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


on tap

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RATINGS: 700   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lothore (644) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
A-Pours a deep reddish plum color adorned with an ample 1 finger red tinted head which fades to lacing. Lots of carbonation present. S- Smell is extremely sour, predominantly raspberries along with other mixed citrusey fruits. T- Taste was fruity at first followed by what can only be explained as a tsunami of sourness that harasses the palate. Inexplicably tart and wonderful at the same time however perhaps a tad unbalanced. M- Thick and very bubbly, champagnesque in its carbonation. D- This is not a very drinkable beer in my book. I have had sour beers that I enjoyed much more than this. While I didnt hate it, it just didnt come together for me. I think it takes something special to make a drinkable sour beer and this one just fell short.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - APR 21, 2008
Brilliant red with a beautiful thick pink vanishing head. Strong bloody aroma, cherries, cellar notes, little barnyardy, woody. Lovely sour, woody, metallic/bloody, with an unusual lovely bitterness which gives it a different taste and mouthfeel respect any other usual spontaneous kriek.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GirlyBeer (190) - Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA - APR 19, 2008
As a fan of lambics, I was slightly disappointed by this beer. While it hit the mark for aroma, appearance, and palate, I found the flavor to be somewhat lacking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 8, 2008
Thx for another great tasting, Kim (Beljohansen). un clear, red, short head, tart, sourt and fresh

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (14402) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 1, 2008
(3/2/08) Bottle sample at Zythos Bier Festival 2008 in Sint Niklaas. Cloudy deep red beer with a pinkish head. Fruity, cherry aroma with hints of berries. Sourish cherry flavor with brett and some sweetish notes. Medium body. A very nice Kriek.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Bottle Bryant Lake Bowl. Mild barnyard funk with a pleasant amount of dry and tart cherry skin. Wet hay, wet grass and rotting citrus zest. Pours cloudy dark pink with a frothy white head. Good acidity and tartness on the tongue. Wood and red grape skin tannin. Lively crisp and refreshing, though lacking the complexity of Cantillon Kriek.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10492) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2008
Hazy red with medium head. Sour nose with cherry, wood and grapefruit notes. The flavor is sour with notes of cherries, wood and grapefruit. High carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fin (10392) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2008
Bottle from Dranken Geers, Gent, Belgium. Had this 20-03-08 Pours with a Barbie like head (pink and fluffy) atop a lucious almost blood red body, it looks great. Aroma gently sour but cherries very much there. Tasted superb, gentle fizz on the tongue, yes its funky but not overly so, cherries are nice dry and tangtastic, cant be bothered to write anymore just want to sip and enjoy, its lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gueuzeisgod (113) - Graham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2008
750 ml. bottle, pours with minimal head, minimal lacing. Smells sour and acidic, lactic and acetic, light pie cherry aroma. Funk is present but restrained. Thin body, puckeringly sour, but not exactly aggressively so. Cherry taste is not very dominant, a bit of wood- I dont know if this is barrel aged though.Almost no residual sweetness. Empty glass smells like a fine leather purse.A real palate cleanser, could cut through some stinky cheeses quite well. I like this Kriek, worth seeking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 12, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2010 Light sourness married with subtle hints of cherry sweetness and just a little funk. Great balance and not face-implodingly sour.

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