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Cuvée De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

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BA SCORE
94
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269 Ratings
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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 54
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 Arbitrator
3.63/5  rDev -14%
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.

Arbitrator, May 10, 2009
Photo of sonicdescent
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
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!

sonicdescent, May 03, 2009
Photo of twelvsies
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

twelvsies, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of peabody
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

peabody, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of hopdog
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

hopdog, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of Absumaster
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Absumaster, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -10%
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)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
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!

Cyberkedi, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

weeare138, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of grimreeser
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

grimreeser, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of ArrogantB
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle $12.99. Nice dark, cloudy orange color. It smells deliciously sour. The taste is nice and sour, musty, old, some bits of wood (lambic?). The only problem I had with this beer is it seemed a little acidic and was kind of hard on my stomach. Good beer but I probably won't bother cellaring any.

ArrogantB, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled Fall 2008

Appearance is off orangey brown, with generous white head that retains well.

Nose is dry peach pit, faint bile, and miscellaneous citrus.

Palate is surprising, as the sour flavours come through assertively, including a gooey viscous component that accompanies the sour flavors. The finish gives spotlight to the carbonation and it retains a passion fruit, maybe mango fruit finish. Again, faint bile, but in a good way (if there is such a thing).

yemenmocha, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of stumac
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

thanks to my BA buddy tthomas for this treasure.

pours up a reddish peach color with a decent size white head. also sporting some great lacing. the nose has sours notes, subtle fruits, dark red fruits in particular. the taste is sour, oaky, slightly musty, red fruits. has a medium body, low carbo, definately a scrumptious beer

stumac, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of number1bum
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of NEPA BC split #16.

Pours a tawny copper color, good clarity but produces almost no head. Produces some bubbles that then become a thin lace which is interesting.

Smell is tart and sour, with some fruit too and is also somewhat musty. Funky apple cider like characteristics.

The taste is not as tart as the smell, and the sourness is really enjoyable. Sour apple mingles with some musty, woodsy flavors. Lots of fruity flavors here, quite complex. Some herbal and slightly musty flavors are left on the palate through the finish. The sourness puckers the taste buds just a bit but is also really pleasant. This is really good.

This is really extremely drinkable. I have minimal experience with sours so this is really a great intro to them, I would say, as the blending keeps the sourness in check a bit. I really enjoyed this. Recommended for sure.

number1bum, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of Kraken
1.98/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes.
Let me start by saying that I made a mistake. The 2 other De Ranke products I have had have been nothing short of glorious. Yeah I said Glorious. De Ranke XX and Guldenburg are two personal favorites and I was under the impression that this was cut from the same Jib. Style is indicated as belgian pale, label did not indicate what I was in for. This being said...

Poured from a corked and caped 750ml bottle into a 20oz pint glass. Firm pour yields zero head nada zilch. Poured the color of apple cider.
Nose- Apple cider, sour rotton apples, not much else.
Taste- Ugh, per the preface not what I was expecting. Not certain what this is, but I now can say that I am not a fan. Exceedingly sour, bitterness, rotton apples, very low carbonation. Almost akin to one of those sour apple candies minus all sweetness.
Drinkability- Drain pour. Finished half a glass, couldnt finish the rest.
Mouthfeel- Bitter very low carbonation. Very dry.

First and only drain pour so far. My expectations could not have been more off on this one. If you are into sours, you might enjoy.

Kraken, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best By Date July 2012; Sampled July 2008
A vigorous pour produces a creamy, two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a hazy plum color that shows a murky, orange-tinged amber color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite tart smelling with a ample backdrop of fruit notes. A closer inspection yields a nice funkiness to this brew's nose as well. Aromas of lactic acid, tamarind, sour plums, ripe pears, butyric acid, old sweaty leather, musty earth and a fruity ripe cheese note are each noticeable. A touch of soft, toasty, crushed malt is noticeable just a bit towards the finis of the aroma. While at first quite sour smelling a rich, complex fruitiness really starts to come to the for after a short while. This has a very nice nose to it, one which is complex and enjoyable.

Tart tasting, though not as much as many a hard Lambic. The ample fruitiness is still quite noticeable in the flavor with notes of ripe plums, pear, some dark grape flavors, . The finish is distinct and it took me a second to figure out what was going on; I think that it is a substantial bitterness that is noticeable, though not strong; it threw me off a bit because your typical sour beer, much less Lambic has a very reduced hop character. The bitterness in the finish is lightly astringent and almost has an herbal quality to it. In the finish some tannins and the sourness combine to create a sensation a bit like black tea does with a tannic, teeth coating astringency that is only light present in this beer. I really like how the lactic sourness couples with the fruit character. The funk, especially the Brettanomyces derived character is much reduced in the flavor at first, but as it warms up a bit it becomes more noticeable. Sweaty horse blanket notes add a light component, there is a slight mustiness and a bit of barnyard funk.

After the second pour a touch of funky, ripe, farmhouse cheese aromatics join the other, more noticeable notes in the aroma. Uriatic like notes of "cat-piss" become a bit more accentuated as it forms a back-drop to some of the other aromatic notes. The second pour also makes me realize that there is a soft sweetness still in this beer; it is not much, but I think it is what really accentuates the interesting fruitiness that this beer has.

I wonder what the base beer for this is? There seems to be a fair amount of residual hop character, including a herbal hop flavor and it make me wonder if the XX Bitter was included somewhere in here. Just a fantastic beer, it is very sour and funky, but not really "hard" and it is significantly different from the typical sour Belgian varieties of Lambic or Flemish Sour. It doesn't have the malt depth of the latter, nor is it quite as funky/sour or pale (in malt character and fruitiness) as the former. A singular beer that makes me think of some of the new world sours, but it has a refined quality to it (perhaps it is the lack of overt / aggressive oak) that many of the American sours don't quite reach. I could drink a ton of this and actually wish I had more than this one bottle so I could age a couple (that 2012 best by date seems to be calling to me).

Gueuzedude, Jul 06, 2008
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 07-2012

A - Amber with a thin white head that changes quickly to tiny bubbles.

S - Lemon, white grapes, somewhat acidic, wet oak, floral with a touch of honey. The lambic is much more dominant in the nose than the blonde.

T - Acidic lemon sourness that is much more mellow than your usual lambic (I assume the is the blonde ale). White grape with wet oak and a touch of sour fruit.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation at first that settles out quickly. Dry finish.

D - A real treat. A nice blend that ends up as a more mellow lambic with a touch more fruit/lemon flavors. Highly drinkable.

brewcrew76, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a thin ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Sour, funky aroma of retired malts, disgruntled lemons, uncorked and forgotten chardonnay, and wild, unstoppable yeast strains.

Taste: Mild base 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. Deteriorating, mold-coated wooden boards. Big pop of acidity. Pinch of nutmeg. Splash of Hildon mineral water. Dry, sourish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Greasey texture.

Drinkability: Fairly good all around.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 notes: This seems more like a mellowed Gueuze than anything. Soft with low carbonation, plenty of barnyard funk with a lemon zest citrus edge. Strikingly similar to an aged Fantome. Seems misunderstood...

This is a hybrid style, label states "Belgian Sour Ale with Lambic added" (Blonde Ale from De Ranke blended with Lambic from Girardin). Since it's 7% and not 100% lambic, it didn't fit into the Gueuze/Lambic category, so "Belgian Pale Ale" is applied here, for lack of a better term (such as Belgian Wild Ale).

Fossilized amber tone, hazy with an initial swarm of ascending carbonation. Delicate lacing is left after an aggressive pour. Initially, the first pour was nearly still, with some larger bubbles forming. The upward carbonation formed a thin skim moments later, and retained itself well.

Subdued cellar aromas, honey, wet wood, and a pleasant cheesy note at room temperature. As it warms, the aroma really improves. Light floral notes, wood, and citrus.

Mellow citric lemony sourness, similar to a Gueuze. The Lambic edge is taken off from the Blonde Ale blend, which lets the subtle woody notes of the Girardin Lambic come through. Long aftertaste, sort of woody with wet citrus notes present too. Mild pucker, not as sour as other traditional Lambics, but sour-haters should stay away. The more I drank, the more I enjoyed it. This creative hybrid sour ale is definitely worth trying.

emerge077, May 22, 2008
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Cuvée De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
94 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.