Brewed by Brouwerij De Ranke
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Dottignies, Belgium
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
sunevdj (3448) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 23, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2007 Pours dark red with a nice pink head. Very sour with aromas of vinegar and sour cherries. Sour and slightly bitter finish. We tried to mix this one with the abnormaly sweet Kasteel Donker - They both got a bit better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2006
From bottle. 75cl e.

Pours a dark cloudy red. Bubbly, fast dissipating pinkish, white head. Aroma sour (funky) with slight hints of vanilla and oak. Flavor acidic and sour. Slight cherry notes come through as it warmed. Finish was dry and no offensive lasting aftertaste. Mouthfeel was fizzy, carbonation was soild.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 15, 2006
Pours a beautiful glowing reddish pink with an equally beautiful head of pink froth and lacing. The aroma is heavily acidic with notes of horse-hair, almonds, vanilla, and a huge wallop of sour cherries. The body is spritzy, light, refreshing, and exceedingly dry. The flavors are dominated with the sour cherries that are encased and magnified by the incredible sourness of the brett and lactic cultures. The finish is dry and quick with no off-flavors whatsoever.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2006
pale brown color. smells like cherry vinegar. acidic and sour almost to the point of vinegar. but when you think it’s gonna over do it it fades into a cherry sweetness. not the best kriek but still enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5506) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Bottled. Murky red body. Nose is muddled cherry, soured fruits, and light woodiness. Taste is tart cherries but has a light sweetness to it. Some light barnyardy type flavors, along with some wet wood and a hint of earth tones add to this. Body is sharp and acidic with a dryness throughout around the edges and during the finish. Ends with more sour cherry, light woody flavors, faint damp earthiness, and light barnyardy notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Dark red colored pour with not much head at all. Nice black cherry aroma with a mild sour cherry taste. I like the smell better than the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Almost vinegar like sour cherry aroma. Red colored beer with a thick and creamy pink head that lasts. Acidic and sour cherry flavor is mouth puckering yet extremely easy to drink. Almost chuggable. Dry and tangy finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 10, 2006
(03/2006) Someone said this was better than a Hanssens Kriek ... I disagreed, but this, indeed, is a tasty, tasty beer. Deep, hazy red with a spritzy, unlasting, pink head. Big cherry aromas with acidic and woody notes as well. Citric, lemony acidity mixes well with an oaky, deeply cherry taste. Complex play of all of these flavors that changes as the glass warms up. Very spritzy, medium-bodied, and dry on the palate. A fine, drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2006 75 cl bottle, bottled Aug 04. Light cherry coloured with a slight haze and a thin and rapidly disappearing pink head. Sour-sweetish, lightly lactic aroma with some woody notes and fruit stones. Very dry, tart taste with very rich fruit and a nutty-bitterish background/aftertaste. Dryish mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Thanks to Tim! Brownish/orange red. Nose has cherries, funk, some balsamic, oak, lemon. Cherry, good strong malt, oak, sweet tarts. A drier version of what I remember the orig. Rodenbach being.

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