De Ranke Simplex
Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke

De Ranke SimplexDe Ranke Simplex
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Style:
Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #29
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #12,326
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 7.44%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
35
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Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  1
Gots
  4
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 35 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy, medium straw yellow with a big five finger white head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of mildly grainy malt, grassy hops, mild orange and lemon citrus; spicy. Flavor is lightly grainy hops, orange citrus, light stone fruit, grassy and floral hops; finishes with grapefruit rind and nice grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice Belgian pale ale base with some modestly assertive hopping to give the finish a more modern edge. The classic fruit flavors in the Belgian yeast merge with the fruit in the hops in a quite pleasant way. I think this style used to be called Belgian IPA, but I guess it's a hoppy Belgian pale ale now, and a very nice one.

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Photo of aleigator
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded amber color with a spongy, big head.

Smells of rich wheat, leafy hops and a flowery note in between.

Has a well carbonated, light mouthfeel with a fantastic bitterness to it, going all the way.

This tastes of bread dough and a prominent hoppy dryness from first glance, unrevelling a noble herb note, as well as a note of bitter lime. A subtle, wheat and cracker defined balance gets established then, amped up by the beer‘s mineralic carbonation. Finishes a little heavier on the yeast, which brings an estery pepper note to the palate and even more bitter hops, ending fresh and crisp, without denying its belgian origin.

This is a flavorful low abv blond ale with a great hoppy edge to it, which defines the taste in this entirely.

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Photo of stcules
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful intense golden, white and creamy foam.
The hop dominates the smell, with grass, hay, light citrus, a hint of pink pepper.
Same notes in the taste, herbal notes overall, on a light malt base.
Again pepper and spiciness.
Bitter, intense, pleasant and very drinkable.
Great.

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Photo of OlaB
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a medium top off white head that dissolves quickly.
Aroma is of ripe fruits, citrus, bisquits, hay, grass, yeast,spices and floral hops.
The taste starts of dry and bitter with presence of fruits, citrus and spices in the flavour. The finish is quite bitter with floral and grassy hop notes. Aftertaste has a decent lenght, and the flavours are quite rounded for the low abv. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a medium carbonation and a light body.
A quite tasty and easy drinking ale that goes down easy on a hot day.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours into a stemmed glass a yellow/straw color with a half finger sticky bone white head atop,one broken ring of lace left behind as it settled.Lightly toasted pilsner malts,cork,and and mild barnyard in the nose,not much sweetness detected.Dry and crisp as a bone on the palate,pilsner malts are the dominant flavor with a slightly medicinal hoppiness in the back end,no sweetness and very very drinkable.This is a quaffer for a beautiful not overly humid day like today in NC.Really well made 'not pilsner'.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, golden body with great head and lace. The aroma is mild, slightly funky, has floral notes as well. A touch of unexpected funkiness to this beer; beer is light, crisp, a bit prickly at times, smooth, and has floral, bitter hops and a touch of sweetness on finish.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very crushable, with a nice crackery pilsner flavor to go with a little bit of a bitter citrus note and a touch of green apple tartness. Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It may have been a year since I started getting more used to De Ranke's bitter, dry finish. I'm even starting to like it.
While Simplex is a terrible name for the American market (are you listening Sheltons?), the rest of the beer is good.
Looks offer a billowing foamy head followed by active protein giving a good swirl. As for Smell and Taste, the whole pils discussion is warranted as Simplex has well below average fruitiness for an ale. And the dryness is cracker-like, as are pils.

I'm liking De Ranke more because I recognize their distinctive, dry aftertaste is the result of their individual talent at crafting ales. A small brewery (six employees when they last updated the "history" section of their website in 2015), they seem to have a following in the U.S. and were important in creating the Belgian IPA style... of which Simplex tastes more than a little like. I hope to have De Ranke's saison soon.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear yellow color ale with a nice large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry hops notes is dominant with some floral undertones notes also perceptible. Taste is a mix of floral undertones with dry bitter hops notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable but bitterness reduces the drinkability level.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle
Best before: either March 11th or November 3rd 2019 (Consumed Sep-12)


A:
Pours straw with slight haze three fingers solid cream clot head leaving lovely circles of lacing. (4.5)

S:
Applley wet cereal, black pepper, pleasant bittersweet spice notes come out as it warms. (4)

T:
Thin dry flat bitterness with very clean, barely-there malt medicinal finish. (4)

M:
Dry as could be with an almost creamy thing going on from the Belgian carbonation. (3.75)

O:
Neither particular pils-y or not, despite the label.
Fairly to style with some little distortions that both work and don't. Lovely looking beer right off the bat. The aroma is a fruity (green apple), spicy, noble-hoppy mix. The apple doesn't overwhelm me like it does in some so that is nice. There is an assertive Belgian yeast character throughout. The flavor follows the nose but is more bitter than I had expected and exceptionally dry. Too much so even. This affects to mouthfeel and seems to exaggerate the flavor as well. A tasty enough beer that was lacking a little oomph and a little smoothness. Pretty damn interesting though and definitely a unique beer with some cool characteristics. (4)

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the Beermongers.

Clear straw yellow with a dense, white head with good retention and lacing , this looks excellent. The nose is unabashedly De Ranke. Bright, clean, crisp, bitter, this has straw, lemongrass, hay and grainy pils malt. There's a mild spice note as well, along with a little pear. The palate opens bitter and clean, with lemon, earth, a mild citrus pith, all classically European. Straw and grain follow, with a grainy, mildly bready note. Drying, bitter, mildly resiny on the finish, this beer is excellent.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

while the name certainly conjures thoughts of a virus you dont want to contract (a curious choice indeed!), the beer in the bottle is really incredible. im a little confused as to what its supposed to be, the label clearly stating this isnt a pils, but it sure seems to be comprised of pilsener malts, and has the crispness of a good lager, a keller type pils. at the same time though, its got some belgian ale yeast characteristics, a floral and sort of blooming brightness about it, and its hoppier than most pilseners ever get, although still mild, drinkable, and restrained in bitterness. its a wonderful beer, perfect for the first weekend that actually feels like spring here in denver, its been a late start to the season here and this really hits the spot in this context. its blonde and pretty, airy white headed and bubbly as can be. the nose is grassy noble type hops, belgian single type malt richness and clean belgian yeast, with pear and apple and white wine elements to it, lightly spicy with hints of lemongrass and verbena when i think deeply about it, so fresh for being so light and coming all the way from belgium. carbonation is amazing, this feels creamy and crisp at the same time, and there is a wonderful lift here, so active and refined. i could drink this endlessly, its a shame the little bottle is almost five bucks for a single, but this is why belgian beer is special and you really do get what you pay for here. expert beer, as good as it gets, a neat style bender, and one i will absolutely be buying again!

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Photo of bark
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is pale gold; the liquid clear. The three finger head is compact and white; it sinks slowly leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is quite light with some fruity-yeasty notes, hints of hay and spicy phenols. Banana peels and a hint of soap.

The taste is first very dry and bitter. Emerging notes of spices, fresh fruits and banana peels. Some yeast and dough. Medium body. The aftertaste is dry, too, with fresh coriander, nutmeg and bitter herbs. Passing hints of oranges and lime peel. Belgian yeast and strong clean bitterness in the finish.

The carbonation is very strong with lots of mid-sized long-lasting bubbles. The liquid is medium smooth.

A session Belgian IPA? Yes, why not: This is a dry bitter and highly refreshing beer!

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

How the hell is this a kolsch? Pours a hazy straw gold with a good head that didn't leave much lace. Nose has nice esters, white pepper, and a bit of light summer fruits and citrus. Taste certainly has that pepper, plus a little straw and quite a bit of bitter hops for a 4.5% beer. Lots of character in this one and I really like it. Can't understand how this is a kolsch, so I'll rate it as a saison/Belgian blonde.

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De Ranke Simplex from Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 35 ratings