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

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RATINGS: 568   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8939) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2005
Good till 2015. Quick fading head, more red than pink. Aroma more strawberry than cherry. Intense flavour, acidic, above-average carbonation. Sourness, but not mouth puckering, very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tejas (882) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2005 Nice faded red color. Sour but not overly sour nose. Zero head. Tart cherry/rasberry flavors but not too much so. A nice balance between drinkablilty & sourness. Dry palate but still thirst quenching & refreshing. I really like this. If I could get it here, it would go into the regular rotation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2005
For those who are wondering, this is a mixture of 30% Girardin lambic, 35% Sour Pale Ale and 35%, new, unhopped pale ale. Of course this information comes directly from Shelton Brothers wesbite, which I would recommend you read if you are wondering how this beer is produced. The brewers really want this to resemble traditional Kriek lambic, and in many ways they succeeded. Unfortunately its not nearly as wood influenced as lambic (although it is corky) and it’s maliciously sour (maybe even too much so, dare I say it), hiding subtle nuances. Lightly vinous, with a fairly light sour cherry influence. Gentle aroma, with a cherry red color and low carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2005
2004 bottle consumed July 2005. Light strawberry to deep, blood-red color as the pour progresses and more sediment is added. Good-sized head with light whisps of lacing. Smells of tart yeast, cherry medicine (dry), black pepper and a merlot-shiraz mix. Flavor is black chery meat, sour cherry skins, lots of cherry medicine and black pepper. Light vinousness and very yeasty, but dry and lightly tart throughout. Tingly carbonation carries a spiciness all over the palate. Just really well-done and drinkable. Low acidity hits the back of the mouth. Retronasal hops?? Very earthy and leafy, if that’s really what it is. Medium to medium-full body. I drank this bottle over the course of 2 weeks (stuffing the cork back in between sessions) and it was flat, but not anywhere near thin or watery. Really interesting beer, I find myself falling somewhat short of being able to describe it as well as I would like.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierkoning (10563) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 8, 2005
Lovely ruby red color. A cherry aroma comes up immediately after opening the bottle (bottled nov. ’03, # 5). In the aroma not only cherry and cherry pits, but also dusty and vinous, like old Oud Zottegems Kriek. Sour flavor, with oak, cherry, cherry pits, almond, citrus, even chewing gum. Absolutely "brut" and a bit thin. Very well made cherry flavored Flemish sour, in the best tradition of this almost disappeared ale.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madsberg (10459) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2005
Bottled @ GBBF 2005: Red coloured. Unclear. Not much head. Sweetish cherry aroma with a light sour touch. Flavour is dry and fruity and has a fresh sourness thats very cleansing. Has a light sweet cherrysourness in the end thats perfectly balanced. Has a very high drinkability. One to search for.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2005
Bottle - GBBF 2005. A rich vivrant red coloured beer with a sour farmyard cheesy almost lambic like dry aroma. The taste is beautiful. Full flavours featuring rich sour fruits and more lambic qualities. A truly great beer which I could happily drink time after time.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2005
Hazy reddish orange colour with no head. Aroma and taste of sour cherries, fruit and spices. very acidic.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pilsnerrogge (2536) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2005
Blood red colour. Fairly low head. Acidic aroma with notes of barnyard and raisins. Tart cherry flavour. Somewhat chalky finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2005
Irrésistible rouge brouillé aux teintes de rose foncé, faible formation de mousse ne se résumant qu’à ne laisser un faible cerceau sur le rebord du verre. Abrupt accueil dans un univers pleinement chaotique où volent en éclats essence de cerises rouges et cerceaux de bois dans une intense tempête de poussière et brin de scie. Acidité citronnée notable, relativement tartrique et surtout très sèche. Une expérience fascinante.


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