Cuvée De Ranke | Brouwerij De Ranke

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
126
Ratings:
334
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
16.79%
 
 
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68
Gots:
50
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Reviews by Flounder57:
Photo of Flounder57
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The majority of the 75cl bottle was poured into a large Duvel tulip glass. Best before 10/2015.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced and fizzed away to a thin layer. It is a hazy orange yellow with some clarity and visions of bubbles coming up through the glass. Some lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Super funkiness, rubbery, tartness, citrus, oak.

Taste: sour, funky, tart, a little bready, some citrus, oak, and barnyard deliciousness.

Mouthfeel: smooth, some pucker that is expected from sours, low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, and almost has this champagne like dryness to it too.

Overall: I have been eyeing this bad bot for a while and happy to have gotten the chance to enjoy it. Might have to have some more of this stinky beer in Maine next weekend.

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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 emerge077
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 notes: This seems more like a mellowed Gueuze than anything. Soft with low carbonation, plenty of barnyard funk with a lemon zest citrus edge. Strikingly similar to an aged Fantome. Seems misunderstood...

This is a hybrid style, label states "Belgian Sour Ale with Lambic added" (Blonde Ale from De Ranke blended with Lambic from Girardin). Since it's 7% and not 100% lambic, it didn't fit into the Gueuze/Lambic category, so "Belgian Pale Ale" is applied here, for lack of a better term (such as Belgian Wild Ale).

Fossilized amber tone, hazy with an initial swarm of ascending carbonation. Delicate lacing is left after an aggressive pour. Initially, the first pour was nearly still, with some larger bubbles forming. The upward carbonation formed a thin skim moments later, and retained itself well.

Subdued cellar aromas, honey, wet wood, and a pleasant cheesy note at room temperature. As it warms, the aroma really improves. Light floral notes, wood, and citrus.

Mellow citric lemony sourness, similar to a Gueuze. The Lambic edge is taken off from the Blonde Ale blend, which lets the subtle woody notes of the Girardin Lambic come through. Long aftertaste, sort of woody with wet citrus notes present too. Mild pucker, not as sour as other traditional Lambics, but sour-haters should stay away. The more I drank, the more I enjoyed it. This creative hybrid sour ale is definitely worth trying.

Side note: The brewer at De Ranke is also an author and wrote the book Geuze & Kriek.
Highly recommended reading, and a detailed perspective on the lambic world past & present.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

And it's with the soul of gueuze and a shallow veil of Belgian pale ales that this beer shines with character, intrigue, and rusticity. Brewery De Rank continues to demonstrate what's great about being Belgian!

The beer's goldenrod hue settles into the glass, carrying with it the signature cloudiness that makes Belgian beer famous. A creamy white head caps the beer with a slightly pelicle-like pattern after it settles for just a bit. A swirl of the glass leaves intricate broken lace in its wake. Firm retention (especially for such an acidic beer) lasts the session with ease.

Floral and earthy, the beer's bouquet opens up with aromas of dried limes, leather, cork, weathered woods, sea air, dust, must, and crab apple. It's earthen tone is ripe with citrus peels, hay, and slight barnyard funk notes that gives rise to the notion that the beer exceeds pale ale and dips into sour ale character.

Evading much of the grain sweetness that accompany Belgian pale ales, there's just enough bready malt flavor to build the foundation on which the earth, fruit and spice extend upon. Dried limes, brine, aged and weathered oak, wine must, and sour white grapes become the prominent flavors while spicy white pepper, straw, and almost-vinegar flavors add richness and depth. It's delicious balance favors acidity over hop bitterness and captures the sense of taste in much the same way as dry, tannin-rich white wines.

Dry, dry, and more dry is the name of the game as the beer starts light on the palate and stays that way. Its zesty carbonation pulls the beer from the tongue and ushers in a quick finish that makes much of the flavors more appreciated in retrospect. Still, a light wood and powder sensation accompanies the finish and assists the high acidity and mild pithy bitterness as the beer comes to closure. An echo of dust, must, and earth extends beyond the highly refreshing and palate cleansing textures.

The beer fits the gueuze style much more than any pale ale delineation, and does so masterfully. It's a beautiful beer that's impeccably balanced, extremely clean, and earthy enough to appease the most staunch sour ale connoisseur.

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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 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 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 atomeyes
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bought in Buffalo last winter. Cellared, let outside today to cool, poured into wine glasses and enjoyed.

The packaging is funny. I like the paper-wrapped bottle. The label on the actual bottle itself is straight out of the early 1980s. Dot matrix font printing. Kind of awe-uninspiring. But I'm not drinking the label, so no biggie. Oh, and I can't find the abv on the label. Fun!

Pour: there wasn't all that much head/carbonation.Thin microcarbon bubbles with a teeny tiny white lacing on top. leaves an o-ring around the rim of the glass.

Its colour in an apricot gold. very purdy. Nose-wise, you have to breath in real deep to get the nuances of the nose (so a few points off for that). but once you breathe it in, you appreciate the barnyard hit that you get. It's like a horse had sex with a lemon on a pile of wet hay. Now, the challenge is explaining to non-sourheads how that is appealing, but trust me, it is.

This is a very nice tasting beer. It has a lingering, bitter (orange peel?) finish to it, which is strange for a sour/lambic. But I don't mind. Not kicking this girl out of bed just yet. It definitely has a medium level of sweetness to the taste, but it has the dry, barrel-aged finish to it, which is nice. Getting a mouthful of lemon, citrus, some cherry. The funk/blue cheese taste lingers along with the bitterness after you swallow. A lovely reminder of what you just consumed. Alcohol is hidden. Be careful, ye mateys. Oh yeah, I'd suggest that there's a slight chalky mouth coat after. strange.

This is definitely a solid sour. Curious as to what it would taste like 2 years down the road. But the level of funk after 1 year was very nice. Not sure if I'd let it ride for anything more than 1 additional year.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is tart lemons with some oak. The flavor is more of the same with a lot of tart lemons mixed with oak, some vanilla and Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice sour beer that I hope to try again.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
5/5  rDev +19.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of innominat
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kraken
2/5  rDev -52%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes.
Let me start by saying that I made a mistake. The 2 other De Ranke products I have had have been nothing short of glorious. Yeah I said Glorious. De Ranke XX and Guldenburg are two personal favorites and I was under the impression that this was cut from the same Jib. Style is indicated as belgian pale, label did not indicate what I was in for. This being said...

Poured from a corked and caped 750ml bottle into a 20oz pint glass. Firm pour yields zero head nada zilch. Poured the color of apple cider.
Nose- Apple cider, sour rotton apples, not much else.
Taste- Ugh, per the preface not what I was expecting. Not certain what this is, but I now can say that I am not a fan. Exceedingly sour, bitterness, rotton apples, very low carbonation. Almost akin to one of those sour apple candies minus all sweetness.
Drinkability- Drain pour. Finished half a glass, couldnt finish the rest.
Mouthfeel- Bitter very low carbonation. Very dry.

First and only drain pour so far. My expectations could not have been more off on this one. If you are into sours, you might enjoy.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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