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Cuvée De RankeCuvée De Ranke

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke

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."

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Photo of corby112
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours a dark golden amber/orange color with a thin white head that settles into a thin lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly funky aroma with earthy, musty oak and horseblanket along with vinous fruit notes and subtle vinegar. Hints of sweet apple and pear balance out the funky/tart character in the nose.

Medium bodied with a great balance of sweet, estery light fruit and tart, puckering sourness. Funky with lots of musty oak and vinegar flavor as well as some slight lacto mid-palate but this is balanced out by vinous, sweet fruit notes, especially apple, grape and pear. The combination of sweet fruit notes and vinegary sour/tartness results in a sweet, mouth puckering, tart finish that isn't abrasive or acidic. Recommended.

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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 sweemzander
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. 70% belgain sour ale with 30% lambic added. Why is this classified on here as a Belgain Pale Ale?

(A)- Pours a golden orange color that produced a nice fluffy white head with good retention. Plenty of foamy lacing here and there.

(S)- A dry yet straightforward acidic sourness. Lightly earthy with hints of lemon and white grapes.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A drier sourness with a very mild acidic finish. Very lightly grassy.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Light-bodied on all accounts. A smooth feel with a light earthy sourness and acidity.

(D)- A good sour. Very accessible and an easy drinking one that would be a good starting point for someone first getting into the style. This would also be a great sour to have with food. However, there is nothing about this that makes me think of a Belgain Pale Ale when what I see in front of me is a nice light-bodied lambic or gueuze.

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

Best by April 2013, which means it was bottled April 2008. Consumed June 2010 after 5 beerless days thanks to vicodin and cyclobenzaprine.

Pouring a mildly hazy orange with a dense white head with excellent retention, there's a little lacing too. For what's essentially a sour beer, the lacing is pretty excellent, though the haziness is a little more than I care for.

This might be just 30% of Girardin lambic, but in the two years in the bottle, it appears to have taken over the beer. Cheesy and funky, there's a moderate amount of citrus as well, with juicy oranges and lemons. A little cider character is noticeable, with some nice green apple notes. Sweetness is noticeable in the back, mild and honey-like, and there's a surprising oak character with some barrel and vanilla characteristics. Excellent stuff.

The palate opens sour with a lemony tartness with some a bright lemon and citrus peel sourness, along with a moderate melon character. Great depth and balance on the palate, there's a mild sweetness present, but it is more fruity than plain sugar-like. There's a splash of vinegar as well, just enough to keep the palate bright without being overbearing. The bulk of the sourness is lemony, though, and almost whelms the funk. Drying on the finish with a lingering lemon peel sourness and a touch of bitterness, this beer is a hidden gem. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, the palate is a little slicker than I'd like, but otherwise, this is an outstanding beer. At the price point, it's hard to beat, really, I will be drinking a lot more of this.

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Photo of Viggo
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, thanks to ritzkiss for sharing.

Pours a cloudy orange/amber, some golden, pretty thick white head forms, settles down to a thin ring and layer, some lace chunks stick, looks nice.

Smell is great, good balance of sweet and sour, lots of fruit character, apples and pears, some honey, a bit of wheat, lemon rinds, nice funky barnyard character and some sour fruit, light floral and herbal hop notes.

Taste is similar, sweet at first, good notes of honey and sweet pears/apples, nice fruit character, wheat, some yeastiness, good sourness and funk in the finish, really nice noble hoppiness, a bit of floral and citrus, lightly acidic and sour, great balance with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. This is a nice beer, I've liked everything from De Ranke thus far. This beer is refreshing, its nice to get a sour sometimes that isn't over the top. Thanks Preric!

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Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color with a thin ring of white bubbles. Minimal lacing as it recedes.

Aroms begin funky and yeasty with freshly squeezed lemon rinds, oaky chardonnay and quite a bit of earth. As it warms you get some mild stone fruits.

The tastes follow the nose with a mild pilners maltiness underneath a layer of funk. There's a flicker of sweetness, but otherwise it's a sour ride. Splash of citric lemon juice and white wine vinegar. Big pop of acidity and a touch of spiciness.

The mouthfeel is medium-thin bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is dry, sour and earthy but not overly so of either.

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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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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 TurdFurgison
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at Moeder Lambic in Brussels. It was so good that I had it again a few nights later, and that means it was really good as there are a lot of fantastic and hard-to-find choices in this city. From Andy (part-owner of Moeder Lambic) I heard that this is 1/3 XX Bitter, 1/3 Goudenberg, and 1/3 Girardin lambic. Also he mentioned that this is the first time it's ever been available on cask!

This was golden amber color with a light haze and a nice head of foam. The aroma has some bitter hops and a nice tart aspect too, like a Belgian IPA - lambic mix that's heavy on the lambic side. In taste this leans back toward the bitter side, however the brett is very detectable. Not exactly lactic, and I'm not sure on the age of the Girardin, but it does add a nice lightly tart bite at the end of each sip.

Smooth and creamy body from the cask, this was heaven. Really a wonderful beer that I'd love to get again in this form. I'll pick up more bottles at home some time, but really the cask version is best.

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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 ccrida
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic gueze style pale ale. Cloudy pale yellow with a white head leaving decent lace. Nice tartness, lots of complexity, some lemony notes, dry. Very spritzy, fine carbonation. Really want to get some bottles of this after having it on draught. As much as I love their noël, this might be my favorite De Ranke brew.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle $12.99. Nice dark, cloudy orange color. It smells deliciously sour. The taste is nice and sour, musty, old, some bits of wood (lambic?). The only problem I had with this beer is it seemed a little acidic and was kind of hard on my stomach. Good beer but I probably won't bother cellaring any.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear golden amber with a decent fluffy white head. The strong, fierce aroma is more like a cider or a brandy than a beer. Flavor is quite strong, mainly fruity with some malty undertones. It goes down the pipes like a tiger on angel dust - fierce, edgy and sharp. Not for the faint of heart!

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from a tasting on 8/15. thanks to danedelman for bringing this one out.

a - pours a murky orange with a think fizzy head.

s - smells nice. pretty sweet tart. some grass and hay.

t - pretty earty and grassy. geuze with a sour kick, not bad at all.

m - prickly but soft. easy for a sunday morning.

o - nice geuze vibe, not worth the price of admission in my opinion, but rather tasty. pretty surprised to see that this is classified as a BPA.

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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 Dope
2.82/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A very cloudy golden orange pour. Small white head that quickly settles down to almost nothing. Just the smallest hint of lacing.

S: Lots of lemons and oak up front. Maybe some sour apples? A bit of wet hay/grass. Smells...funky.

T: Very sour and acidic. Tastes like lemon and apricot bitterness with no sweetness. Some oak and earth tones. Very acidic aftertaste, almost like vinegar.

M: Puckering and very drying.

O: Wish this beer had been properly classified as a sour and not as a BPA so I wouldn't have wasted $15 on a drainpour. Be forewarned if you don't like sours!

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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 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 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 prototypic
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cuvée de Ranke pours a bright gold color. Backlighting gives it orange highlights. It's moderately hazy, and has an attractive look. Topping it off is a soft, white head that stands about a finger and a half tall. It's quick to recede, leaving behind spotty strands of lace in its wake. Not bad at all.

The nose is a little weak, but it gets the job done. It's predominantly musky, earthy, and funky. How's that for a combo? Brett gives it a nice barnyard scent. In terms of Brett strength, it's moderate. It mixes nicely with the other scents, and isn't overpowering in the least. Light lemon and tangerine scents are subtle, but add quality depth. Yeast is noted on the tail. Alcohol is buried.

The flavor delivers in a big way! This is delicious beer. It's initially fruity. Lemon, apple, and tangering flavors are all noted. It's definitely tart and sour, but it's far from a mouth puckering tartness. Earthy notes are prominent throughout. Brett certainly gives it a musky, funky flavor that's top notch. I really like the restrained, moderate Brett flavors. Works perfectly here. Light pepper and yeast round it out. I'm not getting any alcohol. It finishes dry and a little tart.

Cuvée de Ranke certainly has a light body. Carbonation is active, but somehow the bubbles feel small and help to smooth it out. Drinkability is very high. This is damn tasty stuff. Goes down very smooth and easy. Finishing off a 750 ml bottle should be no problem.

Brouwerij De Ranke certainly hit a home run with Cuvée de Ranke. It's my understanding that this is the base beer for Kriek de Ranke. No wonder it's so tasty. There's not much to complain about here. Eh. Maybe the nose could use a little more strength. Perhaps a little more body, too. But, I'm good with this as it is. Not too tart, Not too funky...just right. Highly recommended.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/11/08. Bottle, best by 07/2012. Pours a dark orange with no head. Aroma of sweet honeydew melon, lots of funk, and sour sweettart candies. Flavor is mostly sweet with just a tinge of sour. Lots of sweettart candies, some banana, apple, cherry, and other fruits. Quite drinkable, but the palate is a bit watery. A good sour, but I'm not sure where all these super high ratings(ie 4+) are coming from.
8/4/8/3/15 (3.8/5)

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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 hopdog
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared courtesy of egadzis (thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy amberish color with a small sized head. Aromas of citrus, a little musty, earthy, and frutiy. Tastes of citrus. fruity, floral, and the same musty funk. I would

Notes from: 08/13/08.

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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 Deuane
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy golden accented orange/copper with a large, airy white head that reduces slowly to a thin cap that leaves nice swaths of lace.

S-Lightly tart sourness with hints of Granny Smith apple and Anjou pears and a tickle of lemon zest. A nice honey like sweetness helps balance this out and a subtle mustiness in the background adds to the profile.

T-An amazingly similar flavour profile with mild tartness and must up front with a finishing dose of honey laced pear/apple sweetness. Lightly acidic with a mild tang and earthy bitterness in the finish. This is not a funk bomb by any means but it is certainly flavourful.

M-Medium-light bodied with a fairly sharp ending bite. Dryness is surprisingly not overwhelming.

D-Very nicely done. An approachable and wildly drinkable lambic. Plenty of flavour and tartness without going overboard. This is a wonderful beer to introduce those unfamiliar with the style to.

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Cuvée De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
4.17 out of 5 based on 334 ratings.
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