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Cuvée De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

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Reviews: 119
Hads: 303
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 62
Gots: 49 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij De Ranke visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 05-22-2008

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."
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Photo of ShamasUVA
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of drtth
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a flute glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a lightly hazed light golden orange color with a 1” thick fluffy bright white head that persists quite well. Sipping leaves a combination of foam and lacing until eventually the head fades away.

Smell: The aromas include green apples and pears along with lemon zest and a slight musty oak. All this is mingled with a faint hint of vinegar-like tartness.

Taste: The flavors are complex (which might be expected from a blend). There are some tart orchard fruits here, some pale malt mingled in and some light but not unpleasant sour vinegar-like flavor with some earthy, musty character in the background.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied, soft and creamy with gentle, persistent carbonation. Yet the tartness also causes the mouth to slightly pucker as well. The finish is medium to long and is a combination of tartness from the fruits and a softly sour dryness that trails off slowly.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I found this one to be quite drinkable and will definitely seek it out. While I’m early in my exploration of sour beers I can already tell that I’m going to like much of what I find and this was a perfect introduction. (When lunch was served it also went quite nicely with the salad greens and Quiche I’d chosen.) My overall impression is that this is a very well made beer and truly a reflection of the art of the blender as well as the brewer (who may in fact be one and the same person). (1,554 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a orangish yellow color, slightly hazy and has a nice tight white head. Head has pretty solid retention, forms a cap and leaves some nice layered lacing.

S- Smell is quite a bit of brett funk going on here. Also a bit of citrus lemon and grapefruit. A lot of lambic feel to this one. Kind of suprised by the catergory of BPA.

T- Quite a bit of lemon sourness at first. Funkiness is everywhere along with grapefruit and lemon. A very interesting balance between sourness and hop bitterness.

M- Fairly light in body and a good amount of cabonation.

O- I was a little worried at first but this one grew on me quite a bit as I worked my way through it. A fine brew, but probably not one I could have on a regular basis. (730 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at Moeder Lambic in Brussels. It was so good that I had it again a few nights later, and that means it was really good as there are a lot of fantastic and hard-to-find choices in this city. From Andy (part-owner of Moeder Lambic) I heard that this is 1/3 XX Bitter, 1/3 Goudenberg, and 1/3 Girardin lambic. Also he mentioned that this is the first time it's ever been available on cask!

This was golden amber color with a light haze and a nice head of foam. The aroma has some bitter hops and a nice tart aspect too, like a Belgian IPA - lambic mix that's heavy on the lambic side. In taste this leans back toward the bitter side, however the brett is very detectable. Not exactly lactic, and I'm not sure on the age of the Girardin, but it does add a nice lightly tart bite at the end of each sip.

Smooth and creamy body from the cask, this was heaven. Really a wonderful beer that I'd love to get again in this form. I'll pick up more bottles at home some time, but really the cask version is best. (1,021 characters)

Photo of bobbyc881
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Amber in color, crazy nice carbonation from the bottle refermentation. Nice white/tan head. Clear. This bottle was bottled 7/2007.

"Barnyardy" aromas expected from a sour ale. Slight sweetness, too. Flavors are a brilliant mix of sweet, bitter, and a finish that is mouth-puckeringly sour. Love it. Nicely acidic... lemons! Solid carbonation keeps the beer feeling light and clean, despite the respectable 7% ABV.

Overall a killer sour ale. I've just started getting into sours, and will certainly be seeking out more from De Ranke. Exceptional ale. (579 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moderate head but it recedes to a single layer of minute bubbles. There are sporadic spots of lace. The beer is an orange-gold color. Hazy.

Strong sour smell that is reminiscent of a lambic.

Lip puckering sourness--similar to sucking a lemon. The beginning has pale malt dryness. The full body is matched with a higher than expected level of carbonation. The aftertaste is a continuation of the tartness. I detect no hop. (423 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a medium white head, good lace and solid retention.

S: Definite horse blanket notes, musty oranges, grassy hops.

T: Lactic acid, Brett funk, lots of lemon and orange, acidic citrus. Yellow apple and some pear add a bit from the BPA, but the lambic dominates this brew.

M: Tart, medium-bodied, medium acidity, great Brettified aftertaste.

D: A fantastic beer from De Ranke, their best in my opinion, the lambic is a great addition, just a beautiful tasty beer. (507 characters)

Photo of foogerd
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Shelton Brothers site lists this as a Lambic, Saison, or Sour Ale. So keep that in mind when reading these reviews.

A- Cloudy deep orange body, some yellow in there. Small eggshell colored head which died out quickly as per lambic, and left some lacing.

S- Slight apple and pear tartness, just a touch of mustiness and leather. Real quality balance here.

T- A burst of fruity wetness, namely apples and pears even some melon flavor. Then the lambic takes charge, leather mustiness with a bit of lactose notes, some oaky woodiness. An overall vinous sour taste but toned down to something ridiculously delicious and palatable. This works way too well.

M- Carbonation is medium done here and it works perfect.

D- Doesnt get more drinkable than this for a sour. Im shocked theres not more talk of this brew on this site. This is such an innovative and tasty brew thats definitely worth seeking. (900 characters)

Photo of Soneast
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing this as a sour/wild ale...because a Belgian Pale Ale this ain't!

Pours an amber to golden color, slightly hazy and grows a 1/4" thick white colored head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is certainly tart lots of green apple and grape notes. Acidic and slightly funky.

The flavor pretty much follows suit. Tart and green fruit-like flavors. Lots of acidic character and fruity flavors that combine to make a pretty damn tasty beer.

The body is light-medium and quite refreshing overall. Definitely something I'd pursue in the future. (544 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours a dark golden amber/orange color with a thin white head that settles into a thin lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly funky aroma with earthy, musty oak and horseblanket along with vinous fruit notes and subtle vinegar. Hints of sweet apple and pear balance out the funky/tart character in the nose.

Medium bodied with a great balance of sweet, estery light fruit and tart, puckering sourness. Funky with lots of musty oak and vinegar flavor as well as some slight lacto mid-palate but this is balanced out by vinous, sweet fruit notes, especially apple, grape and pear. The combination of sweet fruit notes and vinegary sour/tartness results in a sweet, mouth puckering, tart finish that isn't abrasive or acidic. Recommended. (772 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 picked up at the Boise COOP yesterday... shared with Inflatablechair ... pours a hazed orange with a white head that quickly collapses into a pretty firm cap.

nose shows light funk and lemon.. more than expected sweetness almost seems "sweet and sour".

Flavor has more pronounced funk.. sorta musty basement or composting leaves mixed in with lemon zest and a bit too much residual sugars.. apple and pear esters combine with the lemon to make this pretty fruity an delightfully funky... Thankfully finishes on the drier side of the spectrum.

Lite/medium body with only a lite/medium carbonation.... it seems to me, the body could be dialed back a bit and the carbonation up a full notch.

Glad I finally got to try this and we have a small supply locally available.... I need to move quickly to grab some and cellar for a long while.

4/4/4.5/3.5/3.5 (858 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brown sludge under the cap. Pours a murky golden color with two fingers of frothy head and nice lacing.

Aroma is musty lemon and orange, dirt, and bright flowers. Very nice.

The flavor is a blast of tart lemon that finishes surprisingly clean and juicy. I expected a dry, funky blast but this definitely went in the other direction. Compelling actually. A bit of apple core and orange. You can definitely tell this is a blend of styles because the aroma and initial flavor are pure lambic and the finish is something completely different.

The body is medium to full and the carbonation is high but doesn't detract from the heaviness of the mouthfeel.

Overall I was extremely surprised by this beer in a pleasant way. Give it a shot! (736 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the most underrated beers on this site, and one of the best deals in sourdom.

Pours a hazy, cloudy orange-ish amber. Surprisingly robust 2-3 finger head.

Smell is funky, with some underripe pears, moldy saddles, a bit of dank earth, and a definitely fragrant overripe cheese funkiness. There's a bit of lemon rind to it. A really complex and enjoyable nose.

Surprisingly sweet, with some almost cider-ish pear/apple notes, but mostly tart. It's funky, zesty, complex, and the layers of mold and funk with a touch of residual fruit sweetness are really quite delightful. There's a hint of grape/vinous notes, a big leathery background, and let it swirl around and some fresh oak reveals itself.

Nicely carbonated and refreshing.

I must have passed this beer a dozen times or more without buying. Wow, what a mistake. (830 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a paper-wrapped bottle at Quencher's in Chicago.

Poured into tulips and shared with my wife and one of my good friends that I hadn't seen in a while.

We weren't sure what to make of this one due to the description and style... But give it a shot...

A slightly hazy golden color with a milky white-ish head. Little chunks of lacing... Not bad.

Smells, a crazy plethora; reminds me of Petrus aged Pale... Belgian fruity yeast, oakiness, earthiness, dank funk, dry hay, and apricots..: mmm. Me likey.

Nice and dry-- good tartness and sour quality. I really am enjoying this beer. The flavor is complex and tasty. Lots going on-- and lots to appreciate!

The feel has a champagne-like quality to the finish... The bubbles scrub my palate and tickle their way to the finish. The finish is mostly crisp, but something reminds me of ginger-ale. Very nice beer. This was easy to drink-- all 3 of us liked it and would happily buy it again! (946 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. 70% belgain sour ale with 30% lambic added. Why is this classified on here as a Belgain Pale Ale?

(A)- Pours a golden orange color that produced a nice fluffy white head with good retention. Plenty of foamy lacing here and there.

(S)- A dry yet straightforward acidic sourness. Lightly earthy with hints of lemon and white grapes.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A drier sourness with a very mild acidic finish. Very lightly grassy.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Light-bodied on all accounts. A smooth feel with a light earthy sourness and acidity.

(D)- A good sour. Very accessible and an easy drinking one that would be a good starting point for someone first getting into the style. This would also be a great sour to have with food. However, there is nothing about this that makes me think of a Belgain Pale Ale when what I see in front of me is a nice light-bodied lambic or gueuze. (939 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy golden accented orange/copper with a large, airy white head that reduces slowly to a thin cap that leaves nice swaths of lace.

S-Lightly tart sourness with hints of Granny Smith apple and Anjou pears and a tickle of lemon zest. A nice honey like sweetness helps balance this out and a subtle mustiness in the background adds to the profile.

T-An amazingly similar flavour profile with mild tartness and must up front with a finishing dose of honey laced pear/apple sweetness. Lightly acidic with a mild tang and earthy bitterness in the finish. This is not a funk bomb by any means but it is certainly flavourful.

M-Medium-light bodied with a fairly sharp ending bite. Dryness is surprisingly not overwhelming.

D-Very nicely done. An approachable and wildly drinkable lambic. Plenty of flavour and tartness without going overboard. This is a wonderful beer to introduce those unfamiliar with the style to. (916 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yum, beer poured into a snifter. Beer is yellow with a good head, soft, white, small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate to high, looks good.

Aroma is acetic and lactic with hints of wood and leather. It is exactly what I hoped for.

Beer is light in body and effervescent in the mouth. It has a bright sourness in the midpalate and a mild, ever so mild, sweetness at the front of the mouth. The overall shape of the beer on the palate is nice. The funkiness is underplayed but complements that lactic sour late on the palate. The finish is clean and moderately dry but the beer does not dry out the mouth. I could drink a gallon of it. I love this beer. (686 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 vintage from the bottle at Churchkey. Served in a snifter and split with drabmuh and mdfb79. Big thanks to Matt for suggesting that we get this one.

Pours a golden-orange color with a half-finger white head and a bit of clingy lacing as it went down. The nose is fantastic. Quite a bit of earth with a nice amount of funk as well as really nice sour notes bringing up the rear. Some mild stone fruits throughout and carry over into the flavor.

Taste is quite exquisite with really nice earthy notes and funk plus peach, apricot, and some lightly-tart berries. Maybe some cloudberry presence. Feel is slightly puckering and creates a really nice finish alongside some dry funk. Really, really drinkable. What a great way to end the night; I'll surely be looking to find more of this in the future. (803 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
2.39/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks Nic, for giving me the opportunity to try a beer I never would have tried on my own (nor will again). Pours a light amber color, with a small white head. On the nose, this one is very acidic, sour and barnyard-y. Thin on the palate, acidic, vinegar. (256 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cuvée De Ranke

Appearance: Dark orange-yellow, small head, and some lacing.

Smell: Acidic sourness, grapeskins, and grapefruit.

Taste: Acidic sour bitterness and grapeskins.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

Overall:
The sourness comes quick and then fades just as fast. It would go great with a meal. (296 characters)

Photo of cb462
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured at room temperature from a 750 ml bottle. Hazy golden amber color. 1" of off white head that dissipates to a nice lasting film with strong, slow lacing.

S - Light funk (just a tad of blue cheese), green apples, citrus notes, and a very attractive floral back.

T - More of the nose with the green apples and citrus dominating. Not overly sour. Very well balanced.

M - Nice light body and moderate carbonation that fit the taste nicely.

D - Great session sour. I will not have any trouble finishing off the bottle. Perfect for a warm sunny day. Would be a great pick to introduce someone to sours. (611 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750 ml bottle.

A - An average pour leads to a nice strong golden slightly copper clear liquid with a nice .25 inch head that has some medium sized bubbles and is white.

S - Aroma is of tart fruits with some lemon and grapes and slight apples. There is a bit of funk and phenols but not too much. There is a slight salty and sea aroma to the beer as well.

T & M - Starts off tart with some nice lemon and a bit of the yeasty funk. There are some sweet hints to the beer but the tartness is the major player. Slight apple and grape notes as well. Very delicious beer. Its a good gateway beer to other sours. There is some slight cherry sourness to it as well. It is a very delicious beer. The body is nice and light and crisp. There is great carbonation and clean flavors. I was very surprised to see this listed under Belgian Pale Ale.

D - This beer is delicious and I feel like its readily available which is a good thing. Crisp and clean and refreshing.

D - (1,000 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a nice amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of tart fruit, especially apples. Also light fruity malts. Some nice funk in the nose.

t - Tastes of tart apples, tart citrus, and fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I really liked the smell of this beer. The taste was good but a step down. Would definitely try again. (438 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden amber color with large white head. Once popping the cap off this guy, I got huge aromas of sour funk! Love it! Great sour notes with apples and wood. I also get very subtle floral scents as well. The taste is delicious! Initially I get a lot of tart green apple flavor followed by some funky Belgian yeast flavors with even more delicious mouth puckering tastiness. I get a strong taste of wood from the barrels and finishes with a bit of bitterness. I know there's some other fruit tastes I'm not picking up that I should be, but my palate is still trying to get these sour ales down. Mouthfeel is nice and bubbly, but not too bubbly. Very full bodied and well-balanced. Drinkability is HIGH! Great beer! (725 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 75cl (750ml) bottle at De Bierkoning and poured it into a Geuze Boon branded glass. Bottled on - Jan 2010.

Printed on the wrapper around the bottle: Unfiltered & Unpasturized - On base of old Flemish beer and Lambic - Ingredients: barley malt, hops, sugar, yeast and water.

A: Pours a blonde/pale hue with a nice head and solid lace from start to finish.

S: Funky wood smell with sour apples and fermented grapes.

T: Similar to the smell but the funk runs the show; there is some hints of sweet malt and grapefruit rinds there too. Nice crisp sour finish - truly amazing.

M: Light bodied, perfectly carbonated with small bubbles that roll across the palate nicely.

D: The drinkability is silly - too easy and if I had another bottle I would be pouring one now. (779 characters)

Cuvée De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
92 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.