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Cuvée De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

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BA SCORE
94
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265 Ratings
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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 53
Gots: 43 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
From the brewery: "Cuvee is an ale of mixed origin like many Belgian breweries used to make. The production process is nearly the same as for the Kriek, the difference being that no cherries are added. It's a naturally acidified ale in which we try to reach the perfect balance between sweet and sour. This amber-coloured ale contains 7% vol. Alc. and can age really nice."

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 05-22-2008)
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Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

I enjoyed this at Moeder lambic served in a tulip glass.

The color is light amber/golden with honey-like appearance with thick bone white head and fine bead with ringlets of lace left clinging. The smell has a woody and light sour aroma with mix of hoppy and light wild yeast elements with gentle citrus and sour apple odors. The feel is very good with tangy acidity with mild spice and very tart with gentle lactic tinge with subtle spiciness throughout and clean malt underlying a grapefruit pithy puckering quality with moderate carbonation.

The tasteis very tart like a juicy grapefruit mixed with malt and carbonated with zesty lightly hoppy flavor and dry woody character with some mild tannin and gentle flavor from the barrel. The taste is slightly sharp with mild toasted flavor which I suspect is part of the blend with finish acidic almost like biting into a grapefruit rind. Overall very good-nothing bad about this but a bit raw and bitter fresh, perhaps a little aging may help some of the sour flavors conflict for me but very decent overall.

Slatetank, Aug 22, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

wrightst, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of dcmchew
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

0.75 paper wrapped bottle. 70% sour, 30% lambic. Best before 07/12/18.
Pours a bit hazy orange, small white head kept alive for a while by bubbles, leaving just a thin sticky lacing.
Smell is divided equally between the two styles used: lots of sour grapes, vinegar, but also the lambic barnyard funk. Light sour cherries, hay, lemon, wood, green apple and a faint sugary note that tells me this won't be exclusively sour. A lot going on here.
It starts really sour, not only vinegar but packing the astringency and acidity of lemon juice, white grapes, green apple, a touch of slightly sweet pear, unripe cherry plum and lots of green fruit peel. Brett yeasts seem to take over, big barnyard notes with green hay, floorboard, oak barrel stave, grass, plus lots of green funky notes towards the end. Finish is quite bitter and very dry. Almost none of the bit of sweetness detected in the smell.
Medium body, helpful carbonation, very refreshing. Aftertaste resembles that of dry red wine that's been barrel aged for a while.
It hits all the right spots perfectly, but doesn't really wow. Still very very good.

dcmchew, Jun 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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Photo of NVP12345
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't been lucky enough to find one in NYC yet, but picked up this bottle at a shop in Bruges and brought it back to the states. Poured into a snifter.

A - A murky, cloudy tan/orange with a soapy head. Thicker than a traditional gueuze.

S - Sour, intense.

T - Sour and bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Citrusy, like grapefruit with a hint of lemon.

M - Light body with a rich carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing.

O - A very well executed twist on the lambic style. I was fortunate enough to visit Cantillon during my trip to Belgium, and personally I prefer this beer over any of theirs as this one has a bit more intensity and a much fuller carbonation. Really wish this was easier to find in the states, I'd gladly keep a bottle or two handy for a hot summer day.

NVP12345, Jun 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

brbrocc, May 18, 2014
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Cuvée De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
94 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.