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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: 541   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 brewer’s 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 (2555) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2006
Bottled. Sour and acidic Kriek. Very natural taste with no unpleasant notes. Clean, subtle and good. Very nice kriek.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2006
Bottled. Deep ruby red coloured with a medium sized pink head. Sour/sweet in both aroma and flavour. Notes of citrus and of course cherrys.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2008
ZBF 2008. Deep red-amber colour, with pale-pink head. Sweetish cherry stone aroma with woody notes and very gentle. Light sourish in flavour with cherries, and nicely tart. I did not find it very complex though. Still, very tasty!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Bottle, 2005. I love my lambics/almost lambics, so I’ll never be rating such a beer all that low, but for me this one was pretty one-dimensional. Sour, sour, sour. Some cherry in the background in the aroma, but very little in the flavor other than sourness (although for better or worse depending on your tastes, quite the assaulting dose of sourness). A good drink, but at the same time a bit of a letdown.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5099) - 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 Lindeman’s 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 I’m starting to get heartburn. There’s 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 (4742) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of wolhfs. Sour and tart cherry aroma with some light vinegar. While the aroma is sour it’s 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.


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