Cuvée De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 55
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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Photo of IrieJackalope
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one from its 750ml paper-wrapped bottle into my Belgian-style goblet. Immediately became aware of the strong sour aroma going on here, anticipation is built well before I can get my lips to the glass. The color is golden yellow, very hazy and opaque, with a good amount of head. Lacing is present and head settles down. The aroma, as said before, is riddled with notes of tangy sourness and wild yeast. The taste of this beer is comes thorough on the promise delivered by the nose, with lots of twang and lively character. This is one that I'll definitely be coming back to while its available, and stocking up on so I can enjoy it when its gone.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into Chimay Goblet. Thanks, NewGeneric

A- Nice, shimmering gold, fizzy head that settles quickly, moderate lacing. Beer is dandelion yellow and has a thin haze of carbonation on the surface.

S- Faint twang of something bitter.. a little tart.. a little acidic.

T- Tart, but not overly so. Like a crabapple.. in a good way. A bit of a citric twang, some fruity notes... very tasty and accessible... goes down so well. Mild fruit sweetness, great contrast with a mild sourness. Great flavors here.

M- Carbonation is great, and this beer is a very mild sour, so it goes down like water. I really enjoy this beer.

D- Fairly high.. really enjoyable and impossibly drinkable.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle picked up in Buffalo. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thin head. A subsequent swirl builds a nice fluffy head which leaves lacing down the glass.

Light funk in the nose, lemon, hint of honey and fruity esters.

Quite a balanced, drinkable beer. Love the nice balanced sourness that weaves its way through the Belgian esters, honey sweetness, light noble hop bite in the finish, lemons and orange rind, grains and a hint of funk. Could easily drink the whole bottle and be desiring a touch more.

Nice to see a brewer make a balanced, drinkable sour ale, one you would want to drink on many an occasion or with a meal. Top notch.

Photo of Viggo
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, thanks to ritzkiss for sharing.

Pours a cloudy orange/amber, some golden, pretty thick white head forms, settles down to a thin ring and layer, some lace chunks stick, looks nice.

Smell is great, good balance of sweet and sour, lots of fruit character, apples and pears, some honey, a bit of wheat, lemon rinds, nice funky barnyard character and some sour fruit, light floral and herbal hop notes.

Taste is similar, sweet at first, good notes of honey and sweet pears/apples, nice fruit character, wheat, some yeastiness, good sourness and funk in the finish, really nice noble hoppiness, a bit of floral and citrus, lightly acidic and sour, great balance with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. This is a nice beer, I've liked everything from De Ranke thus far. This beer is refreshing, its nice to get a sour sometimes that isn't over the top. Thanks Preric!

Photo of bobsy
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a rich yellow with a finger of white head that left good lace on the Duvel glass, and showed nice retention. Fairly classic Belgian Pale Ale appearance. The aroma reminds me of a gueuze. Its got a touch of funk, a lingering sourness, and a dry fruity character, which certainly appeals to me.

Good fruity flavour, with canned pears and other tree fruit mixing in. There's a good pale malt background that provides character without overwhelming the other flavours. Predominant amongst these is a balanced funkiness that provides notes of leather and barnyard without running away with the beer. Only just secondary to this is a nice sourness that I'm really appreciating after a couple intense krieks. In a word - balanced. Medium-light mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation.

Chalk up another winner for De Ranke - this is right up there with the XX Bitter and the kriek. I really appreciated the balance in this beer - it so well-constructed, and no one aspect of its character is allowed to dominate, which gives it massive drinkability.

Thanks to ritzkiss for sharing this gem.

Photo of digr
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pretty golden liquid pours with a smallish white head. A bit more intersting than many lambics.

S - smell is actually subtle. Mild sweet sour smell. Vague hop aroma. More reminiscent of a geuze.

T - yummy. mildy bitter and sour at the same time. Starts dry then ends with a hint of sweetness. Very intersting. Sweet / sour and bitter. complex.

M - good mouthfeel. not thin, mixed dry feeling with body.

D - very drinkable if you like sours / lambics. The mild sweetness could put hard cxore sour fans off a bit, but works for me.

Overall I like this. It is a bit of a mixed bag of sweet - sour - bitter. I thought it would be more like the Ithaca Brute (or the othe way around), but the sweetness is present that shows the Golden Ale side. It would be interesting to see if and how this will age.

Photo of adamette
2.3/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint, 9.4 oz. bottle that I purchased for $13.99 at Rozi's in Lakewood along with two other "De Ranke" beers that I will taste and review in the coming days. Poured into my Westvleteren silver rimmed goblet. Best before end of: 04 2013 stamped on the paper wrapper around the bottle. "Belgian Sour Ale with Lambic added" also appears on the paper wrapper. No label on the actual bottle inside the paper wrapping.

A Translucent straw yellow body under a minimal, one cm creamy head that dissipates within about 2 minutes into a ring around the top. Not that exciting really. 2.0

S Belgian yeast, some malt but a tartness that I did not expect to be this strong. I suppose that is the "Sour Ale" aspect coming through. 3.0

T Kind of basic, light sour ale with Belgian yeast tastes of grains. The taste kind of disspears after 15 seconds in my mouth but I am left with a lemon juice citrus taste for a few minutes. I do not really like the taste of this beer, just being honest. 2.0

M Pretty thin but beefed up by the "sour" tastes and the Belgian yeasts. 3.0

D Not good. I absolutely love Belgian beer but this one was a drain pour. 2.0

Notes: I am sure that I need to develop my palate more to understand sours. This one was just something that I would rather not drink. Having just had the Kriek de Ranke, I cannot help but compare. At least that one had the attraction of cherries with lambic (cherries can be sour tasting at times so it worked better). Next up is the Guldenberg.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I fancied something refreshing tonight - in fact, I wanted a soda. But I didn't have any so I had to settle for this. The cap peeled off with a satisfying hiss, and out poured a peachy orange, slightly translucent beer topped with a thin, white, lacy head. Its smell is enticing, a mix of apple vinegar, yamahai sake, lemon, elderflower, and pineapple. Some barnyard funk and fresh wheat lurk in the background, lending the smell a farmy air.

It is brisk, effervescent, and delightfully sour on the palate; crisp, fruity, and refreshing. Citric and acetic acid coast along on a dry wave of cider-like musty fruit, apples and oranges, sparkling wine, pineapple, white grapefruit, and a hint of vaguely salty minerals. Pristinely dry and a bit woody, closing with a taut snap of carbonation and lemony sourness, with a lingering, lip-smacking grapefruit rind pucker.

Quite an elegant beer, and a bargain at only £6, especially if you consider its classy paper packaging. I will buy this again - possibly as a gift.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

And it's with the soul of gueuze and a shallow veil of Belgian pale ales that this beer shines with character, intrigue, and rusticity. Brewery De Rank continues to demonstrate what's great about being Belgian!

The beer's goldenrod hue settles into the glass, carrying with it the signature cloudiness that makes Belgian beer famous. A creamy white head caps the beer with a slightly pelicle-like pattern after it settles for just a bit. A swirl of the glass leaves intricate broken lace in its wake. Firm retention (especially for such an acidic beer) lasts the session with ease.

Floral and earthy, the beer's bouquet opens up with aromas of dried limes, leather, cork, weathered woods, sea air, dust, must, and crab apple. It's earthen tone is ripe with citrus peels, hay, and slight barnyard funk notes that gives rise to the notion that the beer exceeds pale ale and dips into sour ale character.

Evading much of the grain sweetness that accompany Belgian pale ales, there's just enough bready malt flavor to build the foundation on which the earth, fruit and spice extend upon. Dried limes, brine, aged and weathered oak, wine must, and sour white grapes become the prominent flavors while spicy white pepper, straw, and almost-vinegar flavors add richness and depth. It's delicious balance favors acidity over hop bitterness and captures the sense of taste in much the same way as dry, tannin-rich white wines.

Dry, dry, and more dry is the name of the game as the beer starts light on the palate and stays that way. Its zesty carbonation pulls the beer from the tongue and ushers in a quick finish that makes much of the flavors more appreciated in retrospect. Still, a light wood and powder sensation accompanies the finish and assists the high acidity and mild pithy bitterness as the beer comes to closure. An echo of dust, must, and earth extends beyond the highly refreshing and palate cleansing textures.

The beer fits the gueuze style much more than any pale ale delineation, and does so masterfully. It's a beautiful beer that's impeccably balanced, extremely clean, and earthy enough to appease the most staunch sour ale connoisseur.

Photo of rye726
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice woody brown with a thin tan head.

Nose has manure, horse blanket, musty soil, tart citrus, herbal hops, caramel, oak, aged cheese and ripe tropical fruits.

Taste has a sour yeast presence up front followed by barnyard funk, rich candies, citrus, wood, vinegar, subtle hops and sweet fruits.

Medium body has a crisp carbonation. Dry, acidic finish.

Perfect blend of a lambic and Belgian Pale Ale. Quite impressive.

Photo of Proteus93
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fairly clean and golden... it wasn't quite clear, but there's not quite a 'murkiness' to it. It forms a nice head, and that goes on to leave a semi-sticky head with a light collaring and sheet of head and lacing.

S: There's a lemon zest citrus scent, along with that 'sock-like' smell. It doesn't have a huge barnyard smell with all sorts of cheesiness and stinky aromas. While an intense gueuze can be a great (if dank) smell, this has a more delicate and complex scent. Very nice.

T: Tart, with more horseblanket kinds of funk coming through. A nice blend, with a bit of bitter grapefruit, without the 'fruitiness' for a change. I often make a mention of citrus fruit without the citrus, and this is the reverse. No sweet grapefruit, no 'juiciness....' just a big, zesty rind.

M + D: Bigger in body, but nice and dry. Not the most accessible, but quite easy going in the sense of style. The vapourous dryness is great, but it takes a little time to work with. Recommended drinking.

Photo of ccrida
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic gueze style pale ale. Cloudy pale yellow with a white head leaving decent lace. Nice tartness, lots of complexity, some lemony notes, dry. Very spritzy, fine carbonation. Really want to get some bottles of this after having it on draught. As much as I love their noël, this might be my favorite De Ranke brew.

Photo of bowersdm
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle, a portion of which was poured into my Lindemans Stange.

A - Urine color, rather cloudy, with a small head

S - amazing and complex: musty attic/barnyard...as expected, lemon, lactic acid, orange zest, wood, hair, and dog vomit (the last two are my closest approximations of what I am smelling)

T - not as great as the smell. lactic acid, with lemon rearing its head intermittently, it's somewhat puckering at times, but the taste did not have near the same complexity that the nose did.

M - great. perfect sour carbonation

D - wasn't worth it, really.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Supremely enjoyable is you are OK with some sourness. Sourness, some lambic aroma, and transparent appearance, and some yeast and head. This was nicely malted. A tad less than median mouthfeel. Average mouthfeel. Not as dry as expected. Wonderful with lunch.

Photo of scottydogohio
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my favorite Stone Levitation glass. Incredible honey gold color, with a wisp of a head, fades quickly but this is a ale lambic mix,30% lambic, so the characteristics seem right on. The smell is lemon and sour and maybe some honey. The flavor is incredible: a bunch of lambic sour and a hint of hoppy goodness. The mesh is perfect. Light lambic mouthfeel with a coating on the back of the throat. Can't get enough. Cantillion, JP fans will find this beer a bit of perfection.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a cloudy peach color with honey-colored highlights at the edges. Has very little head to speak of, and only the faintest wisp of a donut collar, made up of fine champagne bubbles.

S: Wood, horse blanket/barnyard funk, leather, plum, sour and tart lemon.

T: Wow, tons going on here. An initial vinegar sourness and funk composed of lemon and green apple flavors, with a dark plum and cherry sweetness. The tartness remains through the rest of the taste, but it's overlaid by wood and leather in the mid-taste, and a general barnyard / earthy / leather mash in the end. The finish is a clean dryness.

M: Light-bodied, with a sticky sourness. The carbonation is light and does ok for the style.

D: This was fairly expensive (>$15), and I'm not sure it was worth it. A pretty good beer but not an excellent one.

Photo of sonicdescent
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade wtih Twelvsies, thanks and cheers Linc! According to the bottle, this one was brewed in April of 08.

Pours a little dissapointing, the liquid looks good but the head disappeared before I could move into my living room.

Smell however is much better, I get some lemon, tarty funk. Sour territory.

Taste is vinegary funk over lemon, golden apple, very light tartness that gets bigger at the end. Very nice.

Mouth is a little issue, this is a medium body drink, but I feel the carbonation needs to be a little higher. Not terrible by any means, just some room for improvement or maybe asking to be aged.

This is a good, solid beer that has some room for improvement. I would like to buy one to age a bit longer. Cheers!

Photo of twelvsies
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another excellent beer from De Ranke. A vigorous pour stirs up a small bubbly head but it quickly fades. No consolation though, this is a borderline gueuze in my opinion. First whiff is full of crab apple, lemon rind, fresh grass, and a familiar wet hay funk. Much the same in the flavor - dry and musty yet full of fresh juicy apple and grass, almost cidery. A bit sour but no so much that it masks the other more subtle qualities of this beer. More complex as it warms. Light carbonation in the mouthfeel and really just more and more fun to drink. De Ranke can do no wrong.

Photo of peabody
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out cloudy straw color with one finger of small white bubbles. Not much lacing.
Smell is lemon peel and cherry skins. Almost a soapy aroma like lemon pledge. Some sugar and very little malt/yeast though. As it warms the smell is more pronounced.
Taste is very sharp cherry/raspberry and sugary dewberry. The bitterness tastes like a grapefruit peel but with more berry flavor.
Mouthfeel is very clean and makes you want lots more on top of it.
I can't believe that this is compared to the Westy 6 style. Not even close.
Glad that Kane has this at Roof Brothers in Paducah, Ky.

Photo of hopdog
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared courtesy of egadzis (thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy amberish color with a small sized head. Aromas of citrus, a little musty, earthy, and frutiy. Tastes of citrus. fruity, floral, and the same musty funk. I would

Notes from: 08/13/08.

Photo of Absumaster
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear, orange, copper beer with a faint head.

Smell is tart and has a funky character. There are notes of flowers and barnyard.

Taste is tart, really sour with a distinct gueuze character. This is really funky with barnyard notes. Hints of straw and flowers come to mind. Although I am not a big fan of these funky beers, this tastes pretty good with my Chinese dish. When I got through the sourness, this is actually a easy drinking beer. Every sip is still tart, but it is light and refreshing.

You could have fouled me by saying this was a Saison of Gueuze. If this came from Fantome, it woudl be a Saison.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/11/08. Bottle, best by 07/2012. Pours a dark orange with no head. Aroma of sweet honeydew melon, lots of funk, and sour sweettart candies. Flavor is mostly sweet with just a tinge of sour. Lots of sweettart candies, some banana, apple, cherry, and other fruits. Quite drinkable, but the palate is a bit watery. A good sour, but I'm not sure where all these super high ratings(ie 4+) are coming from.
8/4/8/3/15 (3.8/5)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear golden amber with a decent fluffy white head. The strong, fierce aroma is more like a cider or a brandy than a beer. Flavor is quite strong, mainly fruity with some malty undertones. It goes down the pipes like a tiger on angel dust - fierce, edgy and sharp. Not for the faint of heart!

Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for sharing this...
Appears a semi-transparent gold with a small, white head that slowly fades into a small collar.
Smell is of funky cranberries, bubblegum, lemon juice, and a pinch of vinegar.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with even another layer of cherries coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart yet balanced, with cherries smacking the tastebuds on the way down.

Photo of grimreeser
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle wraped in paper. Pours a nice orange amber with a good sized head that dissipates rather quick. Aroma is wood, funk, some fruits. Just a bit too woody for me. Flavor is sour, but not too strong. Acidic. Full palate feel. Finishes rather dry.

Cuvée De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
93 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.