1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Cuvée De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

Not Rated.
Cuvée De RankeCuvée De Ranke

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

277 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 277
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 54
Gots: 42 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 277 | Reviews: 115 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

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 eduardolinhalis
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
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 joe1510
4.38/5  rDev +4%
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 jaymo18
4/5  rDev -5%

jaymo18, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of EuphonicHops
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%

EuphonicHops, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of HookemHoos
4/5  rDev -5%

HookemHoos, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

atrocity, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of TheBeerTruck
4/5  rDev -5%

TheBeerTruck, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of Moses_Malone
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Moses_Malone, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of obiwan
3/5  rDev -28.7%

obiwan, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of Bomber
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Stunning!!

Bomber, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of Budinetz
3.39/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Budinetz, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of Danny1217
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Danny1217, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of Doomcifer
4.8/5  rDev +14%

Doomcifer, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of suckaj
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%

suckaj, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of nabit
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%

nabit, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of Whatup14
4/5  rDev -5%

Whatup14, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of afsdan
5/5  rDev +18.8%

afsdan, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of Corson
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Corson, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Johnct
3.64/5  rDev -13.5%

Johnct, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of dcguitar
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%

dcguitar, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Drknight, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of nikigava
4.25/5  rDev +1%

nikigava, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of BobbyDigitali
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

BobbyDigitali, Aug 06, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Cuvée De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
94 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.