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Cuvée De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

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BA SCORE
94
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251 Ratings
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Ratings: 251
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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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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?

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 05:27:08 | More by Stinkypuss
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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
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. A chilled bottle was split four ways between tulip glasses with the De Ranke logo. The beer is opaque, with a creamsicle/orange color. There is a thin, splotchy foam head. The bubbles are white and soap-like. The nose lets you know this is a sour beer. There's apricot and brett (or something that smells like a beer brewed with it) in there. I like the aroma a lot. The flavor is a good mixture of puckering sour and mildly sweet fruit. I can taste apricot and peach. It has a great musty and dry finish. It is ever so slightly chalky tasting, mainly in the finish. This is a very good sour beer. It has a medium body and a very low amount of carbonation. There is a slight coating of the mouth that tastes both sweet and sour. The first thing I jotted down about the Cuvee De Ranke's drinkability is "oh so drinkable," and I stand by that simple assessment. Obviously it will turn off anyone not prepared for a sour beer, but a fan of this style will love this. If you see a bottle, definitely pick it up.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 15:29:09 | More by ToasterChef
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 01:24:54 | More by brewcrew76
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is tart lemons with some oak. The flavor is more of the same with a lot of tart lemons mixed with oak, some vanilla and Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice sour beer that I hope to try again.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 18:51:50 | More by Mora2000
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev 0%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 00:04:36 | More by AleWatcher
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atomeyes

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bought in Buffalo last winter. Cellared, let outside today to cool, poured into wine glasses and enjoyed.

The packaging is funny. I like the paper-wrapped bottle. The label on the actual bottle itself is straight out of the early 1980s. Dot matrix font printing. Kind of awe-uninspiring. But I'm not drinking the label, so no biggie. Oh, and I can't find the abv on the label. Fun!

Pour: there wasn't all that much head/carbonation.Thin microcarbon bubbles with a teeny tiny white lacing on top. leaves an o-ring around the rim of the glass.

Its colour in an apricot gold. very purdy. Nose-wise, you have to breath in real deep to get the nuances of the nose (so a few points off for that). but once you breathe it in, you appreciate the barnyard hit that you get. It's like a horse had sex with a lemon on a pile of wet hay. Now, the challenge is explaining to non-sourheads how that is appealing, but trust me, it is.

This is a very nice tasting beer. It has a lingering, bitter (orange peel?) finish to it, which is strange for a sour/lambic. But I don't mind. Not kicking this girl out of bed just yet. It definitely has a medium level of sweetness to the taste, but it has the dry, barrel-aged finish to it, which is nice. Getting a mouthful of lemon, citrus, some cherry. The funk/blue cheese taste lingers along with the bitterness after you swallow. A lovely reminder of what you just consumed. Alcohol is hidden. Be careful, ye mateys. Oh yeah, I'd suggest that there's a slight chalky mouth coat after. strange.

This is definitely a solid sour. Curious as to what it would taste like 2 years down the road. But the level of funk after 1 year was very nice. Not sure if I'd let it ride for anything more than 1 additional year.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 01:27:30 | More by atomeyes
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tap at Moeder Lambic.

Pours a nice pillowy creamy head of 1.5 fingers, fades slowly with layers, fairly hazy golden base dark orange top, thins to a golden color on the sides.

nose is pretty nice, tart fruit, light musty vinous funk, acidity, sour fruity mostly, a bit of banand too, light oak.

Taste is fairly sour, tart fruit like acidic bite but not too much, very light bready taste, light stone fruit, not super sour either. A bit juicy, and tart funky fruit. Finish is dry and flemmy, light cracker with a lingering sharp tartness and acidic taste.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, different but good, tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2013 02:02:32 | More by jlindros
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The majority of the 75cl bottle was poured into a large Duvel tulip glass. Best before 10/2015.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced and fizzed away to a thin layer. It is a hazy orange yellow with some clarity and visions of bubbles coming up through the glass. Some lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Super funkiness, rubbery, tartness, citrus, oak.

Taste: sour, funky, tart, a little bready, some citrus, oak, and barnyard deliciousness.

Mouthfeel: smooth, some pucker that is expected from sours, low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, and almost has this champagne like dryness to it too.

Overall: I have been eyeing this bad bot for a while and happy to have gotten the chance to enjoy it. Might have to have some more of this stinky beer in Maine next weekend.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 01:36:07 | More by Flounder57
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warnerry

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-22-2013 00:48:03 | More by warnerry
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zonker17

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-28-2013 22:41:18 | More by zonker17
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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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OnryAndMean

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

02-23-2014 21:36:27 | More by OnryAndMean
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sammy806

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-09-2014 14:48:27 | More by sammy806
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

02-20-2014 13:47:35 | More by ShanePB
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MRsojourner

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

02-09-2014 22:01:24 | More by MRsojourner
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-19-2014 14:47:06 | More by liamt07
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-09-2013 00:59:23 | More by BigBry
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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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jaxon53

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 04:47:52 | More by digr
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-14-2011 17:19:11 | More by nmann08
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goldenM13

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

03-26-2014 23:01:29 | More by goldenM13
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vermilcj

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-31-2014 23:29:28 | More by vermilcj
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Jtrigonis

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

03-08-2014 19:17:38 | More by Jtrigonis
Cuvée De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
94 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.