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

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RATINGS: 537   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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 brewerís Gold varieties of hops.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 8, 2003
Oak and cherries aroma. Pink/red color, pink head that diminishes fast and completely, no lace. Very cherry flavor, just light sweet, little oak, soft, some sourness in the end. Light, even a bit watery, bit dry (from the oak?) finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2541) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
pours a ruby like red color w/ a tiny white head and some light lacing. smells like barnyard or horseblanket and some very sour cherries. Fruit beer my ass... lambic!. Super sour tongue feel good carbonation. Flavor is very sour cherries lots of carbonated taste somewhat acidic a bit of a bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5098) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 23, 2004
This was very mild and I expected more lambic character. I am currently trying to gain more experience with these types of beers and this makes a unique entry. It is not nearly as sweet as Lindemanís and yet has less lambic than other krieks that I have tried. Pours with a small head on top of a dark red and orange body. The aroma is a light vinegar, apple and hay. The taste starts with a little lemon sourness and I had a hard time detecting the cherries. I will probably try this again in the future.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Pours a bright hazy ruby with a thin, short-lived off-white head. Aroma is of tart barnyard and cherry acid. Starts very tart, dry, and acidic with a touch of cheesiness before a puckering finish. Has some subtle complexities, but they are hard to notice when Iím starting to get heartburn. Thereís no way I could ever drink a whole 750ml bottle of this myself, in fact I had trouble with half that. Did I mention that this stuff is way overpriced too?

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 24, 2005
ZBF 2005. Pours a cloudy red. Aroma is cherries and spice. Taste is mostly sour cherries, with underlying sourness

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4635) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of wolhfs. Sour and tart cherry aroma with some light vinegar. While the aroma is sour itís not as overpowering like most lambics. Pours a dark hazy red with a light pink head that lasts a minute or so. Sour and tart cherry with a woody finish. Like the aroma, not as sour or tart as most lambics. Light vinegar in the background. A lighter smelling and flavored lambic.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (20589) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2005
Bottled. Hazy red coloured with a small white head. Acidic aroma of fruits and wood with notes of berries. Acidic flavour of fruits and berries.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2006
pale brown color. smells like cherry vinegar. acidic and sour almost to the point of vinegar. but when you think itís gonna over do it it fades into a cherry sweetness. not the best kriek but still enjoyable.

3.3
   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. Donít 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
oteyj (2130) - 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.


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