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Cuvée De Ranke | Brouwerij De Ranke

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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."

Added by emerge077 on 05-22-2008

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125
Ratings:
330
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
16.79%
 
 
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Photo of ajm5108
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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 -10.3%
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

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
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 -0.7%
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 +1.4%
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 +2.2%
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 -12.7%
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%
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 -6.2%
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 +1.2%
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 +1.9%

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 -6.5%

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 +3.8%
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 +2.9%
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 +8.6%
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 +4.8%
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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Photo of jeff1973
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Moinette chalice. Expiration date 8/6/17.

A - Hazy dark gold. Eggshell head that dissipates quickly.

S - Tart lemon, a little horse blanket, but mostly light breadiness.

T - Lemonade-esque, not a tart bomb at all, sourness is very subtle. A little tart cherry, along w/ sourdough breadiness. Refreshing.

M - Medium with lively carbonation. Still coats well and the bubbles scrub the palate clean.

O - The lack of tartness is refreshing at first, but then you start to miss that tart punch. This is a blend of aged geuze and fresh Belgian blond ale, I need to remember that. But a very refreshing, tasty beer. Not quite worth the price, though.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BB June 2017.

Beer is cloudy dark orange in colour, with a very small white head. Head fades fairly quickly.

The smell is tart, with yeast, bread and funk.

The beer is fairly sour, with a notable brett funkiness. Yeast, quite dry. Bread and wheat flavours. A bit of a cherry flavour. Oak.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Sticky and puckery.

Overall, very good. The sour and funk adds a nice twist to the Belgian pale.

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Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tap at Moeder Lambic.

Pours a nice pillowy creamy head of 1.5 fingers, fades slowly with layers, fairly hazy golden base dark orange top, thins to a golden color on the sides.

nose is pretty nice, tart fruit, light musty vinous funk, acidity, sour fruity mostly, a bit of banand too, light oak.

Taste is fairly sour, tart fruit like acidic bite but not too much, very light bready taste, light stone fruit, not super sour either. A bit juicy, and tart funky fruit. Finish is dry and flemmy, light cracker with a lingering sharp tartness and acidic taste.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, different but good, tasty.

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Photo of spicelab
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle from [email protected] 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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased on the joint recommendation of Stu from Yeastie Boys and Adam from Platinum Liquor. Enjoyed the bottle all myself one lonely Friday evening.

Pours a golden colour, steady bead feeding a very pleasant heavy head, nice and generous but sinks in strands. Some lacing left behind. Looks nice.

Smells tart and funky. Large organic, earthy kind of offness with a crisp and fresh lemony acidity over the top. Touch of raspberry, too, some dirt and lucerne, but yeah the tartness is a real fresh note, and makes it smell very pleasant indeed.

Taste is also pretty funky, with a really noticeable damp, organic barnyard flavour. Tartness comes through pretty strong, with lemon, vinegar and a very underripe strawberry note. Finishes with a very slight puckering astringency, but it's really just a whisper. The back palate is mostly sweet and fruity, with a big caramelised pear character. Very tasty, balanced and professionally put-together lambic style.

Nips a bit from that wild yeast. Bit foamy from the carbonation and ends surprisingly sweet and full, but inevitably dry.

Great drop. Complex and confronting, but deeply rewarding. Beautifully reined in.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear bright deep golden color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of tart notes with light funky barnyard notes from the lambic. Taste is a complex mix between some sour and tart notes with light acidic notes, green apple notes, oak and some funky barnyard notes also perceptible. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well put together with great amount of complexity while retaining a good level of drinkability.

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Photo of peensteen
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden colour with a bit of orange in there as well, ring of white head and just a touch of lace. Smell has a big dose of lemon, wheat and pear, quite funky, wild yeast gives this an acidic smell, a bit of spice is picked up as well, more fruit especially as it came to room temp. Taste is tart up front, a bit of a grainy sweetness and a touch of honey, fruity with lots of pear, lemon and apple, acidic and puckering, nice sourness throughout. High carbonation, dry and acidic, medium bodied, a bit of syrup at points. Delicious and easy drinking stuff, quite dry and very refreshing, I could kill a 750 of this on a nice warm day easy.

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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 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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