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


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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyit (3621) - Vadum, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2007
Hazy reddish of color with a reddish head. An aroma of horse, sour berries and sour toes, no sweets. A flavor of fruits and fruitstones, notes of sweets, nice sour - wellbalanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7768) - NUNEATON, 3rd, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2007 Pinkish haze, silky head, acetic nose. Not a cherrydrop in sight. The-right-side-of-vinegar lambic sharpness. Sherbety acid, very distant fruit. Teaspoons of soil. Certainly a lick of barrel. Could use an infusion of... cherryness. Authentic? No doubt about it. But I needed a Gaviscon chaser just to get through this one. Not a complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 14, 2007
750 ml bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar. Cloudy red with a fizzy pinkish head. Sour fruit and oak aroma. Initially sour cherry taste with an intense tartness quickly following and finishing with a lingering mild sourness and oak taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2007
From a 750mL Bottle. Hazy ruddy pour with a healthy layer of fizzy pink head. Aromas of tart cherry skins, pomegranate seeds, and herbal raspberry leaves float from the glass. The cherry nose is satisfactorily natural and tart, but is relatively clean and straight forward. Light to medium bodied, crisply carbonated mouthfeel. Flavors are sweet and fruity; loads of cherries without much acidity or woody dryness. A squeeze of lemon adds a touch of tartness and contributes to the fresh fruity qualities of the beer. A fresh herbal, leafy quality adds some complexity in the places I find myself missing the oak or acidic funk.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - AUG 4, 2007
Bottiglia da 75cl al Pub del Duca (12€ ben spesi): già il contenitore è una delizia, con incartocciamento sottile e fragile fin sopra al tappo (duplice, come già insegnò Cantillon: corona e sughero insieme per proteggere un prodotto unico). Versa nel bicchiere con aspetto rosso acceso e schiuma vivace e leggiadra, non pochissima per il genere ma molto rapida a svanire; aroma complesso, abbacinante, gradevolissimo di ciliegia asprigna e un fondo di gomma, legno e muffa. Il lambic aspro e ottimo di Girardin domina il sapore, insieme alla splendida fragranza delle ciliegie: sorso dopo sorso si crede di riconoscere la base di oud bruin, ma è difficile scindere l’armonia di un sapore così articolato. Corpo vivace e vinoso, ma allo stesso tempo abbastanza leggero e rinfrescante. Semplicemente stupenda.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2007
Sampled at Stone’s Sour Festival, July 2007. Dark red brew with just a little bitt of white foam up top. Aroma is like cherry soda. Flavor is very fruity, but very very sour. great smooth tart finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (2906) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2007
BCTC - fresh bottle being poured by the Shelton Bros table. Pours a murky red with orange tints. Small head. Aroma is wham! in your face tart sour cherry. So damn sour and so nice. Taste is so acidic (even Cantillon-esque) and full of over soured cherry. Aftertaste is long and sour and did i mention acidic. This was the biggest surprise of the fest for me. It sure tricked me into thinking this is straight Kriek and not a fruit beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daniele (6779) - ITALY - JUL 21, 2007
rossa dato dall’utilizza di di una parte di birra kriek a fermentazione spontanea sentore di muffa schima poca e debole data l’acidità elevata molto piacevole dopo qualche sorso

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonas (6177) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUL 19, 2007
Horseblanket, leather, cobweb, cherry ash - quite some aroma there. Cloudy red, pink head. Horseblanket and the other notes find themselves in the mouth as well, good sourness. Sparkly mouthfeel. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3008) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Bottled sampled with stegosaurus. Pours a hazy red with a small pink head. Aroma of sour cherries, wood, and a hint of citrus. Flavor is dry and fruity with a tart finish

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