Cuvée De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke
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Reviews by Overlord:
4.58/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
12-28-2010 00:05:03 | More by Overlord
More User Reviews:
4.23/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
12-12-2012 01:27:30 | More by atomeyes
4.22/5 rDev 0%
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.
05-31-2010 18:51:50 | More by Mora2000
1.98/5 rDev -53.1%
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.
08-15-2008 01:22:14 | More by Kraken
4.05/5 rDev -4%
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.
01-16-2012 02:27:38 | More by ehammond1
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
09-10-2010 01:34:49 | More by glid02
4/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
10-30-2012 03:04:22 | More by biboergosum
3.95/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
06-21-2009 02:52:47 | More by Sammy
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
05-09-2010 00:45:30 | More by prototypic
4/5 rDev -5.2%
Hazy orange pour with a surprisingly present off-white head. Tart fruit nose; some grapefruit, lemon, and sour cherry. Good bit of wood and some barnyard funkiness. Overall, there was something too sweet/tart about this simply because there were not more complex flavors underneath. Felt like I wanted more depth in the flavor, but ultimately it was thin as was the palate. Decent, but admittedly a bit of letdown given my high hopes.
02-06-2012 20:07:54 | More by GinaBeerInc
Cuvée De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
94 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.