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Cuvée De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

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236 Ratings
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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%


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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HURTemHIZZY

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow-orange. tiny bit hazy. two finger pure white head that dissipates relatively quickly but maintains a film until the beer is finished and leaves some spotty lacing behind. Aroma is slight vinegar, nice amount of lemon, and funky brett. Nice balance here, but I wish everything was kicked up just a touch.

The flavor is also subdued, but again is really tasty. Certainly acidic, with big notes of lemon and some lime coming through. There is a touch of vinegar, before giving way to a lingering brett funk. Finishes dry. Light mouthfeel with prickly carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 14:49:49 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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DaveJanssen

Germany

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL in chouffe glass. Bottle best by 10 2015

Ar: funk, pleasant acidity, grapefruit, lactic, brett barn character, earthy hay/straw, citrus

Ap: Mild haze dark straw, white head, good retention

T: Grapefruit, alcohol, barn funk, lingering pleasant brett bitterness, lemony acidity, citrus forward, present but not harsh acidity, slight sweetness but not out of balance. Not as dry as a geuze but good bitterness and acidity, earthy, lingering grapefruit

M: Medium carbonation, light body, godd bitterness in the finish

O: Great aroma, I was definitely pleasantly surprised by this one, pleasant excellent brett, definitely a worthwhile beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 05:20:18 | More by DaveJanssen
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OutFox

New York

4.43/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 01:17:23 | More by OutFox
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De Ranke "Cuvee De Ranke"

25 oz bomber. Pours a hazed dark straw color, fizzy head and little lace. In the aroma, strong sour and funky hay aromas. In the taste, lemon rind, acidic bite, rounding out with a small bitterness. Tart, funky, sour, and a portion of wheat malt. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, lingering bitterness and tartness. Overall, a nice, deceptively strong sour beer from Belgium. Whats not to like?

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 05:27:08 | More by Stinkypuss
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Foodery in Philly. 750mL brown glass pry-top bottle wrapped in paper, best before 10 2015.

Pours a very calm orange gold color with very very thin white head. Nose smells like a classic funk ball, oaky, woody, earthy, lemony, etc.

Palate is funky but a little watery on the texture. Lemon rind, wood grain (i.e. fresh cut boards), some funky bacterial oddness, moss and forest floor. Finish is of moderate length. Palate is a touch sweet for having this much funk. More malt flavor and texture shows through than say a gueuze.

Notes: Tasty, but not as amazing as people have told me it is.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 03:08:02 | More by SFLpunk
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flannelman808

California

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a muddy pale yellow orange with a slightly off white head. Head has large bubbles and dissipates quickly leaving a little bit of lacing behind in its wake.

S: Acetic acid burns the nose a bit with aromas of tart crabapple. A subtle funky presence is hidden someplace in the back.

T: Acidic but far more mild than Id have guessed. Bright, tart crabapple dominates as some earthy spicy notes creep up in the end. This one is pretty simple right now, though the flavors expressed are quite good.

M: soft prickle

O: Being so heavily one or two sided I feel that perhaps this beer is young. I think given time it could develop into something special.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 23:03:34 | More by flannelman808
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The regular paper covered green 0.75cl bottle, reviewed when fairly young (drank Sep 2011, Best before date of Jan 2015).

Poured slowly into three different glasses, the last one getting some of the sediment within it.

Two glasses of clear light amber sat in front of me, the third being a bit darker and not so clear to the eye: none had much of a head, I blame the slow pour and young age of the brew.

The smell and taste were as follows: Yeasty cooking apples with an side dish of semi-acidic pears which have began to rot because of over ripeness.

I really liked it, refreshing and different, a new favourite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 18:20:10 | More by BlackHaddock
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crossovert

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 19:08:46 | More by crossovert
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aasher

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 01:52:28 | More by aasher
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

near perfect pour here with a really big head of white on top of a golden amber colored body that really shows its just. lots of carbonation can be seen through the light haze and it really sets it apart quite nicely.

aroma is light, pleasant and full of esthers of all different varieties, pears, grasses, cloves, hints of light grains and spices, really just a light and pleasant mix in every way possible. crisp and clean finish with no hint of alcohol in here at all, this was simply exactly what i was looking for in a mid night treat.

overall a sublimly light and clean sessionable ale

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 01:55:15 | More by mikesgroove
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange color with a nice frothy head, looks a lot like a gueuze.

Smells extremely funky and quite sour. Getting lots of fruit mixed in too--orange and grape and lemon. This smells pretty damn good.

Taste is similar--still very funky and even more sour than I expected. Very acidic, this one definitely made me pucker up. The fruit flavors are back too, but this time they're accompanied by an odd musty dryness that comes at the end of each sip and lasts into the aftertaste. The flavors here are very complex and mostly very good, but there's also something a little off that makes it hard to drink more than like a glass of this (I had three but it was hard to finish the last one). I'm still tempted to give this one an even higher rating though. I wanna have it again.

7.2/10

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 18:03:23 | More by AlexFields
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 20:28:38 | More by Hojaminbag
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scbrew

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 17:30:11 | More by scbrew
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rtepiak

Poland

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 03:11:52 | More by rtepiak
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 22:16:16 | More by Bierguy5
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a orangish yellow color, slightly hazy and has a nice tight white head. Head has pretty solid retention, forms a cap and leaves some nice layered lacing.

S- Smell is quite a bit of brett funk going on here. Also a bit of citrus lemon and grapefruit. A lot of lambic feel to this one. Kind of suprised by the catergory of BPA.

T- Quite a bit of lemon sourness at first. Funkiness is everywhere along with grapefruit and lemon. A very interesting balance between sourness and hop bitterness.

M- Fairly light in body and a good amount of cabonation.

O- I was a little worried at first but this one grew on me quite a bit as I worked my way through it. A fine brew, but probably not one I could have on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 01:14:06 | More by nrbw23
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bobbyc881

South Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 00:21:08 | More by bobbyc881
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moderate head but it recedes to a single layer of minute bubbles. There are sporadic spots of lace. The beer is an orange-gold color. Hazy.

Strong sour smell that is reminiscent of a lambic.

Lip puckering sourness--similar to sucking a lemon. The beginning has pale malt dryness. The full body is matched with a higher than expected level of carbonation. The aftertaste is a continuation of the tartness. I detect no hop.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 01:16:15 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a medium white head, good lace and solid retention.

S: Definite horse blanket notes, musty oranges, grassy hops.

T: Lactic acid, Brett funk, lots of lemon and orange, acidic citrus. Yellow apple and some pear add a bit from the BPA, but the lambic dominates this brew.

M: Tart, medium-bodied, medium acidity, great Brettified aftertaste.

D: A fantastic beer from De Ranke, their best in my opinion, the lambic is a great addition, just a beautiful tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 07:01:25 | More by Halcyondays
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foogerd

New York

4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 10:56:22 | More by foogerd
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Soneast

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing this as a sour/wild ale...because a Belgian Pale Ale this ain't!

Pours an amber to golden color, slightly hazy and grows a 1/4" thick white colored head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is certainly tart lots of green apple and grape notes. Acidic and slightly funky.

The flavor pretty much follows suit. Tart and green fruit-like flavors. Lots of acidic character and fruity flavors that combine to make a pretty damn tasty beer.

The body is light-medium and quite refreshing overall. Definitely something I'd pursue in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 00:18:20 | More by Soneast
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours a dark golden amber/orange color with a thin white head that settles into a thin lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly funky aroma with earthy, musty oak and horseblanket along with vinous fruit notes and subtle vinegar. Hints of sweet apple and pear balance out the funky/tart character in the nose.

Medium bodied with a great balance of sweet, estery light fruit and tart, puckering sourness. Funky with lots of musty oak and vinegar flavor as well as some slight lacto mid-palate but this is balanced out by vinous, sweet fruit notes, especially apple, grape and pear. The combination of sweet fruit notes and vinegary sour/tartness results in a sweet, mouth puckering, tart finish that isn't abrasive or acidic. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 07:58:45 | More by corby112
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 picked up at the Boise COOP yesterday... shared with Inflatablechair ... pours a hazed orange with a white head that quickly collapses into a pretty firm cap.

nose shows light funk and lemon.. more than expected sweetness almost seems "sweet and sour".

Flavor has more pronounced funk.. sorta musty basement or composting leaves mixed in with lemon zest and a bit too much residual sugars.. apple and pear esters combine with the lemon to make this pretty fruity an delightfully funky... Thankfully finishes on the drier side of the spectrum.

Lite/medium body with only a lite/medium carbonation.... it seems to me, the body could be dialed back a bit and the carbonation up a full notch.

Glad I finally got to try this and we have a small supply locally available.... I need to move quickly to grab some and cellar for a long while.

4/4/4.5/3.5/3.5

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 06:16:35 | More by JohnGalt1
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 02:38:05 | More by alcstradamus
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Overlord

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 00:05:03 | More by Overlord
Cuvée De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
94 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.