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Brouwerij De Ranke
Not open to the public (as far as I know)
Brugsstraat 43
B-8560 Wevelgem
Telephone: +32 (0) 56 41 82 41
Brewer: Deca Services
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Notes

Opened: 1994

U.S. Importer: Shelton Brothers

Formerly a microbrewery, now the beers are brewed by Deca.

Updated: February 20, 2011

Beer List

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    8.50% abv.
    • Date: December 22, 2006 (#6221)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Beertopia, Omaha NE
      Score: 15 points
      Appearance (3)
      Amber, hazy. Chunks due to clumsy pour. Indeterminate head.
      Aroma (2)
      Floral. Soapy.
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Medium body, fizzy. Lots of chewy malt. Musty. Mildest hint of tartness. Herbal. Fair bit of Brettanomyces. Remarkably complex. Not particularly well-balanced, but remarkably complex.
      Overall Impression (2)
      Bottled in 2003.
    • Date: December 29, 2002 (#4574)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Flanagan's Stop and Shop, Appleton WI
      Score: 19 points
      Overall Impression (3½)
      Golden, nearly opaque, massive stiff head. Spicy aroma, slightly sour, like a good Lambic. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Lots of pale maltiness supports the intense Belgian spiciness and earthy Brettanomyces character. Near the finish, a blast of tartness lasts just long enough to dry off your teeth. All the body and spiciness of a Trippel, with the tartness and earthiness of a Lambic. (If I had been judging this beer in a BJCP competition, I would have downgraded it for tartness inappropriate to a "Belgian Abbey Beer", but it's a damn tasty beer as it is.)

  • 7.00% abv.
    • Date: December 26, 2007 (#6760)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Beertopia, Omaha NE
      Score: 18 points
      Appearance (3)
      Red. Opaque. Low fizzy head.
      Aroma (3)
      Lots of Brettanomyces, with just a bit of cherry.
      Mouthfeel (9)
      Light body, fizzy. Very nicely tart with a well-balanced maltiness and cherry flavor. Some Brettanomyces character, but nowhere near as much as the aroma.
      Overall Impression (3)
      Tasty refreshing (strong) beer. "Belgian Sour Ale fermented with cherries with Lambic added".

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    Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale
    9.00% abv.
    • Date: February 24, 2010 (#8160)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Brix, Omaha NE
      Score: 17 points
      Appearance (3)
      Dark red-brown. Dense head.
      Aroma (3)
      Dark toast, molasses. Spicy.
      Mouthfeel (9)
      Big and chewy, fairly fizzy. Burnt sugar roastiness, sweet. Grassy herbal flavor shows up in the finish.
      Overall Impression (2)

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    Other Belgian-Style Ale
    7.00% abv.
    • Date: January 8, 2007 (#6268)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Beertopia, Omaha NE
      Score: 17 points
      Appearance (3)
      Bright amber. Very high carbonation. Thick dense head.
      Aroma (3)
      Brettanomyces. Acetaldehyde. Mild citrus. Quite earthy. Yeasty.
      Mouthfeel (9)
      Medium body, fiercely fizzy. Big caramel malt base, nice grassy hop flavor. Fairly bitter, but well-balanced. Spices are subdued…maybe some allspice. More earthy as it warms.
      Overall Impression (2)
      It's good now. It will probably be even better in a year or two. "Hoppy Belgian Winter Ale brewed with spices. Best before 11 2010." Bottle-conditioned.

  • French & Belgian-Style Saison

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    Other Belgian-Style Ale
    6.00% abv.