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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 emerge077
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 notes: This seems more like a mellowed Gueuze than anything. Soft with low carbonation, plenty of barnyard funk with a lemon zest citrus edge. Strikingly similar to an aged Fantome. Seems misunderstood...

This is a hybrid style, label states "Belgian Sour Ale with Lambic added" (Blonde Ale from De Ranke blended with Lambic from Girardin). Since it's 7% and not 100% lambic, it didn't fit into the Gueuze/Lambic category, so "Belgian Pale Ale" is applied here, for lack of a better term (such as Belgian Wild Ale).

Fossilized amber tone, hazy with an initial swarm of ascending carbonation. Delicate lacing is left after an aggressive pour. Initially, the first pour was nearly still, with some larger bubbles forming. The upward carbonation formed a thin skim moments later, and retained itself well.

Subdued cellar aromas, honey, wet wood, and a pleasant cheesy note at room temperature. As it warms, the aroma really improves. Light floral notes, wood, and citrus.

Mellow citric lemony sourness, similar to a Gueuze. The Lambic edge is taken off from the Blonde Ale blend, which lets the subtle woody notes of the Girardin Lambic come through. Long aftertaste, sort of woody with wet citrus notes present too. Mild pucker, not as sour as other traditional Lambics, but sour-haters should stay away. The more I drank, the more I enjoyed it. This creative hybrid sour ale is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by April 2013, which means it was bottled April 2008. Consumed June 2010 after 5 beerless days thanks to vicodin and cyclobenzaprine.

Pouring a mildly hazy orange with a dense white head with excellent retention, there's a little lacing too. For what's essentially a sour beer, the lacing is pretty excellent, though the haziness is a little more than I care for.

This might be just 30% of Girardin lambic, but in the two years in the bottle, it appears to have taken over the beer. Cheesy and funky, there's a moderate amount of citrus as well, with juicy oranges and lemons. A little cider character is noticeable, with some nice green apple notes. Sweetness is noticeable in the back, mild and honey-like, and there's a surprising oak character with some barrel and vanilla characteristics. Excellent stuff.

The palate opens sour with a lemony tartness with some a bright lemon and citrus peel sourness, along with a moderate melon character. Great depth and balance on the palate, there's a mild sweetness present, but it is more fruity than plain sugar-like. There's a splash of vinegar as well, just enough to keep the palate bright without being overbearing. The bulk of the sourness is lemony, though, and almost whelms the funk. Drying on the finish with a lingering lemon peel sourness and a touch of bitterness, this beer is a hidden gem. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, the palate is a little slicker than I'd like, but otherwise, this is an outstanding beer. At the price point, it's hard to beat, really, I will be drinking a lot more of this.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden amber color with large white head. Once popping the cap off this guy, I got huge aromas of sour funk! Love it! Great sour notes with apples and wood. I also get very subtle floral scents as well. The taste is delicious! Initially I get a lot of tart green apple flavor followed by some funky Belgian yeast flavors with even more delicious mouth puckering tastiness. I get a strong taste of wood from the barrels and finishes with a bit of bitterness. I know there's some other fruit tastes I'm not picking up that I should be, but my palate is still trying to get these sour ales down. Mouthfeel is nice and bubbly, but not too bubbly. Very full bodied and well-balanced. Drinkability is HIGH! Great beer!

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Photo of Viggo
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, thanks to ritzkiss for sharing.

Pours a cloudy orange/amber, some golden, pretty thick white head forms, settles down to a thin ring and layer, some lace chunks stick, looks nice.

Smell is great, good balance of sweet and sour, lots of fruit character, apples and pears, some honey, a bit of wheat, lemon rinds, nice funky barnyard character and some sour fruit, light floral and herbal hop notes.

Taste is similar, sweet at first, good notes of honey and sweet pears/apples, nice fruit character, wheat, some yeastiness, good sourness and funk in the finish, really nice noble hoppiness, a bit of floral and citrus, lightly acidic and sour, great balance with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. This is a nice beer, I've liked everything from De Ranke thus far. This beer is refreshing, its nice to get a sour sometimes that isn't over the top. Thanks Preric!

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Photo of nas5755
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in a chalice
bottle was purchased 2 months ago at Granite Liqours

A nice hazy golden/orangery color with a great sour nose of citrus lemon funk. The taste is filled with lemon-tart-funk blended with a nice golden ale and some oak. The mouth-feel is pleasant and the sour hangs around a little as to say "hey I was just here a moment ago I left something to entertain the next sip". I just want to keep on drinking this cellar temp beer in this hot humid New England weather. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer it reminds me more of a gueuze than a belgian pale-ale. I really would love to see what the bugs due to the golden ale over the next few years. This is an outstanding beer.

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Photo of OutFox
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a wine glass.

A - Deep orange and just truly beautiful sight to behold. Little to no head and no retention. It almost looks flat but it isnt.

S - Barnyard funk. Sour and sweet and just a mess of smells. It smells like an oude gueuze a milder one but one none the less.

T - its funky upfront with a blend into a sweetish sort of finish. You can taste some citrus and and apples and lots of stuff here.

M - Mine was a little watery and no as carbonated as I expected but that was the only thing wrong with this beer if you could even call it something wrong. Just a great beer.

O - Freakin fantastic.

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Photo of BMoldy
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber-orange brew with a small, quickly fading head that leaves minimal spotty lacing. Only moderately hazy, and refracts the light nicely.

S: A light but distinct pale malt aroma blends well with a prominent funk that has a good acidic bite to it, like...well... a beefed-up lambic. Go figure...

T/M: My oh my, this is fantastic! Very reminiscent of Iris in that it has a nice full body and a detectable bitterness. The subdued carbonation adds a nice smoothness and richness that is a welcome change from most lambics/gueuzes, which is –I believe– what this beer most resembles. As the above description says, this beer achieves a great balance between sweet and sour; indeed, the sourness is more acidic/tart than "funky", which I'm personally okay with. Ends on a slightly bitter, somewhat puckering note. The only way I could see this being better would be with the addition of some fruit or something of the sort, to add just one more dimension to it and make it absolutely perfect.

O: I see this is already rated pretty highly, but why don't people talk about it more?! Deliciously tart and sweet, with just enough bitterness to surprise the palate and keep things drinkable, this is a beer I'll be going back to again and again.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle picked up in Buffalo. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thin head. A subsequent swirl builds a nice fluffy head which leaves lacing down the glass.

Light funk in the nose, lemon, hint of honey and fruity esters.

Quite a balanced, drinkable beer. Love the nice balanced sourness that weaves its way through the Belgian esters, honey sweetness, light noble hop bite in the finish, lemons and orange rind, grains and a hint of funk. Could easily drink the whole bottle and be desiring a touch more.

Nice to see a brewer make a balanced, drinkable sour ale, one you would want to drink on many an occasion or with a meal. Top notch.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased on the joint recommendation of Stu from Yeastie Boys and Adam from Platinum Liquor. Enjoyed the bottle all myself one lonely Friday evening.

Pours a golden colour, steady bead feeding a very pleasant heavy head, nice and generous but sinks in strands. Some lacing left behind. Looks nice.

Smells tart and funky. Large organic, earthy kind of offness with a crisp and fresh lemony acidity over the top. Touch of raspberry, too, some dirt and lucerne, but yeah the tartness is a real fresh note, and makes it smell very pleasant indeed.

Taste is also pretty funky, with a really noticeable damp, organic barnyard flavour. Tartness comes through pretty strong, with lemon, vinegar and a very underripe strawberry note. Finishes with a very slight puckering astringency, but it's really just a whisper. The back palate is mostly sweet and fruity, with a big caramelised pear character. Very tasty, balanced and professionally put-together lambic style.

Nips a bit from that wild yeast. Bit foamy from the carbonation and ends surprisingly sweet and full, but inevitably dry.

Great drop. Complex and confronting, but deeply rewarding. Beautifully reined in.

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Photo of joe1510
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Best by April 2013, bottled in April 2008.

Wrapping the bottle in paper is a nice touch but when the bottle sweats it gets kinda messy.

A- Poured (semi roughly) into a Piraat tulip. Small, tight, frothy head with pretty good lacing is the result. The head stays around really well for a sour beer. The beer is moderately hazed and bright lemony yellow.

S- Bretty funk is the first thing I noticed, along with lemon and grapefruit peel sourness. Funk is dusty and dry rotted, old books, cardboard from the attic, cobweb; nice lambic stuff.

T- Very lemony with a powerful sourness. Plenty funk, dust, cheese and cobweb. The acidic sourness is matched nicely by lots of lemon and grapefruit rind. Finish is citric and lemony with some hop bitterness. Its very interesting to taste a sour beer with a hoppy, bittering finish.

D- I had no problem having two glasses of this. It drinks very easily. Nothing lingers on the palate, its just a total easy drinking and refreshing beer.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy orange with some bubbles along with a small white head that faded away quickly. A bit of lacing down the glass.

Lots of funk. Cherry, citrus and oak in the aroma too.

Similar flavors. Very funky and sour all along. Good mustiness and sour fruit flavors. Finishes dry.

Medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Very dry on the finish almost like a good Merlot.

Overall very tasty beer and one that took me by surprise as being one of my favorites at our tasting.

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Photo of crossovert
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle bottled in April of 2008. Best before 04 2013.

It pours into my 25cl geuze glass a clear gold with hues of orangeish amber and a fizzy white head that leaves a bit of lacing. It certainly looks drinkable.

The smell is quite geuze like. IT has some intense apple notes, some sour apple, lemon, and other fruit. There is a slight hint of caramel form the malt. It also has some acidity and the oft noted barnyard funk, though the funkiness is kept pretty much at bay in the smell.

The flavor is tart and sour. It has some really strong green apple and lemon flavors. Just a nice tart acidity, almost like licking a lemon then eating a granny smith. It has a sweet initial taste but ends with a dry pucker.

This is a really nice beer, a refreshing one despite the higher abv.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

definitely a gueze at the core with hints of belgian ale notes but predominately bone dry. best described to me as something that has be depresiated of all sugars and starches that is seems to have fossils and expanded in that its reveals all the complex distinction of a minerals of the grain.

pour is clear at first and cloud towards the end. golden orange. nose is sour funk and apple cider vinegar and the smell of tarnish wood and ash. a hint of grassiness but more so like the minerals of flowers without the perfume. palate cuts into anything like a knife with the lack of any trace of carbohydrates or sugars. herbal hints of bark and rosemary. very sour and feels like hypotonic solution that absorbs everything into itself but at the same time leaves a delicate finish of pollen honeysuckle bitterness and a wet saddle leathery note.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden colour with a bit of orange in there as well, ring of white head and just a touch of lace. Smell has a big dose of lemon, wheat and pear, quite funky, wild yeast gives this an acidic smell, a bit of spice is picked up as well, more fruit especially as it came to room temp. Taste is tart up front, a bit of a grainy sweetness and a touch of honey, fruity with lots of pear, lemon and apple, acidic and puckering, nice sourness throughout. High carbonation, dry and acidic, medium bodied, a bit of syrup at points. Delicious and easy drinking stuff, quite dry and very refreshing, I could kill a 750 of this on a nice warm day easy.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fairly clean and golden... it wasn't quite clear, but there's not quite a 'murkiness' to it. It forms a nice head, and that goes on to leave a semi-sticky head with a light collaring and sheet of head and lacing.

S: There's a lemon zest citrus scent, along with that 'sock-like' smell. It doesn't have a huge barnyard smell with all sorts of cheesiness and stinky aromas. While an intense gueuze can be a great (if dank) smell, this has a more delicate and complex scent. Very nice.

T: Tart, with more horseblanket kinds of funk coming through. A nice blend, with a bit of bitter grapefruit, without the 'fruitiness' for a change. I often make a mention of citrus fruit without the citrus, and this is the reverse. No sweet grapefruit, no 'juiciness....' just a big, zesty rind.

M + D: Bigger in body, but nice and dry. Not the most accessible, but quite easy going in the sense of style. The vapourous dryness is great, but it takes a little time to work with. Recommended drinking.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another excellent beer from De Ranke. A vigorous pour stirs up a small bubbly head but it quickly fades. No consolation though, this is a borderline gueuze in my opinion. First whiff is full of crab apple, lemon rind, fresh grass, and a familiar wet hay funk. Much the same in the flavor - dry and musty yet full of fresh juicy apple and grass, almost cidery. A bit sour but no so much that it masks the other more subtle qualities of this beer. More complex as it warms. Light carbonation in the mouthfeel and really just more and more fun to drink. De Ranke can do no wrong.

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Photo of hopdog
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared courtesy of egadzis (thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy amberish color with a small sized head. Aromas of citrus, a little musty, earthy, and frutiy. Tastes of citrus. fruity, floral, and the same musty funk. I would

Notes from: 08/13/08.

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Photo of number1bum
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of NEPA BC split #16.

Pours a tawny copper color, good clarity but produces almost no head. Produces some bubbles that then become a thin lace which is interesting.

Smell is tart and sour, with some fruit too and is also somewhat musty. Funky apple cider like characteristics.

The taste is not as tart as the smell, and the sourness is really enjoyable. Sour apple mingles with some musty, woodsy flavors. Lots of fruity flavors here, quite complex. Some herbal and slightly musty flavors are left on the palate through the finish. The sourness puckers the taste buds just a bit but is also really pleasant. This is really good.

This is really extremely drinkable. I have minimal experience with sours so this is really a great intro to them, I would say, as the blending keeps the sourness in check a bit. I really enjoyed this. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of IrieJackalope
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one from its 750ml paper-wrapped bottle into my Belgian-style goblet. Immediately became aware of the strong sour aroma going on here, anticipation is built well before I can get my lips to the glass. The color is golden yellow, very hazy and opaque, with a good amount of head. Lacing is present and head settles down. The aroma, as said before, is riddled with notes of tangy sourness and wild yeast. The taste of this beer is comes thorough on the promise delivered by the nose, with lots of twang and lively character. This is one that I'll definitely be coming back to while its available, and stocking up on so I can enjoy it when its gone.

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Photo of prototypic
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of aasher
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Some beers have the perfect description to pull you in. This is one of them. It poured a very nice orange in color with moderate turbidity and a half finger off white head. It almost smells like a gueuze yet also has a light sweetness to it. All I can really get from it is peaches, apricots, and fruit juice. It's very appealing on the nose. The flavors are surprisingly VERY sour and tart. I expected it to be sour, just not this much. It's very impressive. It is straight fermented sour peaches and apricots. It has a dry and almost bitter finish which is the only detractor but it drinks really well. To me, this drinks like a medium bodied gueuze with more carbonation than average. I really enjoyed this one, it's a very nice beer.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cuvee de Ranke has a cloudy, bright yellow body and a billowing white head. Retention is quite good and the lacing that is left behind is quite nice.

The aroma has notes of sugar, fruit and spices. Wood and sourness are pretty noticeable also.

My first impression of Cuvee de Ranke is that it tastes like a standard Belgian Pale mixed with some lambic. After reading the label, I realized that is exactly what the brewers did. The result is quite good. It's hard to pin down exactly what order I notice the flavors, but I do notice a pretty good array. The 70% of this beer that is the Belgian Pale brings some flavors of candied sugar and light bread. There is also a mix of light fruits and a little bit of coriander. The lambic mixes seamlessly with these flavors. A good bit of sourness that has hints of lemon with it. Noticeable wood flavors. A lot of funky, leathery, shoe flavor also. The finish is dry and a little bit tart.

Fairly high carbonation, with a substantial body.

The Kriek de Ranke is great, so it came as no surprise that this one was quite good too. A great blend of beers that is somewhere between a gueuze and a Belgian Pale Ale. I think this cost me $9.99 for a 750ml bottle, and I would call that a deal.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750 ml bottle.

A - An average pour leads to a nice strong golden slightly copper clear liquid with a nice .25 inch head that has some medium sized bubbles and is white.

S - Aroma is of tart fruits with some lemon and grapes and slight apples. There is a bit of funk and phenols but not too much. There is a slight salty and sea aroma to the beer as well.

T & M - Starts off tart with some nice lemon and a bit of the yeasty funk. There are some sweet hints to the beer but the tartness is the major player. Slight apple and grape notes as well. Very delicious beer. Its a good gateway beer to other sours. There is some slight cherry sourness to it as well. It is a very delicious beer. The body is nice and light and crisp. There is great carbonation and clean flavors. I was very surprised to see this listed under Belgian Pale Ale.

D - This beer is delicious and I feel like its readily available which is a good thing. Crisp and clean and refreshing.

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