De Ranke Guldenberg - Brouwerij De Ranke

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90
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369 Ratings
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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 27
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-22-2002

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Photo of hero27
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle.
Best consumed before April 2010.
8.5% abv

Pours a hazy golden-orange. Plenty of yeast sediment visible.
Soft flavors of orange, honey, & lemon meld with the yeast character & light graininess of the malt.
Alcohol is disguised very well, and this is as drinkable as most 4% pale ales, at double the abv.
This is an excellent Belgian tripel that I'd definitely recommend anyone trying. I need to find 750's of this, because one 11.2 oz is simply not enough...

Photo of scottg
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked bottle poured into a goblet glass.

A: Poured a bright golden color with a thick white head, slightly cloudy with light carbonation. It took a while for the head to settle down.
S: citrus, floral, yeast, springlike
T: starts malty, fruity-orange?, ends with mild hops, slightly spicy
M: light, smooth
D: easy drinkability

Overall, a very good beer. I would love to find this on tap somewhere.

Photo of Chinon01
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was a golden bronze with a sloppy foamy head. Smell was of yeasty phenolics (i.e. bubble gum, candy, etc). Taste was similar to smell with a long dry hoppy finish. Mouthfeel was layered and complex. Drinkability was tempered by the dry finish which provided the beer significant presence.

Photo of RuudJH
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian Abbaye tripel. One of the many, but this one came recommended at my local liquor store.
33 cl. bottle.

Orange golden colour, big soapy head, ok carbonation.
Smell of malt, bread, yeast, some citrus, clove, and a gardensmell too (flowers, herbs).
Taste yeasty too, with dominant balanced dry bitterness. Very strong flavour: herbs and flowers, not too much citric notes left.

Nice full body, full flavour. Smooth but with a spicy bite in the finish as well.
Complex tripel. One of the better ones in the category.
Recommended from me too.

Photo of Phatz
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BitterBeerFace for sharing this with me for the second time. What a Tripel treat twice =)

Presentation: This 750 ml corked bottle takes a cork screw to open we almost didn't have one handy. Thick heavy impressive bottle with the dimple in the bottom.

Appearance: Pours and orange golden hue with a big white head and spots of droopy lacing.

Smell: The aroma is gently sweet and enticing and very much like a dream of summer, with candied caramel, honey, sugar lemon drops hints of grassy hops and alcohol like sherry.

Taste: A gentle fruit and spice attributes reside in the sweet smooth malt bread backbone that flowed seamlessly to herbal minty dryness and warming alcohol in the finish. Distinct yeast flavors, and so on, were hard to isolate not for a lack of depth but for a masterful blend - where all attributes work as one to create Guldenberg.

Mouthfeel: A rich well carbonated feel in the mouth.

Drinkability: As Tripels go, this is one of the most unobtrusive quaffable easy going beers that doesn't need to stand out to be glorious. I enjoy it every time.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Sampled during the BA Social held at Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena on Saturday 12th October, 2003. The second in a trilogy of De Ranke beers, which we all shared.

It arrives in unlabelled green glass bottle, the 750ml curved sided affair with the dimpled bottom, so typically used by Cantillon, Fantôme, etc. The whole bottle is wrapped in an inviting paper wrap. The De Ranke Guldenberg wrapper has equally spaced light blue and white vertical stripes with the word Guldenberg in dark blue above a small picture. Corked. Unfiltered & Unpasteurized.

Appearance: A lovely bright amber color that turned to a hazy brown as the 750ml was shared around the Table and the yeast made its way out of the bottle into the last glass or two. A crusty, rocky head, off-white, looks like you would need Crampons to climb it. Nice appearance and classic Belgium looks when poured into a Goblet.

Nose: Not exactly the aromas that you would expect from a Tripel. Moreover, they are more fruity than usual, not exactly complex, but more akin to a bowl of fresh fruits – merged odors. Definitely some furry skinned stone-fruits, I remember Apricots & Peaches. Hops & Malts are there also, maybe biased towards the former. A rather subdued nose, strength-wise, but very inviting.

Taste: This is a really a very good beer. Malty beginnings, with a rather hoppy finish. The middle is fruity, a smooth peach presence, and some lights spices come through also. Some yeast adds smoothness and a bready aspect to the beer. A nice dry, hop-bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: The 8.5% gives the beer plenty of body. Carbonation lends itself to a spritzy feel on the tongue at times.

Drinkability: For an 8.5% Tripel, this was extraordinarily easy to drink. In fact I began to wonder what made this so damn quaffable. Maybe the hops towards the end perhaps, the spicy fruity middle, or just the fact that it is so well-balanced with plenty of character. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall: A lightly spiced, astringent, well-balanced Tripel, which exudes quality. Another excellent offering from De Ranke. Note: I believe that De Ranke beer is now being imported by Shelton Brothers.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes, as based upon a 6oz bottle pour. The beer has a cloudy, dirty straw color, making it rather opaque. There is a thick head of white foam. There is a musty, slightly floral aroma; it's a good balance of yeast and hops. The taste is crisp and dry. I can taste white grapes and a hint of alcohol. There is a musty and bitter finish that echoes the aromas picked up as a swallowed. It has a light body and an appropriate amount of carbonation for a tripel. There is a very slight coat left after each swallow. Swishing the beer around in my mouth produces a bit more of a coating, but nothing significant. It is a very drinkable tripel. This exagerated taster pour goes down very easily, and I could certainly continue and finish off the entire bottle. This is a beer worth seeking out.

Photo of grassrootsVT
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the blind tiger. this one poured with no head - which is not surprising since most of the beers that i had there came with no head...an orange yellow/pils malt color [a neighbouring drinker commented: "urine"]
the aroma was dry hoppiness, almost saisonlike with subtle spice, maybe corianderish...a bit more nose would have added to the brew, no doubt. but again, could have been due to the lack of head... the taste was certainly remarkable. a whole hop floweryness, dry, with a sweet lagered [garded] linger...estery dissipation...and i can't help but wonder if thiriez was modeled after this beer...because the similarities are obvious. dry bubbly floral candy in the mouth, semi full, with a high drinkability. was this one whole leaf dry hopped...ever so subtly?

Photo of Crosling
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One strange brew, but damn delicious. Clearly a multi-dimensional yeast is used, because there is some serious funk in here. Some bretta, etc. It’s perfectly tart, very fruity and leaves my mouth wanting more and more. It's like a bigger version of Orval. De Ranke is becoming one of Belgium's best breweries.

Photo of bobsy
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to see this one on tap at Coles. I've enjoyed De Ranke so far, so grabbing a chalice was a no-brainer.

Hazy gold pour with a finger of white head that dipped to a film, leaving the odd spot of lace as it did so. In the nose there's some dry funk upfront with some white wine character. Mild fruits, light breadiness and clove round things off. Great flavours, and a nice showcase for that slightly funky yeast. Some leather joins the show and the notes from the nose are intensified and joined by candy sugar and pear. Full and fruity with a great dry finish, this one doesn't let you down. Medium-bodied with a slightly prickly carbonation.

De Ranke is a brewery that I trust and they don't put a foot wrong here. It's an expertly delivered classic take on the style.

Photo of stcules
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful gold-yellow colour, with oranged reflexes. The smell is floreal and fruity, with some apricot, green apple, pear. At the taste you can feel the honey (sharp even in the flavour), with a good bitter. The bitter and the sweet (of honey and even pear) are very good balanced. The aftertatse is bitter with a good persistance. The body is medium - light.

Photo of Stunner97
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- golden yellow with very high carbonation, beautiful very thick white head, tons of small bubbles stream rapidly up the glass, cloudy and murky body,

Smell- yeast jumps out, slight fruits and apples, defenant citrus tones, wheat and grains,

Taste- Interesting flavor on this one right away, theres a slight bitter hop tone up front, but some definite malts and sweetness shine through, i can still taste some apples--maybe grannysmith with some slight tartness, very slight alcohol tone on the finish, an interesting Belgian reminds me in certain aspects to la fin du monde, (a good thing),in fact only one complaint at times the alcohol jumps out a bit but as warmed got a bit better, very soft and tasty after taste that continued to grow on me more and more

Mouthfeel- very light and crisp, easily palatable

Drinkability- Is actually very very high on this one and its surely hard to even notice the fact that its a 8.5 percent, and in a tall bottle this will start to catch up to you, the finish is so lite crisp and refreshing you definitely are wanting more after each sip, its got some complexity to it yet Id call it a simple in its high drink ability Id say one one of also best parts of this is the refreshing dyness on the finish really something, , hard to find for me probably again after this but one id give another look or recommend to a friend,

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased for me by @LaitueGonflable for my birthday.

Pours a pleasant clear, deep golden colour, with a firm, frothed egg-white head. Lacing is streaking and persistent. Lots of fine bubbled carbonation which works its way through the light body in a very sprightly manner. A little suspended yeast sediment from a less-than-ideal pour.

Nose is dry and crisp, with some light spiciness, a touch of dried fruit and a wandering lilt of apple must. Slight candied lemon twinge to it. Very well integrated and very refined.

Taste is as you would expect, very light and bright but with subtle dry complexities. Dried apple on the front, with a spritzy, slightly zesty spice mid palate, followed by a surprisingly lengthy finish, giving white grape skin and a touch of pepper. Very little astringency or phenols, and the alcohol is almost unnoticeable. Feel is light, but very smooth and careful.

Really wonderful Tripel. Plenty of complexity, but smooth, enjoyable and supremely drinkable. Great beer.

Photo of berley31
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: On-tap at Novare Res. Poured a nice, golden color with a slight haziness. Dense, white head that had great lasting power. Nice lacing throughout.

S: Aroma wasn't quite as powerful as I expected, but the mellowness of the fruit and spices worked well.

T: A great-tasting Tripel... everything here seems very balanced, with the slight spiciness being restrained, and the fruit present but not overpowering either. A very slight warmth from the alcohol is present, but not unwelcome.

M: Medium-bodied and very creamy, with just a perfect amount of carbonation. Great on the palate.

D: Like I said, an excellent Tripel... couldn't drink it all night because of the alcohol content, but I'd order it again in a second.

Photo of IDrinkAllot
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Guldenberg's most remarkable quality is its appearance. It has a gold cloudy body with a beautiful head and just the right amount of carbonation from an aesthetic point of view. It is a simply picture perfect beer. The aroma is subdued with a nice balance of wheat and malt. The mouth feel is relatively light and it is expectational drinkable which at 8.5% make this a very dangerous beer. The other major selling point for me is that this beer has a little more hop's then your usual Belgian which helps to cut the sweetness of this beer giving it an unreal level of drinkability for a Belgian.

Photo of Bisho
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

The beer pours a hazy golden copper colour with a dense head that clings to the glass. Little bit of yeast sediment that floats on the top after the head settles.

Faint smell of malt, yeast, citrus and rather estery. I guess you could say a traditional Triple but more subtle.

Tastes like a Triple too which is a damn good thing! The hops, malt and phenols blend together so well that I want to keep gulping this one down. Alcohol becomes more prominent when the beer warms up as does the light hop bitterness and spice.

Mouthfeel is charming. Rather smooth and subtle for a Triple but has a nice bite to it at the finish!

If you drink this cold it goes down a treat but at room temperature it becomes like a normal triple - slightly heavy and warming thanks to the high ABV. I could drink quite a few either way!

You know you're drinking a triple but it's not in your face like a lot of them. I keep using the word "SUBTLE" but I think the word sums this one up perfectly.

My favourite beer from De Ranke

Photo of rallison
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden amber with a 1 finger head. Leaves some lacing.

S: Slightly fruity Belgian yeast mostly.

T: Fresh, floral, slightly yeasty and spicy. Very delicate flavors - what I love about a good tripel.

M: Rich flavors, yet relatively light in body with no pronounced alcohol. A lovely example of how to make a higher alcohol beer taste delicate and drink like 6%.

D: Definitely drinkable.

Recommended. A nice example of the style - one that would be a good offering for those who aren't quite into better beers yet. They won't believe it's 8%.

Photo of champ103
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden/orange color. A two finger, bubbly, white head forms on first pour and stick around for a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: That wonderful funky Belgian yeast is up front. Soft and sweet honey like aromas and fruit.
T: I love the funky yeast here. Barnyard, grass, hay. Spicy and peppery. Fruity flavors of grapes and apples.
M/D: A medium body, but perfectly crisp and dry. So smooth. Easy to drink. I will have no problems finishing the 750ml bottle.

An excellent Tripel. This is very subtle, but deceivingly complex. I highly recommend this.

Photo of srandycarter
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy apple juice, off white .5 inch head, leaves to disk pretty quick. Lots of cling lace.

S - Spiced juicy fruit gum. Lemony citrus.

T - Maltier than anticipated, finished with the smell attributes in taste. Dry finish.

M - Nice filling quality. Feels meatier and more whole than the actual body weight is. Smacking dry nice finish.

D - Bit high on the ABV for session, but does not tire fast. Could have a few fur sure.

Photo of marc77
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Formidably thick, creamy white head covers an effervescent golden hued brew w/ good clarity when decanted off the sediment. Fruity sweetness dominates the aroma w/ notes of ripe pear, juicy grape and mild citrus rind. Notes of yeast mustiness, bready malt and light clove are secondary. The flavor profile presents a similar fruitiness of the aroma, albeit in an unripe fashion. Unripe citrus fruit tartness initially is ceded by dry, sugared grape skin tannic sweetness and pleasantly mellow clove phenol. Light sweetness briefly resurfaces mid palate and takes on a fresh, raw honey character only to be offset by mild hop bitterness and mild green apple acetaldehyde. Moderately bodied for style, w/ a spritzy, lively mouthfeel that faciliates a deceiving lightness to this brew. When the yeast sediment is poured, a subtle nuttiness adds additional complexity. Finishes dry, crisp, lightly tart with quickly fading must. Guldenburg, although a touch understated in spicy profile for a Saison, possesses a myriad of flavors and is very complex, nonetheless. Superlative drinkability due to its facade of refreshing crispness. Delicious. Bottled 6 / 2000

Photo of Brabander
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this beer in Gent a month ago. Don't know why, there were at least 300 beers i had not seen before. Maybe because i am a fan of blond beer.

Cracked it open today and poured it in my Struise Brouwers glass, perfect for this occasion.

Great appearance, cloudy golden fluid with an enourmous white and creamy head. Close to perfection.

Good smell with hints of citrus and yeast.

Fabulous taste, one of the better triples there is. Soft and smooth.

Photo of Suds
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly golden colored liquid with an enormously puffy white head. The lace that this beer produces is mesmerizing. The aroma is complex and intense: light malts, spices, citrus, honey, under-ripe apples, caramel, sugar, and a lot of yeast. There’s a lot of carbonation, which gives a prickly sensation. Warming sets in after a few sips. Not a lot of sweetness, although the smell makes you expect some. The finish is dry and moderately bitter. Flavorful, complex, and fulfilling: exactly what I want from a beer.

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, yellow-orange beer with a two finger high, white, head.

Nose: Belgian yeast, banana, orange, citrus, orange marmelade, mandarin and apricot.
Taste: Orange, yeast, grain, lemonade, grapefruit and orange peel.
Body: Full body with medium, soft carbonation. A great structure with a loads of flavours!

Smooth taste and refreshing! I can’t get enough of this beer!

Photo of JBogan
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A hazy peach color fills the glass along with a small white head which leaves good lacing.

The aroma is quite nice and consists of caramel, yeast, vanilla, spice along with the slightest hint of mustiness.

Tastes much like the smell however with a somewhat muted edge.

Mouthfeel was excellent and smooth. Thick bodied and with a little carbonation, this one goes down like velvet.

An interesting beer and one I'd certainly revisit again.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours pretty clear with numerous bubbles rising. The beer itself is a light orangish golden color with a lasting fluffy white head that is about 1/4" thick and looks like it is going to stay that way for some time.

Aroma: Hops are evident in this beer as is the spice from the alcohol. I get a very defined dry graininess in this beer that gives it a bready presence. Once the head starts to fall and the beer settles a bit, it starts to get a lot more citrusy. The yeast contribute to the bready aromatics, but the beer isn't too estery.

Taste: The flavor is mild when compared to the aroma. It is medium bodied with lots of carbonation that makes it glide across your palate quickly...and frighteningly effortlessly easy to drink. The hops are much more in the flavor than anything they do to balance the malt in the finish. The alcohol is more apparent in the nose than in the flavor. There is a little warming on the back of the throat that sits in rather late, so you don't really pick up the strength of the beer at any time. As the beer warms a bit, it starts to show a bit of oxidation...but it isn't too bad.

Opinion: Well, this is a pretty decent beer. It is really easy to drink, and I like the balance of malt and hops in the finish. It isn't nearly as assertive in flavor or mouthfeel as a lot of Tripel's. I would almost liken it to a "Tripel with training wheels".

De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
90 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.