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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."

Added by emerge077 on 05-22-2008

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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 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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Photo of drabmuh
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yum, beer poured into a snifter. Beer is yellow with a good head, soft, white, small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate to high, looks good.

Aroma is acetic and lactic with hints of wood and leather. It is exactly what I hoped for.

Beer is light in body and effervescent in the mouth. It has a bright sourness in the midpalate and a mild, ever so mild, sweetness at the front of the mouth. The overall shape of the beer on the palate is nice. The funkiness is underplayed but complements that lactic sour late on the palate. The finish is clean and moderately dry but the beer does not dry out the mouth. I could drink a gallon of it. I love this beer.

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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 emmasdad
2.39/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks Nic, for giving me the opportunity to try a beer I never would have tried on my own (nor will again). Pours a light amber color, with a small white head. On the nose, this one is very acidic, sour and barnyard-y. Thin on the palate, acidic, vinegar.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cuvée De Ranke

Appearance: Dark orange-yellow, small head, and some lacing.

Smell: Acidic sourness, grapeskins, and grapefruit.

Taste: Acidic sour bitterness and grapeskins.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

The sourness comes quick and then fades just as fast. It would go great with a meal.

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Photo of cb462
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured at room temperature from a 750 ml bottle. Hazy golden amber color. 1" of off white head that dissipates to a nice lasting film with strong, slow lacing.

S - Light funk (just a tad of blue cheese), green apples, citrus notes, and a very attractive floral back.

T - More of the nose with the green apples and citrus dominating. Not overly sour. Very well balanced.

M - Nice light body and moderate carbonation that fit the taste nicely.

D - Great session sour. I will not have any trouble finishing off the bottle. Perfect for a warm sunny day. Would be a great pick to introduce someone to sours.

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750 ml bottle.

A - An average pour leads to a nice strong golden slightly copper clear liquid with a nice .25 inch head that has some medium sized bubbles and is white.

S - Aroma is of tart fruits with some lemon and grapes and slight apples. There is a bit of funk and phenols but not too much. There is a slight salty and sea aroma to the beer as well.

T & M - Starts off tart with some nice lemon and a bit of the yeasty funk. There are some sweet hints to the beer but the tartness is the major player. Slight apple and grape notes as well. Very delicious beer. Its a good gateway beer to other sours. There is some slight cherry sourness to it as well. It is a very delicious beer. The body is nice and light and crisp. There is great carbonation and clean flavors. I was very surprised to see this listed under Belgian Pale Ale.

D - This beer is delicious and I feel like its readily available which is a good thing. Crisp and clean and refreshing.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a nice amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of tart fruit, especially apples. Also light fruity malts. Some nice funk in the nose.

t - Tastes of tart apples, tart citrus, and fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I really liked the smell of this beer. The taste was good but a step down. Would definitely try again.

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

Pours a hazy golden amber color with large white head. Once popping the cap off this guy, I got huge aromas of sour funk! Love it! Great sour notes with apples and wood. I also get very subtle floral scents as well. The taste is delicious! Initially I get a lot of tart green apple flavor followed by some funky Belgian yeast flavors with even more delicious mouth puckering tastiness. I get a strong taste of wood from the barrels and finishes with a bit of bitterness. I know there's some other fruit tastes I'm not picking up that I should be, but my palate is still trying to get these sour ales down. Mouthfeel is nice and bubbly, but not too bubbly. Very full bodied and well-balanced. Drinkability is HIGH! Great beer!

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

Picked up a 75cl (750ml) bottle at De Bierkoning and poured it into a Geuze Boon branded glass. Bottled on - Jan 2010.

Printed on the wrapper around the bottle: Unfiltered & Unpasturized - On base of old Flemish beer and Lambic - Ingredients: barley malt, hops, sugar, yeast and water.

A: Pours a blonde/pale hue with a nice head and solid lace from start to finish.

S: Funky wood smell with sour apples and fermented grapes.

T: Similar to the smell but the funk runs the show; there is some hints of sweet malt and grapefruit rinds there too. Nice crisp sour finish - truly amazing.

M: Light bodied, perfectly carbonated with small bubbles that roll across the palate nicely.

D: The drinkability is silly - too easy and if I had another bottle I would be pouring one now.

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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 kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Best before 04 2013, so a little early on this one. Pours a slightly opaque golden color with a nice 2 finger withe had that slowly recedes. The aroma is grapes with notes of sour, if you can smell sour ;o) with the addition of lemon. The taste is sour and tart with the funk. Sourness and lemon zest abound. Pretty puckeringly sour. Light/medium mouthfeel. A very good sour beer. The paper wrapping has to add to the taste, right?

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Best by April 2013, bottled in April 2008.

Wrapping the bottle in paper is a nice touch but when the bottle sweats it gets kinda messy.

A- Poured (semi roughly) into a Piraat tulip. Small, tight, frothy head with pretty good lacing is the result. The head stays around really well for a sour beer. The beer is moderately hazed and bright lemony yellow.

S- Bretty funk is the first thing I noticed, along with lemon and grapefruit peel sourness. Funk is dusty and dry rotted, old books, cardboard from the attic, cobweb; nice lambic stuff.

T- Very lemony with a powerful sourness. Plenty funk, dust, cheese and cobweb. The acidic sourness is matched nicely by lots of lemon and grapefruit rind. Finish is citric and lemony with some hop bitterness. Its very interesting to taste a sour beer with a hoppy, bittering finish.

D- I had no problem having two glasses of this. It drinks very easily. Nothing lingers on the palate, its just a total easy drinking and refreshing beer.

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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 nas5755
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in a chalice
bottle was purchased 2 months ago at Granite Liqours

A nice hazy golden/orangery color with a great sour nose of citrus lemon funk. The taste is filled with lemon-tart-funk blended with a nice golden ale and some oak. The mouth-feel is pleasant and the sour hangs around a little as to say "hey I was just here a moment ago I left something to entertain the next sip". I just want to keep on drinking this cellar temp beer in this hot humid New England weather. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer it reminds me more of a gueuze than a belgian pale-ale. I really would love to see what the bugs due to the golden ale over the next few years. This is an outstanding beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is tart lemons with some oak. The flavor is more of the same with a lot of tart lemons mixed with oak, some vanilla and Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice sour beer that I hope to try again.

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Photo of squaremile
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured at a recent BA tasting event. Pours a muddy golden yellow with no head. Nose is oak, pinot, and chalk. Taste is about 4/10 on the pucker-meter, tastes like sour apple cider. Barrel flavors are present and there is a nice complexity. Acidic. Light on the palate, quite drinkable.

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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 ToasterChef
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. A chilled bottle was split four ways between tulip glasses with the De Ranke logo. The beer is opaque, with a creamsicle/orange color. There is a thin, splotchy foam head. The bubbles are white and soap-like. The nose lets you know this is a sour beer. There's apricot and brett (or something that smells like a beer brewed with it) in there. I like the aroma a lot. The flavor is a good mixture of puckering sour and mildly sweet fruit. I can taste apricot and peach. It has a great musty and dry finish. It is ever so slightly chalky tasting, mainly in the finish. This is a very good sour beer. It has a medium body and a very low amount of carbonation. There is a slight coating of the mouth that tastes both sweet and sour. The first thing I jotted down about the Cuvee De Ranke's drinkability is "oh so drinkable," and I stand by that simple assessment. Obviously it will turn off anyone not prepared for a sour beer, but a fan of this style will love this. If you see a bottle, definitely pick it up.

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Photo of vrazionale
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle at just under refrigeration temperature poured into a snifter. Bottled in 04/2008.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange body with a creamy, well-laced head formation.

S - Amazing. I could stick my nose in this beer all night long. Loads of horse-blanket musky funk alongside bright, lemony citrus and bready yeasty notes. Incredibly beguiling and inviting. A solid reminder of why I love sour beers.

T - Tart, sour, and funky. Reminds me of the flavor profile of some of the best gueuzes I've tried. The finish is very tart and acidic, calling to mind lemon and bitter orange. There is a touch of apricot and unripe peach here, too, rounding out the flavor profile a bit.

M - Spot-on carbonation, with just the right balance of sweetness to complement the sour tartness. The kind of beer that makes you salivate and want to go back for another sip.

D - I could just continue to gush and gush about this beer, but the bottom line is this: if you like sour beers, find a way to get your hands on this beer.

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

Poured this one from its 750ml paper-wrapped bottle into my Belgian-style goblet. Immediately became aware of the strong sour aroma going on here, anticipation is built well before I can get my lips to the glass. The color is golden yellow, very hazy and opaque, with a good amount of head. Lacing is present and head settles down. The aroma, as said before, is riddled with notes of tangy sourness and wild yeast. The taste of this beer is comes thorough on the promise delivered by the nose, with lots of twang and lively character. This is one that I'll definitely be coming back to while its available, and stocking up on so I can enjoy it when its gone.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into Chimay Goblet. Thanks, NewGeneric

A- Nice, shimmering gold, fizzy head that settles quickly, moderate lacing. Beer is dandelion yellow and has a thin haze of carbonation on the surface.

S- Faint twang of something bitter.. a little tart.. a little acidic.

T- Tart, but not overly so. Like a crabapple.. in a good way. A bit of a citric twang, some fruity notes... very tasty and accessible... goes down so well. Mild fruit sweetness, great contrast with a mild sourness. Great flavors here.

M- Carbonation is great, and this beer is a very mild sour, so it goes down like water. I really enjoy this beer.

D- Fairly high.. really enjoyable and impossibly drinkable.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle picked up in Buffalo. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thin head. A subsequent swirl builds a nice fluffy head which leaves lacing down the glass.

Light funk in the nose, lemon, hint of honey and fruity esters.

Quite a balanced, drinkable beer. Love the nice balanced sourness that weaves its way through the Belgian esters, honey sweetness, light noble hop bite in the finish, lemons and orange rind, grains and a hint of funk. Could easily drink the whole bottle and be desiring a touch more.

Nice to see a brewer make a balanced, drinkable sour ale, one you would want to drink on many an occasion or with a meal. Top notch.

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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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Cuvée De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
4.17 out of 5 based on 346 ratings.
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