De Ranke / 2SP - Gravity Never Fails | Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke

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De Ranke / 2SP - Gravity Never FailsDe Ranke / 2SP - Gravity Never Fails

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Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration Porter between Brouwerij/Brasserie De Ranke and 2SP Brewing Company with experimental hops.

Added by rolltide8425 on 06-28-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of fosters9
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

neat of these two to get together for a beer like this, always exciting to see new ones from de ranke, i love these guys and there arent that many of their beers in the market ever. had fun busting this out with my neighbor last night. its light for the style, more of a deep brown than a conventional porter black. the head on this is frothy and high, and it looks very much alive. not sure when it was made but there is slight oxidation to it, with a little roast and a lot of dry chocolate notes, some woodiness too but its not aged in barrels, and bitter, but seemingly somewhat less hoppy than i was anticipating for a beer that uses experimental hops. the flavor has a little berry to it from the hops which is cool, a little ground coffee, but not that dark or bitter, the grain is kind of light for a porter, more of a brown ale, and with a flavorful english type yeast so it that gives it some bready depth. bitter from the hops, a little vegetal, and with a dry cocoa finish with it. pine and spruce too, earthy, complex, drinkable too, a little dated maybe, but very good.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a pretty dark brown color, with a big fluffy head, and a good amount of lacing.

This smells like dark chocolate, smoke, heavy roast, and licorice.

The roast character here is great- dark, bready, and tasty. There's a nice creamy vanilla feeling here, dark bitter chocolate, and a little bit of light smoke.

This is medium bodied, pretty creamy, with a very high level of drinkability.

I didn't expect a ton out of this, and it was surprisingly very tasty and well-crafted.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Gusher! When I get it to a glass as fast as possible, it pours dark orange with a thin khaki head that dissipates to a ring around the glass. Aroma of dark toasted malt, cocoa, brown bread and faint vanilla. Flavor is dark toasted and bready malt, brown bread, cocoa and light coffee. Very faint hints of fruit, probably from the yeast. Finishes with light coffee and hop bitterness. Medium bodied with fairly tame carbonation; it must have blasted all its carbon dioxide on the opening. A nice light porter that has clear Belgian yeast influence; if there was a porter style to match Belgian stouts, this would be it. The flavor is a little light, but what's present is well balanced with good chocolate and coffee notes. Interesting, but with only a half bottle left from the gusher (and the resulting light carbonation) as well as the the somewhat attenuated flavor, probably a one and done.

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Photo of DrBier
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JMills52
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bruceb
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very nice and pleasant beer. It pours dark brown with a huge Belgian head. The aroma is of burnt bread and dark chocolate and the taste is very similar but it is accompanied by some sweet notes from the yeast. Intense coffee-like bitterness. Light body without too much carbonation.

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Photo of drtth
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The dark brown liquid pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1 1/2” thick fluffy light tan head that recedes very very slowly to leave some nice thick sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass. Even midway through the beer there’s still a layer of foam on the surface of the liquid. Sipping creates it’s own sheet of lacing that leaves behind some scattered small patches of leggy lacing as much of it slides back down to the foam.

The aromas include some dark chocolate and a light touch of what seems like dark roasted coffee. In the background there’s an interesting add in of light fruity tartness that reminds of tart cherry.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the dark chocolate and that dark roasted, coffee-like character. In addition there's a temporary bit of sweetness from the malt that blends well with the almost burnt and earthy bitterness. What seems to be a fruity tartness is way in the background but adds only an interesting accent to the flavor profile and isn’t enough to make the beer tart.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly prickly with some moderate very finely bubbled carbonation. The finish begins as the dark chocolate and light fruitiness slowly leave the scene as the dry dark roasted bitterness becomes dominant and then slowly fades to the back of the palate leaving an even drier bitter ending that invites, almost demands, another sip.

On the whole this is an interesting beer and one I’ve enjoyed trying. I’d be willing to have another to continue unraveling the complexities of the aroma/flavor profile but don’t think I’d drink it regularly since I find the dark roasted, almost burnt dry bitterness borders on being unpleasant in how long it persists after the touch of sweetness disappears into the almost bone dry ending.

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Photo of Budlum
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ooh! Nice approved pic on this one. Bro, Woody never fails.

From the bottle: Collaboration Porter with Experimental Hops"; "Bob Barrar * Nino Bacelle * Guido Devos".

Wow! What a find at the FGBS recently. This was this this year's PHL Beer Week raffle winner in which a lucky silly-vilian picks a PHL-area brewer & they head over to Belgium for a weekend of frivolity & brewing of a collaboration beer. I usually manage to lay my hands on one, but this one showed up on the shelves this year.

I Pop!ped the cap & not knowin what to expect, I commenced a slow, gentle pour. Imagine my shock & surprise as the glass began filling, unbidden, with dense, foamy, rocky, light-tan foam! I waited patiently for it fall away & become something manageable. Settling, the color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was dark roasted coffee & baker's chocolate, but with an odd marshmallow-like sweetness. The mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much beyond it, either. The taste was very interesting, ranging from a coffee/chocolate bitterness to a bizarre toasted marshmallow sweetness with a mild sourness in between. Wow! It has to be an American Porter only because there is no such thing as a Belgian Porter, but the Belgian influence was obvious throughout. Finish was dry, especially for a Porter, but if you think that you hear me complaining, you would be sadly mistaken. This may have been a limited one-off, but it was quite a divergence from the beaten path. Here I am again, lost in the Ardennes Forest with only "Big" Bob Barrar to guide me home.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

De Ranke / 2SP - Gravity Never Fails from Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 14 ratings