Cuvée De Ranke | Brouwerij De Ranke

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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

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351
Reviews:
130
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.07%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Supremely enjoyable is you are OK with some sourness. Sourness, some lambic aroma, and transparent appearance, and some yeast and head. This was nicely malted. A tad less than median mouthfeel. Average mouthfeel. Not as dry as expected. Wonderful with lunch.

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Photo of acurtis
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
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 kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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 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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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

***
Impression from Summer 2014:

High B / GOOD

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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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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 zestar
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 vintage from the bottle at Churchkey. Served in a snifter and split with drabmuh and mdfb79. Big thanks to Matt for suggesting that we get this one.

Pours a golden-orange color with a half-finger white head and a bit of clingy lacing as it went down. The nose is fantastic. Quite a bit of earth with a nice amount of funk as well as really nice sour notes bringing up the rear. Some mild stone fruits throughout and carry over into the flavor.

Taste is quite exquisite with really nice earthy notes and funk plus peach, apricot, and some lightly-tart berries. Maybe some cloudberry presence. Feel is slightly puckering and creates a really nice finish alongside some dry funk. Really, really drinkable. What a great way to end the night; I'll surely be looking to find more of this in the future.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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