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Cuvée De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

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121 Reviews
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Reviews: 121
Hads: 314
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 65
Gots: 48 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke visit their website

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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Reviews: 121 | Hads: 314
Photo of sonicdescent
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
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!

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

750ml bottle, paper-wrapped. Refermented, once again 'en bouteille', for 'taste evolution'. I love that, I just do.

This beer pours a hazy, medium muddled golden apricot hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy off-white head, which leaves some crumbling sea-cliff lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of moderately tart lemon and cherry notes, pale grainy malt, mild, yeasty barn-like funk, soft hay, and a weak woodiness. The taste leads with the same tamely sour stone fruit acidity - mostly lemon - with a sturdy grainy, almost lager-like malt, some waning green yeastiness, subtle organic funk, a further, slightly sweet orchard fruitiness, and some equivocating dry oak notes. Nothing from the elevated ABV of which to speak at this juncture, apparently.

The carbonation is a tad frizzy, but seemingly only momentarily so, and otherwise mostly understated in its support, the body a generally medium weight, and fairly smooth in the face of the understated sour interlopers. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the malt engendering a fruitiness that is not all that (tart, that is), with the funk and yeast trailing off into the West.

A decently balanced sour Belgian ale, the blended 'fruity' lambic adding an extra oomph factor, without going all over the top. Weirdly drinkable, especially when your taste buds have gotten all pent up in anticipation, which I suppose is a good thing here. Now, on the flip side, the ABV has been upped, yet the inherent tartness is just capable enough at hiding it. Huh. It's always something, with these Low Country offerings.

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

Hazy orange pour with a surprisingly present off-white head. Tart fruit nose; some grapefruit, lemon, and sour cherry. Good bit of wood and some barnyard funkiness. Overall, there was something too sweet/tart about this simply because there were not more complex flavors underneath. Felt like I wanted more depth in the flavor, but ultimately it was thin as was the palate. Decent, but admittedly a bit of letdown given my high hopes.

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

Appearance: Slightly cloudy amber color with a generous white head that gradually fades. Good looking beer.

Smell: Predominately barnyard funk and citrus notes. Some slight bready notes are also present

Taste: Citrus, some slight funk, and a touch of malt sweetness. The beer has a tart rather than sour character. The beer finishes on a combination of bready, semi-sweet, and tart notes.

Mouth-feel: Light to medium bodied with a generous level of carbonation.

Overall: The taste profile is good but I wouldn't mind the sour be turned up a notch or two. I realize this is labeled a Belgian Pale Ale, but it has some gueuze-like characteristics to it. An interesting take on a Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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).

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Photo of dgilks
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden colour with a foamy, white head. Good head retention.

Earthy and somewhat tart. Nice lemon and grapefruit characteristics. Almost a little malt. Nice.

Refined tartness that combines with a very mellow sweetness. The overall character is reminiscent of lambic. Mild earthiness and not much bitterness. There could be a bit more fruit character but it is good.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

A solid sour ale. The lambic qualities are great and it comes together very nicely.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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.


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Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color with a thin ring of white bubbles. Minimal lacing as it recedes.

Aroms begin funky and yeasty with freshly squeezed lemon rinds, oaky chardonnay and quite a bit of earth. As it warms you get some mild stone fruits.

The tastes follow the nose with a mild pilners 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. Big pop of acidity and a touch of spiciness.

The mouthfeel is medium-thin bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is dry, sour and earthy but not overly so of either.

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Photo of grimreeser
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a muddy pale yellow orange with a slightly off white head. Head has large bubbles and dissipates quickly leaving a little bit of lacing behind in its wake.

S: Acetic acid burns the nose a bit with aromas of tart crabapple. A subtle funky presence is hidden someplace in the back.

T: Acidic but far more mild than Id have guessed. Bright, tart crabapple dominates as some earthy spicy notes creep up in the end. This one is pretty simple right now, though the flavors expressed are quite good.

M: soft prickle

O: Being so heavily one or two sided I feel that perhaps this beer is young. I think given time it could develop into something special.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Thanks for opening this one, Nathan!

Lightly hazed golden orange with a big, foaming, though quickly disappearing near-white head and eventually leaves spots of lace down the glass.

Very successful, delightful aroma: a nice combination of sour, funk, and sweet notes. The funk is very earthy and reminds me of a musty basement, with some stinging sour notes, and sweet fruit notes. Unique and delightful.

The flavor isn't quite as successful, as some sweetness overpowers the sour funk I crave--though the sweet fruit notes are nice and bright: apricot, lemon, and juicy nectarine. The funk however is still present and is reminiscent of earth, brick, and hay.

Thin to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. It needs more body and/or bubbles.

A terrific beer, but a bit too sweet to be ranked among the absolute best, though I'd certainly never turn it down.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow-orange. tiny bit hazy. two finger pure white head that dissipates relatively quickly but maintains a film until the beer is finished and leaves some spotty lacing behind. Aroma is slight vinegar, nice amount of lemon, and funky brett. Nice balance here, but I wish everything was kicked up just a touch.

The flavor is also subdued, but again is really tasty. Certainly acidic, with big notes of lemon and some lime coming through. There is a touch of vinegar, before giving way to a lingering brett funk. Finishes dry. Light mouthfeel with prickly carbonation.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At Moeder

Thick white head chillin on some hazy dark golden orange beer. Looking good in the De Ranke glass.

Smells fruity n' funky. That whole being out on the farm type of smell. The lemon is dominate but there are hints of some sweeter mango and peach.

Tart fruitiness(lots of lemon citrus character) and some funkiness. The flavor washes away fairly quickly it seems. Seems like some oakiness to it.

Drinks super smooth with light carbonation and body. Drying.

Highly enjoyable beer here. I was hoping for more sourness but got over that quick. Very delicious and easy to slug down which isn't good for the wallet.

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Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Best before 04 2013, so a little early on this one. Pours a slightly opaque golden color with a nice 2 finger withe had that slowly recedes. The aroma is grapes with notes of sour, if you can smell sour ;o) with the addition of lemon. The taste is sour and tart with the funk. Sourness and lemon zest abound. Pretty puckeringly sour. Light/medium mouthfeel. A very good sour beer. The paper wrapping has to add to the taste, right?

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lee - thanks!

Pours a murky golden-orange color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with large amounts of funk. Also present are hints of wheat twang and floral aromas.

Tastes good. Light malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by large amounts of funk. Midway through the sip moderate amounts of light citrus flavors work their way into things along with slight amounts of oak. The oak fades quickly, leaving the funk and light citrus flavors to carry through to a moderately tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another without any problems.

Overall I had this back-to-back with Cuvee de Tomme and the flavor profile on this was smaller in both depth and width. Still, an easy-drinking beer for the style with a decent amount going on.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL in chouffe glass. Bottle best by 10 2015

Ar: funk, pleasant acidity, grapefruit, lactic, brett barn character, earthy hay/straw, citrus

Ap: Mild haze dark straw, white head, good retention

T: Grapefruit, alcohol, barn funk, lingering pleasant brett bitterness, lemony acidity, citrus forward, present but not harsh acidity, slight sweetness but not out of balance. Not as dry as a geuze but good bitterness and acidity, earthy, lingering grapefruit

M: Medium carbonation, light body, godd bitterness in the finish

O: Great aroma, I was definitely pleasantly surprised by this one, pleasant excellent brett, definitely a worthwhile beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.13/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of aleigator
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant, golden yellow color with a decent, bubbly head.

Has aromas of an enjoyable tart rustic ale, with some barnyard to it, together with strawy hay and crisp, white citrus peel.

Exhibits a high, fitting carbonation among a smooth, enjoyable mouthfeel with a medium body.

Full, round taste, of straw, old leather, citrus and soft, dough hay. Citrus shines through in a very convincing fashion, among the present, apple infused acidity. Finishes very refreshing, with stony minerals, slightly sweeter malts and sour citrus - very clean and refreshing.

Tastes a tad smooth and softer than your usual Lambic, gently fruit accentuated, with a pleasant depth of flavors.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

near perfect pour here with a really big head of white on top of a golden amber colored body that really shows its just. lots of carbonation can be seen through the light haze and it really sets it apart quite nicely.

aroma is light, pleasant and full of esthers of all different varieties, pears, grasses, cloves, hints of light grains and spices, really just a light and pleasant mix in every way possible. crisp and clean finish with no hint of alcohol in here at all, this was simply exactly what i was looking for in a mid night treat.

overall a sublimly light and clean sessionable ale

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Photo of Soneast
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Cuvée De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
92 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.