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Cuvée De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

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BA SCORE
94
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268 Ratings
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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 53
Gots: 43 | 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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Ratings: 268 | Reviews: 114 | Display Reviews Only:
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

stevefinny, Nov 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Exiled, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

daveytheformer, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of DaveJanssen
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.

DaveJanssen, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

chickenm, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Spindletop, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

phillybeergrl, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

UncleJimbo, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

jlb502, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of OutFox
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.

OutFox, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
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?

Stinkypuss, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of SFLpunk
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.

SFLpunk, Oct 28, 2011
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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.

flannelman808, Sep 24, 2011
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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.

BlackHaddock, Sep 19, 2011
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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.

crossovert, Aug 21, 2011
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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.

aasher, Aug 10, 2011
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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

mikesgroove, Aug 06, 2011
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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

AlexFields, Jul 22, 2011
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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.

Hojaminbag, Jul 07, 2011
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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.

scbrew, Jun 22, 2011
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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.

rtepiak, May 23, 2011
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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.

Bierguy5, May 22, 2011
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4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Moeder Lambic. Drinks like something between a straight, flat lambic (which it is not) and a fully effervescent mature gueze (which it also, is not). A lovely beer on a hot, humid spring night, as it warms up, you can really taste the grain complexity which is rare in any spontanteously fermented beer. Overall this beer is a thing of beauty. I would not be surprised however, if in a bottle, this beer metamorphosed into something either better, or worse. Time will tell. For now, drink up if you can find it.

ShamasUVA, May 08, 2011
Cuvée De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
94 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.