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

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RATINGS: 536   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2004
UPDATED: APR 22, 2008 20040600 Brewtopia’04. Red, plum skin color, murky, no head. Bursting ripe cherry on nose. Reminds me of early season Flathead cherries: sour, tart cherry flavor, sort of musty on nose and tongue. Dry and sweet.

Re-rate at Spuyten Beast of the Yeast 20070610. Very effervescent and lithe. Nice cherry tartness with maybe a hoppy bite? Chock full of cherries. bumped score slightly from 8-3-9-4-15

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maeib (8598) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Served from a nice capped and corked 750ml. Crystal clear red body with tons of visible carbonation. There was a white head just for a touch but it disappeared quickly. Nice sour tart cherry aroma with no detectable sweetness. There is a slight chlorine note, but it could be in my head. The flavor is extremely tart with a great pucker effect. There is a very dry finish with a hint of brett. There is a bunch of carbonation on the tongue giving it a nice mouthfeel. Overall a good beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wacho (52) - Izegem, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2008 smaakvol kriekenbier met een zeer fruitige azijnzuresmaak en een lichte toets van het Gerardinlambic en de noorderkrieken uit Polen.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cheap (3967) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2009
This bottle of stuff is wrapped in white wrapping paper that has red print on it. Don’t throw away the wrap, cause there is nothing printed on the bottle, cool. Farmy sour cherry aroma when I pop the conventional beer cap. Poured from a big champagne size green bottle, no cork. A reddish colored lavender colored beer and its cloudy from the glop on the bottom. Delicious bona fide lambic flavors, sourness is puckering. After each sip I think I detect some hops in there but it never really develops, stays friendly thru each guzzle. Lambic oh lambic, my friend real lambic; the beer of beers, the history of beers. Sour to the bone and more. Takes me back to the first time I ever had something sour. I have always loved sour as far as I can remember and this is the epitome of sour enjoyment. . Has more real lambic flavors than most fruit lambics. OK, so now I see it is a sour ale, but the label says lambic added. Oh well, tastes like a lambic to me! Finish? What finish? I can’t believe the whole bottle is gone! Balderdash! You better be careful, this stuff gives no hint of alky in there. De Rank Kreik S7L5F5T89O18

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Bottle with best by date of 09 2012, bottled in September 2007. Murky purple color with a thin white head that rapidly disappears to leave scant lacing. Aroma of sour citrus and cherries. Taste begins with fruit and grows progressively more sour, with notes of grapefruit toward the finish. Great body. Very dry. Brett character is apparent, and complexity is decent. Nice one.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Bottle. A - Vibrant cherry red color with a slightly smaller than average, white foamy head. It somewhat reminds me of cranberry juice that comes out of a machine. Head goes away fast and leaves only trace lacing. S - Slightly sweet and acidic cherry smell on initial whiff with a typical Flanders Red/Bruin and funky smell in there as well. On the finish of the smell, a strong tart cherry aroma comes out and lingers. A touch of the sweetness comes back on the finish in subsequent smells. This makes for a wonderful cherry aroma on the finish that lingers. T - Good mix of tart, sweet, and sour cherry throughout. Some sour and tart flavor initially. This gives to some sweet cherry flavor along with a good amount of malt. Some earthy and woody flavors also come out. Just a bit of funky flavor and slight acidic taste. The finish has some tart and sweet cherry. M - Light to medium body with average carbonation. Pretty smooth, and a little drying, but definitely nothing compared to some other sours. D - A pretty drinkable beer with a nice balance of sweet, tart, acidic, and sour. Doesn’t overpower the palate and pretty refreshing. Not as sour or puckering as other sours. Notes: Best before 09/2012. Nice lambic that isn’t as sour or puckering as a lot of sours but also doesn’t have a cloying or artificial sweetness. Good balance of flavors featuring a lot of aspects of cherry. Very enjoyable lambic, may not quite be world class, but a solid one. Worth trying.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2010
Beautiful ruby red body, nice off-white/slightly pink head. Big tart pie cherry nose, lots of funk, yogurt and cheese. Light to moderate sweetness, light to moderate sourness, lots of funk, excellent cherry character, nice almond notes, some honey sweetness. Medium body is round and well carbonated. Awesome.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirdeye11 (5488) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2010
(750ml bottle best by 04-2013) opaque very bright red, long lasting white head. Nose of funky tart cherries, very subtle char, very tart tangerine, amazing. Taste of very tart cherries, very light charred barrel, funky, delicious. An awesome kriek. Perfect carbonation, long lasting linger of tart cherry and wet wood.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilligoose (3222) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 24, 2010
WHAT A GREAT BEER. perfect balance between tart, moderate to heavy lactic sourness, sweet leathery funk, and cherries. super clean leathery funk. not terribly complex, but super well crafted. ultra clean. really diggin the clean cowhid leather and basement funk. berries give great balance to the sharp lactic sourness. nice and dry. would drink all the live long day. awesome beer.


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