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


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RATINGS: 626   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Pours beautiful red with an off white head. Aroma very strong and a bit off putting. Taste very sour but without the depth of other good Kireks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 17, 2007
750 ml Bottle (Bottled 07/2004) - Poured a dark reddish crimson with a little creamy, fluffy off-pink-white head, all kinds of black particles floating around in it (especially the last pour of the bottle). Looks great. Smells of cherries, other fruits, earth, oak, funk, and sourness/acidity. Taste is what I have come to expect from these types of beers - a very authentic, non-artifical, cherry flavor, which isn’t too sweet followed by a tart, sour, and slightly bitter aftertaste. My only complaint with this beer is it really too good of a mix between the two - such that both tasted a little dulled - still very good though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2007
Bottle @ Rudolf’s ’Sourfest’. Murky tomato juice like body with a quick massive head that erupts out of the bottle then fades away to very little. Musty, light barnyard funk in the aroma, not a lot of fruit presence. Sourness is relatively restrained though still quite present, very light cherries. A decent, relatively accessible Kriek. 7/3/7/3/15 <P>"Thumbs up. Heey-ey!" - IPfreely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7013) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2007
750 @ Rudolf’s Sour tasting with Rudolf, Jerc, frylock & IPFreely. Bright red with sour funky nose. Not as sour or tart as I anticipated. funky sour lambic taste followed by cherry. these are starting to grow on me

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2007
12/29/04. 750 ml. Bright cherry red with small white head. Sharp sour aroma with a hint of cherry. Pleasant cherry sour somewhat tart but not near as tart as Cantillon

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyit (3671) - 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 (7882) - NUNEATON, TOP, 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.

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