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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: 685   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Old sour beer from De Ranke blended with Girardin lambic.

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4.1
Fin (11168) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2008
Had this at ZBF 2008 This beer poured a hazy golden colour moving towards amber, with a lovely little effervesence throughout.Wonderful crispness, great bite and so refreshing. Some yeast and earthiness on the nose with a big dollop of lemony citrus thrown in to the mix. I must thank Miketd for recommending this beer it was about my third one of the festival on the Saturday and it was never surpassed, it truly was a stormer of a beer, wonderful!

3.6
joergen (29789) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2008
Bottle at ZBF 2008. Hazy amber coloured with a medium sized white head. Light acidic and fruity aroma of barnyard. Fruity and light acidic flavour of barnyard, wood and hops. Tart finish.

4
ekstedt (7031) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2008
From a 75 cl bottle at Zythos beer festival 2008. Cloudy amber, medium off-white head. Fruity and cidery with notes of grapefruit and wood. Medium bodied with soft but lively carbonation. Very well balanced with a firm but mild acidity. A very interesting mix.

4
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Pours a cloudy yellow color with a white head. Lemony citrus like aroma to it.Upon first sip, you get a super tart pucker in your mouth that smoothes out to a nice tart and sweet flavor. Very carbonated as well. Thanks Kingpin for sharing this one!

3.9
brewblackhole (1587) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Tart lemony soury aroma, has a strange mellowness you can detect right in the aroma, taste is plenty of the lemony tart Girardin, so much it made my jowls sting, but agian just as you think its going overboard its smooths out to a very pleasant tangy wheat and lactobacillius.Definitely a higher quality product. Thanks kingpin for sharing this rareity

4
bu11zeye (13288) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2007
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy orange body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of sour, almonds, floral, caramel, barnyard, and oak barrel. Flavor of sour funkiness, citrus, and oak with a dry finish.

4
thebeertourist (5188) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2007
75 cl bottle, best before 03.1.2012 hand-written on the simple label. Hazy amber with medium-sized head. Quite a bit of geuze character in the nose- sourness, citrus and wood. Woody flavours mixing with grapefruit and other fruit, then again a dry woody finish. Very complex flavours, though lambik (oude lambik?) shines through. Brilliant.

4.4
hopscotch (11485) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Cloudy amber/gold ale with a small, fizzy, white head. Decent retention. The aroma is totally funkadelic. I buried my nose in the glass and let my feeble mind go… olfactory-numbing funkiness… bacteria… cheese… leather... saddle… pasture… pale grains… aged, earthy hops... and on and on. Tastes sweet right up front, but that’s quickly raked under by moderate, funky acidity and very firm (for the style) bitterness. Medium to full-bodied and milky with ticklish carbonation. Tart, lightly bitter, tongue-numbing finish. A big THANKS goes out to boboski for sharing this great bottle of beer!

4.4
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - SEP 26, 2007
De Ranke long ago cemented its place among my favorite Belgian brewers, but this is a work of art I was unprepared for. A thin white head with fat bubbles fades slowly. Awesome lacing is impenetrable. The body is a hazy amber with orange hues, one of the most lovely renditions of this color combination I’ve encountered in recent memory. The aroma swings forward from the glass with scents of cookie, doughy and sugar-laden malts. An incredibly sexy nose with plenty of soft, old and well-developed and intertwined lambic and aged beer. Honey and almond flow freely. Caramel malt, lightly scorched and dessert-styled, as well as dense grains. Evident wheated malt and mild tartness from the lambic portion of the blend is wonderful, perfectly reasonable considering Girardin crafted it. Wild yeast is rampant and imparts soft nuances of horseblanket and mild funkiness that isn’t lost among so much sweetness, caramel and floral hints. The amount of time it would take to fully dissect these many subtleties of discernible origin is indescribable, but a sip is calling me. The flavor is even more exciting and more complex than was ever hoped for upon reciept of the bottle. Moderate sourness teams with medium-high acidity, the resulting super-quenching taste is magnificent. Sweetness is pared by this combination but not left far behind, balance arriving shortly after the first sip. Mild hoppy notes join the fray but bitterness is relatively low. Lambic sourness progresses in intensity with each successive tip of the glass. Fruit is aged but doesn’t feel old, must notes stemming primarily from lambic barnyard accents. Hoppiness grows steadily but never overtakes any subtle notes. Brettanomyces is evident throughout but doesn’t become explosive until a wave of tropical fruits hit in the long finish, an ending of sublime recollection, light bitterness, light sweetness and lambic lingering. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, very soft and adequately carbonated for this experiment. This is an absolutely superb blend from master craftsmen. It’s amazing how well the parts meld into a vibrant and refreshing whole. Just amazing.

4
duff (5486) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2007
[email protected] Good one, has the dry hoppy characters of the De Ranke beers, with the added sourness and wild flavours of the Girardin lambic. Sounds like they can’t really go wrong and they didn’t. This is sublimely drinkable. Nice juicy acidity, and crisp bitterness, with lots of hoppy characters coming through. Nice one.


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