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

bottled
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RATINGS: 658   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JorisPPattyn (9242) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2003
(Pinkish) head gone in four seconds flat (apt, that); deep garnet red, hazy, with a brownish hue. "Tart" nose with ripe cherries and cherrymost. Aromas of Cherry Heering and portwine (no madeirisation). Very tart, extremely woody, old oak-like taste. Acidity nearly lemon-like, only one step away from the great lambic-based krieks. Earthy aroma's, and flavours as from over-ripe fruit, or the pulp from pressed winegrapes. Quite well-bodied. The acidity lends it a false thinnish feeling. Dry-out effect. A truly great top-fermenting kriek. Not quite that, but all the same in the spirit of the Crombé kriek.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2004
750 ml bottle [best before 9/2006 - drank fresh 1/2004]: pours a slightly transparent purple/maroon with quite a few clear bubbles between the body and the glass. Light pink head exudes a full and funky aroma: mashed cherry skins, iron, well-worn leather, along with cold, dry cobwebs. Flavours straight out of a deep, dry stone cave: limestone, must, leather, oak, and a dry, tart cherry bitterness in the finish. What an amazing beer, from a brewery that is quickly moving up in my book!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 12, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2004 This beer pours a beautiful murky red with a soft white head. Aroma is similar to a lambic with some cherry and citrus. The cherry flavor is subtle and smooth, fresh, balances nice and the sweetness does not take away from the underlying sourness. Absolutely wonderful, and a huge hit with everyone who tried this during the night, beer drinker or not.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
diabel (1678) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2004
Pink head, fairly lacing and fully diminishing. Bottle conditioned, large particles and a thin density. Red, cloudy body. Cherry aroma. Lightly acidic, lightly bitter initial flavour. Moderately acidic, lightly bitter long finish. Oily texture. Lively mouthfeel. The brewer told me that part of the flavour is due to 30% Girardin Lambic in this beer. And you can surely confirm it when you smell and drink this marvelous beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 21, 2004
75cl bottle dated 01/06 making this bottle a bit over 3years old. Tissue papper wrapper reveals bottle with absolutely no lable. Cherry red with slight head retained. Sour, sour cherry, smells like a Lambic. Drinks quite well if you like sours! Taste is an assortment of different sours, some barnyard leather and cherry. I really dig this brew, makes me want to drink a Cantillon.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2654) - 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 (8749) - 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 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 (5152) - Beaver Valley, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VictorStr (1740) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2015
[Ölresa Bryssel med Wihlan 2015] @ Moeder Lambic. bästa krieken hittills ! Aromen av fantastisk körsbär, röd fin färg ned högt skum. Smaken är perfekt balanserad.


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