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Cuvée De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

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BA SCORE
94
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250 Ratings
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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 50
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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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MattSweatshirt

Texas

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

At Moeder

Thick white head chillin on some hazy dark golden orange beer. Looking good in the De Ranke glass.

Smells fruity n' funky. That whole being out on the farm type of smell. The lemon is dominate but there are hints of some sweeter mango and peach.

Tart fruitiness(lots of lemon citrus character) and some funkiness. The flavor washes away fairly quickly it seems. Seems like some oakiness to it.

Drinks super smooth with light carbonation and body. Drying.

Highly enjoyable beer here. I was hoping for more sourness but got over that quick. Very delicious and easy to slug down which isn't good for the wallet.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2013 07:14:13 | More by MattSweatshirt
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-14-2013 00:51:52 | More by spycow
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mjohnson17

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

01-02-2013 14:52:24 | More by mjohnson17
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dgilks

Australia

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden colour with a foamy, white head. Good head retention.

Earthy and somewhat tart. Nice lemon and grapefruit characteristics. Almost a little malt. Nice.

Refined tartness that combines with a very mellow sweetness. The overall character is reminiscent of lambic. Mild earthiness and not much bitterness. There could be a bit more fruit character but it is good.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

A solid sour ale. The lambic qualities are great and it comes together very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 09:33:35 | More by dgilks
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nopucophop

New York

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-20-2012 21:46:14 | More by nopucophop
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mantissa

Oregon

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-18-2012 07:51:45 | More by mantissa
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-14-2012 14:00:20 | More by schnarr84
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atomeyes

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 01:27:30 | More by atomeyes
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leinie13

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-22-2012 07:04:31 | More by leinie13
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GreyGhost4

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-22-2012 03:56:00 | More by GreyGhost4
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andthevolcano

Delaware

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-07-2012 03:04:09 | More by andthevolcano
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Mister_Joshy

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-05-2012 00:18:42 | More by Mister_Joshy
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 03:04:22 | More by biboergosum
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hiphopj5

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

10-03-2012 17:59:33 | More by hiphopj5
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csustar001

New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

10-02-2012 11:54:44 | More by csustar001
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 13:23:17 | More by jmarsh123
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stealth

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

09-22-2012 14:21:42 | More by stealth
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harrymel

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 06/2016:
Pours turbid amber with etched whites atop with a solid rim of the same fluffed bubble. Nice apple, copper, acetic vinegar, hints of lemon and funky hay and soil. Nicely tart up front and with a bitterness I’d not anticipated and some metallic and astringent character. Some leafy, vinous character along some unrefined vinegar. Thin bodied with hi carb and watering finish. An okay beer, at an okay price ($17/750ml). Actually a very sessionable, approachable beer with a sour character and a lambic twist. I would enjoy this with a friend at lunch time over a couple sanwiches with a friend on a nice warm Spring day.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 06:45:36 | More by harrymel
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

09-02-2012 18:58:15 | More by t0rin0
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cosmicevan

New York

3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from a tasting on 8/15. thanks to danedelman for bringing this one out.

a - pours a murky orange with a think fizzy head.

s - smells nice. pretty sweet tart. some grass and hay.

t - pretty earty and grassy. geuze with a sour kick, not bad at all.

m - prickly but soft. easy for a sunday morning.

o - nice geuze vibe, not worth the price of admission in my opinion, but rather tasty. pretty surprised to see that this is classified as a BPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 01:43:57 | More by cosmicevan
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claspada

New Jersey

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

Pours a clear, dark amber color with a thin ring of white bubbles. Minimal lacing as it recedes.

Aroms begin funky and yeasty with freshly squeezed lemon rinds, oaky chardonnay and quite a bit of earth. As it warms you get some mild stone fruits.

The tastes follow the nose with a mild pilners maltiness underneath a layer of funk. There's a flicker of sweetness, but otherwise it's a sour ride. Splash of citric lemon juice and white wine vinegar. Big pop of acidity and a touch of spiciness.

The mouthfeel is medium-thin bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is dry, sour and earthy but not overly so of either.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 17:18:32 | More by claspada
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Leftofthedial

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-08-2012 17:16:40 | More by Leftofthedial
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rchristensen

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-06-2012 17:52:09 | More by rchristensen
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-14-2012 18:49:26 | More by savagepm
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

07-13-2012 03:44:19 | More by rolltide8425
Cuvée De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
94 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.