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


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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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - AUG 16, 2006
Bottle. Cherry is in good blance with the beer in this fluidum, but it is more like a lambic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2006
Tasted at Vinens Verden... Really nice kriek. Pink, red in colour. Cherryfreshness, almost as a lambic in taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8832) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2006
Bottle from The Offie, Leicester. Blood red and pink with a small pink head. Aromas are sour cherries and blood oranges with wood, hints of soft cheese and wood. Aromas are tart cherries and lemon with creamy cheese. Woody and dry towards the finish. Pleasingly agricultural.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2009 Catford Beer Festival. Shared a bottle with Harrisoni. First sample poured carefully without sediment. Red coloured with a pink head. Sharp, fruity aroma with lots of woody notes, spice and pepper. To taste there is lots of pleasing dryness, tart cherry character, oak and mostly sour. Rather like a kriek lambic. With the sediment poured in the it was less attacking, the sourness smoothed out and the carbonation also. A really rather interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (15040) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2006
75cl bottle shared with Joeh at Catford BF 06. Hazy red colour with thin pink head. Sour farmyard aroma. Faint red cherry. Interesting sourness in mouth. Farmyard is quite strong on aroma. Added a bit of yeast and made it creamier. The guy pouring it, poured it clear and gave us the sediment in a separate glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2006
Bottle... Cloudy, orange-red ale with a mid-sized, creamy, pink head. Great retention. Woodsy, acidic aroma. Must, lemon and cherries. Sour cherry flavor with lots of astringent wood and no sweetness. Medium-bodied and sharp with sufficient carbonation. Sour, dry finish. Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Pours a nice, deep reddish color. Thin pinkish head. Sour cherries fill the aroma. Taste is very dry and very sour/tart. A decent amount of cherries hit the tastebuds.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (14158) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2006
Bottled, 0,75 lt, vintage 2004
Deep cherry red, clear, small firm reddish head. Earthy, sour fruity nose - very Cantillon-like. Sour cherries, overall somehow watery palate with metallic notes. Dry, delicious sour-fruity finish and long sour aftertaste. Earthy notes. Alcohol is completely hidden. Extremely drinkable "lambic", just lacks some "deep fruityness" of eg. Cantillon Kriek.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
sunevdj (3479) - 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.

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