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

bottled
available

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 700   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 brewers Gold varieties of hops.

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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
davidezdonz (468) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - MAY 16, 2017
A 750ml bottle with a best before date of 26th August 2021. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass. It was a very nice clear ruby red colour with a just under two finger pinkish head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving only sparse lacing. Aromas were sour, tart, funky, vinegar, musty with only hints of cherry. Tastes tart and sour, lots of lemon, lemon zest, vinegar and funk with again only a hint of cherries. Medium to light bodied with moderate to light carbonation. Overall, this was ok but the Belgian Sour Ale felt like it overpowered everything else, such that there was hardly any cherry in either the aroma or taste, which was not so good for a Kriek type beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayaron (1736) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - MAY 15, 2017
Draught at Moeder Lambic Fontainas, Brussels. Slightly hazy red with pinkish head. The aroma has notes of cherry, yogurt, wood and yeasts, acidic. Very sour flavor with notes of cherry yogurt, lemon, unripe fruits, dry. Soft carbonation. Medium to full-bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvsn (2008) - ISRAEL - MAY 11, 2017
Draught at Moeder Lambic Fontainas. Hazy amber red with a huge white head. Aroma of cherries and Brett. Sour cherries, lemon, lactic and wood flavors. Medium-bodied, smooth. Tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (7812) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2017
April 2017 - 75cl bottle at home in Richmond, as Kriek De Ranke, 7%, bottled 8 months ago. Very dark ruby red / purple, translucent with a foamy light pink head, leaving light lacing. Aroma is very lambic-like, lemon juice, light peach, metallic, washing up liquid. Lovely, but not much cherry showing up here. Body is smooth and rounded with tingly to soft carbonation. Taste is a little peach, cherry, lemon juice, fresh tart berries, light acidity in the finish. Cherry character is light to start but builds. A small bottle would have been very enjoyable but the life leaves this one by the time you can finish a 75cl bottle by yourself. My rating is based on the first impression. (3.9)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
janubio (829) - SPAIN - APR 24, 2017
Red colour and red small head, short retention and good lace. Aroma of cherries, a bit of barnyard, vanilla, lemon, finish of cherries. Medium body, acid but not too mouch, standard carbonation. Taste of cherries, vanilla, a bit of citrics.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
anstei (2128) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - APR 19, 2017
Tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas. Pours hazy blood orange. Aroma is light sour cherry, wood, vinegar. Body is medium, fizzy carbonation, cherry stones, not as fruity or present as others. Tasty, but not a typical kriek, much more like a Lambic than others. Palate has some fruit and funk and sourness, but all not too dominant. Good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
90 (398) - BELGIUM - APR 6, 2017
Lichte cuberdon in aroma. De smaak is sprankelend en verfrissend. Mooi gematigd zuur met kriek. Zeer fijn.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoprider (614) - DENMARK - APR 5, 2017
Pours a dark ruby colour with minimal pinkish head. Pretty dry and surprisingly bretty nose with light sour cherry influense. The taste is again fairly tart and dry and has the same sour cherries as the nose. Fairly mineral and tart aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Moravius (1265) - Beijing, CHINA - MAR 26, 2017
Flasche (75 cl, MHD: 06/16). - Dunkles Kirschrot, rosafarbener Schaum. - In der Nase vornehme, herbe Gueuze und dezente Sauerkirsche. - Im Antrunk zunchst harsche Gueuze-Aromen mit den typischen muffig-holzigen Noten. Darunter natrlich fruchtige Sauerkirsche, bittere Zitronenschale und holzige Herbe. Prickelnd rezent, enorm sauer, adstringierend und dadurch sehr schlank. Im Abgang viel Kork bzw. Holz. - Krftig sauer und herb aber komplex und vielschichtig, nur zuletzt etwas arg holzig.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiery_1 (866) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 25, 2017
750ml bottle @ Alexs. Pours a nice rich red colour with a tiny white head. Nose is a mild sour funk with cherries. Flavour is definitely cherries, with something not quite right. Perhaps flavours influenced by the cork? wood? something just different.


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