Kriek De Ranke | Brouwerij 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 JLeege
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
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 -6.4%
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 -0.5%
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 -11.4%
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%
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 +2.4%
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 +5.9%
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%
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 -15.9%
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 -18.7%
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 -2.8%
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 +3.1%
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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Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a 1 or 2-year old bottle (lost track of the cellaring) with a few friends. While the cherry kriek aspect was very mild, there was a wonderfully rich sour character that was big but perfectly balanced.

It reminds me of the great fruit sours coming out of Cantillon so much so that I wonder if they supplied any of the base beer. The sour puckering isn't too strong, but you can certainly feel it at the back of your jaw. The tart cherry is mixed with biting lemon and almost floral barnyard funk.

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Photo of Bree8966
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! When poured, the cloudy rose color is stunning with a nice little short lived pink head.

The aroma...You are greeted with intense tart cherry, strawberry and a slight vinegar nose. One whiff and my mouth was watering with anticipation for that first sip.

It has the wonderful tart cherry flavor you expect, but so much more. Add to the tart cherry some sour/tart strawberry and balsamic vinegar. The sourness was pleasant without overwhelming you. It is not quite as acidic as you would think from the first smell.

Crisp and medium body and oh so delicious. I would definitely recommend this and drink it again.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage. When I popped the top I was temporarily horrified. It had a ring of green puss with grey and red in the center. Wine drinkers would be horrified. But Wild Ales drinkers rejoice! There's funk in that bottle!

Pours a cloudy ruby body with a short lived fizzy pink head.

Aromas of tart cherry, raspberries, fruit driven, but with notes of balsamic vinegar the sourness is not lacking. My mouth is watering with anticipation. With my second glass, a warmer bottle revealed strong notes of dirty gym socks. The second half is much funkier than the first.

Yes! The whole, fresh, Polish cherries lend a hint of sweetness before quickly turning sour. Red wine vinegar takes over mid palate with a burst of acidity. The finish is sour pink grapefruit. Oak mellows and rounds the intensity, but this a very acidic beer. Not mouth puckering, but close. Newbies beware.

Crisp carbonation, medium body, seems to suit the beer very well.

If only more Lindemans Kriek drinkers could appreciate beer like this. Best kriek I have tasted. Better than drie fonteinen oude kriek, cantillon kriek or boon kriek. I have not tried Schaerbeekse Kriek, but I'm guessing this one is close. An honor to enjoy. Worldclass stuff.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Best before 04 2013. Poured into a tulip glass an opaque reddish color with a slight collared pinkish head. The aroma has a nice semi-sweet cherry along with some funk. The taste is nice and sour with a nice sweet cherry balance. Light mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Not extremely sour but sour enough to garner a slight pucker. Pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red with a tight head. The aroma is barnyard and fresh cherries presenting a pleasant tartness and a nice sourness. There is also this really beautiful floral note in there as well. The flavor has tons of fresh cherry tartness along with a big sour character and a mild bit of vinegar. The finish is a tad salty but somehow that works. The mouth feel is sprizy and almost champagne like at times.

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Photo of samie85
3.44/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes; originally 11/19/10.

A-Pours a strawberry color with a one finger, pinkish head.

S-Really sour, tart smelling with some funk and a bit of lemon.

T-A lot of sour, tart, lactic cherries with some lemon, the slightest hint of sweetness, and some leather.

M-Light bodied with medium to heavy carbonation.

D-One of the more sour, one dimensional fruit lambics I've had.

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Photo of beerhan
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle with no markings on it, just a paper sleeve. Bottled in December 2005. Poured into a snifter with a thin white head that dissipates rather quickly but carbonation is still very present after five years. Comes out a lovely grapefruit color with such strong cherry notes. Tastes very tart and fruity. Mostly cherry but it has a lot of geuzzyness to it that really stands out. Feels great in the mouth but still makes your eyes cringe a little. Incredibly drinkable. I need more.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward to popping this one open. The plain bottle conceals a sparkling red beer with present but minimal foam.

It smelled like sour funky cherries immediately upon opening. Has the smell of a beer with intense lacto sourness, and a bit of sweat and a little horse shit too. Even somewhat perfumey as it warms. Very nice.

Oh yeah, high sourness on this one, it approaches Cantillon's 100% Kriek with pucker-ocity. Explodes in your mouth like a Warhead. Sweetness at or near zero. Sour cherry upfront, hints of sweat and leather at the back end.

While it doesn't give the appearance of being tremendously carbonated, there is plenty enough of it, and the carbonation present is on par with that of the best lambics.

Kriek de Ranke is no beginner sour. This is intense and tasty. Right up there with the highly coveted Cantillons and Drie Fonteinens, nearly as good as Kriek gets.

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Photo of Kaldak
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite Lambic's. I love how the paper reveals a plain bottle so you can pretend you are trolling 16th century Europe.

It helps that the beer is very well done, with a great sour taste and the sweetness is subtle without overwhelming. The color is a nice burgundy and I prefer it in a tulip.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 75cl (750ml) bottle at De Bierkoning and poured it into a Geuze Boon branded glass. Bottled on - April 2008.

Printed on the wrapper around the bottle: Unfiltered & Unpasturized - On base of old Flemish beer, Lambic and sour cherries - Ingredients: barley malt, wheat, hops, sour cherries, sugar, yeast and water.

A: Pours an amazing light cherry red hue with almost a brownish tint to it, big bubbles that cling in clusters along the inside of the glass and surprisingly no head and no lace.

S: Sweet and funky wood with strong sour fruit aromas (obviously from the cherries).

T: Similar to the smell but the sour funk is even stronger (old books and leather), with a dry woody sweetness that is absolutely amazing - really surprised with how pronounce the cherries are without having any sweetness, but at the same time, not tasting unripened or bitter. The cherries somehow dominate while still remaining perfectly balanced - A+

M: Extremely dry and smooth (like a quality champagne), light bodied with small vigorous bubbles that roll across the palate perfectly.

D: In my 21 years of drinking beer, this is the easiest drinking, most pleasant Lambic I have ever had the pleasure of tasting.

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Photo of kkipple
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Prototypic for sending me this months and months ago, finally got 'round to cracking it with friends in the first cool days of Autumn. The 750ml bottle reads 04 - 2013, which would make this a 2008 vintage. The bottle fill is absurdly high - delightful!

A. After removing the classy white wrapper, the beer is cracked and poured from a heavy dark green bottle into my dependable little Tripel Karmeliet glass. The beer is a very attractive and regal blood-orange red, clear with a tiny head, and with bubbles that stick to the glass beneath the surface. Easily as pretty as they get.

S. Hmm... Tart! A sharp tart-funk up front (but more tart than funk) is a real eye-opener, and this is before the delicious, bold cherry-sweetness hits. Rich and clean, this is quite engaging, and with only hints of oak and a slight metallic tinge, the real star is the lush sour fruit. Nothing wrong here.

T. Quite tart - sour lactic - but not too intense or overbearing. Lemon, some reserved funk, and clean. After the initial shock, the waves of rich cherry flavor flood in and stick around long into the mouth-puckering finish. The flavor fills the mouth and is very, very good. The Girardin here is evident. Nothing ground-breaking here, simply a classic Kriek and one that can stand up to anything from Cantillion or Drie Fonteinen.

M / D. Fine carbonation, really quite perfect, and a long, dried out cherry-tart finish that fades out with panache.

Kriek De Ranke is really about as good as I've had for the style; a wonderful blend that avoids being too sour or too funky and gives up lots of red-cherry tart lovin' pretty much all night. Highly recommended for the sour-fruit beer lover.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly brightened pink cherry color with a white head that is ever so slightly tinted pink. Smell is dominated by cherries, but isn't quite as pungent as offerings from Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen. Mild bit of funk, but nothing extraordinary at this point. Taste is again, loads of cherries, and is well integrated with the sourness and hints of earth. Mouthfeel is slightly dry, but certainly not overly so. Good sourness level with just a bit of acetic character. Drinkability is quite smooth. If this were easier to come by around here, it just might become a staple.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours apple-skin red with a half finger of light pink head.

The aroma is dusty/musty up front with a nice sour cherry backbone. Notes of pear, acetone, leather boots, and pool water. Nice.

The flavor is attic corner and apple skin up front. Lots of vinegar in the finish. The cherries aren't huge but they lend nicely to the finish. I also pick up some horse blanket and lipstick.

The body is medium, carbonation is a bit stingy, and this is dry as desert sand. I would describe it as more tart than sour, although there is definitely a distinct sourness on the back of the throat.

Overall this is a fine kriek. Perhaps not as subtle and delicate or as blisteringly sour and fruity as some of the top examples, but a fine beer that is worth the high purchase price for sure.

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Kriek De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
4.22 out of 5 based on 476 ratings.
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