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

near perfect pour here with a really big head of white on top of a golden amber colored body that really shows its just. lots of carbonation can be seen through the light haze and it really sets it apart quite nicely.

aroma is light, pleasant and full of esthers of all different varieties, pears, grasses, cloves, hints of light grains and spices, really just a light and pleasant mix in every way possible. crisp and clean finish with no hint of alcohol in here at all, this was simply exactly what i was looking for in a mid night treat.

overall a sublimly light and clean sessionable ale

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

Reviewing this as a sour/wild ale...because a Belgian Pale Ale this ain't!

Pours an amber to golden color, slightly hazy and grows a 1/4" thick white colored head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is certainly tart lots of green apple and grape notes. Acidic and slightly funky.

The flavor pretty much follows suit. Tart and green fruit-like flavors. Lots of acidic character and fruity flavors that combine to make a pretty damn tasty beer.

The body is light-medium and quite refreshing overall. Definitely something I'd pursue in the future.

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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 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 Stinkypuss
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De Ranke "Cuvee De Ranke"

25 oz bomber. Pours a hazed dark straw color, fizzy head and little lace. In the aroma, strong sour and funky hay aromas. In the taste, lemon rind, acidic bite, rounding out with a small bitterness. Tart, funky, sour, and a portion of wheat malt. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, lingering bitterness and tartness. Overall, a nice, deceptively strong sour beer from Belgium. Whats not to like?

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

Served in a paper-wrapped bottle at Quencher's in Chicago.

Poured into tulips and shared with my wife and one of my good friends that I hadn't seen in a while.

We weren't sure what to make of this one due to the description and style... But give it a shot...

A slightly hazy golden color with a milky white-ish head. Little chunks of lacing... Not bad.

Smells, a crazy plethora; reminds me of Petrus aged Pale... Belgian fruity yeast, oakiness, earthiness, dank funk, dry hay, and apricots..: mmm. Me likey.

Nice and dry-- good tartness and sour quality. I really am enjoying this beer. The flavor is complex and tasty. Lots going on-- and lots to appreciate!

The feel has a champagne-like quality to the finish... The bubbles scrub my palate and tickle their way to the finish. The finish is mostly crisp, but something reminds me of ginger-ale. Very nice beer. This was easy to drink-- all 3 of us liked it and would happily buy it again!

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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 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 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 brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 07-2012

A - Amber with a thin white head that changes quickly to tiny bubbles.

S - Lemon, white grapes, somewhat acidic, wet oak, floral with a touch of honey. The lambic is much more dominant in the nose than the blonde.

T - Acidic lemon sourness that is much more mellow than your usual lambic (I assume the is the blonde ale). White grape with wet oak and a touch of sour fruit.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation at first that settles out quickly. Dry finish.

D - A real treat. A nice blend that ends up as a more mellow lambic with a touch more fruit/lemon flavors. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This has become a go-to beer recently for me...
When?
When I don't quite want to break the cellar for Cantillon but I still want a very drinkable sour... This goes half way and is oh so drinkable. It says half pale ale half sour and is.
Only downside is the 7%... If only it were 5.
Cheers!

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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 digr
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pretty golden liquid pours with a smallish white head. A bit more intersting than many lambics.

S - smell is actually subtle. Mild sweet sour smell. Vague hop aroma. More reminiscent of a geuze.

T - yummy. mildy bitter and sour at the same time. Starts dry then ends with a hint of sweetness. Very intersting. Sweet / sour and bitter. complex.

M - good mouthfeel. not thin, mixed dry feeling with body.

D - very drinkable if you like sours / lambics. The mild sweetness could put hard cxore sour fans off a bit, but works for me.

Overall I like this. It is a bit of a mixed bag of sweet - sour - bitter. I thought it would be more like the Ithaca Brute (or the othe way around), but the sweetness is present that shows the Golden Ale side. It would be interesting to see if and how this will age.

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

really unique blend here, almost like a belgian tripel or strong golden as a base, oak aged and with some lambic blended in, quite a distinct beer, but also rather subtle, certainly next to many of its lambic and lambic blended peers. soft yellow in color, cloudy but without visible sediment, and relaxed looking under a half inch of sudsy white topping. the aroma here is belgian yeast before sour or funk, although all three fermenting elements are present. i pcik up mild citrus fruit and floral qualities from the belgian strain, and then a bit of citric acidity from the bacterial aspect. sweet wood and rich wheat as well. the flavor is just like the nose, just add in a bit more of a bretty farmy funky finish that carries on the acidity just a little. very complex and a lot going on, even though its not as pungent or intense as others, i really like the layers here, its mellow but its genius. great with grilled and smoked meats, but awesome on its own too. i would love to know more about the blend, but the end result is excellent. i love being able to pick out all three yeast aspects, and the way the wood brings it all together. awesome stuff, and not too easy to come by...

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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 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 BEERchitect
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

And it's with the soul of gueuze and a shallow veil of Belgian pale ales that this beer shines with character, intrigue, and rusticity. Brewery De Rank continues to demonstrate what's great about being Belgian!

The beer's goldenrod hue settles into the glass, carrying with it the signature cloudiness that makes Belgian beer famous. A creamy white head caps the beer with a slightly pelicle-like pattern after it settles for just a bit. A swirl of the glass leaves intricate broken lace in its wake. Firm retention (especially for such an acidic beer) lasts the session with ease.

Floral and earthy, the beer's bouquet opens up with aromas of dried limes, leather, cork, weathered woods, sea air, dust, must, and crab apple. It's earthen tone is ripe with citrus peels, hay, and slight barnyard funk notes that gives rise to the notion that the beer exceeds pale ale and dips into sour ale character.

Evading much of the grain sweetness that accompany Belgian pale ales, there's just enough bready malt flavor to build the foundation on which the earth, fruit and spice extend upon. Dried limes, brine, aged and weathered oak, wine must, and sour white grapes become the prominent flavors while spicy white pepper, straw, and almost-vinegar flavors add richness and depth. It's delicious balance favors acidity over hop bitterness and captures the sense of taste in much the same way as dry, tannin-rich white wines.

Dry, dry, and more dry is the name of the game as the beer starts light on the palate and stays that way. Its zesty carbonation pulls the beer from the tongue and ushers in a quick finish that makes much of the flavors more appreciated in retrospect. Still, a light wood and powder sensation accompanies the finish and assists the high acidity and mild pithy bitterness as the beer comes to closure. An echo of dust, must, and earth extends beyond the highly refreshing and palate cleansing textures.

The beer fits the gueuze style much more than any pale ale delineation, and does so masterfully. It's a beautiful beer that's impeccably balanced, extremely clean, and earthy enough to appease the most staunch sour ale connoisseur.

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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 NVP12345
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't been lucky enough to find one in NYC yet, but picked up this bottle at a shop in Bruges and brought it back to the states. Poured into a snifter.

A - A murky, cloudy tan/orange with a soapy head. Thicker than a traditional gueuze.

S - Sour, intense.

T - Sour and bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Citrusy, like grapefruit with a hint of lemon.

M - Light body with a rich carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing.

O - A very well executed twist on the lambic style. I was fortunate enough to visit Cantillon during my trip to Belgium, and personally I prefer this beer over any of theirs as this one has a bit more intensity and a much fuller carbonation. Really wish this was easier to find in the states, I'd gladly keep a bottle or two handy for a hot summer day.

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