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Cuvée De Ranke | Brouwerij De Ranke

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4.19/5
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359 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke
Belgium
deranke.be

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
Ranking:
#1,503
Reviews:
131
Ratings:
359
pDev:
10.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
58
Trade:
3
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Photo of dabeerbuddha
4.4/5  rDev +5%
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 Dzu
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dannycohen62
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dentist666
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Waggman
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
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 halo3one
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hdtrice
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wonothesane42
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AngEo
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CSO
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
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 straightlambic
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
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 gspeer711
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of datpingao
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shoegueuze
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jwale73
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Canada_Dan
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ppavlick
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of impending
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wingnutter
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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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Cuvée De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 359 ratings
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