Brewed by Brouwerij De Ranke
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Dottignies, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

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RATINGS: 669   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Kriek de Rank is real Belgian sour ale fermented with cherries and then blended with real lambic. It is unfiltered and unpasterized. The de Rank brewery was founded by two good friends; Nino Bacelle & Guido Devose. To them, brewing is a weekend hobby, not an occupation. For a few hours every week they make small batches of what many consider the best specialty beers. Their beers are robust and flavorful. They use the best Hallertau and brewer’s Gold varieties of hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2008
Big pink head; ruby-red hue. Bright nose; inhaling the releasing carbon dioxide almost burned my nose hairs off. Lively carbonation; champagne-like texture, though not as carbonated. Tart and acidic. Some vinegar. Bitter, salty finish. Faintly catty. Cherry notes were far in the background. Not bad, but I thought it needed some more spunk and funk, and I like it when the cherry is a bit more evident.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2008
750ml bottle. thanks to holdenn for sharing. pours red with bright pink head. looks great! nose of cherries, bubblegum, a bit sour. flavors are cherry, bubblegum, oak, sour, vinegar. this is really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (12718) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2008
Muddy (it was a gusher) red, with a disappearing pink head. Cherry, wood and almond aroma. Very tart with a good fruity flavour. Funky and very sour, extremely close to a lambic kriek.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1863) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Tasted at Bill’s Sour tasting. Easy to drink. Lots of cherry in the aroma. Yum! Mild sourness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2008
ZBF 2008. Deep red-amber colour, with pale-pink head. Sweetish cherry stone aroma with woody notes and very gentle. Light sourish in flavour with cherries, and nicely tart. I did not find it very complex though. Still, very tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (12027) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2008
Bottle, bought @ Wohlenbergs, Sønderborg.
Pours deep amber red with a large, fizzy pink-white head. Aroma has lots of sour berries, red currants and cherries, some wood and pine. Lowish carbonation, rather creamy. Flavour is wonderfully fruity tart. There is no difference in style between this, and a cherry lamic. Wonderful funkiness with barnyard, super dryness. The ABV is not felt - except afterwards :o). As others has pointed out, it may lack the complexity of a ’real’ kriek, but this is exceptionally drinkable nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - MAY 8, 2008
Bottle. Hazy deep red coloured with a big lively pink foam. This beer has a great sound! The foam disappears quickly and leaves almost no lacings. Aromas of sour berries, cherry and some wood. Flavour is sour and rich of tannins. This on is missing a little complexity I guess, but a fair kriek though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - MAY 6, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009 75cl bottle. Opaque red currant color, small pink head. Red currants and cherry on the nose. Natural berry sourness. Flavor is tart red currants, little cherry and grainy malts. Very quick finish, some wheaty malts and berry seeds. Medium bodied, quite smooth and a little tannic palate. Unsweetened berry juice, without the complexity of lambics. (7 4 7 3 14)
Re-rate: Very refreshing, authentic brew with loads of cherry fruitiness and good acidic kick. Not the most complex one, but definitely enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wacho (52) - Izegem, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2008 smaakvol kriekenbier met een zeer fruitige azijnzuresmaak en een lichte toets van het Gerardinlambic en de noorderkrieken uit Polen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lothore (621) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
A-Pours a deep reddish plum color adorned with an ample 1 finger red tinted head which fades to lacing. Lots of carbonation present. S- Smell is extremely sour, predominantly raspberries along with other mixed citrusey fruits. T- Taste was fruity at first followed by what can only be explained as a tsunami of sourness that harasses the palate. Inexplicably tart and wonderful at the same time however perhaps a tad unbalanced. M- Thick and very bubbly, champagnesque in its carbonation. D- This is not a very drinkable beer in my book. I have had sour beers that I enjoyed much more than this. While I didn’t hate it, it just didn’t come together for me. I think it takes something special to make a drinkable sour beer and this one just fell short.

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