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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (1380) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JAN 19, 2015
BOTTLE 75 CL. Cherry, and lots of other berries, a plain to see, along with some barnyard in the background. Green fruit acidity. The flavour is acidic, but well-rounded, green fruit, along with a light fruity sweetness - pretty much like any other lambic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mortlach (1389) - Rome, ITALY - JAN 4, 2015
4th January 2015 - On tap @Buskers Pub (Rome). Deep pigeon’s blood ruby appearance, with a medium off-white/pinkish foam. Aroma is sour red fruits, cherry, citric notes, nice and persistent. Flavour is very sour, fruity (cherry) and tart. Medium body, long persistence. Well done!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sten (710) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
Hazy dark Ruby coloured beer with a small pinkish head. Complex aroma of mild lambic and sour cherries. Medium body. Mild but intensifying, long lasting sour cherry taste. (Bottle 75cl)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NBird (552) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2014
Looks.. Blood orange red, little pink head. Smells.. Cherry and danky lambic barnyard. Tastes.. Loads of cherry, takes over as a dominant sour flavour over the green apple/lemon citrus of the lambic, dry wood finish. Great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aleigator (510) - GERMANY - DEC 21, 2014
Has a beautiful, saturated cherry-red color, with a hazy glow to it. I don’t even have to put my nose into the glass, as the whole kitchen starts to smell of funky sour cherries, while pouring the beer. The aromas combine the Flanders Red Ale vinegar, funky tartness, with a distinct Kriek fruitiness of ripe sour cherries outstandingly well. Wooden qualities compliment to the sweet cherries, adding an earthy cherry-stone note. Tastes of slightly tart cherries among earthy, barely noteable malts. A crisp note of lemon peel, as well as a higher carbonation invite the funk, which turns quite sour, with a dry aspect to it, while it never overpowers the cherries. Instead, the cherries seem to rejuvenate, while the sourness increases, evoking a refreshing spriziness. The sour aspect includes a fermented fruit note, as well as a glimpse of vinegar, among wooden malts, which turn more recognizable towards the finish, together with sweet, ripe cherries, as the funk settles down. A fruity, slick cherry flavor remains on the tongue for a longer while, with the sourness already faded.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wvhoran (454) - Tasmania, - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle with Poet and Fran. Pizza night. Pours a fairly murky red colour with little head to speak of. The aroma is a fine mix of cherry and musky barnyard character. The flavour is also very good--tart, some sweetness, good cherry flavour, mild acidity (likes lemon). Refreshing. Makes a good aperitif.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bobhund (136) - - NOV 30, 2014
Flaska köpt på Systembolaget Ringen, Stockholm. Riktigt fin i doften, smaken lever inte riktigt upp till förväntningarna som kommer av doften men fortfarande fin öl med bra syra. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fredd_an (221) - Borlänge, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2014
Fantastisk körsbärssmak. Smakar som man äter körsbär på riktigt. Surt så munnen gör miner & doften är inte fy skam heller! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SirLimpsalot (2902) - SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2014
@ Basunen 14-11-29: fin syrlig doft av körsbär. Smaken är riktigt trevlig med stora syrliga toner och lång frisk eftersmak. Gott. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ---- Soberness not garanteed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
CrookedNine (18) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 25, 2014
The aroma was very much mostly cherry with a horsey barnyard underneath. It poured a hazy deep red with a pinkish head that dissipated quickly leaving no lace at all. I drank this at about 12ºC, and it started out with a nice interplay between sweet and sour. It got better as it warmed to room temperature, and by the end of this 750mL bottle, it was decidedly delicious. Very tart without being too mouth puckering. The blend is spot on. A pleasantly thin-ish mouthfeel that got more viscous the warmer the ale got. Overall I enjoyed this one a lot. I am always hesitant to give such high marks, but damnit this one deserves it.

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