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De Ranke Guldenberg - Brouwerij De Ranke

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De Ranke GuldenbergDe Ranke Guldenberg

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

328 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 26
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-22-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by ngandhi:
Photo of ngandhi
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Vintage June 2003.

The spicy, herbal hops are impressive as hell in this beer -- an archetype of Belgian brewing. The body is almost lush, considering the quaffable style, to the point where the weighty alcohol actually adds a creamy, peachy fullness to this beer that makes it seem sweet.

Unfortunately, that's really all this beer is is alcohol -- wafting up into the nose like a volatile cleaning agent and lingering smoky in the back of the mouth like (good) vodka. In fact, this might actually be quite good with a touch of lime (but I won't go that far). As it stands, there's too big of a clash here between the tight, crisp hops and the filling, sweet malt and alcohol.

Were it for a bit more malt support or a cleaner fermentation, this would be nothing short of classic. As it stands, however, the alcohol comes on too strong and selfishly knocks out almost everything good about this beer.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Dec 15, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the tulip glass a deep hazy orange with a big rocky white head that leaves globs of lace as it settles into creamy-like top,major phenols in the nose spicey and lightly smokey with a lemon undertone.Pretty sweet in my mind for the style but very flavorful big honey notes over clove and overipe pineapple and lemon with the alcohol burn becoming more noticable as the beer warms a little.I notice maybe a light herbal/minty element in the finish making for a drier finish,a big flavorful triple a little different than some but quite nice.

oberon, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a small snifter at Firkin in Libertyville, IL.

Appearance in promising. Head is extremely dense and sticky. The body is a hazy golden straw. Aromas are rich and tropical. Taste is somewhat overly yeasty although the surprisingly well hopped finish almost makes up for it. Mildly spicy and phenolic. Mouthfeel is smooth. Body is very full and slightly musty. Very good but not worth the nine bucks I paid for it.

DaPeculierDane, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of bishopdc0
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

bishopdc0, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this at The Moan & Dove (Amherst, MA) and served in the appropriate glass.

Dense rocky white head, lots of cling action. A touch hazed with a dull yellow golden hue. Real mellow aroma, lots of delicate honey-like malt and faint phenols as well as dried tropical fruit way in the back.

The smoothness is unsurpassed, such a rich mouth feel and delicately complex malty palate. Light on the hops, phenols and even the yeast is not too expressive as it melds with the long drawn-out maltiness. Alcoholic subtleties show only in a growing warmth, light fruitiness and a faint spicy bite in the end. A touch of residual sweetness in the finish.

So damn deceiving, flavours are mellow but run the range of a quality Belgian with out being flamboyant. Quite remarkable.

Jason, Mar 26, 2003
Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

large bottle shared at the Blind tiger in NYC. Corked and caged. This classy Belgian pours a zesty apricot shade of amber, cloudy, world class tiny bubble film beneth classic lacing. Nose of strong juniper, must and alcohol . Lively, tasty, complex brew. many layers of taste, yeasty, nutty, fruity, citric,biting hops, all flowing together in a smooth fashion. Soft mouthfeel. This is a very fine brew somewhere in that crazy criss-crossing Belgian wittte-saison-strong pale ale-tripel continuim. Get some and dig into it.

Billolick, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

GreenMountainBoy, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of BeerDrinkingDiver
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

BeerDrinkingDiver, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's nothing like a good-looking beer...and the Guldenberg really fits that mold. A bright and vibrant honey/gold/orange in color with a fizzy bright white head that just sits there, refusing to die off. Aromas are the requisite tripel with some bonus snappy hop notes. Flavor starts with all sorts of tripel flavors: yeasties, heavy malt sweetness, dark fruits, orange rinds. Finish sees a bit of warmth from the ABV and a sharper, hoppier/spicy finish. Lots of carbonation here. Another winner from De Ranke.

OldFrothingSlosh, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of Kraken
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from corked and caged 750ml bottle into 20oz pint glass. This is odd bottle, comes with both a cap and cork. Pours a wonderful straw color, with a 4 finger thick billious head. Head eventually diminishes leaving a heavy lace. Smells of candy sugars and Belgian yeasts. Taste is wonderful, ever so slight sweetness, fruity esters, light hop bitterness in the finish. Slight dry finish. Nice mouth feel not to thin. Very nice smooth drinking beer.

***Note- The first serving of this beer was a little cold, I would have scored taste higher.

This really is a nice beer that deserves a shot if you can find it.

Kraken, May 28, 2008
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -1%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of mj001jk
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy caramel-color with a crisp white head and lots of carbonation.

Fresh aromas with subtle tropical fruit like apricot and guava but with a dry and tart Belgian character. It smells vibrant and uplifting, like the morning dew forming over a bale of barley out in the fields.

Dry malts with a barnyard funk in the back of the throat that escapes up to the nose when I drink this. It quickly mellows out to some very subtle pineapple and grapefruit with a grassy dryness and yeasty crackers on the finish. It is an explosive beer because of the high and fine carbonation, and a considerable amount of "funk" but it adds just enough character to make it really interesting.

It is refreshing and highly drinkable, a beer that teeters on the border between liberally-hopped Tripels and Saisons.

mj001jk, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of wo87810
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer in a 330ml bottle, date indicated that it had aged about 4 years since bottling. Yeasty, caramel aromas with a distinctive Belgian tripel feel.

Best tripel that I have had so far, it was rich and malty- almost chocolaty. Finished nicely.

I was not cognoscente of the acidity that other reviewers experienced, but maybe it was because of the age of the beer.

Overall, very pleased, will buy again and again.

wo87810, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of ADR
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy brownish orange appearance, decent head that replenishes adequately but doesn't build much height. Laces very nicely. Aroma is fresh, candied cherry, orange slices in sugar, some alcoholic "cocktail" sense. Starts out well, balanced, bitters counter a doughy fruitcake flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation follows suit. Ends a little less satisfying, a little plastic and phenolic with a slightly seltzery diminished quality. Some bit of alcoholic warmth and prunes to the aftertaste and a little less dry than I expect in a Tripel's finish. Stands pretty well on its own merits, with a good start to the flavor impression.

ADR, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of hagbergl
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

hagbergl, Mar 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

weonfire, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of azorie
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

azorie, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of ggaughan
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up at UJ's on the Manatawny and drank back home. The beer poured a dense golden color with a thin but solid tan head and ring around the glass. The aroma was sour and earthy. The taste was slightly sour and good but with a hoppy taste that takes over on the back end. The bitterness and the sour balance out very well.

ggaughan, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, paper wrapped, with 'Abbey Beer' the only outward indicator of style parameters, and 8% ABV.

This beer 'pours' as a messy, volcanic eruption at first go, more thinly foamy bubbles than liquid. After a swift cleanup, and subsequent titration approach, I'm presented with a cloudy, sediment-specked, bright medium golden hue, with a good three fingers of sudsy off-white head, which settles amazingly quickly when at rest, leaving hasty remnants of chunky lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy, wheaty malt, sharp lemon and orange rind citrus, verdant yeast, white pepper, and a simmering booze warmth. The taste is warm, peppery yeast, grainy malt, earthy muddled lemon, and musty, somewhat gamey, uh, hops, I suppose.

The carbonation is decidedly tame, after its initial, and persistent, sink necessitating outbursts, the body a fleeting medium weight, with a generally agreeable smoothness. It finishes sweetly grainy, a portion of that likely due to the deftly assimilated alcohol, with a somewhat prickly leafy hoppiness, wilting lemon tartness, and softened earthy yeast notes meekly offering counterbalance.

A decent enough tripel, actually less boozy than the norm, a fact stumbled over whilst determining just the right amount of moral outrage to target at an admittedly bottle conditioned offering - how much is too much? Anyway, this is a pretty hefty contender, taste-wise - the usual aforementioned booze replaced by a sensible dose of hop and yeast zinginess. All right by me, though I still have to wipe down the sink - through which very, very little of this beer actually passed, I must state for the record.

biboergosum, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml green bottle capped with a wine cork > mini snifter.

This has a classic, hazy yellow-gold color, great carbonation with a fluffy, fine-white head, very slow dissipation, zippy look with sticky, clumpy lacing.

The nose has a subtle, corn and wheat-dry, malty aroma, sweet malt with a sour yeastieness underneath. a warm buzzy heat gently whiffs out of the earthy, spicey effect.

This has a light, crispy earthy malt, wheat, freshly husked corn, earthy and tangy yeast notes with a classic green, weedy hop bitterness right at the end. the heat warms and does not throw off the balance. Hearty, robust, earthy flavors dance around a solid, crispy malt backbone. Feels crispy with a wonderfully light smoothness and dry finsih. Stays very crispy!

authnetic and classic from start to finish.

GratefulBeerGuy, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of GilGarp
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A few interesting things about this beer...

First, I love the story of Nino and Guido. As a homebrewer, this really makes the beer special to know that it is brewed by two friends on the weekends and distributed throughout the world.

Second, I've never seen a bottle mislabeled as this one is. It clearly states 11.2 FL. OZ. but this is obviously 750ml.

And third, I've never seen a bottle that is both capped and corked (not to mention wrapped in striped paper!)

The removal of the cap releases a small hiss like a beer that has hardly any carbonation at all. However, the uncorking of the bottle lets go a loud pop similar to champagne.

The hoppy aroma is immediately evident but I'll get to that later. The pour into the chalice is smooth but releases tons of thick white head. The beer has a beautiful golden yellow color with very good clarity. The head settles slowly leaving lacing all over the glass.

Aroma is musky and hoppy. There is definately a ton of spicy hallertau hops in there but the funky Belgian yeast makes itself known as well. There is some sweetness too like a fresh green pear.

The beer is only slightly chilled from cellar temp so a ton of flavor comes through right away. It has a very distinctive and unusual taste that combines the characteristics of a Beglain IPA, strong pale ale, and tripel into one. There is fruity sweetness up front with apples, pears, and banana. This is followed by intense hoppy bitterness and spice. It finishes very dry with a bit of sour funk. So many flavors but all unique and in balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high levels of carbonation. Nice balance and bone dry finish. Drinkability is reasonable given the complexity and intensity of flavors. Alcohol is well-hidden.

What an amazing and unique beer. I've never had anything like it and can't imagine anything coming close to being so special and memorable.

GilGarp, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of asabreed
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle into a wine glass. "Enjoy Before" date notched between March/April and 07/08. Not sure if that's '07 or '08, but either way, I'm passed. Still, at 8.5% this should hold up I'd hope.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden yellow, minimal carbonation and lacing and retention.

Smell: More of a roasted malt aroma with mild fruit and sourness, without the natural Tripel aromas I was hoping for. Still interesting and above average, but for a Tripel? Weird.

Taste: Again, roasted malt characteristics, mild fruit and sourness, but mostly roasted malt and some sweetness with fruit, and hard to discern single flavors. Still above average and balanced, especially judging by the beer and not strictly the style.

Mouthfeel: A bit less carbonation that I wanted, and slightly cloying without taking too much away from the beer.

Drinkability: Like the Tripel I reviewed before, I'm again surprised at this, hoping they'd both get better. There was nothing on the cap, and everything seemed fine, so I'm not sure what was up. Maybe I should try one fresh, but assuming this is the brew, it was certainly not very impressive at all, and there are a bunch I can think of off the top of my head I'd rather try again than try this.

asabreed, May 17, 2008
Photo of DruC4
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

DruC4, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whoa, this head is weird...it sizzles, and has a bumpy surface, with bubbles of all sizes...it sits on top of a mustard-yellow (the real stuff, not French's) color, a bit cloudy. Lots of lace covers the glass, looks like the crispy rice used in candy bars.

This carries a yeasty, grassy smell, a real earthy aroma, with only mild traces of sweet spices, compared to many other tripels. Sweaty yeast here too. (Are they getting their yeast strain from Orval?) Hops are largely present too, so it would seem that hops will figure largely in the flavor.

They do. Coming from the brewery who makes the XX Bitter, this is no surprise, but damn, even with their tripel they don't skimp on the hops. So you get lots of grassy character in the flavor, and with further warming a faintly sweet maltiness tries to peek through. Spiciness is incredibly mild, taking a backseat, again, to the hops. An overall musty character dominates the flavor.

It's light, airy, and a tad buttery in the mouth (whipped butter?), while the finish is dry and crisp, even leaving a stale bubble-gum aftertaste.

I can't consider this is a true tripel. If tripel the malt was used in its creation, fine, but there are too many differences for it to fit squarely in that category. I'd rather call it a Belgian pale ale, and a hoppy, enjoyable, quenching one at that.

Metalmonk, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of mattfancett
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

mattfancett, Aug 28, 2014
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De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
90 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.