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Cuvée De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

270 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 54
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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Reviews by Overlord:
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4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the most underrated beers on this site, and one of the best deals in sourdom.

Pours a hazy, cloudy orange-ish amber. Surprisingly robust 2-3 finger head.

Smell is funky, with some underripe pears, moldy saddles, a bit of dank earth, and a definitely fragrant overripe cheese funkiness. There's a bit of lemon rind to it. A really complex and enjoyable nose.

Surprisingly sweet, with some almost cider-ish pear/apple notes, but mostly tart. It's funky, zesty, complex, and the layers of mold and funk with a touch of residual fruit sweetness are really quite delightful. There's a hint of grape/vinous notes, a big leathery background, and let it swirl around and some fresh oak reveals itself.

Nicely carbonated and refreshing.

I must have passed this beer a dozen times or more without buying. Wow, what a mistake.

Overlord, Dec 28, 2010
More User Reviews:
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
Photo of joe1510
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml
$12.99
West Lakeview

From Shelton Bros. Website: "The Cuvée de Ranke is roughly a 70/30 blend of a beer brewed with top fermenting Rodenbach yeast and aged Girardin lambic." It's the base beer for Kriek de Ranke.

This lambic styled brew form De Ranke fills my tulip wit ha deep sunset orange bordering on red with a mild haziness that makes the body though to see through. This beer looked still until the glass was half full and an ecru head grew to a half finger before fizzling out to a thin cap. Each drink and swirl leaves thin sheet lacing down the glass. This is an excellent looking brew with great color!

The aroma of this beer is packed to the gills with complexity. All the complexity morphs over time in the glass and actually changes from whiff to whiff. Dried out woodiness comes forward first and resembles rosemary at times and horse blanket & straw at others. A little bit of sweat comes through here and there accompanied by dried, cracked leather, summer weeds, slightly under ripe plum, and barnyard all in that order of intensity but switching positions often. There's even a ghost like spicy hoppiness in there somewhere.

The flavor is as dizzyingly complex as the aroma but the profile is actually quite different. The sourness comes across mid-palate and grows through the finish. It's hard to put my finger on the flavors in this one. Sweaty horse blanket, dry leather, damp mildewing straw, and plum all slide over the tongue. The sourness is enough to permeate my cheeks and cause a small pucker while the finish brings something completely unexpected. The dry woody like rosemary combines with glistening orchard fruit that was nowhere to be found in the nose. Juicy peach, pear and melon (I know it's not orchard) all come together on the finish to cool down the sour finish. The sour is still there but the slight fruity sweetness balances it out nicely. I almost forgot about the quick flash of herbal bitterness on the swallow. Cuvee de Ranke is delicious brew!

The body is light with a bone dry woodiness on the swallow. The sourness coats the entire mouth and the mild bitterness comes in afterwards, growing after each drink. The carbonation is very light but the light, almost watery body keeps this beer flowing without a problem. The combination of bitter and sour do a number on the taste buds halfway through the glass.

I started off giving this a 4 for drinkability but it's now to the point I can't drink it fast enough. It's not a slamable beer at all but it can be quietly sipped all night long, one after the other. This beer goes down supremely easy.

Next time I see Cuvee de Ranke on the shelf I will be picking up a few more bottles. This really is an outstanding beer that will smack you over the head with its complexity. This beer should be enjoyed over a long period of time with the huge change in flavor as it warms. Pick this up if you see it.

Reviewed: 11/8/08

joe1510, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Wrapped in paper bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark orange color forming a medium light yellow bubble and fizzy head. Medium to low retention and only few spotty lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains for very long on the top

S: Great fruitiness with notes of white grapes mainly. Sour and vinegar, nevertheless, smooth and pleasant. Notes of leather and oak. Metallic and earthy. Flowery hops. Great balance

T: Very fruity upfront. Strong notes of white grapes, pale malts, vinegar, oak and leather. Mild tartness. A bit earthy and metallic. Perfect taste

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Lambic and woody aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. One of the best sour belgian ales I've ever had. Extremely balanced and smooth. 7% ABV that cannot be noticed. Masterpiece

eduardolinhalis, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of atomeyes
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bought in Buffalo last winter. Cellared, let outside today to cool, poured into wine glasses and enjoyed.

The packaging is funny. I like the paper-wrapped bottle. The label on the actual bottle itself is straight out of the early 1980s. Dot matrix font printing. Kind of awe-uninspiring. But I'm not drinking the label, so no biggie. Oh, and I can't find the abv on the label. Fun!

Pour: there wasn't all that much head/carbonation.Thin microcarbon bubbles with a teeny tiny white lacing on top. leaves an o-ring around the rim of the glass.

Its colour in an apricot gold. very purdy. Nose-wise, you have to breath in real deep to get the nuances of the nose (so a few points off for that). but once you breathe it in, you appreciate the barnyard hit that you get. It's like a horse had sex with a lemon on a pile of wet hay. Now, the challenge is explaining to non-sourheads how that is appealing, but trust me, it is.

This is a very nice tasting beer. It has a lingering, bitter (orange peel?) finish to it, which is strange for a sour/lambic. But I don't mind. Not kicking this girl out of bed just yet. It definitely has a medium level of sweetness to the taste, but it has the dry, barrel-aged finish to it, which is nice. Getting a mouthful of lemon, citrus, some cherry. The funk/blue cheese taste lingers along with the bitterness after you swallow. A lovely reminder of what you just consumed. Alcohol is hidden. Be careful, ye mateys. Oh yeah, I'd suggest that there's a slight chalky mouth coat after. strange.

This is definitely a solid sour. Curious as to what it would taste like 2 years down the road. But the level of funk after 1 year was very nice. Not sure if I'd let it ride for anything more than 1 additional year.

atomeyes, Dec 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

warnerry, Jun 22, 2013
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4.9/5  rDev +16.1%

Doomcifer, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is tart lemons with some oak. The flavor is more of the same with a lot of tart lemons mixed with oak, some vanilla and Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice sour beer that I hope to try again.

Mora2000, May 31, 2010
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
5/5  rDev +18.5%

GreenMountainBoy, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Kraken
1.98/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes.
Let me start by saying that I made a mistake. The 2 other De Ranke products I have had have been nothing short of glorious. Yeah I said Glorious. De Ranke XX and Guldenburg are two personal favorites and I was under the impression that this was cut from the same Jib. Style is indicated as belgian pale, label did not indicate what I was in for. This being said...

Poured from a corked and caped 750ml bottle into a 20oz pint glass. Firm pour yields zero head nada zilch. Poured the color of apple cider.
Nose- Apple cider, sour rotton apples, not much else.
Taste- Ugh, per the preface not what I was expecting. Not certain what this is, but I now can say that I am not a fan. Exceedingly sour, bitterness, rotton apples, very low carbonation. Almost akin to one of those sour apple candies minus all sweetness.
Drinkability- Drain pour. Finished half a glass, couldnt finish the rest.
Mouthfeel- Bitter very low carbonation. Very dry.

First and only drain pour so far. My expectations could not have been more off on this one. If you are into sours, you might enjoy.

Kraken, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of ehammond1
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Thanks for opening this one, Nathan!

Lightly hazed golden orange with a big, foaming, though quickly disappearing near-white head and eventually leaves spots of lace down the glass.

Very successful, delightful aroma: a nice combination of sour, funk, and sweet notes. The funk is very earthy and reminds me of a musty basement, with some stinging sour notes, and sweet fruit notes. Unique and delightful.

The flavor isn't quite as successful, as some sweetness overpowers the sour funk I crave--though the sweet fruit notes are nice and bright: apricot, lemon, and juicy nectarine. The funk however is still present and is reminiscent of earth, brick, and hay.

Thin to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. It needs more body and/or bubbles.

A terrific beer, but a bit too sweet to be ranked among the absolute best, though I'd certainly never turn it down.

ehammond1, Jan 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

chickenm, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

daveytheformer, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lee - thanks!

Pours a murky golden-orange color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with large amounts of funk. Also present are hints of wheat twang and floral aromas.

Tastes good. Light malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by large amounts of funk. Midway through the sip moderate amounts of light citrus flavors work their way into things along with slight amounts of oak. The oak fades quickly, leaving the funk and light citrus flavors to carry through to a moderately tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another without any problems.

Overall I had this back-to-back with Cuvee de Tomme and the flavor profile on this was smaller in both depth and width. Still, an easy-drinking beer for the style with a decent amount going on.

glid02, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, paper-wrapped. Refermented, once again 'en bouteille', for 'taste evolution'. I love that, I just do.

This beer pours a hazy, medium muddled golden apricot hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy off-white head, which leaves some crumbling sea-cliff lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of moderately tart lemon and cherry notes, pale grainy malt, mild, yeasty barn-like funk, soft hay, and a weak woodiness. The taste leads with the same tamely sour stone fruit acidity - mostly lemon - with a sturdy grainy, almost lager-like malt, some waning green yeastiness, subtle organic funk, a further, slightly sweet orchard fruitiness, and some equivocating dry oak notes. Nothing from the elevated ABV of which to speak at this juncture, apparently.

The carbonation is a tad frizzy, but seemingly only momentarily so, and otherwise mostly understated in its support, the body a generally medium weight, and fairly smooth in the face of the understated sour interlopers. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the malt engendering a fruitiness that is not all that (tart, that is), with the funk and yeast trailing off into the West.

A decently balanced sour Belgian ale, the blended 'fruity' lambic adding an extra oomph factor, without going all over the top. Weirdly drinkable, especially when your taste buds have gotten all pent up in anticipation, which I suppose is a good thing here. Now, on the flip side, the ABV has been upped, yet the inherent tartness is just capable enough at hiding it. Huh. It's always something, with these Low Country offerings.

biboergosum, Oct 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

DStoked, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

AlexChillton, Jan 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

cacostaj, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

nikigava, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Dan114
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Dan114, May 15, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Supremely enjoyable is you are OK with some sourness. Sourness, some lambic aroma, and transparent appearance, and some yeast and head. This was nicely malted. A tad less than median mouthfeel. Average mouthfeel. Not as dry as expected. Wonderful with lunch.

Sammy, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Ciocanelu, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of prototypic
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cuvée de Ranke pours a bright gold color. Backlighting gives it orange highlights. It's moderately hazy, and has an attractive look. Topping it off is a soft, white head that stands about a finger and a half tall. It's quick to recede, leaving behind spotty strands of lace in its wake. Not bad at all.

The nose is a little weak, but it gets the job done. It's predominantly musky, earthy, and funky. How's that for a combo? Brett gives it a nice barnyard scent. In terms of Brett strength, it's moderate. It mixes nicely with the other scents, and isn't overpowering in the least. Light lemon and tangerine scents are subtle, but add quality depth. Yeast is noted on the tail. Alcohol is buried.

The flavor delivers in a big way! This is delicious beer. It's initially fruity. Lemon, apple, and tangering flavors are all noted. It's definitely tart and sour, but it's far from a mouth puckering tartness. Earthy notes are prominent throughout. Brett certainly gives it a musky, funky flavor that's top notch. I really like the restrained, moderate Brett flavors. Works perfectly here. Light pepper and yeast round it out. I'm not getting any alcohol. It finishes dry and a little tart.

Cuvée de Ranke certainly has a light body. Carbonation is active, but somehow the bubbles feel small and help to smooth it out. Drinkability is very high. This is damn tasty stuff. Goes down very smooth and easy. Finishing off a 750 ml bottle should be no problem.

Brouwerij De Ranke certainly hit a home run with Cuvée de Ranke. It's my understanding that this is the base beer for Kriek de Ranke. No wonder it's so tasty. There's not much to complain about here. Eh. Maybe the nose could use a little more strength. Perhaps a little more body, too. But, I'm good with this as it is. Not too tart, Not too funky...just right. Highly recommended.

prototypic, May 09, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Crazydaddyo, Dec 11, 2013
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Cuvée De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
94 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.