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

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RATINGS: 594   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YogiBeera (2534) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2003
GBBF 2003 - tutored kriektasting: Hoppy wet leaves nose - slighty cheesy. Light pink color, little layer of a head. Flat short sweetness, almost guava taste - when bitter and hoppy. Astringend. Very complex.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 8, 2004
(Bottled, 0.75l) Beautiful, deep, clear red color with a small, slightly pinkish head. Slightly sour and sweet cherry aroma. Sour, fruity flavor with an oak barrel feel. Hints of blood, ascorbic acid, cherry and sour apple. Sour, a bit carbonated, sticky palate. Very complex and quite a pleasant kriek. Not (much) too sour for my taste.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jerohen (2058) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2004
Bottled 2002, 0.7 liter (2 years old). Cloudy red coloured, small head. Promising aroma, fruity, vinous, like a good Flemish sour ale. Flavour is fruity and sour, but too watery to be really impressive. Needs some aging to mature some more, exactly what the label says (best after 5 years after bottle date).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markoijelena (983) - Belgrade, SERBIA - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle 0.75l at Backdoor cafe Ghent Belgium.Taste with ippopotamo36. Ajde Albertoooo.Pour it red/pink color with small head.On the nose as Alberto said place where are the animals ?tala.Taste and aroma of red fruits, cherry, not to sour and decent ok balanced.On the end wild taste.Ok I liked it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalchopz (2534) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2015
Shared bottle with PaleAleRider and Lilihel at Pub Italia. Best before date stamped on paper around bottle is 07 2019. Pours a cloudy red colour with some pink highlights, a small head and minimal lacing. Sour taste of cherries with very light sweetness (from the sugar), then bitterness and medicinal grass in the finish. More of the medicinal plastic notes in the smell with a little cherry juice. Not your typical sweet Kriek, but probably closer to a real one. Gets smoother, less sharp bitter-chemically with time. Enjoy slowly.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2004
I was as predisposed to like this as it is possible to be - I love krieks, I think the bitter de ranke is a world class funky beer that I would love to have on any special or non special occasion. Not as sour as other krieks, but that’s not the issue. Not as earthy, cheesy, barnyardy as other krieks, but that’s not the issue. A real lack of fullness in the palate is striking here, as is the softened flavors. Still good, even very good, but not what I was seeking. Could be an excellent post-Lindeman’s, pre-Cantillon lambic for style development among new sour beer afcianados.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaymobrown (1723) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2004
Very sour beer. Had a more tart cherry flavor. Lip smacking dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Cloudy brown-plum body, slight ring of white bubbles around the glass. Ripe cherry aroma with an earthy, oaky character. Raspberry, cherry and some vanilla smoothness in the flavor. Most of the sweetness comes from fruit rather than malt.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4547) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2005 Original Rating (8-3-6-3-14=3.4): Cinammon and cherries in the mildly tart aroma. Reddish-brown with white head that diminishes to ring. Mild brett character. Lightly sour cherries with some sweet malt to balance and a restrained tart finish. Fairly subdued. Low carbonation and sticky in the mouth. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, lubiere, MartinT and Rastacouere.
Rerate (8-3-7-3-15=3.6): Dusty cherries and shoe polish in the musty aroma. Opaque burgundy red wine coloured body with low white head that recedes to ring. Shoe polish, cherries, mint and cinnamon in the flavour. Medium-light body with fair carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere for Martin’s ’Bachelor Party’!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Bitter gueuze cherry aroma, tartaric acid, wet canvas. Cherry skins. Medium dark rhubarb red, with no head. Medium body with high carbonation, carbonic burn. Starts tart and fruity, with medium cherry taste. Acidic the whole way through, with chalky bitter finish and after. Bitter is more pronounced than in some others, but refreshing.


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