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

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Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.31%
 
 
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Photo of joe1510
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml
$12.99
West Lakeview

From Shelton Bros. Website: "The Cuvée de Ranke is roughly a 70/30 blend of a beer brewed with top fermenting Rodenbach yeast and aged Girardin lambic." It's the base beer for Kriek de Ranke.

This lambic styled brew form De Ranke fills my tulip wit ha deep sunset orange bordering on red with a mild haziness that makes the body though to see through. This beer looked still until the glass was half full and an ecru head grew to a half finger before fizzling out to a thin cap. Each drink and swirl leaves thin sheet lacing down the glass. This is an excellent looking brew with great color!

The aroma of this beer is packed to the gills with complexity. All the complexity morphs over time in the glass and actually changes from whiff to whiff. Dried out woodiness comes forward first and resembles rosemary at times and horse blanket & straw at others. A little bit of sweat comes through here and there accompanied by dried, cracked leather, summer weeds, slightly under ripe plum, and barnyard all in that order of intensity but switching positions often. There's even a ghost like spicy hoppiness in there somewhere.

The flavor is as dizzyingly complex as the aroma but the profile is actually quite different. The sourness comes across mid-palate and grows through the finish. It's hard to put my finger on the flavors in this one. Sweaty horse blanket, dry leather, damp mildewing straw, and plum all slide over the tongue. The sourness is enough to permeate my cheeks and cause a small pucker while the finish brings something completely unexpected. The dry woody like rosemary combines with glistening orchard fruit that was nowhere to be found in the nose. Juicy peach, pear and melon (I know it's not orchard) all come together on the finish to cool down the sour finish. The sour is still there but the slight fruity sweetness balances it out nicely. I almost forgot about the quick flash of herbal bitterness on the swallow. Cuvee de Ranke is delicious brew!

The body is light with a bone dry woodiness on the swallow. The sourness coats the entire mouth and the mild bitterness comes in afterwards, growing after each drink. The carbonation is very light but the light, almost watery body keeps this beer flowing without a problem. The combination of bitter and sour do a number on the taste buds halfway through the glass.

I started off giving this a 4 for drinkability but it's now to the point I can't drink it fast enough. It's not a slamable beer at all but it can be quietly sipped all night long, one after the other. This beer goes down supremely easy.

Next time I see Cuvee de Ranke on the shelf I will be picking up a few more bottles. This really is an outstanding beer that will smack you over the head with its complexity. This beer should be enjoyed over a long period of time with the huge change in flavor as it warms. Pick this up if you see it.

Reviewed: 11/8/08

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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 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 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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Photo of spicelab
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle from [email protected] Liquor.

Lightly hazed apricot with an airy white head of average size for a Belgian brew. Leaves some spotty lacing, a raised lattice and strong film. Slow, steady bead.

Nicely rounded, with plenty of crisp sour character working with an oak-like woodiness. Loads of tart green apple, marmalade, cloves and zingy grassy funk. Sweet malt backbone is surprisingly evident, but then again this aint 5%

Flavours are not at all sweet however, as buckets of green capsicum, lemon and grapefruit pith team up with the green apple. Hefty amounts of peppery hay make it very dry overall.

Light to medium with vibrant acidity. Carbonation is fairly average for the style. Properly dry, earthy sour finish with good length.

Solid sour from a brewery that never misses.

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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 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 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 MattSweatshirt
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At Moeder

Thick white head chillin on some hazy dark golden orange beer. Looking good in the De Ranke glass.

Smells fruity n' funky. That whole being out on the farm type of smell. The lemon is dominate but there are hints of some sweeter mango and peach.

Tart fruitiness(lots of lemon citrus character) and some funkiness. The flavor washes away fairly quickly it seems. Seems like some oakiness to it.

Drinks super smooth with light carbonation and body. Drying.

Highly enjoyable beer here. I was hoping for more sourness but got over that quick. Very delicious and easy to slug down which isn't good for the wallet.

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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 atomeyes
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bought in Buffalo last winter. Cellared, let outside today to cool, poured into wine glasses and enjoyed.

The packaging is funny. I like the paper-wrapped bottle. The label on the actual bottle itself is straight out of the early 1980s. Dot matrix font printing. Kind of awe-uninspiring. But I'm not drinking the label, so no biggie. Oh, and I can't find the abv on the label. Fun!

Pour: there wasn't all that much head/carbonation.Thin microcarbon bubbles with a teeny tiny white lacing on top. leaves an o-ring around the rim of the glass.

Its colour in an apricot gold. very purdy. Nose-wise, you have to breath in real deep to get the nuances of the nose (so a few points off for that). but once you breathe it in, you appreciate the barnyard hit that you get. It's like a horse had sex with a lemon on a pile of wet hay. Now, the challenge is explaining to non-sourheads how that is appealing, but trust me, it is.

This is a very nice tasting beer. It has a lingering, bitter (orange peel?) finish to it, which is strange for a sour/lambic. But I don't mind. Not kicking this girl out of bed just yet. It definitely has a medium level of sweetness to the taste, but it has the dry, barrel-aged finish to it, which is nice. Getting a mouthful of lemon, citrus, some cherry. The funk/blue cheese taste lingers along with the bitterness after you swallow. A lovely reminder of what you just consumed. Alcohol is hidden. Be careful, ye mateys. Oh yeah, I'd suggest that there's a slight chalky mouth coat after. strange.

This is definitely a solid sour. Curious as to what it would taste like 2 years down the road. But the level of funk after 1 year was very nice. Not sure if I'd let it ride for anything more than 1 additional year.

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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 jmarsh123
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy orange with some bubbles along with a small white head that faded away quickly. A bit of lacing down the glass.

Lots of funk. Cherry, citrus and oak in the aroma too.

Similar flavors. Very funky and sour all along. Good mustiness and sour fruit flavors. Finishes dry.

Medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Very dry on the finish almost like a good Merlot.

Overall very tasty beer and one that took me by surprise as being one of my favorites at our tasting.

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

Best by 06/2016:
Pours turbid amber with etched whites atop with a solid rim of the same fluffed bubble. Nice apple, copper, acetic vinegar, hints of lemon and funky hay and soil. Nicely tart up front and with a bitterness I’d not anticipated and some metallic and astringent character. Some leafy, vinous character along some unrefined vinegar. Thin bodied with hi carb and watering finish. An okay beer, at an okay price ($17/750ml). Actually a very sessionable, approachable beer with a sour character and a lambic twist. I would enjoy this with a friend at lunch time over a couple sanwiches with a friend on a nice warm Spring day.

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

Appearance: Slightly cloudy amber color with a generous white head that gradually fades. Good looking beer.

Smell: Predominately barnyard funk and citrus notes. Some slight bready notes are also present

Taste: Citrus, some slight funk, and a touch of malt sweetness. The beer has a tart rather than sour character. The beer finishes on a combination of bready, semi-sweet, and tart notes.

Mouth-feel: Light to medium bodied with a generous level of carbonation.

Overall: The taste profile is good but I wouldn't mind the sour be turned up a notch or two. I realize this is labeled a Belgian Pale Ale, but it has some gueuze-like characteristics to it. An interesting take on a Belgian Pale Ale.

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

from wrapped 750ml bottle 2009 vintage

A- pours a nice hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger white head that recedes to a fresh collar slight lacing

S- was sour white fruits with some oak nice wet hay and funk

T- superb its sweet and sour fruit with wood/oak flavors that complement a wet hay and funky barnyard tastes

M- was tart sweet and sour low medium carbonation just the right amount of funk and tartness

O- very drinkable not overly sour tart and funky on the palate a pleasure to drink ages well

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Photo of smakawhat
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Good till October 2015.

What an absolutely gorgeous color on this. Body hits with peach orange and red hues, shimmering, slightly opaque for unfiltered, the head is even slightly pink but manages to still always keep a puck for a bit, and a solid collar. I am in love with this color it's gorgeous. Some nice tight carbonation

Nose is real interesting. Nectarines, orange fruit, clean, wild yeast, chewy fruit body, faint lemon and banana, maybe some mango but nothing too sweet. Real nice here a big fruit basket, it's hard to wrap my head around this there's so much going on.

Palate upon taste is awash with what comes from the nose. Nectarines, tart/sour bent and wild yeast punch is controlled, makes an incredible fruit punch quality. Tight fizz on the palate but controlled, light bodied, ashen finish with the yeast producing some mild pepper. Some crispness with that light body.

Overall just incredible and real easy drinking. with such a fruit bowl quality, I am at a loss for words. This is a beer to just dive in and get happily lost.

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

bottle wrapper says best by 2015. pours a mildly hazy, glowing golden burnt orange (if there is such a color) with a white head that holds for a bit and leaves a little lace. nose is peach, nectarine, grapefruit pith, grapefruit, oak, earth, funk and just a touch of pale(ish?) malt poking it's head through. smells wonderful. displaying all kinds of scents that turn my gears. taste is expressed in sweet/tart fashion with tart winning a bit in this case. flavors of peaches, peach pits, citrus, earth, fruit groves, wood, pineapple cake, nectarines and funk... wonderful. unique and familiar at the same time. medium body. some sweetness, but finishes fairly dry. i am usually impressed by de ranke. extra impressed here. i really like this one.

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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 larryi86
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL poured into a tulip, best before 10/2015

A- A hazy golden copper with a one finger white head.

S- Tart lemons, some barnyard funk, nice balance between sour and funk.

T- Sour lemons, light funk, some Brett, earthy, balanced.

M- Crisp, light, smooth.

O- A solid sour, nice funk. Definitely, will pick up again, seems to be like a cross between a nice gueuze and Orval. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of GinaBeerInc
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange pour with a surprisingly present off-white head. Tart fruit nose; some grapefruit, lemon, and sour cherry. Good bit of wood and some barnyard funkiness. Overall, there was something too sweet/tart about this simply because there were not more complex flavors underneath. Felt like I wanted more depth in the flavor, but ultimately it was thin as was the palate. Decent, but admittedly a bit of letdown given my high hopes.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Cuvée De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
4.17 out of 5 based on 346 ratings.
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