Brouwerij De Ranke Cuvee


28058389_814193965431417_1595269039963052667_n“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.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Slightly hazy burnt orange/amber. The head swells to about two and a half fingers before receding to a collar. Excellent lacing clings to the glass as it subsides.

Aroma: Tart, funky, acetic and complex. Lemon warheads, semillon, angostura bitters, lime juice, fresh pear, passion fruit and salted vinegar make up the bulk of it. A fair bit of citric acid and some oak undertones add another layer of depth. Just a suggestion of sweet malt there at the base. Brilliant.

Flavour: It doesn’t come on overly sour or funky, which is how we’d rather it. Plenty of lemon/lime juice, grapefruit, citrus rind etc. Tasting that lacto funk in the background – kind of dry, a little fruity and vinous in its delivery. Sour apples, a bit of straw and a touch of musty oak to finish.

Mouthfeel: Quite light on actually. Approachable for a 7% sour. Vibrant co2 – Spritzy and gassy. Mild bitterness. Very drinkable.

Overall: Absolutely hitting the spot on this scorching 35 degree arvo. Probably one of the first times we’ve ever truly enjoyed sipping on a sour. We’re not huge fans of the style but we really savoured this one. That’s saying something!