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Cuvée De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

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Reviews: 121
Hads: 314
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 65
Gots: 48 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 05-22-2008

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."
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Photo of scottydogohio
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my favorite Stone Levitation glass. Incredible honey gold color, with a wisp of a head, fades quickly but this is a ale lambic mix,30% lambic, so the characteristics seem right on. The smell is lemon and sour and maybe some honey. The flavor is incredible: a bunch of lambic sour and a hint of hoppy goodness. The mesh is perfect. Light lambic mouthfeel with a coating on the back of the throat. Can't get enough. Cantillion, JP fans will find this beer a bit of perfection.

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Photo of stumac
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

thanks to my BA buddy tthomas for this treasure.

pours up a reddish peach color with a decent size white head. also sporting some great lacing. the nose has sours notes, subtle fruits, dark red fruits in particular. the taste is sour, oaky, slightly musty, red fruits. has a medium body, low carbo, definately a scrumptious beer

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Photo of ShamasUVA
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Moeder Lambic. Drinks like something between a straight, flat lambic (which it is not) and a fully effervescent mature gueze (which it also, is not). A lovely beer on a hot, humid spring night, as it warms up, you can really taste the grain complexity which is rare in any spontanteously fermented beer. Overall this beer is a thing of beauty. I would not be surprised however, if in a bottle, this beer metamorphosed into something either better, or worse. Time will tell. For now, drink up if you can find it.

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Photo of foogerd
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Shelton Brothers site lists this as a Lambic, Saison, or Sour Ale. So keep that in mind when reading these reviews.

A- Cloudy deep orange body, some yellow in there. Small eggshell colored head which died out quickly as per lambic, and left some lacing.

S- Slight apple and pear tartness, just a touch of mustiness and leather. Real quality balance here.

T- A burst of fruity wetness, namely apples and pears even some melon flavor. Then the lambic takes charge, leather mustiness with a bit of lactose notes, some oaky woodiness. An overall vinous sour taste but toned down to something ridiculously delicious and palatable. This works way too well.

M- Carbonation is medium done here and it works perfect.

D- Doesnt get more drinkable than this for a sour. Im shocked theres not more talk of this brew on this site. This is such an innovative and tasty brew thats definitely worth seeking.

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Photo of scbrew
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poored a rich light amber with almost no head. The aroma was tart and of sour apple and had slightly floral notes. Excellent level of carbonation for the style. Flavor was awesome. Very smooth sourness with a hint of oak. Could have had the whole 750ml myself, but that would be selfish. Wish I had more.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yum, beer poured into a snifter. Beer is yellow with a good head, soft, white, small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate to high, looks good.

Aroma is acetic and lactic with hints of wood and leather. It is exactly what I hoped for.

Beer is light in body and effervescent in the mouth. It has a bright sourness in the midpalate and a mild, ever so mild, sweetness at the front of the mouth. The overall shape of the beer on the palate is nice. The funkiness is underplayed but complements that lactic sour late on the palate. The finish is clean and moderately dry but the beer does not dry out the mouth. I could drink a gallon of it. I love this beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best By Date July 2012; Sampled July 2008
A vigorous pour produces a creamy, two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a hazy plum color that shows a murky, orange-tinged amber color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite tart smelling with a ample backdrop of fruit notes. A closer inspection yields a nice funkiness to this brew's nose as well. Aromas of lactic acid, tamarind, sour plums, ripe pears, butyric acid, old sweaty leather, musty earth and a fruity ripe cheese note are each noticeable. A touch of soft, toasty, crushed malt is noticeable just a bit towards the finis of the aroma. While at first quite sour smelling a rich, complex fruitiness really starts to come to the for after a short while. This has a very nice nose to it, one which is complex and enjoyable.

Tart tasting, though not as much as many a hard Lambic. The ample fruitiness is still quite noticeable in the flavor with notes of ripe plums, pear, some dark grape flavors, . The finish is distinct and it took me a second to figure out what was going on; I think that it is a substantial bitterness that is noticeable, though not strong; it threw me off a bit because your typical sour beer, much less Lambic has a very reduced hop character. The bitterness in the finish is lightly astringent and almost has an herbal quality to it. In the finish some tannins and the sourness combine to create a sensation a bit like black tea does with a tannic, teeth coating astringency that is only light present in this beer. I really like how the lactic sourness couples with the fruit character. The funk, especially the Brettanomyces derived character is much reduced in the flavor at first, but as it warms up a bit it becomes more noticeable. Sweaty horse blanket notes add a light component, there is a slight mustiness and a bit of barnyard funk.

After the second pour a touch of funky, ripe, farmhouse cheese aromatics join the other, more noticeable notes in the aroma. Uriatic like notes of "cat-piss" become a bit more accentuated as it forms a back-drop to some of the other aromatic notes. The second pour also makes me realize that there is a soft sweetness still in this beer; it is not much, but I think it is what really accentuates the interesting fruitiness that this beer has.

I wonder what the base beer for this is? There seems to be a fair amount of residual hop character, including a herbal hop flavor and it make me wonder if the XX Bitter was included somewhere in here. Just a fantastic beer, it is very sour and funky, but not really "hard" and it is significantly different from the typical sour Belgian varieties of Lambic or Flemish Sour. It doesn't have the malt depth of the latter, nor is it quite as funky/sour or pale (in malt character and fruitiness) as the former. A singular beer that makes me think of some of the new world sours, but it has a refined quality to it (perhaps it is the lack of overt / aggressive oak) that many of the American sours don't quite reach. I could drink a ton of this and actually wish I had more than this one bottle so I could age a couple (that 2012 best by date seems to be calling to me).

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Photo of bobbyc881
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Amber in color, crazy nice carbonation from the bottle refermentation. Nice white/tan head. Clear. This bottle was bottled 7/2007.

"Barnyardy" aromas expected from a sour ale. Slight sweetness, too. Flavors are a brilliant mix of sweet, bitter, and a finish that is mouth-puckeringly sour. Love it. Nicely acidic... lemons! Solid carbonation keeps the beer feeling light and clean, despite the respectable 7% ABV.

Overall a killer sour ale. I've just started getting into sours, and will certainly be seeking out more from De Ranke. Exceptional ale.

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Photo of peabody
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out cloudy straw color with one finger of small white bubbles. Not much lacing.
Smell is lemon peel and cherry skins. Almost a soapy aroma like lemon pledge. Some sugar and very little malt/yeast though. As it warms the smell is more pronounced.
Taste is very sharp cherry/raspberry and sugary dewberry. The bitterness tastes like a grapefruit peel but with more berry flavor.
Mouthfeel is very clean and makes you want lots more on top of it.
I can't believe that this is compared to the Westy 6 style. Not even close.
Glad that Kane has this at Roof Brothers in Paducah, Ky.

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Photo of rye726
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice woody brown with a thin tan head.

Nose has manure, horse blanket, musty soil, tart citrus, herbal hops, caramel, oak, aged cheese and ripe tropical fruits.

Taste has a sour yeast presence up front followed by barnyard funk, rich candies, citrus, wood, vinegar, subtle hops and sweet fruits.

Medium body has a crisp carbonation. Dry, acidic finish.

Perfect blend of a lambic and Belgian Pale Ale. Quite impressive.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Good till October 2015.

What an absolutely gorgeous color on this. Body hits with peach orange and red hues, shimmering, slightly opaque for unfiltered, the head is even slightly pink but manages to still always keep a puck for a bit, and a solid collar. I am in love with this color it's gorgeous. Some nice tight carbonation

Nose is real interesting. Nectarines, orange fruit, clean, wild yeast, chewy fruit body, faint lemon and banana, maybe some mango but nothing too sweet. Real nice here a big fruit basket, it's hard to wrap my head around this there's so much going on.

Palate upon taste is awash with what comes from the nose. Nectarines, tart/sour bent and wild yeast punch is controlled, makes an incredible fruit punch quality. Tight fizz on the palate but controlled, light bodied, ashen finish with the yeast producing some mild pepper. Some crispness with that light body.

Overall just incredible and real easy drinking. with such a fruit bowl quality, I am at a loss for words. This is a beer to just dive in and get happily lost.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml, 7% abv. Slightly hazy orange color. Nice frothy white head. Good retention.

Earthy, musky, barnyard aroma. Nice amount of funk, horseblanket and hay. Leathery as well. Tartness can be detected in the nose. All the components of a great sour.

Pale malt, but the tartness starts immediately. Leathery and earthy rounded flavors. Funky and sour, but so well balanced.

Lighter body, with refreshing carbonation. Alcohol is hidden very well. Acidity adds a refreshing factor. Amazing.

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Photo of Overlord
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of drtth
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a flute glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a lightly hazed light golden orange color with a 1” thick fluffy bright white head that persists quite well. Sipping leaves a combination of foam and lacing until eventually the head fades away.

Smell: The aromas include green apples and pears along with lemon zest and a slight musty oak. All this is mingled with a faint hint of vinegar-like tartness.

Taste: The flavors are complex (which might be expected from a blend). There are some tart orchard fruits here, some pale malt mingled in and some light but not unpleasant sour vinegar-like flavor with some earthy, musty character in the background.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied, soft and creamy with gentle, persistent carbonation. Yet the tartness also causes the mouth to slightly pucker as well. The finish is medium to long and is a combination of tartness from the fruits and a softly sour dryness that trails off slowly.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I found this one to be quite drinkable and will definitely seek it out. While I’m early in my exploration of sour beers I can already tell that I’m going to like much of what I find and this was a perfect introduction. (When lunch was served it also went quite nicely with the salad greens and Quiche I’d chosen.) My overall impression is that this is a very well made beer and truly a reflection of the art of the blender as well as the brewer (who may in fact be one and the same person).

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brown sludge under the cap. Pours a murky golden color with two fingers of frothy head and nice lacing.

Aroma is musty lemon and orange, dirt, and bright flowers. Very nice.

The flavor is a blast of tart lemon that finishes surprisingly clean and juicy. I expected a dry, funky blast but this definitely went in the other direction. Compelling actually. A bit of apple core and orange. You can definitely tell this is a blend of styles because the aroma and initial flavor are pure lambic and the finish is something completely different.

The body is medium to full and the carbonation is high but doesn't detract from the heaviness of the mouthfeel.

Overall I was extremely surprised by this beer in a pleasant way. Give it a shot!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at Moeder Lambic in Brussels. It was so good that I had it again a few nights later, and that means it was really good as there are a lot of fantastic and hard-to-find choices in this city. From Andy (part-owner of Moeder Lambic) I heard that this is 1/3 XX Bitter, 1/3 Goudenberg, and 1/3 Girardin lambic. Also he mentioned that this is the first time it's ever been available on cask!

This was golden amber color with a light haze and a nice head of foam. The aroma has some bitter hops and a nice tart aspect too, like a Belgian IPA - lambic mix that's heavy on the lambic side. In taste this leans back toward the bitter side, however the brett is very detectable. Not exactly lactic, and I'm not sure on the age of the Girardin, but it does add a nice lightly tart bite at the end of each sip.

Smooth and creamy body from the cask, this was heaven. Really a wonderful beer that I'd love to get again in this form. I'll pick up more bottles at home some time, but really the cask version is best.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I fancied something refreshing tonight - in fact, I wanted a soda. But I didn't have any so I had to settle for this. The cap peeled off with a satisfying hiss, and out poured a peachy orange, slightly translucent beer topped with a thin, white, lacy head. Its smell is enticing, a mix of apple vinegar, yamahai sake, lemon, elderflower, and pineapple. Some barnyard funk and fresh wheat lurk in the background, lending the smell a farmy air.

It is brisk, effervescent, and delightfully sour on the palate; crisp, fruity, and refreshing. Citric and acetic acid coast along on a dry wave of cider-like musty fruit, apples and oranges, sparkling wine, pineapple, white grapefruit, and a hint of vaguely salty minerals. Pristinely dry and a bit woody, closing with a taut snap of carbonation and lemony sourness, with a lingering, lip-smacking grapefruit rind pucker.

Quite an elegant beer, and a bargain at only £6, especially if you consider its classy paper packaging. I will buy this again - possibly as a gift.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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

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Photo of vrazionale
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle at just under refrigeration temperature poured into a snifter. Bottled in 04/2008.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange body with a creamy, well-laced head formation.

S - Amazing. I could stick my nose in this beer all night long. Loads of horse-blanket musky funk alongside bright, lemony citrus and bready yeasty notes. Incredibly beguiling and inviting. A solid reminder of why I love sour beers.

T - Tart, sour, and funky. Reminds me of the flavor profile of some of the best gueuzes I've tried. The finish is very tart and acidic, calling to mind lemon and bitter orange. There is a touch of apricot and unripe peach here, too, rounding out the flavor profile a bit.

M - Spot-on carbonation, with just the right balance of sweetness to complement the sour tartness. The kind of beer that makes you salivate and want to go back for another sip.

D - I could just continue to gush and gush about this beer, but the bottom line is this: if you like sour beers, find a way to get your hands on this beer.

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Photo of bobsy
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a rich yellow with a finger of white head that left good lace on the Duvel glass, and showed nice retention. Fairly classic Belgian Pale Ale appearance. The aroma reminds me of a gueuze. Its got a touch of funk, a lingering sourness, and a dry fruity character, which certainly appeals to me.

Good fruity flavour, with canned pears and other tree fruit mixing in. There's a good pale malt background that provides character without overwhelming the other flavours. Predominant amongst these is a balanced funkiness that provides notes of leather and barnyard without running away with the beer. Only just secondary to this is a nice sourness that I'm really appreciating after a couple intense krieks. In a word - balanced. Medium-light mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation.

Chalk up another winner for De Ranke - this is right up there with the XX Bitter and the kriek. I really appreciated the balance in this beer - it so well-constructed, and no one aspect of its character is allowed to dominate, which gives it massive drinkability.

Thanks to ritzkiss for sharing this gem.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 vintage from the bottle at Churchkey. Served in a snifter and split with drabmuh and mdfb79. Big thanks to Matt for suggesting that we get this one.

Pours a golden-orange color with a half-finger white head and a bit of clingy lacing as it went down. The nose is fantastic. Quite a bit of earth with a nice amount of funk as well as really nice sour notes bringing up the rear. Some mild stone fruits throughout and carry over into the flavor.

Taste is quite exquisite with really nice earthy notes and funk plus peach, apricot, and some lightly-tart berries. Maybe some cloudberry presence. Feel is slightly puckering and creates a really nice finish alongside some dry funk. Really, really drinkable. What a great way to end the night; I'll surely be looking to find more of this in the future.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 75cl (750ml) bottle at De Bierkoning and poured it into a Geuze Boon branded glass. Bottled on - Jan 2010.

Printed on the wrapper around the bottle: Unfiltered & Unpasturized - On base of old Flemish beer and Lambic - Ingredients: barley malt, hops, sugar, yeast and water.

A: Pours a blonde/pale hue with a nice head and solid lace from start to finish.

S: Funky wood smell with sour apples and fermented grapes.

T: Similar to the smell but the funk runs the show; there is some hints of sweet malt and grapefruit rinds there too. Nice crisp sour finish - truly amazing.

M: Light bodied, perfectly carbonated with small bubbles that roll across the palate nicely.

D: The drinkability is silly - too easy and if I had another bottle I would be pouring one now.

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Photo of gatornation
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from wrapped 750ml bottle 2009 vintage

A- pours a nice hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger white head that recedes to a fresh collar slight lacing

S- was sour white fruits with some oak nice wet hay and funk

T- superb its sweet and sour fruit with wood/oak flavors that complement a wet hay and funky barnyard tastes

M- was tart sweet and sour low medium carbonation just the right amount of funk and tartness

O- very drinkable not overly sour tart and funky on the palate a pleasure to drink ages well

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Photo of ccrida
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic gueze style pale ale. Cloudy pale yellow with a white head leaving decent lace. Nice tartness, lots of complexity, some lemony notes, dry. Very spritzy, fine carbonation. Really want to get some bottles of this after having it on draught. As much as I love their noël, this might be my favorite De Ranke brew.

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Photo of timtim
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle wrapper says best by 2015. pours a mildly hazy, glowing golden burnt orange (if there is such a color) with a white head that holds for a bit and leaves a little lace. nose is peach, nectarine, grapefruit pith, grapefruit, oak, earth, funk and just a touch of pale(ish?) malt poking it's head through. smells wonderful. displaying all kinds of scents that turn my gears. taste is expressed in sweet/tart fashion with tart winning a bit in this case. flavors of peaches, peach pits, citrus, earth, fruit groves, wood, pineapple cake, nectarines and funk... wonderful. unique and familiar at the same time. medium body. some sweetness, but finishes fairly dry. i am usually impressed by de ranke. extra impressed here. i really like this one.

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Cuvée De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
92 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.