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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Photo of jjanega08
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= less than impressive cork, broke when I opened it and led to frustration. Pours a ruby red brownish color with a small soda pop head that's got a lot of bubbles rising to it. No lacing or retention.
S= sour and leathery smelling. A little cherry like odor but not impressive. Smells pretty punget though.
T= sour and cherry. A little leather in it but not much. Very tasty. Great sourness that's not over powering. Delicious.
M= dry as a bone and high carbonation
D= very high. Just a really nice beer.

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

Kriek De Ranke's a sight to behold. It's mostly clear (at least on the first pour) and is raspberry red in color. We'll see if there's any haze on the second pour (EDIT: it is a little hazy on the second). It features a light pink crown that only reaches about a finger deep. It was quick to recede and left very light strands of lace on the glass. Very unique and interesting look due to the color. I approve.

The nose is slightly underwhelming in terms of strength. It just doesn't open up enough. Primarily, it smells sour and yeasty. The sour aspect of it is nicely done. It has a strong vinegar-like smell and features a load of cherry. There's a sweet berry aroma drifting throughout. Yeast is prominent and appealing. Oak and wood chips are noted and seem to become more prominent as it warms a little. There's a slight band-aid aroma that's possibly attributed to oak. The aging impact is obvious here. Overall, it smells nice and has some positives. If it were a little stronger, it might just be special.

The flavor is a step up from the nose. I'm waffling on whether or not it's material enough to warrant a bump in score. I'll reserve judgment for a few. A very tart sour cherry flavor starts off the festivities. It's pretty damn sour and not for the faint of tart....errrr...heart. There's a little bit of berry flavor, but any sweetness that it might have is blurred by the tart assault. A very impressive oak flavor gives it a ton of character and depth. It doesn't come across band-aid-ish in the flavor. It's simply a very refined piece of art. Yeast is noted, but isn't prominent. It's a secondary flavor that simply adds more depth. The strong sour flavor seems to diminish a little as it warms. Overall, it seems to become a little more friendly. I believe I just made my decision on the flavor score. It finishes sour, acidic, and a little sweet.

Kriek De Ranke has a body that's on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation seems middle of road and just about right. It's smooth, but the sour flavor blurs the smoothness (or my attention) just a little. Drinkability is above average, but not quite good. I'll polish off the 750 with little trouble, but I would've preferred a 375. The sour, acidic flavor just doesn't lend itself to being very drinkable. That being said, I enjoyed it quite a bit.

I've been sitting on this bottle of Kriek De Ranke for over a year. I don't know that it's really improved, but it's certainly held up well. There's no question that it has a ton of character and satisfying flavor. The oak flavor from the barrel aging probably is the x-factor for the great flavor. It's difficult to put into words how nice of a flavor that is and how much it adds overall. Suffice it to say it gives me wood...errr...I's excellent. Very impressive stuff all-around. Be a good BA and go find a bottle. You'll be glad that you did.

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

A clear red body that is rather light with hues of pink and raspberry mixed in there. Small head that doesn't last too long, which is no surprised for the style.

Smell pretty strongly of vinegar, with cherries and even some oak in there.

This beer is incredibily balanced and complex. Most Krieks I encounter are other very sweet or very tart; Kriek De Ranke encorporates both of these extremes in one beer, balancing them and throwing in a few other things. Directly one notices both a pleasant tartness and a good natural cherry flavor. These two work together so well that I would just consider it a "sour cherry" flavor instead of really making them separate. After that comes a good dose of vinegar like flavor that is followed by woody oak flavors.

Light, slightly puckering, very dry finish.

This beer is very drinkable, finishing a bottle alone would not be a problem. Speaking of the bottle, I think this is a pretty good deal at $13.95.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Photo of pmcadamis
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Vibrant red-purple grape in color, hazy, with a nice fluffy white head. This is not overly pinkish like some kriek and framboise lambics, but it is still a very girly shade of deep berry. Head retention is not all that great and lacing is almost non-existent. But that paper wrapped bottle is so damn cool!

S - Tart berry juice, sour pucker candy (Warheads?), nail polish remover, red wine vinegar, and lovely sour cherry notes are found here. This smells almost electric with sour energy... can't wait to get zapped by the flavor/mouthfeel.

T - Yup. Just as it smells, this is friggin' SOUR. I love me some sour beer, and this is astringent, vinegary, phenolic, and medicinal. This is an outstanding display of balance between "so sour it makes your eyes water" and "oh my God, this is complex and tasty!" Sour cherry candy, red wine vinegar, and little hints of sweetness behind the wall of sour. THis is like those gooey sour gummy candies that are encrusted in sugar... puckery, but sweet on the back end.

M - This one is a tastebud punisher. This'll strip the enamel off of your teeth and cause you to make a funny face with each sip.

D - I loved my HOUR OF SOUR POWER experience with this brew. Top notch stuff.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 Bottle.

A: Poured a bright red color with minimal white head. When I say this was bright it does not really do this justice. This was a vibrant red.

S: Tons of mustiness. Some hints of sour with the fruit in there as well. Really nice.

T: Nice mix of fruit and tartness. The tartness builds as the glass diminishes. The fruit also becomes more pronounced as it warmed. Very tart in the back.

M: Nice and light on the tongue.

D: An amazing beer. This could really bring a lot of wine drinkers over to the side of good. Incredible.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been in a sour kick lately, so decided to open this one up. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Imagine a bowl of punch at your high school prom...that's what the color looked like. Two fingers width of pink head formed and lasted for a while.

S- Sour cherry tartness with some barnyard funkiness. As the beer warms, the funkiness subsides, allowing the strong acidic tones to come through.

T- Up front some oak flavors and cherry tartness dance on the tongue. As the beer moves to the back of the palate, a mouth puckering, sourness takes over giving a solid finish. Given the extreme nature of this beer, it really is about balance. The tart fruit flavors are just enough to cut the high acidic levels.

M- Light bodied with nice carbonation. Leaves a semi-dry mouthfeel.

D- Despite the high acidity levels of this beer, it is quite drinkable. Really smooth and not completely overpowering.

Overall, this is very refreshing beer. Great taste and a nice balanced sourness makes this a very memorable that I will most likely revisit in the near future.

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Photo of mcallister
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loved pouring this lambic. Bright red with darker hues. Pours with a hiss of carbonation and a large pink head that fades into a half inch pillowy topping. Patches of bubbles stick to the glass.

Sour earthy goodness, a little pasturey with an nice underlying of dry tart cherry. Love that tart geuze like aroma.

Whew. Mouth puckering tartness and much light in carbonation in the mouth than expected. Very high in acidity and gives me a slight heartburn after the first drink (I very rarely get heartburn). Very earthy and sour and drinks more like a normal 4% lambic. Acidity is so bright it balances the tart sour combo. Nice.

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Photo of kasper
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paper-wrapped bottle best by 04/2013 (meaning it was bottled last April).

A: Pours a translucent vibrant ruby/magenta with a pinkish colored head that leaves some short-lived wet lacing.

S: Sour, funky aromas flood the nose before the glass is even raised. Strong musky barnyard aromas, bit of bandaid, and some mild cherry syrup sweetness way in the background.

T: Flavors and sourness are extremely mild when compared to the nose. Berry-like flavors are there, but quite subdued. I'd never pick out cherry. Heavy on the musky/barnyard flavors and noticeable woodiness from the barrel aging. Finish is semi-sour and dry.

M: Light to medium bodied, but much less carbonation than say a Cantillon; almost feels a bit flat, but has the sour graininess.

D: Overall, I'm slightly disappointed in this highly-ranked lambic. I'm willing to bet that a lot has to due with the young age ( < 1 year) of this particular bottle. It's certainly drinkable and well-crafted but I was expecting a bit more of a burst of sourness and complexity in general. The taste is a bit of a letdown following the nose.

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Photo of koopa
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Buyrite in South Plainfield NJ.

Appearance: Lovely transparent cherry with a soft rose petal pink 2 finger head.

Smell: Some sourness and enough barnyard to make it smell nearly rotten.

Taste: Dry cherries in the front, yielding to barnyard flavors that bridge to a nice sour finish.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is excellent and comes across as important in this brew. Really helps to knock that barnyard and sourness down before the next sip.

Drinkability: Again the carbonation really helps this sour funky dry cherry beer go down fairly easily.

I had put this bottle in my cellar only 1 week ago but had a change of heart and decided to open it. When I opened it I noticed the cork was really if some liquid had passed through the cork and was stopped by the metal cap. Not sure if this skewed my sampling but based on the strong ratings this brew has, I'll probably try it again in the future.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/5/08. Bottle, 2005. Pours a muddy brown/red with a small light tan head. Aroma is super sour, barnyard funk. Flavor is quite tart and sour with sour fruit (I can't quite pick out cherries, just a general berry-like taste) and some oak/wood. The fruitiness keeps this from getting too sour. Even though I'm not really a fan of super sour beers, I actually enjoyed this a lot. A pleasant sour surprise.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

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

Into a tulip, pours an almost cartoonish red, clear and with rose colored spritzy head and no lacing. The aroma is more gueuze than I'm used to in my krieks, but its a welcome diversion from the often overpowering cherry found in others. Nevertheless, tart cherry is there, but extremely well balanced with the leather, the must, the funk of the gueuze base. Mouth is dry, puckering just a bit, kind of light in body. Tastes sour, with a bit of vinigar, the must and funk, the tart cherries... if this is as classic and authentic version of the style, then sign me up as a fan. It'll still take some getting used to, but its funky in all the right ways.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, "best before 09/2012," so bottled 09/2007. Poured in a big wine glass at 59 F/ 15 C.

Brilliant ruby red, small pink head, and a small amount of very finely textured lace.

Sour aroma of old oak barrel with some vanilla, cherry, horse, some mild vinegar, and some almond paste, pear, and dry leaves. Deep and mysterious, and fresh and bracing at the same time.

Tastes just as sour as the aroma suggests, like yogurt gone wild. Plenty of cherry and oak flavor, with vanilla and mild vinegar, and some pear. A hint of sweetness, first hiding behind the acidity, then disappearing completely. Almond, dried apricot, and dried leaf emerge. Long dry woodsy almondy tart fruity finish, with a bare hint of bitterness.

Texture is characterized by prickly acidity, tiny bubbles, and some woody astringency. The drinkability is limited only by the high acidity. Very refreshing.

Great tasty contemplative beer.

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Photo of sideshowrob
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this one in a cap-topped cork bottle. The cork was really dry but it was still airtight. Bit of a struggle to get it out.

Beer poured a delicious medium red with a sizzle of tiny bubbles around the rim of the goblet. No head whatsoever. The smell of sour cherries was immediately present, along with a strong tart note.

The beer had a complex but not overwhelming taste, with the sour gueuze, lambic notes and cherries all well in balance. Given this is a blended, aged beer I guess that's to be expected. No hops were harmed in the making of this beer, yet it's far from having any hint of malt domminance. Very nice.

The beer was refreshing and crisp to drink, with a heavy kiss of sour coming mid-sip. This is definately a beer for sour beer drinkers, anyone hoping for a fruity sweet domminance will be let down. This is a sipping beer, but remains light and refreshing to drink. Lovely.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, red-amber body with a small, white head.

Smell: Sour cherry nose, pits and stems are most certainly included, along with musty notes of potting soil and the antique leather of grandpa's boots.

Taste: Slight woody maltiness with only a modest amount of sweetness before you're welcomed by a tart sour cherry fruitiness. While it does exhibit a bright, puckering acidity, it's not nearly as jarring as some lambics. Touches of earthiness and leather. Finishes expectantly tart and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high, fine carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, subtle kriek beer that's a suitable choice to slake your deep lambic thirst.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Busted upon a bottle for early Thanksgiving dinner with my wife. Drank out of a champagne flute. Bottled Sept. 2007.

A - Fuchsia color with bright pink head that dissipates really quick (it was gone by the time I started typing this review!). Lots of visible carbonation. Looks like a kriek should!

S - Sour cherries, musty, but not as funky as some other krieks I've had. Some sweeter fruits in the background. Very tart - reminds me of La Folie.

T - Tart, but not overwhelmingly mouth-puckering. There's a fair bit of sweetness too, although it comes out later. Obviously sour cherry abounds, but also some green apple and maybe a hint of citrus in there. I think this is a well-balanced brew - not the masochistic sourness of other lambs and wild ales that I've had.

M - Very dry, like a good champagne. Very clean, unlike some other lambics. Carbonation tickles the palate, but otherwise this is smooth.

D - Doesn't taste like 7% (most krieks seem to be less, and this one didn't taste any more boozy). I could have a few glasses without getting "candy-mouth" (that feeling after you eat too many Sour patch kids). The nice balance of sour and sweet makes this a very drinkable kriek.

Up there with Cantillon Lou Pepe in my book...

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Photo of BMoney575
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 11-23-08
Best before 9-20-12

Pours an incredible, crystal clear reddish-purple, with a foamy pink head that settles to a thick ring. By far the coolest color I've ever seen.

Smell is super sour, with lighter fruit aromas and dark fruit aromas working together. Very complex.

Taste is mega-sour and super dry, a shock to the palate. After a few sips, sweet fruit flavors are noticeable, and it becomes all fermented grape. Very clean, and not as funky as I expected (a good thing).

Mouthfeel is great, lots of carbonation adds to the sourness.

Drinkability suffers from the extreme sour flavors. You can actually feel it on your lips.

Overall, a great beer, and perfect for a super sour hit.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this at Bello Vino for $13.99 about 6 months ago, and finally opened it tonight to drink while handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. Mainly I want to say WOW, this beer makes me pucker and hold the pose like a sphincter threatening to let loose some liquid. It is seriously sour, but after the beer caustically altered my taste buds it finally tasted delicious. The appearance is not its strong suit, ruby red and clear below the beltline but unsatisfactory lack of foam. I poured more aggressively to force some bubbles but they didn't last. Mouthfeel is puckeringly sour as mentioned, deducting some points from drinkability. I liked it but only in an S&M kind of way.

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Photo of PatronWizard
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Able to try this thanks to a generous trade from Ding. Props!!

Paper wrapped bottle. Once you unwrap this you won't know if you have a beer or a bottle of olive oil so be careful.

Cranberry-tomato juice collision for color. Cute little pink head. The first I've seen of this hue. Little retention.

Smell is mouth watering sour. What an odd concoction thus far. It's a tart kind of sour; no sweatsock scent thank God.

Very sour taste, I thought it would be milder. This'll make you pucker. In an attempt to describe and compare, I want to say this is a "clean" sour taste. I mean it doesn't have the super chalky finish of a gueuze.

Hard to judge mouthfeel when you're all puckered up. I think the fluid is mid-full bodied. It's strangely enticing. I want to take another sip again and again.

I'm much happier with this beer than I thought I would be. Let's see if I finish all 750ml.

EDIT: Of course I finished it, wtf?

Overall: Wouldn't pound one every day but this bottle is dead

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Photo of sethmeister
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy reddish amber w/ a tight off white cap of foam.

Sour and funky scent in a flute glass. When poured into a wider mouthed snifter a very strong horse blanket scent appears. Sour cherries. A metallic, almost blood-like note.

Taste is sourness. Sour and sweet cherries. Tart and acidic. Tannic. Green apple peel, lemons, grapes. Metallic notes. More funky sourness. Hidden in the mix is a flash of strawberry.

Mouth is astringent and coating. Tingly carbonation.

Drinkability for me is very low. I could only handle one and a half small glasses.

I think I am ready to admit I simply do not like sour ales and would not miss them if I never had another. That said, this is clearly a well made and complex ale and I grade it accordingly.

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

750 ml bottle.

Dark cherry red to purple body. Lively, spritzy, rocky, light violet head. Good lacing. Looks fruity! Nose is full of tart, acidic, citric character. Tart cherry and raspberry mix with a strong horse blanket-brett aroma. Musty grapes and fermented hay.

Taste starts with fruity black cherries and plums. Not quite sweet, but not quite tart. Soon, however, sharp tartness comes in. Tart cherry and raspberry forces a small pucker before moving the sides and letting the palate become a little sweeter with cherry and strawberry. Slight metallic and horse blanket edge to it all. Very nice. Fruit and hints of alcohol in the finish. Medium body with a lively feel. Very good drinkability with just the right balance of tart, funk, and fruit.

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

Pretty dark pink in color with a pale pink head on top. Very nice, peppery tart aroma backed by a healthy dose of cherry. Sulfury and somewhat sour. Huge tart flavor dominates. As it warms the cheeriness comes thru a lot better. Spicy and peppery again in the flavor. Very dry finish. Very woody tasting. Nice mouthfeel-quite bright. A great beer. Not my favorite style by far but a very enjoyable example.

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

Pours a bright orange that is just a tad red. Aroma - crisp sour smells of tarty cherries, apples, and pears. First taste is sweet and bitter with cherries, green apples, and grapes dominating the flavor. A very nice mouthfeel compliments this sour well. A good sipper that is on the mild side of sour.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark pink or light red color. Opaque with a little bit of foam.
Lots of cherries, smells almost like a desert, a little sour smell.
Very sour, but in a good way, tons of sour cherries, as well as some wild yeast notes.
A little syrupy, not to carbonated but good for style.
For a lambic this is drinkable, I would not want more than 6 oz but thats a stylistic preference.
This had also been paired with belgian waffles which was excellent.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice, mildly cloudy, reddish pink. The head is a mild pinkish white, rather fizzy, and fades to a ring in a matter of seconds. I understand its a lambic but i was hoping it to last a bit longer than that.

S: Milder than I expected, not a big amount of cherry, just whiffs here and there, raspberries rolled in a bit of vinegar. Its good but not what I was expecting when going in to this beer.

T/MF: Carbonation and tartness are there, but I can't say that I taste that much cherry, at least when compared to something like rodenbach grand cru. Nothing is offensive, in fact this beer is rather mild in terms of tartness. Given time to warm the beers sweetens a bit and takes on a more cherry like character that is both tasty and refreshing. Carbonation is sneakingly active, in that it feels almost flat on the tongue than bubbles up nicely on the tongue.

D: The little seepage I experienced was not bad after all, led it a pretty good beer. Not so much refreshing as it was lip smackingly tart, but still pretty tasty nonetheless.

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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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