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

bottled
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RATINGS: 537   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Bottle, 2003 vintage. Nice burgundy color with a fluffy head and no lacing. Tart aroma of yeast and sour cherries. Taste is lightly tart cherries, malt and vinegar. Some other sour apple flavor in there as well. I drank almost the whole bottle myself and felt just fine.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2004
Pours watermelon red with little to no head. Aroma is of cherries, apples. Flavorr is of fresh, sour cherries apples. Mild for a kriek. Smooth, with little carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (9335) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 10, 2004
hazy dark reddish colour, almost no residual foam, acidic aroma of cherries and vinegar, slightly acidic, medium-bodied, strong sourness, the finish is very long and dry, deeply sour with pleasant notes of cherry - this is a solid, very beautiful lambic.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2004
Hay/barnyard with cherry stones and citrus. Red with a pink short head. So dry yet so balanced. Great sweet juicy cherry flavour with a tart finish. Full bodied, smooth. How is this not lambic? Its brilliant anyway.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2004
(750ml bottle) Pours a ruby red body with a small pinkish head. Aroma of cherries and champagne. Somewhat lively and tart. Flavor of cherries and sugar candy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Cloudy, dull raspberry color. Funky brett notes plus a deep ripeness in the nose. Nice cherry fruit quality plus a yeasty character. Clean, dry finish. A solid beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2005 Original Rating (8-3-6-3-14=3.4): Cinammon and cherries in the mildly tart aroma. Reddish-brown with white head that diminishes to ring. Mild brett character. Lightly sour cherries with some sweet malt to balance and a restrained tart finish. Fairly subdued. Low carbonation and sticky in the mouth. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, lubiere, MartinT and Rastacouere.
Rerate (8-3-7-3-15=3.6): Dusty cherries and shoe polish in the musty aroma. Opaque burgundy red wine coloured body with low white head that recedes to ring. Shoe polish, cherries, mint and cinnamon in the flavour. Medium-light body with fair carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere for Martin’s ’Bachelor Party’!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
Cloudy red color, almost no head. Great aroma of cherries and dust. Sour and dusty flavor of cherries. Dusty finish. Light body, powdery texture, soft carbonation. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2004
Best by July 2007 Nice clear ruby body, topped by a quickly diminshing light pink head. Glass lacing is above average. The aroma is cherry, musty barnyard, and a good dose of acidity. The flavor is sour cherry, barnyard up front then some woody notes. Medium dry acidic body. Nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2004
Red with small head. Cork, cherries (over-ripe!?), wood, citrus. Soft, medium body.


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