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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

225 Reviews
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Reviews: 225
Hads: 381
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 28
Gots: 38 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

Expires 2/7/18. ABV is 8% per the label.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen floating in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, spice, yeast, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with spice, yeast, funk, and slight fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of funk bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of earthy qualities in the aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle. (686 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Hazy golden-orange body with 2 fingers of glittery, big-bubbled, fluffy head that falls within a minute or so to a thick collar & a floating island of foam. Spotty strands of lacing.

Apples & spicy Belgian yeast notes dominate the smell, along with a fruity, champagne-like character that kinda tickles the nose. Can pick up the alcohol in the smell.

Taste is malt-forward, with a slight caramel apple twist. Nutmeg & just a touch of cinnamon show up, too. Dries out in the middle & ends that way, with a tiny sweet upturn like white grape juice. Booze plays a decent part.

Medium-full-bodied, foams up nicely, with a little heat from booze. Slightly sticky in aftertaste, coagulating.

Not bad, nothing real special about this one. The sweetness & alcohol get a little heavy, & there's not a lot of "spring" to it, I guess. Decent enough, but I don't see myself seeking this one out. (916 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - A peppery yeast aroma with notes of pineapple, pear, black pepper, and anise. Some biscuity malt in the background with musty hops.

T - Soft malt and pungent yeast up front, pepper, pear, and a light note of vanilla. Some musty hop notes in the middle with a brief hint of pineapple that reminds me of a saison. Finishes with an increasingly strong hop character that is herbal and musty. Moderate bitterness helps to balance out the slightly sweet malt finish and the flavor of the yeast and hops lingers in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - The musty hops play a significant role in the aroma and especially in the flavor of this beer. This strikes me as a bit unusual for the style as the hops taste more British than continental, but they are necisary to balance the significantly sweet malt. There is also a pungent and somewhat unrestrained yeast character that has notes of tropical fruit that go beyond the pear that you commonly see in a tripel and bring out some notes of pineapple and guava. In many ways, this reminds me more of a high alcohol saison than a tripel, but such is the nature of Belgian beer and the difficulty of assigning them to styles. A nice beer, but nothing I would go to the trouble of seeking out again considering its relative rarity and price. (1,468 characters)

Photo of Jermbrew
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml into my triple chalice. Hazy dull amber with a strong foamy head. This ale looks smooth and inviting, dangerous for a tripel.

Slight fruity aroma but nothing stands out here. The taste is somewhat nutty accompanied by a little spicy kick. It's a pleasant taste and well balanced so alcohol is not overpowering. I enjoy the sweet malty aftertaste plus the dry bite at the end. Spearminty.

The mouthfeel is perfect for this style. The liquid evenly coats the inside of the mouth before gradually fading away. Drinkibility would be higher, but it may be too drinkable for a tripel....going too fast. I will have this one again. (650 characters)

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Source, Serving: Draft, 33cl @ Trappist

Smell: Lively citrus, honey, yeast and cider, apple soda notes. A pinch of nutmeg/coriander spice. All blend together with nothing dominating. Oddly reminiscent of a zesty italian spritzer.

Taste: Much deeper, darker fruit than you get in the nose. Citrus oil and prominent caramel/honey malts come through at first and have an unusual depth which my guess is due to some barely perceptible citrusy hop oilyness and bitterness. Definitely different than the refreshing, lively nature of the nose. In the middle its quite hoppy (mostly grassy) but has enough cariander/nutmeg and belgian yeastyness to keep it interesting. Overall the flavors are quite smooth but slightly muted. Finish is oily, citrus and pine notes, resinous and caramelly, a pinch of alcohol as it warms, but doesn't last long. Fairly high carbonation.

Notes: A bit like a mildly hopped IPA that allows the hops to come through but has a big helping of belgian yeast and spiciness. The citrusy notes on the nose and citrus oil flavors do make it more blond ale than triple though. (1,092 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours goldenrod with a small white head, some nice Belgian lace.

S: Apples, esters, with a fair amount of hops.

T: Has a requisite Belgian pale malt with esters, but gets very hoppy and earthy, bordering on saison but really like a Belgian IPA. Reminds me of De Ranke Bitter, but the higher FG helps to smooth out the hop notes.

M: Very smooth, medium-bodied. Elegant on the palate, spritzy at times.

D: Definitely one of the hoppier tripels I've ever had, the American influence is clear. In the end an enjoyable beer but nothing spectacular. (576 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 750ml corked and capped bottle. Pour a hazy bright golden orange color with a pretty pure white head; which slowly dissipated leaving a wall of lace. The smell is of dry champagne grapes and light Belgian yeast. A bit funky and tart. The taste is of dry grapes, honey, earthy and tart yeast, some corriander and white pepper; perhaps some orange peel. The feel is light and overly fizzy; definitely has champagne characteristics. Finishes on the dry & tart side. Overall a fine Belgian pale ale, however I'm not sure if it ranks up there with the top tier tripels. This is perhaps the most dry and tart tripel that I have had. It looks the part but lacks the complexity. (679 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear yellowish orange in color with a short 1/2" head that lingers a bit. Some spotty lace develops during the session.

Smell: grass, yeast, and some spiciness comes through to the nose.

Taste: nice bready malt profile with yeast, grass, green grapes, and some softer spicy tones. Alcohol is mildly noticable and there is an overall dryness to this beer.

Mouthfeel: crisp and lightly dry throughout. Very short-lived aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: nice solid tripel that is a pleasure to consume, except ther is probably a two to three glass limit on this one over a session. (607 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper-orange color with a thick white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is yeasty, hebal, and peppery with a light malt background. The flavor is malty, spicy....peppery, with candi sugars and a light fruitiness. Alcohol is present in the flavor as well. It is full in body and warming with a drying finish. A decent Belgian brew, nice and warming. (360 characters)

Photo of brendan13
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 330ml bottle into a goblet a hazy dark golden colour with a 2 centimetre dense white head that hangs around for a fair while.
S - A light, honey sweetness with some apple & citrus fruit touches & a phenolic spiciness.
T - Honey sweet, some dry bready malt character & slighty nutty. Some apple & peach fruitiness & a fair whack of spicy phenols.
M - Smooth creamy light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation higher side of medium.
D - A very tasty, highly drinkable Tripel. Something I can see myself drinking again. (536 characters)

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as a cloudy straw color.
A satisfying but short lived head appeared that after a few minutes receeded to the beer surface yet left 3-dimensional foam cluster lacing on it's return from whence it came.

The nose was rather non-descript. I had hoped for notes of the bucolic yeast-- and if it was special-- I could be transported to some rural outpost in Belgium (is there any part of Belgium that's truly rural?) where the hops are grown and farmers brew their own beer. No such luck. Some slight notes of hops with a minor underpinning of yeast of some sort.

Flavor-- I had hoped for a bit more of everything yet as an abbey ale it's perhaps on the "money". Flavor produced a light bitter start with developing intonations of yeast signatures and sort of that bucolic nirvana I'm in search of with this styles and those related.
Nevertheless I had hoped for a louder less veiled portrayal of the Abbey Ale experience.

Finsh produced a clean ending with the song of hops lingering on my pallet.

Drinkability was there -- I could put down a few pints without tiring of it's flavor.. it's not a particularly robust experience but statsifying.

Mouthfeel- corial, but nothing that makes me sit up and take notice.

Over all I'd call this beer a rather veiled perhaps non-descript beer. It meets its challenges competently but nothing that makes me remember it next time I'm browsing my fave store's shelves.

Regardless, 11.2fl oz just went down the hatch and being Xmas day, I'd gladly reach for another botte. (1,518 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy orangy color ale with a huge head with perfect retention. Aroma is quite funky with the yeast signature readily noticeable. Carbonation is good and body is quite full. Taste is dominated by the yeast at the beginning and then some spices, which are hard to distinguish with a funky finish. Another fine funky gem from de Ranke. (356 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden with a large white uneven soapy head that leaves almost no lacings.

S: Yeast and coriander. Sweet malt. Spicy. Fruity, mostly ripe peacheas, oranges and red apples.

T: Kind of acidic at first. Dry malt with lots of frutis in the back (same as in the smell). Yeast and spices; coriander.

M: Low carbonated with a medium body. Aftertaste is short and sour.

O: A Tripel is always a Tripel, this one was nice but a bit too acidic for my taste. (459 characters)

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, shared with a friend

A- In between golden and orange, quite hazy. Perfect dense white head that goes down progressilvely, still leaving a minimal covering in the end. Moderate lacing on the sides of the glass

S- Earthy yeast aroma, with a light herbal touch from the hops on the back of things. Really nice and pretty strong fruity notes also showing up (pear, apple, slight citrus)

T- Sweet delicate malts, with honey in evidence and slight caramel. Than a nice amount of background flavours: a herbal earthyness that reminds of a saison; quite distinct fruity notes as the smell suggested (pear, citrus); a slight alcoholic spiciness. Finishes with a touch of herbal bitterness

M- Medium body with medium to high carbonation. Still nicely soft and on both tongue and palate, thank to the everlasting head which brings a nice creamy feel

O- Nice flavours and complexity, maybe a bit too raw, expecially in the afteraste, which has a strong earthy/yeasty feel. Not so much of an easy drinker

Listed as a tripel, though i would sure say this is a saison on blind tasting (1,089 characters)

Photo of Kraken
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a mid burnt amber shade, topped by three large fingers of off white head with great retention. Chunky lacing follows. Body is alive and cloudy.

S - Light floral hops, acidic apple skin and yeast.

T - Quite bready, rye and other grain, a slightly citric hop bitterness with some distant dried fruit tucked in there.

M - Full body, medium carbonation, no heat.

O - Nicely balanced tripel, abv well hidden. (417 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small brown 11.2oz brown bottle. Generous Best Before date of Sept. 08.
It pours a foggy caramel amber with a medium-sized off-white head and a few wisps of lace.
A healthy barn-like smell blends with an aroma of dried malt and hint of alcohol.
The body, while substantial, is lighter than I expected. A dried malt and cut dry hay taste is noticeable a lightly sweetened caramel taste is in the background.
A sharp, edgy tart bitterness and lemon sourness are seasoned with a peppery spice. A slight phenol piney taste lingers in the background, while a mild vodka-like alcohol fuminess adds a bit of warmth. This brew improves throughout. (644 characters)

Photo of QuentinCompson
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into Bavik glass at La Trappe in SF

A - Nice pour, two finger head, awesome retention, frothy, murky golden brew, lots of sediment

S - Hoppy, classic belgian blonde ale smell

T-M - Malty with heavy hop flavor; really good tasting blonde but a bit heavier, robust

D - Extremely drinkable. Could go for another, but willing for options (352 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Up-date: had a 75cl bottle on 8th August 2012. Loved it, could easily up every score but am leaving it as it is.

33cl Brown bottle, best before Feb 2014, drank during one of my 'random beer tasting evenings' in Aug 2010.

The bottle was poured into a 'Hoegaarden Grand Cru' stemmed tulip, slowly to keep as much sediment as possible in the bottle.

Dull hazy orange hue to the body, maybe some sediment got out the bottle afterall. The head was small and white coloured.

The smell was of honey melon and oranges, with raw sugerbeet and alcohol esters for fair measure.

The orange thoughts from the appearance and aroma stayed with me into the taste, so orange flavours could be detected, not so sweet as the aroma though, other citrus notes come to play suggesting bitterness and as the mouth drys a hop bitterness takes over the final hurdle of the palate.

Very, very drinkable and something I'll endevour to have again. (925 characters)

Photo of niklas0770
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy golden beer with a two finger head wich quickly fades to form a ½ finger lid. It actually reminds me of a witbier.

A full and overwhelming smell with a warm feel to it. Lots of citrus, hints of lemon peel and lots of grapefruit. There's also hints of dry grass, yeast and bread. A very fresh aroma ideed.

The taste is semi-dry with hints of citrus and spices, very refreshing. The aftersate holds some bitter tones and yeast.

This beer is very pleasent, very gentle. The carbonation is low and the over all feel is very smooth.

I will have no preoblem finnishing off my 750 ml bottle. A very well balanced beer! (627 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap @ the moan and dove

sparkling dandelion wine coloration and very clear, not much carbonation and a swirl of bubbles on the surface. crazy thin lacing dominates the inside surface area of the guldenberg tulip. aroma is all candy. sweet malts and candi sugar paired with mild hops and summery fruit salad. some alcohol-soaked peach and an array of light berries. flavor cuts that sweetness with a substantial hop conflict (not surprising from de ranke) and a licorice-laden alcohol burn. complex but light body and drinkable. great belgian for a hot summer day. handles a chill like a champ too, doesn't lose much flavor in the 40's. (641 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (1,646 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (1,347 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Triple Belgian abbey 8.5%.

A: Pours a dark orange color with a big frothy white head. Dark and hazy.

S: Spicy dried fruit on nose.

T: Dried dark fruit, some burbon alcohol notes, and warm sour oranges for flavor. Theres some burbon cask notes with a distinct woody flavor and a wine like texture. Overall a very good triple with some dark fruit character and a dry warming alcohol finish.

M: Spritzy mouthful with moderate carbonation.

D: warming, with dried fruit makes this an enjoyable experience. (508 characters)

De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
90 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.