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


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RATINGS: 528   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2009 Pours a muddy purple/red with no head. On the nose: same white grape tartness as lambic gueuzes but the flavor is really watered down. Flat but crisp. Don’t get the cherry taste but more lemon and white grape. Love the crisp cool character and the slightly boozier aroma of this as compared to the guezes. Very drinkable but not very complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Dark ruby pour with minimal head. Aroma is cherry, vinegar, and some barnyard. Yeast character is quite intriguing. Flavor is tart cherry, and vinegar with some sweeter notes in the finish. Palate is medium to full with a tart, dry finish. Interesting style of sour blended with lambic. I was skeptical, but it was quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Bottle pours ruby red color with off white head. Aroma consists of sour cherries and yeast. It also smells acidic. Earthy stingy mouthfeel. Flavor is really tart and acidic. Really acidic. Tart cherry, sourness, puckering, enteric. A little too acidic for my taste. A good brew nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2009
This one flirted with the top 100 a little while back, and I haven’t had a straight up lambic in quite a while, so color me excited! Looks pretty good, a very nice dark red color with minimal head but great lacing. Looks unusually thick but that could be from the glass sweating. Smell is of sweet fruitiness, cherries, followed by a whiff of sour goodness. I tend to like my sours more toward the well, sour end of things, so this is a good sign and quite an enticing smell. Not so much vinegary sour. Taste is unfortunately a little more subdued than I would have liked. The characteristics are present, but muted. A good balance of sweet and sour with some apple on the back end and some great funk, nice cherry aftertaste. So close to greatness, but good none the less. Mouth is thin to medium in body, medium in carbonation. This is strictly personal preference, but I prefer no matter where the body lands that this is fizzy business, would have liked more bubbly. Overall a good, solid drink but not quite up to the standards of my more preferred sours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GRM (2834) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2009
Green bottle, 75 cl, bottled in 12 2005, best before 12 2010, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on September 25 2009; eye: brown with a pinkish hue, hazy, champagne-style light pinkish head that turns into a minimal ring, no lacing, good effervescence; nose: cherry, Brettanomyces yeast, horse, light acidity, candied fruits; mouth: cherry, Brettanomyces yeast, horse, light acidity, candied fruits, mildly sour, short finale in cherry, good carbonation, fizzy, a bit thin; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Bouteille verte, 75 cl, embouteillé le 12 2005, meilleure avant 12 2010, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 25 septembre 2009; œil : brune avec une teinte rosâtre, trouble, mousse légèrement rosâtre style champagne qui se transforme en un minime anneau, pas de dentelle, bonne effervescence; nez : cerise, levure Brettanomyces, cheval, légère acidité, fruits confits; bouche : cerise, levure Brettanomyces, cheval, légère acidité, fruits confits, moyennement aigre, finale courte en cerise, corps léger, bonne carbonatation, pétillante, un peu mince; en résumé : correct

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmoreau (2128) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Sampled at a craft beer tasting at Curly’s Bar and Grill in Glen Ellyn, IL.. Cellared for two years. Poured a brownish red with no head and no lacing. The aroma was sweet, spice, barnyard funk and wood. The flavor had a vinous quality with very tart, almost sour cherry. The carbonation was low and the finish was dry. Almost close to vinaigrette material but interesting and flavorful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlbertC (274) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2010
Aroma is sour, cherries, barn yard. Taste is acitic, cherries, and long lasting flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (4117) - Utah, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Bottle bought in the Belgium order
Appearance: Clear red with a medium sized pink head and some lacing
Aroma and taste of tart fruit, woody and cherries
OK, the tartness and sweet fruit didn’t really blend together.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geuzeman (3) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 18, 2013 does not count
In de neus de geur van schimmels, paddestoelen, urine ... Muffe geuren ook. Heeft de smaak van oud bruin en zure krieken. Bittere afdronk. Niet slecht maar ik drink toch liever een echte oude kriek.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2002
Pretty deep red. Good nose, nutty and fruity. Flavor very tart, but not as much cherry as I’d like, more sour than fruit. A mite thin.

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