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


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RATINGS: 674   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JorisPPattyn (9530) - 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.

   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!

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
diabel (1680) - 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.

   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

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cheap (5363) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (21660) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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.

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