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Cuvée De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

271 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
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)
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Photo of Flounder57
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The majority of the 75cl bottle was poured into a large Duvel tulip glass. Best before 10/2015.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced and fizzed away to a thin layer. It is a hazy orange yellow with some clarity and visions of bubbles coming up through the glass. Some lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Super funkiness, rubbery, tartness, citrus, oak.

Taste: sour, funky, tart, a little bready, some citrus, oak, and barnyard deliciousness.

Mouthfeel: smooth, some pucker that is expected from sours, low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, and almost has this champagne like dryness to it too.

Overall: I have been eyeing this bad bot for a while and happy to have gotten the chance to enjoy it. Might have to have some more of this stinky beer in Maine next weekend.

Flounder57, May 19, 2012
Photo of gatornation
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
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

gatornation, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of samEBC
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

samEBC, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of KnightRider
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

KnightRider, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

smakawhat, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of pohldogg356
5/5  rDev +18.5%

pohldogg356, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of timtim
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

timtim, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Dope
2.78/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A very cloudy golden orange pour. Small white head that quickly settles down to almost nothing. Just the smallest hint of lacing.

S: Lots of lemons and oak up front. Maybe some sour apples? A bit of wet hay/grass. Smells...funky.

T: Very sour and acidic. Tastes like lemon and apricot bitterness with no sweetness. Some oak and earth tones. Very acidic aftertaste, almost like vinegar.

M: Puckering and very drying.

O: Wish this beer had been properly classified as a sour and not as a BPA so I wouldn't have wasted $15 on a drainpour. Be forewarned if you don't like sours!

Dope, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of DangerDawg
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

DangerDawg, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of larryi86
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL poured into a tulip, best before 10/2015

A- A hazy golden copper with a one finger white head.

S- Tart lemons, some barnyard funk, nice balance between sour and funk.

T- Sour lemons, light funk, some Brett, earthy, balanced.

M- Crisp, light, smooth.

O- A solid sour, nice funk. Definitely, will pick up again, seems to be like a cross between a nice gueuze and Orval. Very easy to drink.

larryi86, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of GinaBeerInc
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange pour with a surprisingly present off-white head. Tart fruit nose; some grapefruit, lemon, and sour cherry. Good bit of wood and some barnyard funkiness. Overall, there was something too sweet/tart about this simply because there were not more complex flavors underneath. Felt like I wanted more depth in the flavor, but ultimately it was thin as was the palate. Decent, but admittedly a bit of letdown given my high hopes.

GinaBeerInc, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Jspriest
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Jspriest, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of crashoveride
5/5  rDev +18.5%

crashoveride, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Thanks for opening this one, Nathan!

Lightly hazed golden orange with a big, foaming, though quickly disappearing near-white head and eventually leaves spots of lace down the glass.

Very successful, delightful aroma: a nice combination of sour, funk, and sweet notes. The funk is very earthy and reminds me of a musty basement, with some stinging sour notes, and sweet fruit notes. Unique and delightful.

The flavor isn't quite as successful, as some sweetness overpowers the sour funk I crave--though the sweet fruit notes are nice and bright: apricot, lemon, and juicy nectarine. The funk however is still present and is reminiscent of earth, brick, and hay.

Thin to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. It needs more body and/or bubbles.

A terrific beer, but a bit too sweet to be ranked among the absolute best, though I'd certainly never turn it down.

ehammond1, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of BMoldy
4.43/5  rDev +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.

BMoldy, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

coreyfmcdonald, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of emdawg
4/5  rDev -5.2%

emdawg, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of jIsh
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

jIsh, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of HURTemHIZZY
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.

HURTemHIZZY, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev -5.2%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
5/5  rDev +18.5%

GreenMountainBoy, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of ENIGma
5/5  rDev +18.5%

ENIGma, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev -5.2%

tbeq00, Dec 08, 2011
Cuvée De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
94 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.