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Brewed by Brouwerij De Ranke
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Dottignies, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 492   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Old sour beer from De Ranke blended with Girardin lambic.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
puggy211 (711) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2010
THIS is why I drink beer!!!!! Clear gold, a nice column of carbonation leads to a fluffy white head in my ommegang glass. Nose is lemon pits, lavendar, slight oxidation (fades w. time), tingly grapefruit juice all bound together by hay-like malt. Flavor is much less acidic than the nose implies. There is certainly some nice lemony acidity but that is tempered by pils malt, grapefruit, general funk, grapes. Finish is lemon pit & white grapes, unripe yellow plums. Understated, smooth & wonderful.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3800) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2014 25 cl. draft @ Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas – finally got around to this one – very hazy / opaque dark apricot with a creamy white head – smell is murky lemon, light of spice, touch of lactic, spice, hint of soap, light wheat;… - T: bitter wheat, lightly musty, bitter citrus; earthly touch, flowers, somewhat musty herbs, light soap, zest, brett, funky – B: way heavier than a similar geuze would ever be – lightly murky – easy to drink – quite an interesting and good sour //////////////////////////// 75 cl. bottle split with Kogymo @ ’t Antwaerps Bierhuyske. Utterl stellar beer, wonderful mix of lambiek funk, light old wood, barnyard with a mellow lactic tartness not usual to lambiek. Perfectly balanced, not overdone or anything. Feels a bit fuller than a geuze would but not heavy. 4.3 -> 4.8

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
subcombicio (163) - Marghera, ITALY - NOV 18, 2012
una sour ale dove l’acidità la fa da padrona. Molto beverina pur la gradatura non bassissima. Una delle migliori di questo birrificio.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Case (245) - GERMANY - APR 27, 2009
1.5 year old 750ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark orange colour with small white head. Aroma is pure gueuze funk, a sharp sour, green apples and freshly cut grass. Taste is sour, dry, musty, barnyard but also very fruity, lots of apple, lemon and raspberries. Complex bouquet, it’s a pure pleasure to sip it. Sourness is very elegant and balanced, a lot more well-behaved than the intensly sour Girardin that is used to create Cuvée De Ranke is. This is a great beer to ease someone into the sour world of Lambics. Medium carbonation. Highly drinkable since it’s not as mouth-puckering as a pure Gueuze. Simply delicious. A masterpiece!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SCBrew (31) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Poored a rich light amber with almost no head. Tart aroma of sour apple and slightly floral. Flavor was awesome. Very smooth sourness with a hint of oak. Wish I had more.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rastacouere (6130) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2007
Old beer from De Ranke mixed with Girardin Lambic (possibly the finest one to my taste) - Is that a winning formula or what? Yes it is. Huge yellowy head tops the cloudy light orange hue. Remarkable lacing. Hugely attractive cheesy, mushroomy nose. Bright and mostly clean, the lambic character is subdued, yet present and enhancing of the already tremendous base beer. Excellent grip on the palate, tart white chardonnay with its nutty creaminess. Pineapple brettiness with very fresh light lemony and floral hops. Absolutely unique for a sour beers, it has this confident hop kick that never intereferes with the sourness. Complex, lively, multi-faceted farmhouse ale. Refreshing, supple flavours. What a kickass brewery. Every ingredient can be retraced to its origins in this one, yet it feels completely united. I would have expected this beer to be racking the 4+, it is amongst my top 5 favourite beers of my 2007 european trip.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
MiP (13598) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2008
ZBF08. Sour cellar aroma. Flavour is very good. Very nice acidity. Hint of cellar and mold. Nice and cleansing acidity.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2008
Bottle huge thanks to ang shared with the stone brewers and other legends! Aroma is wow, lambic, like id guess this was girardain or 3 F lambic from the nose. Taste is awsome sourness lambic funk, theres small hints of this being a lambic blended with something but generally the girardain rules and the cad says high 5!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (9509) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 12, 2009
from crackedkettle.com - pours a cloudy dark orange colour under a little and persistent slightly beige foam; solid aroma of vinegar, horse blanket and fruits (peach and apple); good malt body, quite rounded and with a robust sourness, quite dry with a long lasting sourness and lot of fruity tones - marvelous !

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (4820) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate lemon tartness, oranges, and musty basement. It pours a hazy golden-orange with a moderate creamy white head that lasts a minute or so and leaves sporadic clumpy sheets of lacing. The flavor starts with some mild citrus notes and then quickly turns to a moderate lemony/lambic tartness in the finish with a hint of must and wood. The lambic qualities are really dominant. A virtually perfect combination of sourness and drinkability (I hate to use this word now that Bud has made it a slogan, but I don’t know how else to explain it). Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a soft mouthfeel. It really comes a across like a lambic with a more full and soft mouthfeel. Definitely the best mouthfeel I’ve had in a Sour Ale. Maybe this is a hit or miss when it comes to bottling. I’m really shocked at the scores in the low 3’s by people who like sour beers. I didn’t rate this the first time a few weeks ago because I instantly knew I’d be buying another bottle, but I’m equally blown away a second time by this beer.


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