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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: 573   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeinDahlem (1347) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 5, 2007
An unusual cherry beer, less ale-y than I expected. Tastes more or less like a very smooth old-style lambic, less acidic and no citrus but still nicely sour. Even the aroma is sour. Dull, solid maroon color with pinkish tint. Besides powerful black cherries, flavor includes some berry notes--black and rasp, I think. Not particularly bitter. I’d love to know what doubling the hops would do for this beer...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2785) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Bottled sampled with stegosaurus. Pours a hazy red with a small pink head. Aroma of sour cherries, wood, and a hint of citrus. Flavor is dry and fruity with a tart finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8106) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2007
Bottle @ Rudolf’s ’Sourfest’. Murky tomato juice like body with a quick massive head that erupts out of the bottle then fades away to very little. Musty, light barnyard funk in the aroma, not a lot of fruit presence. Sourness is relatively restrained though still quite present, very light cherries. A decent, relatively accessible Kriek. 7/3/7/3/15 <P>"Thumbs up. Heey-ey!" - IPfreely.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Pours beautiful red with an off white head. Aroma very strong and a bit off putting. Taste very sour but without the depth of other good Kireks.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8293) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2008 750ml bottle, best by Sep 2012. A careful pour yields a clear candy bright red colored body with little to no head. Mild to moderate acetic notes early in the nose, with a starchy and dusty cherry/raspberry note following. Body is medium to thin, surprisingly thin, actually, lacking any definite roundness and fullness that I would expect of the style and of de Ranke. Mild sweetness up front is quickly overcome with a moderately strong lactic sourness, leaving the mouth feeling pricked, starchy, dry and slightly fuzzed. Later pours with some yeast mixed in provide additional fullness but still not enough to satisfy me, and the fruit seemed just a little too sugared and sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jblauvs (1350) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUN 29, 2009
blood orange pour with minimal head. aroma is of cherries, musk, horseblanket, some vinegar. taste is tart at first, slight cherry, bit of sweetness. pleasant

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (10964) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2010
cloudy red, white head. sour aroma, bretty, fruits, stingy sour but nice. flavor is fruity,sour, faint vineagra, nice but a bit simple

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2010
Bottle. Coppery pink pour with a pinkish head that disappears quickly. Aroma has notes of cherry, apple, lemon and some mineral notes. Cherries come through more in the flavour as well as some herbal hints, otherwise it is pretty much the same as the aroma. Dry mouthfeel with puckering acidity and fairly low carbonation. This isn’t particularly complex for the style but is very good all the same. Would love to try it really fresh.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - APR 24, 2010
If you approac this as a sour ale, rather than a lambic you’ll be right. Pours a lovely blood red, but head dies VERY quickly. Nose is funky. ON the mouth once the inital brett assault dies, it gives a very smooth, sour mouthful, without the usual lambic overkill. Esy drinking and Alcohol is not noticeable despite the high ABV. A good link to more sour beers.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
callmemickey (3115) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 A: Deep red body with a nice sized pink head. Not much in the way of retention as the head quickly crashed to a spotty skim. Just a little bit of spotty lace left behind. S: Tart and sour cherries. Oak. A bit of funk as well as some red wine and vinegar. T: Much like the nose, the dark, sour cherries are present from the very first drop. Equal parts tart and sour. Oak accentuates the fruit nicely and the red wine like notes fill out the rest of the profile. M: Medium bodied. Effervescent, a tad bit too effervescent. As noted above, fairly sour and tart. Not overpowering, however. O: All in all a good fruit "lambic." I found the carbonation to be a bit on the high side and the prickly feel detracted from an otherwise good beer.


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