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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: 676   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
CheesedMan (572) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Pours a hazy golden color. This aroma is beguiling. Lambic aromas intermingling effortlessly with a hint of candi sugar. Amazing, almost beyond description. Flavor is sour and acidic, in a great way, with a refreshing slight bitterness on the finish. Incredibly complex and contemplative. One of the most unique and amazing Belgian beers I have tried.

4.4
harrisoni (19398) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2015 From the bottle at Bruxellensis. Hazy amber, lasting thin beige head. Sourish moderate aroma. Soft in mouth. Not quite a lambic, good sourish fruit. Not one thing or another, but nice hops on end. 3.2/5Rerate from bottle at ZBF 08. Gold with a reddish hue. Lasting creamy head. Lambic on the aroma, fullish in mouth. Some lovely subtle cherry flavour. First time I had it I wasn?t too impressed, but this is great. Had it twice.

3.9
reakt (951) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2007
Opaque amber with a short lived head. Hoppy grapefruit and barnyard nose, quite aromatic. Great balance between the lambic and ale, both characters noticeable but complimenting each other. Citrus, apricot, hops and an almost nutty note. Syrupy palate with a wheaty finish. Thoroughly enjoyed.

4.6
Rastacouere (6177) - 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.

3.9
JoeinDahlem (1603) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2007
From the bottle @ Bruxellensis. Another welcome addition to the trend of blending lambics with top-fermented ales. Really a nice surprise and one of my favorites from the festival. Darkish, dullish opaque orange with a beige head. Nose is musty and lemony with some grapefruit and hoppy notes. Flavor has mild citrus tartness with mild hop bitterness, with a finish that’s dry, musty and dusty. Refreshing. Maybe this emerging style of beer could run for Belgian prime minister and help hold this country together.

3.6
Jerre (3826) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JUN 10, 2007
Bottle, 75 cl. Hazy orange color, no head. Aroma sour. Medium body. Taste is much sourness, little bitter.
It’s like lambic yes.

3.7
diabel (1723) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2007
At ZBF, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
Hazy, orange body. Almost no head at all. Sour aroma of flowers, citrus, wood. Lightly bitter, moderately sour flavour. Tastes very much like lambic.

3.8
madsberg (11776) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2007
Draught. Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense light brown head. Vinegar, light sweetness, spice, earth and light barnyard in the nose. Quite intriguing. Sourness, grape, berries and vinegar again in the flavour. Quite dense and complex. Has a dry grapish mouthfeel and is medium to full bodied.. Ends on a refreshing grapish note. This is a very nice beer.

3.8
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2007
UPDATED: APR 16, 2008 A Mes rate: Draught at ZBF and bottled on many other occasions.
Surprisingly sweet smelling. Smells like a slightly bitter cream soda, with one of the worlds best lambics in it. Very hoppy in the mouth, a full on aromatic assault. Finish is dry and very slightly sour which settles down to such an amazingly strong and almost wheaty end leaving notes of one of the worlds best lambics. Lots of hazelnut in the flavour and something faintly ginger about it topped off with one of the worlds best lambics. Highly unusual and the more I drink of this the more they seem to be perfecting the blend.

Girardin and De Ranke, a match made in heaven.

3.8
JorisPPattyn (10072) - BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2007
Brewer warned it to be actually not ripened enough, but wanted to present it on the ZBFestival already Flocky disparate "chaam"-like head over fully hazy brownish beer. Sourish nose with a speculoos background, but blended perfectly wood notes, woodstainer, lemon. Speculoos flavour again, old wood, sweet worts, aged beer. Slightly tart, bit of lactic acid, hints at milkchocolate, liquorice. Full bodied, slick but not heavy. Aftertaste is wry wood. I’ve never had a beer that managed to taste young and aged at the same time - this is it! Very good try indeed. Check this one out.


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