This post is a continuation of the 2015 New Beer Every Day Beer Diary Challenge, #ottbeerdiary. Over the course of 2015, I drank at least one new beer every day. Please read the background in the link above, and enjoy reading about the most recently tasted beers below. This year I may deviate from the diary format in some posts, hoping to concentrate more on the locations and the breweries I am enjoying. If you’d like to join the challenge as well, let me know in the comments below. You can catch up on all of our posts as part of the challenge under the tag ottbeerdiary.
Day 865: May 14, 2017
Today’s beer was part of a tap takeover by Brouwerij De Ranke at Van Moll in Eindhoven. There were 13 De Ranke beers available on draft and from bottles today, including a few new and rare releases.
Simplex – 4.5% Hoppy Blonde Ale. New Release.
XX-Bitter – 6% Extra Hoppy Belgian Ale.
XXX-Bitter – 6% Extra Extra Hoppy Belgian Ale.
Saison de Dottignies – 5.5% Saison.
Kriek de Ranke – 7% Kriek made with Flanders Red and Lambiek.
Guldenberg – 8% Tripel.
Pere Noel – 7% Belgian Amber Ale + Liquorice.
Cuvee de Ranke – 7% Barrel-Aged Sour Ale.
Back to Black – 9.5% Barrel-Aged Sour Imperial Porter (Newly brewed as part of the 10th Anniversary of Moeder Lambic Original in Brussels).
Noir de Dottignies – 8.5% Belgian Dark Ale.
ATC 1.1 – Islay – 9.2% Barrel-Aged Belgian Dark Ale NEW collaboration with SixºNorth.
ATC 1.2 – Speyside – 9.2% Barrel-Aged Belgian Dark Ale NEW collaboration with SixºNorth.
Name: Vieille Provision
Style: Sour Ale
Producer: Brouwerij De Ranke
Alcohol content: 7.5%
Bottle size: 0.15cl taster from 0.75cl bottle
Purchased from: Van Moll
This was by far my favorite beer today at the tap takeover. Vieille Provision is a special blend from the best barrels of De Ranke’s sour beer, the base for their Cuvee de Ranke. The normal Cuvee is blended with Girardin lambic, but this bottling is 100% blended from only the De Ranke sour, aged for 1 to 3 years in De Ranke’s foeders. Amazing sour aroma. A bit of a balsamic tartness. Flavor is excellent sour, with a dry smooth toast. Really nice.