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De Ranke Guldenberg - Brouwerij De Ranke

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De Ranke GuldenbergDe Ranke Guldenberg

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334 Ratings

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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 26
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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)
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Photo of GClarkage
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/11/05- Purchased at Belltramo's in Menlo Park, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by September 2008 notched on the bottom of the label.

Appearance- Golen orange hued pour with the smallest of head and minimal lacing. Lots of little yeastie floaties abound.

Smell- Lots of spices and maybe a touch of tropical fruit.

Taste- Spices abound is this brew. Along with some light citrus fruit backing (orange, tangerine, apricot). It almost flows over to a saison-ish taste. It's like it wants to be sour, but it's not. Maybe some corriander as well.

Mouthfeel- Fairly low carbonation level.

Drinkability- Kinda an odd tripel, but very tasty at that. This one aged for about a year, so maybe it would have tasted quite different last September? I'll look for this one again.

GClarkage, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of doopydoogle
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - slightly opaque straw with a creamy head that leaves significant lace

S - Biscuity yeast, honey, spices, caraway, caramel, toffee, malt, slight banana and melon, subtle alcohol

T - Delicious spicy malt with earthy tones but a pleasant floral character that mellows it out. Finish is surprisingly dry for the style with the alcohol coming out backed up with a slight bitter and some pleasant malt tones. Fresh bread, pears, bananas, and rye are also present, giving the beer a wonderful complexity.

M - Great carbonation and not too sticky for the style

O - A brilliant beer! For the style, it is subtle, complex, with not too much residual sugar. Seek it out!

doopydoogle, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of mynie
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from John's Grocery. It says it's best before June of 09 (whew!), meaning that this little number was bottled a full five years ago.

Starts bubbly precipitously as soon as it's opened, showing the pathetic violence of old age. This settles, thankfully, and pours a very dark orange topped with white wisps of carbonation.

Smells really really good, actually. Damn. Age is wisdom, in this case. Not senility (or incontinence). Raisins and plums and nice old wooden furniture, and then you got some yeast and some ribbon candy in there, too.

Tastes good, but very different than its aroma and not quite so good. I suppose old men are always less handsome when they take their clothes off. Smooth juices start things off, apples and prunes, move into a sweeter middle of alcohol and yeast, end on the pronounced fiery zing of a damn fine tripel. The aftertaste leaves nodes of earth and coffee.

mynie, May 27, 2009
Photo of Erbayd
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the many beers I picked up from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange honey-ish color with about 3/4 inch of dense white foam. Definitely less foam than you might expect from a beer like this

S: Yeasty and spicy, with notes of honey and caramel. Belgian yeast smells dominate but you can definitely make out some grassy and peppery scents as well.

T: Deep and complex. Nice hoppiness in the beginning followed by sweet apricot and strong honey flavors. Slightly dry finish.

M: Definitely on the heavier side, with a balanced amount of carbonation

O: The second beer I've had from De Ranke, and definitely one I'll go back to! It's pretty different from any other tripels that I've had before, so I appreciate that.

Erbayd, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of eric5bellies
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A- Pours a cloudy straw colour with a two fingered white head that retains for the whole distance and laces. Everything about this beer says drink me. You could not beat the appearnace of this beer and thats why it get 5

S - Plenty going on here with grapefruit, citrus and spice.

T - A very clean crisp Tripel with spice, grass and lemon. hops also add a nice balance. No sign of the ABV.

M - Light to medium body with medium to full carbonation.

O - A great easy drinkin Tripel, and one of my favourites to date.

eric5bellies, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of RedBrewer83
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip...

A: Pours a bright golden hazy hue with a nice three finger head, very stiff and creamy in appearance.

S: Huge aroma of sweet honeysuckle, green apple, pear and yeast. Incredible aroma and balanced!

T: Like the nose, lots of floral honey, light fruit, slightly tart and lots of depth. Finishes clean and tart, great food beer!

M: Light medium mouthfeel, creamy carbonation yet crisp and dry on the finish.

D: Incredibly drinkable, 8.5% is nowhere to be found. Great Tripel, will definitely revisit!

RedBrewer83, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Rastacouere
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at spuyten duyvil. This was immediately my first pick after seeing to my great sadness that they were out of BBB Babillard. Gentle light amber, small foamy white cover. Great enticing aroma, very flowery and spicy (rose petals, bubble gum, hay, grass, lemon, mango, sage, pepper). Saison-like (more in fact) refreshing citric acidity and bitterness. Citrusy hops, honey ish tender malt, absolutely rocking flavor balance. Incredibly soft body with studied throughout carbonation. Tasty art in a bottle. Okay, I’m a big fan of XX bitter and their kriek, so I love De Ranke and had high expectations from this one, but it is even better. De Ranke can do no wrong.

Rastacouere, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of gfreed
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good tripel, in my book, looks awful and tastes great. This one fits that bill admirably. Once the loose head settled into scattered blobs and blotches that resembled white skin sores, I knew I'd be in for a treat. Plenty of oranges in the aroma, with a taste dominated by oranges mixed with prosciutto and salt. The finish is hoppy in that pleasant Belgian way: flowers everywhere with a nice dry finish that doesn't leave one gasping for air. The ABV hits harder than expected, however-- no power tools after this one.

gfreed, May 22, 2011
Photo of philipquarles
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a huge, rocky white head. Some sediment. Lots of malt on the nose, as well as citric notes, honey, and a strong yeast character. Floral. Tastes quite earthy and bitter, with the grassy hallertau character really coming through. Grainy malt and a bit of fruit in the background. Finishes very dryly. Full bodied and with moderate carbonation. Very nice.

philipquarles, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of bskrtz
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold 11.2 bottle into glass beer challis

A) Glowing polished bronze soup with short white head that quickly disappears. Hazy with suspended bubbles and floaties

S) Mild floral, bubbly citrus and sweet root beer. Very complex

T) Mixture of orange citrus, lemon, apple and pear juice. Sweet candy cane and some mild but bitter hops. It's all there

M) Very complex but smooth and refreshing. Bottle conditioned carbonation is perfect. Alcohol is mild despite the high ABV

D) This is an excellent triple. Sadly, difficult to find in the states

bskrtz, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold, with ample head and sudsy bubbles, leaving curtains of lacing on the glass.

Smells malty, salty, with some fruit, I'd say pineapple.

A dry, bitter version of a tripel, with more mellow fruit flavors--kind of like dried tropical fruit-- than most triples and a carmelized malt/toffee backbone. Dry, hoppy, and bitter in the finish. Hop admirers will fancy the bitterness.

Body is medium and round bubbles of carbonation give it a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a lovely, highly drinkable Belgian tripel/golden ale hybrid. The 8.5% is not noticeable, but could catch up with you quick after a couple of these. I am liking this bitter hopped version of a tripel.

Beerenauslese, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of albern
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boy, this is a very nice Belgian. The beer comes in a large bottle with a cork ... a good sign at the outset. The cork really pops too. The beer is a prodigious white, frothy head, wonderful lacing and retention. The color is orange, a slight red comes through too. The smell is the low point, but that is a relative statement since there really is no downside to this beer. The smell is citrus, malts, sweet candied sugar fermentables characteristic of Belgians, and a touch of some other fruits, definitely white grape, rind, coriander. The taste is wonderful. This is just a smooth, warm, sweet, malty Belgian if there ever was one. The 8.5 ABV is completely masked in the great taste. You will get some yeastiness, malts, candied sugars, some spiciness, fruits, a bit of citrus, and very subdued and barely perceptible hops. As the beer warms, there is some more alcohol coming through, but it is quite warming. The mouthfeel is vanilla cream, and quite amazing for a beer of this ABV. The aftertaste is slight, not strong, also a bit warming. Overall, you have a high quality Belgian that you need to try. This is a remarkable Trippel that tastes more like a Belgian blonde or a pale. L'Chaim.

albern, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of marty21
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear yellow with 2.5 fingers worth of white creamy head. Settles to a creamy cap with some islands of fluffy foam and left a lot of lacing. The last glass from the large bottle is a hazy golden orange.

S: Initially I get lots of yeast with a little bit of spices and some like fruit. There is also a decent amount of hops at the end.

T: Light fruits and yeast combine for the taste up front but it finishes with some hops just like in the aroma. No taste of alcohol at all.

M: Medium carbonation with a medium body.

O: This was sent to me from family in Vancouver. I'm not usually a big fan of Belgium beers but this was great. It's probably my favorite beer from Belgium so far. I couldn't stop drinking it and before I knew it, the large bottle was empty. I wish this beer was available in Winnipeg because I'd probably buy it quite often. If you're able to buy this I would definitely recommend buying it. It would make for a great transition beer for getting into Belgium beers.

marty21, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of moulefrite
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly day-glo orange in color the beer pours out of the very attractive package and the emphasis is immediately driven from the good but not overwhelming appearance, to the aromas. Hoppy yes, but extremely fruit driven-loads of juicy peach apricot, and some tangy mandarin orange comes to mind. The mouthfeel is thick and round yet the zippy hop nature keeps things in check, producing a very well made, complex, deep and quite drinkable triple. I find this a bit more in the strong pale ale vein, yet as I drink it its mildly sweet fruitiness takes a sure lead role,, and I can identify with the triple-esc-ness. I love what comes out of this brewery, and will continue to spread the good word, and continue to buy these brews! Thanks Again Shelton!

moulefrite, Feb 11, 2004
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4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl wrapped cork and capped bottle. Pours a clouded golden amber with a thick, rocky off-white head. Delicate hops collide with a saison-like spicy yeast funk and bready, caramel-like malt in the nose. Kind of an odd tripel; remarkable, though. Nice spicy, hoppy character throughout with a malty backbone and a fruity yeast character. Very well carbonated and drinkable. I'm in love with De Ranke's line of beers, I've tried each of them a couple of times, and each time I gain a higher appreciation for them. Worth doing the legwork to find.

crookedhalo, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of thepeter
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A -slightly hazy light orange/peachy color. Decent head that lasted half the beer

S - Yeasty, musky and sweet. I got grapes and maybe ripe plums and unripened pears.

T - Similar to the smell. Nice mello hop presence, well balanced. Still getting a nice green grape flavor and a bit of spice. Dry finish, not too complex but just plain Tasty.

M&D - medium to medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. I could drink a couple of these but I savored my one and enjoyed every sip.

thepeter, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of hero27
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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...

hero27, Mar 17, 2008
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 Filosoof
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you would smell this beer with closed eyes you would say you were smelling a ...gueuze!

L: clear, dark gold colour, grand bubbles, ending in big mountains;
S: I smell bretts (!), dried yellow fruit, honey, apple, tiny tiny background of banana.
T: in line with the smell, but less to explore, bitterness of the hops;
M: a great combiner with a good dinner, lasting bitter aftertaste;
O: the bottle doesn't say this is a triple, if we have to call it a triple it is one of the most atypical; great brew!

Filosoof, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of scottg
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

scottg, Apr 04, 2008
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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store Pub in Atlanta, served in a goblet. The beer is clear golden straw color with a little haze, tons of lacing on the glass. The smell is a little bready yeast, some "classic" tripel fruits, very Beligian-y. Maybe a little bit of honey as well, at least in the taste. Sweet upfront and a little lingering hops bitterness in the aftertaste. This is an easy drinking tripel, I'd order it again.

TurdFurgison, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of Chinon01
4.33/5  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.

Chinon01, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2002 vintage.

A loud pop once uncorked, then a golden, foamy pour.

Hazy orange, deep caramel color. Minor suspended particles float about, slowly making their way to the bottom of the glass. Iceberg of foam crowns the remnants inside the bottle.

Sweet butterscotch, herbs, spicy pepper, and well water are present in the aroma.

Flavors are intertwined with the smell. Pepper, butterscotch, herbs, and stony well water cameo on the palate. Not overly sweet like many tripels. Very balanced and highly drinkable. Ultra smooth mouthfeel makes this a dream to sip. One bottle disappeared easily, recommend having several on hand.

Edit: After tasting a more recent bottle last night, there is a higher degree of sweetness to this than the first bottle. While it is exceptionally balanced, a whole bottle would best be shared. So .5 less for drinkability and taste.

emerge077, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of RuudJH
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

RuudJH, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of Phatz
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Phatz, Dec 05, 2006
De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
90 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.