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4.19/5
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360 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:
#1,514
Reviews:
131
Ratings:
360
pDev:
10.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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63
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57
Trade:
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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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4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber-orange brew with a small, quickly fading head that leaves minimal spotty lacing. Only moderately hazy, and refracts the light nicely.

S: A light but distinct pale malt aroma blends well with a prominent funk that has a good acidic bite to it, like...well... a beefed-up lambic. Go figure...

T/M: My oh my, this is fantastic! Very reminiscent of Iris in that it has a nice full body and a detectable bitterness. The subdued carbonation adds a nice smoothness and richness that is a welcome change from most lambics/gueuzes, which is –I believe– what this beer most resembles. As the above description says, this beer achieves a great balance between sweet and sour; indeed, the sourness is more acidic/tart than "funky", which I'm personally okay with. Ends on a slightly bitter, somewhat puckering note. The only way I could see this being better would be with the addition of some fruit or something of the sort, to add just one more dimension to it and make it absolutely perfect.

O: I see this is already rated pretty highly, but why don't people talk about it more?! Deliciously tart and sweet, with just enough bitterness to surprise the palate and keep things drinkable, this is a beer I'll be going back to again and again.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow-orange. tiny bit hazy. two finger pure white head that dissipates relatively quickly but maintains a film until the beer is finished and leaves some spotty lacing behind. Aroma is slight vinegar, nice amount of lemon, and funky brett. Nice balance here, but I wish everything was kicked up just a touch.

The flavor is also subdued, but again is really tasty. Certainly acidic, with big notes of lemon and some lime coming through. There is a touch of vinegar, before giving way to a lingering brett funk. Finishes dry. Light mouthfeel with prickly carbonation.

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750 mL in chouffe glass. Bottle best by 10 2015

Ar: funk, pleasant acidity, grapefruit, lactic, brett barn character, earthy hay/straw, citrus

Ap: Mild haze dark straw, white head, good retention

T: Grapefruit, alcohol, barn funk, lingering pleasant brett bitterness, lemony acidity, citrus forward, present but not harsh acidity, slight sweetness but not out of balance. Not as dry as a geuze but good bitterness and acidity, earthy, lingering grapefruit

M: Medium carbonation, light body, godd bitterness in the finish

O: Great aroma, I was definitely pleasantly surprised by this one, pleasant excellent brett, definitely a worthwhile beer.

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Cuvée De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 360 ratings
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