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Cuvée De Ranke - Brouwerij De Ranke

Cuvée De RankeCuvée De Ranke

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236 Ratings
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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%


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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IKR

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 23:32:01 | More by IKR
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 03:04:22 | More by biboergosum
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dgilks

Australia

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 09:33:35 | More by dgilks
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flannelman808

California

4.05/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 23:03:34 | More by flannelman808
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ehammond1


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

Bottle

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 02:27:38 | More by ehammond1
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claspada

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 17:18:32 | More by claspada
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 06:16:35 | More by JohnGalt1
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HURTemHIZZY

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 14:49:49 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2013 07:14:13 | More by MattSweatshirt
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grimreeser

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 01:13:20 | More by grimreeser
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 02:58:24 | More by weeare138
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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?

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 14:35:22 | More by kbutler1
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glid02

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 01:34:49 | More by glid02
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mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 03:23:06 | More by mdfb79
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 12:36:46 | More by Deuane
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 01:14:06 | More by nrbw23
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DaveJanssen

Germany

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 05:20:18 | More by DaveJanssen
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 20:03:10 | More by sweemzander
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 01:55:15 | More by mikesgroove
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 03:56:57 | More by ShogoKawada
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Soneast

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 00:18:20 | More by Soneast
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larryi86

Delaware

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL poured into a tulip, best before 10/2015

A- A hazy golden copper with a one finger white head.

S- Tart lemons, some barnyard funk, nice balance between sour and funk.

T- Sour lemons, light funk, some Brett, earthy, balanced.

M- Crisp, light, smooth.

O- A solid sour, nice funk. Definitely, will pick up again, seems to be like a cross between a nice gueuze and Orval. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 02:39:10 | More by larryi86
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spicelab

Australia

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle from Adam@Platinum Liquor.

Lightly hazed apricot with an airy white head of average size for a Belgian brew. Leaves some spotty lacing, a raised lattice and strong film. Slow, steady bead.

Nicely rounded, with plenty of crisp sour character working with an oak-like woodiness. Loads of tart green apple, marmalade, cloves and zingy grassy funk. Sweet malt backbone is surprisingly evident, but then again this aint 5%

Flavours are not at all sweet however, as buckets of green capsicum, lemon and grapefruit pith team up with the green apple. Hefty amounts of peppery hay make it very dry overall.

Light to medium with vibrant acidity. Carbonation is fairly average for the style. Properly dry, earthy sour finish with good length.

Solid sour from a brewery that never misses.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 06:04:11 | More by spicelab
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cb462

California

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 04:01:55 | More by cb462
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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
Cuvée De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
94 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.