Cuvée De Ranke | Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke

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4.2/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke
Belgium
deranke.be

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cuvée De Ranke is a mixed fermentation, blended ale. A combination of barrel-aged beer and lambic.
Taste: Full-bodied sour flavour, with notes of oak from oak-aging.

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#2,765
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
369
pDev:
10%
 
 
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65
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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, dark golden amber coloration with a small, foamy head. Smells of biscuity malt, mild, cheesy funk, lemon peel, apricot, white grape and green apple with just a hint of oaky tannins. Taste follows the nose, with a great balance of light biscuity malt, mild cheesy funk, light/medium tartness and acidity and notes of lemon peel, apricot, white grape, green apple and just a hint of oaky tannins, with the dry, somewhat vinous, white grape notes standing out particularly. Finishes quite dry, with a light/medium tartness and some white grape and green apple notes lingering in the aftertaste. This tastes exactly what you might expect a 70% Sour Ale and 30% Lambic blend to taste like. While it's not too complex, there is a subtle depth to it and it just has a fantastic, smooth and mellow balance of tartness and acidity, with mild funk and a wonderful, dry white wine character supplemented very nicely by some mild oaky tannins and fruity notes of apricot and green apple. A fantastic, easy-drinking and refreshing summer beer with a subtle complexity.

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Photo of KooVee
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

75cl bottle, 2y2m old.

Hazy auburn, lace is of a surprisingly transient type.

Nose has brett, red apple, some citrus, dry white wine. Tart, not soft. A bit less complex than what one would call intriguing.

Taste brings red apple and especially citrus out even more strongly. White wine sticks to the edges of aftertaste. Very definitely tart, not sour. Some peach once it warms up. Carbonation makes a little too much of a tap dance on the tongue -- in my opinion less would be more for a beer this tart.

Overall, this is good, but too sharp and tart in my opinion, and the brett is therefore also too much in the spotlight, as if the other elements push it too raw to the stage. Aftertaste is better except for the excessive carbonation.

In a nutshell -- the blend of 'sour ale' with the Girardin does not really bring anything to the table. It is good, sure, but is there a point to this marriage beyond supposed novelty? I do not think so.. the non-lambic element is a bit too timid a spouse. A key fact is that this betrothal is already 2y old but the pair still does not add up to more than less than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If someone was looking into experiencing funky belgian yeast for the first time, I would point them to this beer because it has plenty of it, while maintaining an impeccable balance with the other supporting flavors of wood, lemon, orange, and dry white wine. Has great yeast textures and finish on the body.

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Photo of kitch
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle with a best before date of 28th May 2020. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A nice clear copper orange colour with a just over one finger light beige head that dissipated fairly quickly and left some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Tart, oak, white wine, apple, herbal and funky.

Taste: Tart, but only mildly sour, red apple, lime, cork, oak, funk and maybe hay with only a hint of a herbal element and vinegar.

Mouthfeel: Acidic, medium to light bodied with good moderate carbonation.

Overall: A nice and balanced blend of a sour ale and Lambic. Much better than the Kriek version in my opinion.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In many ways a peculiar beer, consisting of 70% "Sour Ale" and 30% young lambic (from Girardin).

The hints of complexity are of a blink and you'll miss it kind, the prevalent taste is one very similiar to an unblended, young, hoppy lambic.

It's good, very good in fact, but it does become a bit too one sided during the course of a 75cl bottle.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reminds me a lot of Cantillon Iris, like a hoppy iambic.
L - Clean golden with no head

S - herbal hop presence, tart, fruity and a bit of caramel malt

M - light carbonation, a bit thick

O - a great wild ale. Tart and sweet are well balanced

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

really unique blend here, almost like a belgian tripel or strong golden as a base, oak aged and with some lambic blended in, quite a distinct beer, but also rather subtle, certainly next to many of its lambic and lambic blended peers. soft yellow in color, cloudy but without visible sediment, and relaxed looking under a half inch of sudsy white topping. the aroma here is belgian yeast before sour or funk, although all three fermenting elements are present. i pcik up mild citrus fruit and floral qualities from the belgian strain, and then a bit of citric acidity from the bacterial aspect. sweet wood and rich wheat as well. the flavor is just like the nose, just add in a bit more of a bretty farmy funky finish that carries on the acidity just a little. very complex and a lot going on, even though its not as pungent or intense as others, i really like the layers here, its mellow but its genius. great with grilled and smoked meats, but awesome on its own too. i would love to know more about the blend, but the end result is excellent. i love being able to pick out all three yeast aspects, and the way the wood brings it all together. awesome stuff, and not too easy to come by...

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared thanks to sjogro. Hazy orange pour with a white head. Notes of macerated fruit, vwhite grapes vinegar, lambic funk, baking soda and some salt. Dry and refreshing, with a bitter-sour aftertaste, high carbonation.

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Photo of dabeerbuddha
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From chilled bottle. Tulip glassware.
Beautiful auburn copper colour.
Consistent but thin head throughout.
Spicy warm aroma with definite funk. Flavour follows with addition of tart apple, balanced acidity an sourness. Lingering dry aftertaste.
Overall a great beer. Deserving of its reputation.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cooper gold color with light lacing. Aroma is dry with notes of lacto, champagne yeast, berry stems and a little must. Very nice balance on the tongue between the lacto sourness and the earthier pale ale notes (hay, yeasty cork, a bit of dry pear). I'm not adverse to lacto but so often it overwhelms the rest of the beer, this cuvee is a great presentation of those notes but coupled with a strong base beer. Light bodied, good carbonation and a easy semi-dry finish. Excellent beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-draught @ Moeder Lambic.

HEAD: Off-white colour. Soft-looking. Retention is above average - ~3 minutes. Leaves inconsistent lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Auburn colour. Translucent. Nontransparent. I see no yeast within.

It's a bit darker (I.e. more Amber) than I anticipated, but then I suppose it's about right for a cuvee of a vague sour ale and fuck knows what else (De Ranke's website is deliciously vague regarding this beer).

AROMA: Sourness is mild - maybe a 4/10 in terms of intensity. Red apple. A kiss of acetic acid. Faint muted oak wood. Reticent white wine. A hint of funkiness. Hay.

Suggests an acidic mildly sour brew with a pleasant balanced taste.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Acidic red apple. Mild sourness (~3-4/10 in terms of intensity). A bit of lactic smackiness. Fruity esters. Neutral pale malts. Rustic hay evokes a bit of a barnyard character. Subtle funkiness. Lemongrass.

Balanced and enjoyable. Truly a gestalt whole of a beer - which is especially rare in a cuvee. Good depth of flavour. Impressive subtlety and intricacy. I'm digging this one.

Acidic, smooth, somewhat dry, perfectly carbonated, light to medium-bodied. There's a neat harmony of texture and taste here, with the acidity coaxing out additional depth of flavour from the nuanced sourness. The lactic smackiness is wonderful on the palate.

Not oily, gushed, harsh, rough, astringent, hot, or scratchy.

OVERALL: An unsung treat of a Belgian beer, Cuvee de Ranke is one of the more balanced, natural blends I've tried. A lovely sour that warrants more attention than it gets. I already want more, but its high price point (even in Belgium) will likely delay a second purchase.

High B (3.74) / GOOD

***
Impression from Summer 2014:

High B / GOOD

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Somewhat hazy orange colour. Smells and tastes of citruses, apples, white wine, mold. Pretty sour, but nicely balanced. Very similar to gueuze. I like it almost as much as 3 Fonteinen Oude, although it's not that complex and exciting. Buy 2 bottles and age one.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a tulip. 21.11.2019 indicated on the paper wrapping (assuming a best by date). Pours a hazy burnt orange hue with a frothy, two inch bright white head. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in-solution. Head eventually settles into a solid quarter inch cap with semi-concentric rings of textured lacing present during the tasting. Nose is intense - green apple, citrus zest and funk. Taste follows nose; however, less funky in the flavor profile. Still pleasantly tart, but a nice blend of a BPA with a wild beer. Lime and grape must as well as cork are also present. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation (pleasant without being gassy) and a light acidity. Overall, interesting and complex. I need to pick-up another one for the cellar. I can see this getting a little funkier with time.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, yellow to orange beer with almost no head. Just a tiny, white head on the top.

Nose: Sour, vinegar, orange, citrus, grapes, green apples, leather and grass.
Taste: Similar to the nose, tart, fruity, hoppy, apples, floral, sour and herbs. Crisp taste, heavy carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

I love this complex, fresh, sour!
I’m glad I bought two bottles, one to put in my beercellar for a few years.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml paper wrapped bottle poured into tulip 28/9/15

A slight haze in an amber copper liquid, lots of tiny fast bubbles feed a fingers of foam that slowly falls to a thick film leaving a couple partial rings

S wet wood and sour funk but still fairly fruity with apple, pear, lemon, maybe a little peach, heaps of dried hay and barn yard with just a hint of cereal and caramel as it warms

T lots of funk, a little electrical tape but I often get that from sours and its better then it sounds, leafy hops still in the background, vinegar, maybe a little leather, differs from the nose but just as good

M heavy for the style, sour without turning my mouth inside-out, acidic and it roughs up the teeth a leaving a cola like grit but manages to be slick on the palate, woody, funky finish just stays there

O I wasn't expecting something this sour, fairly gueuzey and a good one at that, the extra couple percent aren't noticeable anywhere

solid beer start to finish and not exactly what I was expecting, has plenty of funk in what I thought was going to be a Belgian pale, a pleasant surprise to say the least

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Photo of James_Michaud91
3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a nice, well balanced sour ale. Pretty approachable, would be a good entry into the category but it didn't stand out to me as being extraordinary or anything you can't miss.

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Photo of aleigator
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Wanne
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It looks like a lambic or geuze, but is a bit darker with slightly more foam on it. The taste and smell are also like a lambic or geuze, but the sourness is somewhat milder, probably caused by the blending with a flemish old brown beer. I was not a fan of sour beer in the beginning, but this beer has me started to appreciate the sourness.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This has become a go-to beer recently for me...
When?
When I don't quite want to break the cellar for Cantillon but I still want a very drinkable sour... This goes half way and is oh so drinkable. It says half pale ale half sour and is.
Only downside is the 7%... If only it were 5.
Cheers!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours amber with a small head.
Nose shows elderflower, funky barnyard notes, light malt, unripe plums. Lovely.
Flavours focus on a delicious tartness, a little oak, light elderflower and lemon rind.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%

I enjoyed this at Moeder lambic served in a tulip glass.

The color is light amber/golden with honey-like appearance with thick bone white head and fine bead with ringlets of lace left clinging. The smell has a woody and light sour aroma with mix of hoppy and light wild yeast elements with gentle citrus and sour apple odors. The feel is very good with tangy acidity with mild spice and very tart with gentle lactic tinge with subtle spiciness throughout and clean malt underlying a grapefruit pithy puckering quality with moderate carbonation.

The tasteis very tart like a juicy grapefruit mixed with malt and carbonated with zesty lightly hoppy flavor and dry woody character with some mild tannin and gentle flavor from the barrel. The taste is slightly sharp with mild toasted flavor which I suspect is part of the blend with finish acidic almost like biting into a grapefruit rind. Overall very good-nothing bad about this but a bit raw and bitter fresh, perhaps a little aging may help some of the sour flavors conflict for me but very decent overall.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

0.75 paper wrapped bottle. 70% sour, 30% lambic. Best before 07/12/18.
Pours a bit hazy orange, small white head kept alive for a while by bubbles, leaving just a thin sticky lacing.
Smell is divided equally between the two styles used: lots of sour grapes, vinegar, but also the lambic barnyard funk. Light sour cherries, hay, lemon, wood, green apple and a faint sugary note that tells me this won't be exclusively sour. A lot going on here.
It starts really sour, not only vinegar but packing the astringency and acidity of lemon juice, white grapes, green apple, a touch of slightly sweet pear, unripe cherry plum and lots of green fruit peel. Brett yeasts seem to take over, big barnyard notes with green hay, floorboard, oak barrel stave, grass, plus lots of green funky notes towards the end. Finish is quite bitter and very dry. Almost none of the bit of sweetness detected in the smell.
Medium body, helpful carbonation, very refreshing. Aftertaste resembles that of dry red wine that's been barrel aged for a while.
It hits all the right spots perfectly, but doesn't really wow. Still very very good.

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Photo of NVP12345
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't been lucky enough to find one in NYC yet, but picked up this bottle at a shop in Bruges and brought it back to the states. Poured into a snifter.

A - A murky, cloudy tan/orange with a soapy head. Thicker than a traditional gueuze.

S - Sour, intense.

T - Sour and bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Citrusy, like grapefruit with a hint of lemon.

M - Light body with a rich carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing.

O - A very well executed twist on the lambic style. I was fortunate enough to visit Cantillon during my trip to Belgium, and personally I prefer this beer over any of theirs as this one has a bit more intensity and a much fuller carbonation. Really wish this was easier to find in the states, I'd gladly keep a bottle or two handy for a hot summer day.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Wrapped in paper bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark orange color forming a medium light yellow bubble and fizzy head. Medium to low retention and only few spotty lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains for very long on the top

S: Great fruitiness with notes of white grapes mainly. Sour and vinegar, nevertheless, smooth and pleasant. Notes of leather and oak. Metallic and earthy. Flowery hops. Great balance

T: Very fruity upfront. Strong notes of white grapes, pale malts, vinegar, oak and leather. Mild tartness. A bit earthy and metallic. Perfect taste

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Lambic and woody aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. One of the best sour belgian ales I've ever had. Extremely balanced and smooth. 7% ABV that cannot be noticed. Masterpiece

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Photo of joe1510
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml
$12.99
West Lakeview

From Shelton Bros. Website: "The Cuvée de Ranke is roughly a 70/30 blend of a beer brewed with top fermenting Rodenbach yeast and aged Girardin lambic." It's the base beer for Kriek de Ranke.

This lambic styled brew form De Ranke fills my tulip wit ha deep sunset orange bordering on red with a mild haziness that makes the body though to see through. This beer looked still until the glass was half full and an ecru head grew to a half finger before fizzling out to a thin cap. Each drink and swirl leaves thin sheet lacing down the glass. This is an excellent looking brew with great color!

The aroma of this beer is packed to the gills with complexity. All the complexity morphs over time in the glass and actually changes from whiff to whiff. Dried out woodiness comes forward first and resembles rosemary at times and horse blanket & straw at others. A little bit of sweat comes through here and there accompanied by dried, cracked leather, summer weeds, slightly under ripe plum, and barnyard all in that order of intensity but switching positions often. There's even a ghost like spicy hoppiness in there somewhere.

The flavor is as dizzyingly complex as the aroma but the profile is actually quite different. The sourness comes across mid-palate and grows through the finish. It's hard to put my finger on the flavors in this one. Sweaty horse blanket, dry leather, damp mildewing straw, and plum all slide over the tongue. The sourness is enough to permeate my cheeks and cause a small pucker while the finish brings something completely unexpected. The dry woody like rosemary combines with glistening orchard fruit that was nowhere to be found in the nose. Juicy peach, pear and melon (I know it's not orchard) all come together on the finish to cool down the sour finish. The sour is still there but the slight fruity sweetness balances it out nicely. I almost forgot about the quick flash of herbal bitterness on the swallow. Cuvee de Ranke is delicious brew!

The body is light with a bone dry woodiness on the swallow. The sourness coats the entire mouth and the mild bitterness comes in afterwards, growing after each drink. The carbonation is very light but the light, almost watery body keeps this beer flowing without a problem. The combination of bitter and sour do a number on the taste buds halfway through the glass.

I started off giving this a 4 for drinkability but it's now to the point I can't drink it fast enough. It's not a slamable beer at all but it can be quietly sipped all night long, one after the other. This beer goes down supremely easy.

Next time I see Cuvee de Ranke on the shelf I will be picking up a few more bottles. This really is an outstanding beer that will smack you over the head with its complexity. This beer should be enjoyed over a long period of time with the huge change in flavor as it warms. Pick this up if you see it.

Reviewed: 11/8/08

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Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 369 ratings