405. Kriek De Ranke

405. Kriek De Ranke

I was in the mood for another sour beer, but didn't want to pay $30-40 each for the two Cantillon beers that Downtown Wine & Spirits carries that I haven't tried. I decided to try Kriek De Ranke, which I've heard good things about. At $15 a bottle it's closer to the right price. I chilled this and served it in one of my New Belgium glasses.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Brouwerij De Ranke
Alcohol: 7.00%
Serving: Bottle, 750 mL
Style: Fruit Lambic, BJCP Style Guide

Beer Advocate has these notes on Kriek De Ranke.
Based on an extinct yet favorite tipple of the De Ranke owners, Nino Bacelle and Guido Devos, De Ranke Kriek emulates the famed Oud Kriekenbier from the defunct Crombé brewery in Zottegem. De Ranke Kriek is a mixture of two blended soured pale ales and Girardin lambic, all steeped in whole fresh cherries from Poland and then aged for six months. A unique and much sought after Kriekenbier.

Appearance (5.0): Pours a deep hazy red with a fizzy light pink head that fades into a thin layer.

Smell (4.5): Sweet cherries, acidic sourness, light yeast and funky barnyard aromas. A lovely balance of fruitiness and lambic funkiness.

Taste (4.5): Acidic sourness upfront that persists throughout with sweet cherries, which become evident as the sourness fades in the center. The finish is funky with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Tingly carbonation, light-bodied with a dry finish.

Drinkability (4.5): Sour, but with enough sweetness to balance.

Overall (4.6): An excellent Kriek. The beer has the sourness and funkiness that I like, but it is well balanced by sweetness from the fruit.

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