De Ranke Guldenberg - Brouwerij De Ranke

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De Ranke GuldenbergDe Ranke Guldenberg

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

346 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 25
Gots: 18 | 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)
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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
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)

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of crosenkrantz
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of crhea89
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of frosted33
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of bruindre
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Fladder
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of SmashPants
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of illidurit
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 cL bottle poured into a Unibroue goblet. Hazy dull goldenrod color with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma is very yeasty, fresh bread, light esters including pear and apple. Flavor is also very yeasty with some pale malts, mild noble hops, pears, and grains. Moderate astringency and just a little bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Solid but I'd like a fruitier tripel.

Photo of crnipeter
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Forms mid-sized frothy white head with good retention atop of clear (gets hazed with the consecutive pourings), golden body with uprising streams of bubbles. The head leaves only little short-lived lacing as it fades. The aroma is marriage of peppery spiciness with citrusy, pear and apple-like esters, and candy sugar sweetness. The flavor of medium bodied beer is governed by substantial alcohol warmth acting in sinergy with prominent peppery spiciness; esters are lesser than in the aroma section and citrusy in character. Moderate carbonation and relatively high bitterness induced by generous usage of Hallertau hops with spicy and grassy character (the later indicating dry-hopping) lend dry finish followed by bitter aftertaste. (330 ml, freshness date November 2015, into tulip.)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received as an extra by nopucophop, thanx bro

A: poured a pale golden orange with a 2 finger of bubbly head and left good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: to be honest with you the nose is more leaning towards a wit beer than a tripel styled brew which consisted of wheaty notes, citrus, slight booze, and apple aromas.

T: yup..even the taste is like a wit style brew with wheat, orange zest, sweet malt like the nose but it also had a slight hop bite on the back end; totally not a tripel.

M: the brew was medium body with a good amount of vcarbonation that had a sweet, citric, slight hop bitterness, but dry finish.

D: really drinkable beer that IMO is ment to be labeled a wit styled beer. There was absolutely no tripel characteristics on this beer that makes me believe that its probably too damn old; oh well.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold-plated pineapple with a light yeasty haze and multiple fine bubble streams leading up to an absolutely gorgeous crown of alabaster colored foam that is both creamy and rocky. No one does head and lace as well as the Belgians.

Apparently, Brouwerij De Ranke doesn't consider this beer to be a triple. They put 'Belgian Abbey Beer' on the label and I've also read where they consider it to be a 'strong golden ale'. It smells like an especially spicy tripel. And will probably taste like one too.

Guldenberg is nowhere near as impressive as De Ranke XX Bitter and Kriek De Ranke. Part of the problem might be that this bottle is now 3 years of age (which is still 2 years away from the 'best by' date). A lifespan that long is way too optimistic for a beer that gets a great deal of its character from a generous amount of hops. Or so I'm told.

There's so much spiciness and lemongrassiness that it almost tastes more like a saison than anything else. The pale-golden malts don't provide much flavor or sweetness, which should never happen in a good triple (which it isn't, but... whatever). There's just enough flavor and complexity for the taste score to remain above average.

The mouthfeel doesn't keep pace with Belgium's best either. After hearing the gunshot on cork extraction and after seeing the creation of a stately crown of foam, I expected more size, more creaminess and more volume.

I'm sure that fresh Guldenberg is much better beer than 3 year old Guldenberg. Trouble is, I've never seen it anywhere near fresh. At the extravagant price of $13.00 (and change) per bottle, it isn't likely that I'll take a chance with this one again... unless it's just off the boat.

Photo of Arno
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Pale yellow, slightly hazy. Good airy white foam top. Great lacing.

smell: Sweet malts and fruity. Bit flowery as well.

taste: Sweet malts with a nice tropical fruit undertone. Followed by quite a spicy bitter kick.

mouthfeel: High carbonation, quite thin.

overall: Not sure about this beer. It's just a lovely drinkable beer. It's deceptively easy to drink considering the ABV. It's quite fresh with the fruity and slightly sweet malts followed by a spicy kick. So in that regard, an excellent summer beer. But i don't get these beers that taste quite similar to a proper regular beer but has nearly twice the price and ABV. I just don't think it's that special. I've had better.

Photo of NEhophead
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at My Place. Served in an Urthel goblet.

A golden, creamy banana in color beneath a lightly foamy white head. The head slowly recedes to a light sheet that leaves ringed lacing.

A semi-sweet banana-phenolic yeast aroma. A touch of pepper and corriander, but rather subdued in general.

A touch of coconut sweetness followed by a full mustiness. Phenolic-corriander and pepper proved to be a little dry. Drank a little stiff with a lack of flavor for a true Tripel. The finish was dry with an aftertaste of banana, pepper, and yeast.

Medium bodied; smooth with a touch of dryness. A nice warmth on the palate.

A decent brew, but not what I expected for a Tripel especially from de Ranke. Lacking a bit in flavor. I'd probably try something different than go back to this one.

Photo of gyllstromk
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper color. Aroma of reasonably hopped, pear cider. Flavor is well balanced between dry and sweet, with a reasonable amount of acidity and a noticeable bitterness (the combination evokes grapefruit). Alcohol is reasonably well hidden.

Photo of bark
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is pale orange-yellow. There is quite a lot of sediment in the bottle and the liquid is cloudy. The white compact foam forms a slowly sinking two finger thick head. Lots of lacing.

The rather discreet smell is fresh and a bit bitter; it does almost smell like a pale lager. There is some sweetness and a sour note.

The taste is balanced and mellow as it starts with a semi-sweet fruity malty note. There are lots of fruits; sweet apples, oranges, apricots and raisins. The aftertaste got notes of green apples, green peas and some earthy/wooden notes blended with a slight feel of alcohol. It finishes with a mild flavour of apples.

The liquid feels a bit thick in the mouth and the carbonation is strong and fresh with small bubbles.

I found this tripel milder than expected, but at the same time it is balanced and gentle. When it comes to alcohol-potent beers, leave it to the Belgians!

Photo of deanhead
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer in a friends hot tub on my 40th birthday.

Poured a brilliant golden color, highly effervescent, Slight head, which did dissipate rather quickly leaving nice small bubbles thinly lace around my goblet.

Virtually no hop aroma, true to style. Very subtle hop bitterness matched to a nice malt backbone, coupled with a dose of sucrose to boost the alcohol. Which left a rather light bodied beer

Finished somewhat astringent and dry with a slightly cidery aftertaste.

Light bodied beer veiled with a warming alcoholic sensation.

This is a decent beer, not my favorite, but it is certainly worth a try.

De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
90 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.