capped and corked, bottled 2007. Bobsy brought this treat over from our last bottle trip to Buffalo - thanks man!

Pours a dark, murky cherry red/pink with a finger plus of pretty pink head that makes the girls interested in what we're pouring. I swear if you made a pink IPA they'd try it without hesitation. Leaves light lacing down the glass.

Nose is pretty funky in a wet horse blanket, sweaty socks, musty sort of way - thick and clingy. Hints of wood and cherries hide in awe behind it, nice sour notes as well.

This is a tasty treat indeed. Puckering sourness invades first followed quickly by more of that funk, horse blanket and barnyard, nice oakiness gives some depth and then a light sour cherry gives a fruity finish, slightly acidic. Slightly too dense mouthfeel, doesn't dance but rather sulks through the mouth, giving you time to appreciate all the flavours, though by the end you wished it danced a little more. Not as dry as could be, more 'wet'.

Nice lambic, not as quenching as you could hope but still very drinkable on those occasions you need a sour to liven your evening. The more I drink in the style, the more I realize I need this goodness in my life.

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

2007 vintage. Sampling date: 2009-09-11.

A: Nice reddish pink with a small pink head that leaves some lacings.

S: A very nice smell. Lots of cherry aromas, cherry pits, grass and funky barnyard and horse blanket. A hint of vinegar.

T: The taste is rather tart, almost sour. Lots of cherries and lemons. It's really impressive that so much cherry flavor is present after about two years in the bottle. Notes of cherry pits, grass and mud. Not much malts get through. The funk is more restrained than in the smell, but here's still quite a lot of barnyard character. The finish is dry with some candy-like cherries, grassy bitterness, tartness and a mineral note.

M: Medium body, dry and refreshing.

D: A very nice beer, really well done. It's very lambic-like and I would guess that quite a lot of lambic went into the blend.

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Photo of brendan13
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and capped green champagne bottle. Paper wrapper with all the details - classic.
Best before dark of 09 2012 so that means this bottle is almost 2 years old.

A - Poured into a stange a deep vibrant red with a centimetre of pink tinged white head that falls away almost immediately.
S - Cherry fruit qualities with some musty barnyard touches and acidic vinegar sour notes. A vauge woody aroma is also noticebale.
T - Cherry comes through again in the taste, with a little bit of sweetness suprisingly. Musty, barnyard, woody & fruity vinegar sourness balance it out.
M - Not as sour as I was expecting/hoping.
Still quite a light bodied, medium to high carbonation and with slightly sour tart finish.
D - Not as hardcore as some Cantillon so probably more accesible for those new to the style. Well worth trying at least once.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks snojerk321. The beer pours dark red with a light pink pillowy head, which settles into a lingering.

The aroma is in your face Brett with cherries as an afterthought. The Brett is horsey and smells like cat piss. The fruit is slightly sweet. Notes of oak and acetic acid are present.

The flavor exhibits more cherries, and the fruit is almost balanced with the Brett. Brett imparts musty barnyard notes as well as some horse blanket. The cherry has a nice fresh flavor with some sweetness, which serves to compliment the beer. Oak is evident, and acidity as at a medium level.

The beer is medium bodied with low-medium carbonation and a sticky, dry mouthfeel.

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Photo of sonicdescent
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one flirted with the top 100 a little while back, and I haven't had a straight up lambic in quite a while, so color me excited!

Looks pretty good, a very nice dark red color with minimal head but great lacing. Looks unusually thick but that could be from the glass sweating.

Smell is of sweet fruitiness, cherries, followed by a whiff of sour goodness. I tend to like my sours more toward the well, sour end of things, so this is a good sign and quite an enticing smell. Not so much vinegary sour.

Taste is unfortunately a little more subdued than I would have liked. The characteristics are present, but muted. A good balance of sweet and sour with some apple on the back end and some great funk, nice cherry aftertaste. So close to greatness, but good none the less.

Mouth is thin to medium in body, medium in carbonation. This is strictly personal preference, but I prefer no matter where the body lands that this is fizzy business, would have liked more bubbly.

Overall a good, solid drink but not quite up to the standards of my more preferred sours.

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Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 489 ratings
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