De Ranke Guldenberg - Brouwerij De Ranke

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224 Reviews
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Reviews: 224
Hads: 370
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 27
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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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 GRG1313
2.45/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

(2008 Bottling - tasted Feb. 2011) I only review this beer since it was purchased in 2011 off the shelf of a reputable store. Small bottle format.

Dark orange amber with no head worth noting.

Nose is stale/oxidized carmel but with hints and underlying toffee/carmel; Mouthfeel is very thin and watery.

Flavors are light sugary and thin. Thin brown sugar character. Some burnt grain, coffee, sherry character but I suspect this is a reason why not to age beer. Light bitter coffee finish.

This one was on the shelf and purchased in 2011. Will try it again fresher and perhaps in the larger bottle format. (610 characters)

Photo of corby112
2.45/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a golden orange-amber color with tangerine edges and a half finger white head that quickly settles into a very thin ring.  Minimal lacing.

Sweet, slightly hoppy aroma with zesty spice, estery light fruit notes, pale malt and boozy sweetness.  Hints of pepper and alcohol followed by apricot, apple and pear.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with subtle earthy hops countered by a sweet floral presence, light fruits, zesty spice and sweet boozy heat.  Some dry bitterness followed by pepper and coriander spice, apricot and apple before a rush of overly sweet booze comes in.  Kind of all over the place, thin bodied, overly spicy and harshly boozy.  I used to think that this was a great beer but I'm not much of a fan anymore. (788 characters)

Photo of JDV
2.58/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bottle shared at tasting. Thanks!
Pours a ligh hazy orange with a malty smell that is fresh and bright. Taste is dusty, well balanced and tame. Maltiness is moderate and the hops are perhaps slighlty more prominant actually. Somewhat dry. Decent beer. (251 characters)

Photo of rudzud
2.72/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Armsby Abbey. Poured into a tulip.

A - Poured a clear golden hue with a one finger white head that left nice side lacing.

S - Really no nose on this one. Some slight belgian spices but thats it. Smells a little soapy too.

T - No banana, just belgian spices and such. Its a bit sweet, with a slight dark fruit aftertaste.

M - Flat and underwhelming. Yep, that sums it up.

O - Just..eh. De Ranke usually has good offerings but this one wasnt it for me. Super underwhelming. (499 characters)

Photo of ptykozoon
2.76/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lots of sediment which hazes out a straw yellow, lots of carbonation, foam and some lacing as well.

Light fruit and citrus, maybe banana peel.

First off a bit watery for 8.5%. A few subtle fruit flavors and a tad of earthiness come through. Not much else, not too exciting.

Very dry on the tongue, one of the driest actually. Not detrimental though I don't know if it works for this beer.

Not bad but really nothing above average at all. Maybe I got a bad bottle.. (469 characters)

Photo of crossovert
2.97/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle.

IT pours a murky amber with a fizzy, foamy looking head. I'm not a huge fan of it and it doesn't leave much lacing.

The smell is typical, some dark fruits, dark candi sugar, and malt.

The flavor is decent. It seems to be a bit sweet and lacking though. This brewery has some good beers but this one isn't memorable.

Seems like an old-school tripel, it isn't like the lighter ones that I prefer. (411 characters)

Photo of impending
3.17/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a hazy orange honey. Head was decent, better lacing.

Aroma of citrus and powdery yeast, lots of hops. Spicy phenolic backbone.

Taste is sharp for a tripel and low in sweetness. The finish dominates the taste which is mostly hop bitters with a little barnyard accent for good measure. Smooth mouthfeel.

You will judge this based upon how you like your belgian hopped. This would be an excellent intro tripel for those who prefer an IPA. This . . . . . . is a belgian ipa.
cheers
jd (508 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a beautiful golden color with abundant white puffy head. Smell is a mixture of spices. candied sugar, and hops. Tset is sweet, malty and spicy to start, then abundant hops seem to completely take over. Finishes strong and alcoholic. An OK tripel, But not great. (268 characters)

Photo of MCDuhamel
3.21/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a strange bottle into a chalice: it was 750 ml but marked as 11.2 ounces, and was corked but capped with a crown cap. I had to withdraw the cork with a corkscrew.

A: Bottle was a gusher, and foam geysered out even after some beer was poured out of the bottle. Pours a hazy light orange with very active apparent carbonation and an enormous rocky head. Foamy head follows beer all the way down the glass, and the head coats the side of the chalice. Striking appearance.

S: I don't know for sure that this beer is brewed with bret, but it sure seems to be. Horse blanket, barnyard funk is the predominant characteristic of the nose, with some clove.

T: Again, bret-like funkiness is the predominant early flavor, with very subdued fruitiness followed by a very dry finish.

M: Very high carbonation and medium to light body. The feel in the mouth is typical for the style.

D: For me, a bit funky for more than one in a session, although at 8.5% that's probably just as well.

Overall: Fans of bret will love this beer. I find it to be a nice beer, but a bit out of balance; there's little more to it than the funkiness. I'm not sure it's a "tripel" as BA calls it. I find this very similar to Orval. (1,214 characters)

Photo of ngandhi
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
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 (930 characters)

Photo of Jredner
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spicy aroma with some malt underneath. Belgian ales are all beautiful. This one is a cloudy washed out brown with a huge fluffy head. Spicy fore with a bubble gum/sugar mid taste that finishes with a lavender/floral finish. Fun to drink and interesting flavor palate. Thanks to Firemoose for this fine specimen. (311 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330ml Bottle (£2.89 from Beers of Europe website):
Orange amber with a finger-sized, bubbly white head that is a solid white colour and settles as a fine, patchy lacing on the surface.

Yeast with touches of spice and a light sourness with light fruits that include some pears, apple and a hint of citrus. The beer seems quite lively on the nose with some further fruits, a little bit of banana and some more spice as well and a few hops towards the end to round things off with.

Spice and yeast to start off with along with some fruits typical of the style; some apple, pear and grapes as well. There is some citrus flavours and a touch of sweetness that follows along with some subtle hops and some floral notes.

Smooth and quite dry with a slightly spicy and sweet mouthfeel that goes down easy with the alcohol content pretty well hidden. The body is a light medium and there is a noticeable carbonation to the beer although its not gassy or overdone.

This one was a slight disappointment when compared to the high standards set by previous Belgian strong ales that I've tried over the past few years and I was definitely expecting a lot more from this one. Whilst not a bad beer it wasn't one I particularly enjoyed, nor one I'd pick up again sadly. (1,258 characters)

Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle with drink by date of June, 2009
According to the label, that means this was bottled in June, 2004.

Smell is average, alcohol, peppery smell, very faint hint of something like a sour grape.

Taste is pretty smooth, considering the ABV. Hints of bready sour mash come to mind. The sourness is very faint, but then again, its very noticable. No where near a Flemish taste though. A little hot in the upfront taste, but it quickly goes away as soon as the sweet sugary malt washes the tongue.

Overall, a decent Tripel, nothing to write home about, but I had no complaints about finishing this one. (619 characters)

Photo of markbatonrouge
3.39/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As Belgium abby-style ales go, this is just an ok beer. I love the style, so the competition is tough, in my mind, and maybe my expectations for it were too high. I'll try this beer again sometime, but it's not competitive with most abby-style beligans.

appearance: cloudy beige/gold/yellow.

smell: -- its strong suit -- fresh figs, other mild fruitiness, some malts.

taste: it just didn't have the big belgian-fruit-yeast flavor that is so great in most beers in this style.

drinkability: certainly good-enough, just not what I was expecting or hoping for.

This is the second De Ranke beer I've tried lately, and, while both were interesting, neither knocked my socks off. They have enough gravity/alcohol that the base should be good, but the flavors didn't come together well enough. I'll have to try to again sometime. ;-) (831 characters)

Photo of asabreed
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (1,239 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/1/08. Bottle, bottled 12/2007. Pours a cloudy light orange with a huge, thick, foamy and creamy white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of skunk and stale wheat. Flavor of stale wheat initially with some light spices, light fruits, sweetness, yeast, bread, mustiness. Light mouthfeel, spritzy. I suspect this may have been a damaged bottle (I've had it on tap as well and it wasn't skunky/stale wheaty at all), but it did improve as it warmed and I think I made a fair assessment of it.
6/4/8/4/15 (3.7/5) (533 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a chalice. The aroma is sweet malt, ripe fresh fruits, honey, spices, yeast and a touch of earthy hops. The taste is very sweet and malty up front, with some spices, honey and an earthy hop finish. This is one of the sweeter tasting tripels I have tried, and I find the honey-like sweetness to be a little much at times. I am not a huge fan of the tripel style, but this is one of the few that I wouldn't mind exploring again. Overall, this is another good beer from De Ranke that is recommended. (521 characters)

Photo of Paddez
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange brew with a nice white head. Smells of hops, spices; roasty malts and barnyard.
Taste is also spicy and hoppy. Plenty of Barnyard funk going around here too. Finishes dry and bitter with plenty of hints to the relatively high ABV. I found quite some similarities with XX Bitter.
Mouthfeel is good. Relatively smooth. Drinkability isn't all that great considering the intense bitterness and traceable notes of alcohol.

It's an okay tripel but I'm not a big fan of the horsy barnyard aspects. The alcoholic aspect wasn't very likable either. I'll pass fot this one in the future and take a Westmalle, Carolus or Karmeliet instead. (653 characters)

Photo of foogerd
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Yellow hazy body with a nice sized cushy head and lacing.

S- Lots of fruitiness almost like pink bubblegum, yeast and some spice and malty aroma.

T- Light fruity flavors and malty sugars, but spicy hops and phenols make a presence more on the palette than the nose. Some sips were absloutely deliciously malty and sweet with some spice others were full of bitter phenols that I did not enjoy.

M- Rich and creamy mouthfeel.

D- Abv is pretty well hidden, and if you dont mind phenols in your tripel this is a great brew for you, otherwise there are plenty of great tripels to be had. (588 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: standard brown 330mL bottle, pretty boring old school Belgian label.

Appearance: pours bright orange with small floaties, limited carbonation. A one-finger white head drops to a thick cap. Decent lacing.

Aroma: Belgian yeasts as expected, with some citrus and an earthy, bitter quality. Interesting.

Taste: unusually heavily spiced and floral for a tripel, but the Belgian yeasts and earthen characteristics are there too. Overall not mind-blowing, but a good and different version of the tripel.

Aftertaste: the earth carries through as does the grassy hops, with a smidge of yeast.

Mouth feel: medium in weight with a slightly higer, prickly carbonation.

Overall: seems somewhat different to the 'normal' tripel style, but doesn't suffer for it - just a bit different. I'm pretty certain it ain't worth the AU$130+ per case price, but hey - one every now and then won't hurt. (892 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a large, fading head.
Nose shows spicy phenols and hops alongside doughy yeast and some floral notes. A bit different. As in weird different.
Similar flavours; there’s some light malt, spicy, green hops and a fair bit of lemon.
Could use a bit more carbonation. (279 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle $3.99 at the local. I really didn't know what to expect from this but it was good. Cloudy orange yellow with good head and lacing. The smell was kind of like a tripel or belgian pale, a little spice. The flavor was smooth but a little yeasty and very easy to drink. I'm not sure I'd buy this on the reg but De Ranke beers are interesting enough that I'd liek to try them all. (387 characters)

Photo of Fladder
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Light gold color made pale by a bit of cloudiness. Not much head, but still decent carbonation.

The smell was sharply citric and spicey. It was very inviting.

The taste was very rough, but lined with the citrus tones that filled the smell. There were hints of sweetness, but only hints which were pulled away quickly by the deep coarseness which laid on the back of the tongue.

The acidity of the citrus flavors combined with the "horseblanket" characteristics often found in Belgian ales gave a drying feeling to the beer, but this was balanced out into something that was neither particularly dry or refreshing.

Overall I felt this was an average beer for the style. The citrus tones in the taste were quite nice though in a way I don't always find in these beers. Overall, the rough taste and feel were too much for me to really enjoy the ale, although this is still an okay beer. (887 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a couple years old now. Aged it for a bit. Dont know for sure how old because there is no good markings on the bottle.

Poured into a chalice. Pours a nice golden amber. No head at all. Nice bubbles but no head. Nice legs down the glass though.

Aroma is nice and Belgian malty. Not too Belgian ish in aroma but nice and malty. Smells great.

Taste is pretty malty now. Some nice Belgian goodness but it's starting to taste between a dubbel and a triple now.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Still very good carb for a two year old capped bottle.

Overall tasty but I think I like it fresh better. (594 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (432 characters)

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De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
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