Cuvée De Ranke | Brouwerij De Ranke

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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
Ratings:
348
Reviews:
130
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.31%
 
 
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65
Gots:
55
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Photo of CSO
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 straightlambic
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 gspeer711
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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 Canada_Dan
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ppavlick
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of wingnutter
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 MacStinson
4.81/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of jrfehon33
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of blisscent
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tykechandler
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Noelito76
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kiki3drt292
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Cuvée De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
4.17 out of 5 based on 348 ratings.
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