Kriek De Ranke | Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke

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4.2/5
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498 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Brasserie 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,385
Reviews:
251
Ratings:
498
pDev:
9.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of headlessparrot
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dense, almost-opaque purple/punk with some pink-ish head that recedes quickly to some lacing around the glass.

Smells almost . . . sweaty? With a bit of copper, some almost chlorine scent? Definite vinegar. Tart cherries, Vinous. Milky.

Taste is, again, funky, almost sweaty. Soapy? Sour cherries, slight milkiness, balsamic vinegar. The alcohol is noticeable beneath the layers of sweet and tart and funky. Moderate body, moderate-high carbonation.

Your enjoyment of this will hinge on what you make of the slightly funky/sweaty/chemical scent and taste. Get beyond that and it's lovely (the cherry flavour is not quite as pronounced as others I've had in the style, it's not quite so sweet). If you can't, this is going to turn you right off.

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Photo of impending
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BenBreeg
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dataylor21
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kristinc
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fabiand
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wordemupg
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip 14/9/15

A hazy dark red liquid with a large pink foam, I'm loving the color, the head sits around for a few sips leaving a couple partial rings

S lots of wet wood, cheesy funk, just a hint of vinegar, lots of cherries, a little raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, wet moldy basement, its very musty stuff with heaps of fruit

T more vinegar, still plenty of wet wood, not the same level of fruit the nose had, some lemon rind, cherries are sour and tart

M has a little sour pucker, lighter side of medium, fluffs up and flattens out, tannin like grit all over the mouth, funky, fruit lingers

O its a great example of the style and the couple extra percent are completely hidden, I could've gone higher for taste or smell so a little jacked up here

I could've swore I'd reviewed this one before but what do I know? I thought this one was solid start to finish and I'm a little surprised its mot more sought after

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Photo of blisscent
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FLima
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber red pinkish color with a fluffy pink head with short retention. It gets brown in the last pour.
Funky sour and vinous aroma with notes of horse sweat, sulfur, cherries, cranberries and mold. Strong in the very first minutes than becomes softer. Aging this is a trade between nose and mouth and I would choose mouth...
Intense sour flavor with notes of sulfur, lemon with peel, sour cherries, vinegar, unripe green grapes, quite earthy, dank wood, a pinch of salt though more like Eno Sodium bicarbonate, cranberries, quinine and raspberries. Despite the fruit addition, this is less sweet than any regular beer. Puckery dry, though not aggressive, aftertaste with an acid and must finish.
Light body with appropriate carbonation for the style. Alcohol of 7% is no way there.
Very complex and bold Kriek, still not unbalanced and with an earthy and vinous character (this last one might come from Rodenbach yeast reuse of the first batches when the brewery would give their prop yeast). Nice surprise once the fruit is not much present as appropriate for the style. It sure resides in the top bar for Krieks. I had been cellaring this for a while and it was now close to their best date, it resulted in a much attenuated Kriek. I understand there is a limitation of just 1500 bottles per year (due to the yeast story above); I am glad that Brazil has received more than its fair share. The big bottle went down easily and I sure could have had more.

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Photo of yasky
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarthT
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MLDucky
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of REVZEB
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tkrane
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SteeleWright
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jroof1
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OKFine
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bristopher89
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texsuds
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Prospero
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CSO
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Kriek De Ranke from Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 498 ratings