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Cuvée De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

253 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 50
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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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od_sf

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-25-2013 23:53:13 | More by od_sf
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Crazydaddyo

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-11-2013 16:51:00 | More by Crazydaddyo
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JasonLovesBeer

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-10-2013 02:51:29 | More by JasonLovesBeer
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dipso123

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-10-2013 01:11:57 | More by dipso123
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-22-2013 00:25:56 | More by muskiesman
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desint

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

11-12-2013 08:43:45 | More by desint
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LaChupacabra

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-11-2013 05:17:23 | More by LaChupacabra
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jsanford

Georgia

4/5  rDev -5.2%

10-23-2013 22:48:54 | More by jsanford
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.2%

10-14-2013 20:26:36 | More by mendvicdog
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Jeeb

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

09-16-2013 18:30:52 | More by Jeeb
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nquigley16

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

09-14-2013 20:27:58 | More by nquigley16
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PortLargo

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-31-2013 20:52:21 | More by PortLargo
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-23-2013 02:23:29 | More by outoffocus
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joe1510

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml
$12.99
West Lakeview

From Shelton Bros. Website: "The Cuvée de Ranke is roughly a 70/30 blend of a beer brewed with top fermenting Rodenbach yeast and aged Girardin lambic." It's the base beer for Kriek de Ranke.

This lambic styled brew form De Ranke fills my tulip wit ha deep sunset orange bordering on red with a mild haziness that makes the body though to see through. This beer looked still until the glass was half full and an ecru head grew to a half finger before fizzling out to a thin cap. Each drink and swirl leaves thin sheet lacing down the glass. This is an excellent looking brew with great color!

The aroma of this beer is packed to the gills with complexity. All the complexity morphs over time in the glass and actually changes from whiff to whiff. Dried out woodiness comes forward first and resembles rosemary at times and horse blanket & straw at others. A little bit of sweat comes through here and there accompanied by dried, cracked leather, summer weeds, slightly under ripe plum, and barnyard all in that order of intensity but switching positions often. There's even a ghost like spicy hoppiness in there somewhere.

The flavor is as dizzyingly complex as the aroma but the profile is actually quite different. The sourness comes across mid-palate and grows through the finish. It's hard to put my finger on the flavors in this one. Sweaty horse blanket, dry leather, damp mildewing straw, and plum all slide over the tongue. The sourness is enough to permeate my cheeks and cause a small pucker while the finish brings something completely unexpected. The dry woody like rosemary combines with glistening orchard fruit that was nowhere to be found in the nose. Juicy peach, pear and melon (I know it's not orchard) all come together on the finish to cool down the sour finish. The sour is still there but the slight fruity sweetness balances it out nicely. I almost forgot about the quick flash of herbal bitterness on the swallow. Cuvee de Ranke is delicious brew!

The body is light with a bone dry woodiness on the swallow. The sourness coats the entire mouth and the mild bitterness comes in afterwards, growing after each drink. The carbonation is very light but the light, almost watery body keeps this beer flowing without a problem. The combination of bitter and sour do a number on the taste buds halfway through the glass.

I started off giving this a 4 for drinkability but it's now to the point I can't drink it fast enough. It's not a slamable beer at all but it can be quietly sipped all night long, one after the other. This beer goes down supremely easy.

Next time I see Cuvee de Ranke on the shelf I will be picking up a few more bottles. This really is an outstanding beer that will smack you over the head with its complexity. This beer should be enjoyed over a long period of time with the huge change in flavor as it warms. Pick this up if you see it.

Reviewed: 11/8/08

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 02:38:46 | More by joe1510
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jeff1973

California

3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Moinette chalice. Expiration date 8/6/17.

A - Hazy dark gold. Eggshell head that dissipates quickly.

S - Tart lemon, a little horse blanket, but mostly light breadiness.

T - Lemonade-esque, not a tart bomb at all, sourness is very subtle. A little tart cherry, along w/ sourdough breadiness. Refreshing.

M - Medium with lively carbonation. Still coats well and the bubbles scrub the palate clean.

O - The lack of tartness is refreshing at first, but then you start to miss that tart punch. This is a blend of aged geuze and fresh Belgian blond ale, I need to remember that. But a very refreshing, tasty beer. Not quite worth the price, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 03:21:32 | More by jeff1973
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-10-2013 21:48:34 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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EastBay_Nick

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

07-31-2013 03:41:32 | More by EastBay_Nick
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bobv

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

07-18-2013 06:05:26 | More by bobv
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-12-2013 00:31:08 | More by WOLFGANG
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Zbeetleman

California

2.25/5  rDev -46.7%

07-06-2013 04:29:57 | More by Zbeetleman
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-03-2013 16:06:24 | More by drummermattie02
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-29-2013 12:24:19 | More by jaxon53
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cacostaj

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-28-2013 20:31:29 | More by cacostaj
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-27-2013 11:16:20 | More by tom10101
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BB June 2017.

Beer is cloudy dark orange in colour, with a very small white head. Head fades fairly quickly.

The smell is tart, with yeast, bread and funk.

The beer is fairly sour, with a notable brett funkiness. Yeast, quite dry. Bread and wheat flavours. A bit of a cherry flavour. Oak.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Sticky and puckery.

Overall, very good. The sour and funk adds a nice twist to the Belgian pale.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 03:06:38 | More by jrenihan
Cuvée De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
94 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.