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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: 702   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 brewer’s Gold varieties of hops.

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3.9
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 4, 2009
750ml bottle at Novare Res. Pours a bright pink red cloudy color with a pink-white head. The nose is musty rotten cherrys. The flavor is is nice and sour at first with a tang of cherrys and a hint of funky yeast. The finish is extremely bitter and acidic. Tastes a lot like a cherry lambic.

3.9
Miksu (5053) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2009
0.75 l bottle, vintage 2005, thanks Hannu N! The natural cork did not come out and we pushed the cork inside, the beer foamed to ceiling. Congraturations Hannu, now you have a good lambic microflora in your kitchen! Hazy red color. Rich sour and cherryish aroma with strawberry, lemon and grapefruit. Sour and berryish aroma with cherry, stawberry, lemon, grapefruit.and wood Sharp acidic bite in the finish. Good hardcore acidiy and fruitiness.

4.2
motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 4, 2009
bottled. thanks duff. reddish pink with a clear pink head, stinky sour aroma which made my belly rumble, plenty of sour cherry with hints of lemon and a lasting mustiness. classy stuff

3.8
ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Appearance: Pours a cloudy, red-amber body with a small, white head. Smell: Sour cherry nose, pits and stems are most certainly included, along with musty notes of potting soil and the antique leather of grandpa’s boots. Taste: Slight woody maltiness with only a modest amount of sweetness before you’re welcomed by a tart sour cherry fruitiness. While it does exhibit a bright, puckering acidity, it’s not nearly as jarring as some lambics. Touches of earthiness and leather. Finishes expectantly tart and dry. Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high, fine carbonation. Drinkability: A fine, subtle kriek beer that’s a suitable choice to slake your deep lambic thirst.

3.8
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2008
750ml bottle from west lakeview.... pours a semi-murky dark cherry red with a pretty thin film of quickly dissipating white head... a vibrant soue vinegary nose with an adequate amount of funk and horseblanket.... fairly tart and sour cherry flavor that also displays a fair amount of sweetness in the middle end. medium carbonation and somewhat thin mouthfeel.

3.5
3fourths (9331) - 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.

4
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Corked and capped 750. Pours hazy red with a pink head. A bit of funk in the nose, along with cherries, lemons, wood. Medium body and carbonation. The taste is lemony sour, and goes along the same lines as the aroma with cherries, lemons, wood, funk with a tart crisp finish. A dandy kriek.

4.2
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Pours a murky bright grapefruit-juice pink with a fine frothy white head. Wonderful dusty wild yeast and cherry aroma with some funky cheese that cuts the acidity. Mildly tart and acidic, lovely ripe cherries, more of a lambiic than sour ale, however you can tell its not straight lambic. Medium/light bodied with abrasive carbonation. Yummy brew that is actually quite easy to drink.

3.9
tlind2 (1708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 13, 2008
750 ml bottle @ Maltainen Monni, Helsinki. Clear ruby red color, pinkish head. Notably sour fruity aroma. Appealing sour flavor with cherry/berry notes. Sharp carbonation. A quality kriek indeed.

3.8
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2008
Pours a bright orange that is just a tad red. Aroma - crisp sour smells of tarty cherries, apples, and pears. First taste is sweet and bitter with cherries, green apples, and grapes dominating the flavor. A very nice mouthfeel compliments this sour well. A good sipper that is on the mild side of sour.


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