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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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128
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338
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
16.79%
 
 
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Photo of adamette
2.34/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint, 9.4 oz. bottle that I purchased for $13.99 at Rozi's in Lakewood along with two other "De Ranke" beers that I will taste and review in the coming days. Poured into my Westvleteren silver rimmed goblet. Best before end of: 04 2013 stamped on the paper wrapper around the bottle. "Belgian Sour Ale with Lambic added" also appears on the paper wrapper. No label on the actual bottle inside the paper wrapping.

A Translucent straw yellow body under a minimal, one cm creamy head that dissipates within about 2 minutes into a ring around the top. Not that exciting really. 2.0

S Belgian yeast, some malt but a tartness that I did not expect to be this strong. I suppose that is the "Sour Ale" aspect coming through. 3.0

T Kind of basic, light sour ale with Belgian yeast tastes of grains. The taste kind of disspears after 15 seconds in my mouth but I am left with a lemon juice citrus taste for a few minutes. I do not really like the taste of this beer, just being honest. 2.0

M Pretty thin but beefed up by the "sour" tastes and the Belgian yeasts. 3.0

D Not good. I absolutely love Belgian beer but this one was a drain pour. 2.0

Notes: I am sure that I need to develop my palate more to understand sours. This one was just something that I would rather not drink. Having just had the Kriek de Ranke, I cannot help but compare. At least that one had the attraction of cherries with lambic (cherries can be sour tasting at times so it worked better). Next up is the Guldenberg.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I fancied something refreshing tonight - in fact, I wanted a soda. But I didn't have any so I had to settle for this. The cap peeled off with a satisfying hiss, and out poured a peachy orange, slightly translucent beer topped with a thin, white, lacy head. Its smell is enticing, a mix of apple vinegar, yamahai sake, lemon, elderflower, and pineapple. Some barnyard funk and fresh wheat lurk in the background, lending the smell a farmy air.

It is brisk, effervescent, and delightfully sour on the palate; crisp, fruity, and refreshing. Citric and acetic acid coast along on a dry wave of cider-like musty fruit, apples and oranges, sparkling wine, pineapple, white grapefruit, and a hint of vaguely salty minerals. Pristinely dry and a bit woody, closing with a taut snap of carbonation and lemony sourness, with a lingering, lip-smacking grapefruit rind pucker.

Quite an elegant beer, and a bargain at only £6, especially if you consider its classy paper packaging. I will buy this again - possibly as a gift.

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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 rye726
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice woody brown with a thin tan head.

Nose has manure, horse blanket, musty soil, tart citrus, herbal hops, caramel, oak, aged cheese and ripe tropical fruits.

Taste has a sour yeast presence up front followed by barnyard funk, rich candies, citrus, wood, vinegar, subtle hops and sweet fruits.

Medium body has a crisp carbonation. Dry, acidic finish.

Perfect blend of a lambic and Belgian Pale Ale. Quite impressive.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fairly clean and golden... it wasn't quite clear, but there's not quite a 'murkiness' to it. It forms a nice head, and that goes on to leave a semi-sticky head with a light collaring and sheet of head and lacing.

S: There's a lemon zest citrus scent, along with that 'sock-like' smell. It doesn't have a huge barnyard smell with all sorts of cheesiness and stinky aromas. While an intense gueuze can be a great (if dank) smell, this has a more delicate and complex scent. Very nice.

T: Tart, with more horseblanket kinds of funk coming through. A nice blend, with a bit of bitter grapefruit, without the 'fruitiness' for a change. I often make a mention of citrus fruit without the citrus, and this is the reverse. No sweet grapefruit, no 'juiciness....' just a big, zesty rind.

M + D: Bigger in body, but nice and dry. Not the most accessible, but quite easy going in the sense of style. The vapourous dryness is great, but it takes a little time to work with. Recommended drinking.

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

A fantastic gueze style pale ale. Cloudy pale yellow with a white head leaving decent lace. Nice tartness, lots of complexity, some lemony notes, dry. Very spritzy, fine carbonation. Really want to get some bottles of this after having it on draught. As much as I love their noël, this might be my favorite De Ranke brew.

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Photo of bowersdm
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle, a portion of which was poured into my Lindemans Stange.

A - Urine color, rather cloudy, with a small head

S - amazing and complex: musty attic/barnyard...as expected, lemon, lactic acid, orange zest, wood, hair, and dog vomit (the last two are my closest approximations of what I am smelling)

T - not as great as the smell. lactic acid, with lemon rearing its head intermittently, it's somewhat puckering at times, but the taste did not have near the same complexity that the nose did.

M - great. perfect sour carbonation

D - wasn't worth it, really.

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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Supremely enjoyable is you are OK with some sourness. Sourness, some lambic aroma, and transparent appearance, and some yeast and head. This was nicely malted. A tad less than median mouthfeel. Average mouthfeel. Not as dry as expected. Wonderful with lunch.

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Photo of scottydogohio
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my favorite Stone Levitation glass. Incredible honey gold color, with a wisp of a head, fades quickly but this is a ale lambic mix,30% lambic, so the characteristics seem right on. The smell is lemon and sour and maybe some honey. The flavor is incredible: a bunch of lambic sour and a hint of hoppy goodness. The mesh is perfect. Light lambic mouthfeel with a coating on the back of the throat. Can't get enough. Cantillion, JP fans will find this beer a bit of perfection.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a cloudy peach color with honey-colored highlights at the edges. Has very little head to speak of, and only the faintest wisp of a donut collar, made up of fine champagne bubbles.

S: Wood, horse blanket/barnyard funk, leather, plum, sour and tart lemon.

T: Wow, tons going on here. An initial vinegar sourness and funk composed of lemon and green apple flavors, with a dark plum and cherry sweetness. The tartness remains through the rest of the taste, but it's overlaid by wood and leather in the mid-taste, and a general barnyard / earthy / leather mash in the end. The finish is a clean dryness.

M: Light-bodied, with a sticky sourness. The carbonation is light and does ok for the style.

D: This was fairly expensive (>$15), and I'm not sure it was worth it. A pretty good beer but not an excellent one.

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Photo of sonicdescent
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade wtih Twelvsies, thanks and cheers Linc! According to the bottle, this one was brewed in April of 08.

Pours a little dissapointing, the liquid looks good but the head disappeared before I could move into my living room.

Smell however is much better, I get some lemon, tarty funk. Sour territory.

Taste is vinegary funk over lemon, golden apple, very light tartness that gets bigger at the end. Very nice.

Mouth is a little issue, this is a medium body drink, but I feel the carbonation needs to be a little higher. Not terrible by any means, just some room for improvement or maybe asking to be aged.

This is a good, solid beer that has some room for improvement. I would like to buy one to age a bit longer. Cheers!

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

Another excellent beer from De Ranke. A vigorous pour stirs up a small bubbly head but it quickly fades. No consolation though, this is a borderline gueuze in my opinion. First whiff is full of crab apple, lemon rind, fresh grass, and a familiar wet hay funk. Much the same in the flavor - dry and musty yet full of fresh juicy apple and grass, almost cidery. A bit sour but no so much that it masks the other more subtle qualities of this beer. More complex as it warms. Light carbonation in the mouthfeel and really just more and more fun to drink. De Ranke can do no wrong.

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Photo of peabody
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out cloudy straw color with one finger of small white bubbles. Not much lacing.
Smell is lemon peel and cherry skins. Almost a soapy aroma like lemon pledge. Some sugar and very little malt/yeast though. As it warms the smell is more pronounced.
Taste is very sharp cherry/raspberry and sugary dewberry. The bitterness tastes like a grapefruit peel but with more berry flavor.
Mouthfeel is very clean and makes you want lots more on top of it.
I can't believe that this is compared to the Westy 6 style. Not even close.
Glad that Kane has this at Roof Brothers in Paducah, Ky.

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

750ml bottle shared courtesy of egadzis (thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy amberish color with a small sized head. Aromas of citrus, a little musty, earthy, and frutiy. Tastes of citrus. fruity, floral, and the same musty funk. I would

Notes from: 08/13/08.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear, orange, copper beer with a faint head.

Smell is tart and has a funky character. There are notes of flowers and barnyard.

Taste is tart, really sour with a distinct gueuze character. This is really funky with barnyard notes. Hints of straw and flowers come to mind. Although I am not a big fan of these funky beers, this tastes pretty good with my Chinese dish. When I got through the sourness, this is actually a easy drinking beer. Every sip is still tart, but it is light and refreshing.

You could have fouled me by saying this was a Saison of Gueuze. If this came from Fantome, it woudl be a Saison.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/11/08. Bottle, best by 07/2012. Pours a dark orange with no head. Aroma of sweet honeydew melon, lots of funk, and sour sweettart candies. Flavor is mostly sweet with just a tinge of sour. Lots of sweettart candies, some banana, apple, cherry, and other fruits. Quite drinkable, but the palate is a bit watery. A good sour, but I'm not sure where all these super high ratings(ie 4+) are coming from.
8/4/8/3/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear golden amber with a decent fluffy white head. The strong, fierce aroma is more like a cider or a brandy than a beer. Flavor is quite strong, mainly fruity with some malty undertones. It goes down the pipes like a tiger on angel dust - fierce, edgy and sharp. Not for the faint of heart!

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for sharing this...
Appears a semi-transparent gold with a small, white head that slowly fades into a small collar.
Smell is of funky cranberries, bubblegum, lemon juice, and a pinch of vinegar.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with even another layer of cherries coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart yet balanced, with cherries smacking the tastebuds on the way down.

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Photo of grimreeser
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle wraped in paper. Pours a nice orange amber with a good sized head that dissipates rather quick. Aroma is wood, funk, some fruits. Just a bit too woody for me. Flavor is sour, but not too strong. Acidic. Full palate feel. Finishes rather dry.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle $12.99. Nice dark, cloudy orange color. It smells deliciously sour. The taste is nice and sour, musty, old, some bits of wood (lambic?). The only problem I had with this beer is it seemed a little acidic and was kind of hard on my stomach. Good beer but I probably won't bother cellaring any.

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

Sampled Fall 2008

Appearance is off orangey brown, with generous white head that retains well.

Nose is dry peach pit, faint bile, and miscellaneous citrus.

Palate is surprising, as the sour flavours come through assertively, including a gooey viscous component that accompanies the sour flavors. The finish gives spotlight to the carbonation and it retains a passion fruit, maybe mango fruit finish. Again, faint bile, but in a good way (if there is such a thing).

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Photo of stumac
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

thanks to my BA buddy tthomas for this treasure.

pours up a reddish peach color with a decent size white head. also sporting some great lacing. the nose has sours notes, subtle fruits, dark red fruits in particular. the taste is sour, oaky, slightly musty, red fruits. has a medium body, low carbo, definately a scrumptious beer

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Photo of number1bum
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of NEPA BC split #16.

Pours a tawny copper color, good clarity but produces almost no head. Produces some bubbles that then become a thin lace which is interesting.

Smell is tart and sour, with some fruit too and is also somewhat musty. Funky apple cider like characteristics.

The taste is not as tart as the smell, and the sourness is really enjoyable. Sour apple mingles with some musty, woodsy flavors. Lots of fruity flavors here, quite complex. Some herbal and slightly musty flavors are left on the palate through the finish. The sourness puckers the taste buds just a bit but is also really pleasant. This is really good.

This is really extremely drinkable. I have minimal experience with sours so this is really a great intro to them, I would say, as the blending keeps the sourness in check a bit. I really enjoyed this. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of Kraken
2/5  rDev -52%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes.
Let me start by saying that I made a mistake. The 2 other De Ranke products I have had have been nothing short of glorious. Yeah I said Glorious. De Ranke XX and Guldenburg are two personal favorites and I was under the impression that this was cut from the same Jib. Style is indicated as belgian pale, label did not indicate what I was in for. This being said...

Poured from a corked and caped 750ml bottle into a 20oz pint glass. Firm pour yields zero head nada zilch. Poured the color of apple cider.
Nose- Apple cider, sour rotton apples, not much else.
Taste- Ugh, per the preface not what I was expecting. Not certain what this is, but I now can say that I am not a fan. Exceedingly sour, bitterness, rotton apples, very low carbonation. Almost akin to one of those sour apple candies minus all sweetness.
Drinkability- Drain pour. Finished half a glass, couldnt finish the rest.
Mouthfeel- Bitter very low carbonation. Very dry.

First and only drain pour so far. My expectations could not have been more off on this one. If you are into sours, you might enjoy.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best By Date July 2012; Sampled July 2008
A vigorous pour produces a creamy, two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a hazy plum color that shows a murky, orange-tinged amber color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite tart smelling with a ample backdrop of fruit notes. A closer inspection yields a nice funkiness to this brew's nose as well. Aromas of lactic acid, tamarind, sour plums, ripe pears, butyric acid, old sweaty leather, musty earth and a fruity ripe cheese note are each noticeable. A touch of soft, toasty, crushed malt is noticeable just a bit towards the finis of the aroma. While at first quite sour smelling a rich, complex fruitiness really starts to come to the for after a short while. This has a very nice nose to it, one which is complex and enjoyable.

Tart tasting, though not as much as many a hard Lambic. The ample fruitiness is still quite noticeable in the flavor with notes of ripe plums, pear, some dark grape flavors, . The finish is distinct and it took me a second to figure out what was going on; I think that it is a substantial bitterness that is noticeable, though not strong; it threw me off a bit because your typical sour beer, much less Lambic has a very reduced hop character. The bitterness in the finish is lightly astringent and almost has an herbal quality to it. In the finish some tannins and the sourness combine to create a sensation a bit like black tea does with a tannic, teeth coating astringency that is only light present in this beer. I really like how the lactic sourness couples with the fruit character. The funk, especially the Brettanomyces derived character is much reduced in the flavor at first, but as it warms up a bit it becomes more noticeable. Sweaty horse blanket notes add a light component, there is a slight mustiness and a bit of barnyard funk.

After the second pour a touch of funky, ripe, farmhouse cheese aromatics join the other, more noticeable notes in the aroma. Uriatic like notes of "cat-piss" become a bit more accentuated as it forms a back-drop to some of the other aromatic notes. The second pour also makes me realize that there is a soft sweetness still in this beer; it is not much, but I think it is what really accentuates the interesting fruitiness that this beer has.

I wonder what the base beer for this is? There seems to be a fair amount of residual hop character, including a herbal hop flavor and it make me wonder if the XX Bitter was included somewhere in here. Just a fantastic beer, it is very sour and funky, but not really "hard" and it is significantly different from the typical sour Belgian varieties of Lambic or Flemish Sour. It doesn't have the malt depth of the latter, nor is it quite as funky/sour or pale (in malt character and fruitiness) as the former. A singular beer that makes me think of some of the new world sours, but it has a refined quality to it (perhaps it is the lack of overt / aggressive oak) that many of the American sours don't quite reach. I could drink a ton of this and actually wish I had more than this one bottle so I could age a couple (that 2012 best by date seems to be calling to me).

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Cuvée De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
4.17 out of 5 based on 338 ratings.
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