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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - DEC 7, 2005
(on bottle at CPH Yeha05) Best rotten cheerykerns I ever smelled. Mouthfeel like champagne, perfect. Nicely balanced acid and tartness, along with sweetnes, fruity flavours and dustyness; excelent made. finishes with a bite, good stuff indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2005
Hazy reddish colour with a small pink head. Fruity and yeasty aroma with a light sourness. Tart dusty flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Very dusty nose of cherries, with a good amount of tartness. Pink colored body with a small white head. Flavor of sour cherries, which turns into a regular tartness. One of the best non-lambic fruit beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (21938) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2005
Bottled. Hazy red coloured with a small white head. Acidic aroma of fruits and wood with notes of berries. Acidic flavour of fruits and berries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebeertourist (4972) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 30, 2005
Aroma is cherry with a lemony background. Complex vanilla and wood tones are also present. The short-lived head on top of the orangey-red beer is pinkish. Very sour, but with balancing sweetness provided by the cherries. Long, dry woody aftertaste leaving the mouth dry (and wanting more!). Medium body, good carbonation. A world classic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2005
Pours bright red with little head but you can hear the carbonation. I can smell the tart muskiness at arms length. Some sour cherry aroma with muscat and cherry pits. Very sour. Funky barnyard flavor with just a hint of cherry and an extra clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2005
Pours a pure deep with an initial head but fades. Aroma is strong with sour cherry and some yeasty funkiness. Lots of lactobacillus-like sourness all around and finishes very dry. Also has a bit of tart cherries in the finish which was nice. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 1, 2005
Pours a cherry red with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Smells quite funky. Horseblanket, salty, sour ripe cherry. Taste is sour and funky. Very earthy and barnyard-like in the flavor. Sour cherry, quite tart. Not a lot of sweetness here. Crisp and dry in the mouth. A whole lot going on here, not sure I was able to catch it all on the first go around. A bit of a sipper due to the sourness but really tasty stuff nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2009 Bottle at GBBF, August 2005. Lets think about what I don’t like in a lot of fruit beers. Artificial aroma: Not this one - funky farmyard character, not boiled sweets. Artificial flavour: Nope - definitely gives the impression of genuine sour cherries, and plenty of them. Sticky mouthfeel: No way - this has a lot of sour acidity to cut through the fruit. Too sweet: Definitely not - this is very dry indeed (I like that). Lack of body: Well maybe this doesn’t have the fullest mouthfeel but it does have woody and vinous depths that work well with the fruit. No clout: Not this one - certainly not a puny confection, with plenty of character and a generous 7% alcohol punch (which doesn’t intrude too much). In short, this has pretty much all I could want in a non-lambic (OK so there may be some lambic in the mix) fruit beer. But I still generally prefer beer to taste of beer than of fruit, so a fruit beer has to be really well done for me to appreciate it. This hits the spot perfectly. The very bright red/pink colour is a bit alarming though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (21326) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2005
Bottled. Red colour, small white head. Sour cherry flavour and aroma. Very dry finish. Hides it’s ABV well.

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