De Ranke Guldenberg - Brouwerij De Ranke

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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 25
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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 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 berley31
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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 bum732
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orangish yellow, great creamy head. Smells of honey, some clove, some soft fruits, cherries, peaches, touch of grassiness. Tastes of semi-sweet bready malt with a good earthy bitter backbone. Some spiciness comes through in the end. Nice subtle fruity undertones throughout. Fairly dry finish, alcohol very well hidden.

A very solid Tripel, has both the core flavors of this traditional beers as well as some extra. I really enjoyed this interpretation, specifically the honey like maltness and the subtle fruit tones. Very good.

Photo of Bisho
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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 adamette
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint, 9.4 oz. bottle that I purchased for $13.99 at Rozi's in Lakewood along with two other "De Ranke" beers that I have tasted and reviewed the last few days. Poured into my Westvleteren silver rimmed goblet. Best before end of: 04 2013 stamped on the paper wrapper around the bottle. Interestingly, there is a label on the bottle inside the wrapper but it indicates that it is 8.5% ABV and that it is 11.2 ounces (it is clearly bigger than that) and the "best by" date is not stamped. I assume that the paper wrapper has the right information then. The inner label is simple, off white and stated "Guldenberg Belgian Abbey Ale."

A This is the biggest "gusher" I have ever experienced. I cracked open the cap and then it was Mt. Vesuvius, head came pouring out for about 3 minutes as I lost half the bottle to the gush. After walking the bottle over to the sink, cleaning up and returning about 4 minutes later, the bottle was still slowly gushing into the sink. I had stored it in the door of my fridge for the past week or so. I guess it is possible that the opening and closing of the door could have contributed to some shaking which led to the gush. I recommend storing it in the non moving places in your fridge before opening.
Anyway, nice creamy head over a yellow orange opaque body with lots of visible sediment (yeast?) floating evenly about. The gush experience may have contributed to agitation that led the beer to look this way, though. This is a very good looking tripel. 4.5

S Nice Belgian yeast and sweet malt in a classic tripel smell. Repeated sniffs reveal possibility of some light spices such as cinnamon but most prominent are the malt and yeast. 4.0

T Just as my nose predicted, nice malt sweetness and Belgian yeast tastes in a nice, strong and classic tasting tripel. 4.0

M In an amazing feet the feel is actually smooth (not that common in tripels that I have tasted) and I do not get a bitter alcohol spike either. This, therefore, can be a dangerous beer since it is delicious and hides its ABV so well. 4.5

D As suggested, really good for the style which can be heavy, somewhat harsh with a high ABV and high malt sweetness. 4.0

Notes: I would like to try another bottle and handle it better to see if my experience is different. As it is, this is a solid tripel and probably my favorite from De Ranke.

Photo of Brandt
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured a turbid straw yellow with decent amount of white head

the smell is very estery as a belgian typicaly is with complements of banana, faint citrus and an earthy straw/funk as well

the flavor on this beer is really quite nice with a warming alcohol that is followed by the earth straw/funk that is picked up in the smell and a nice malty character that is subdude by a dryness

finishes with a med. body and a dry crisp bite wich gives way to some malt sweetness and a bit of bitterness.

Photo of BeerSingh
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Dark, hazy and peachy with a big, frothy head. Molecular lacing

S : Spicy and floral on the nose

T : Citrus and dark fruits with a little alcoholic warming taste

M : Good carbonation and fizzy on the palate

D : Very satisfying and warm. Can be a good "to savour" beer

Photo of thepeter
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of JBogan
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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 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 Monsteruss
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The 1st experience I had with this beer was it exploded when I popped the top, maybe due to store handling. The foam was 2" thick, smooth, light wheat in color and lacey. The color was light semi-hazy golden pils. The smell - a honey sweet wheat and a little spicy. The taste was the same as the smell w/ a hops undertone and a light lemony hint. Mouthfeel - medium-bodied. Drinkability - good on the palate with a little more overtone of a lemony aftertaste.

Photo of GilGarp
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A few interesting things about this beer...

First, I love the story of Nino and Guido. As a homebrewer, this really makes the beer special to know that it is brewed by two friends on the weekends and distributed throughout the world.

Second, I've never seen a bottle mislabeled as this one is. It clearly states 11.2 FL. OZ. but this is obviously 750ml.

And third, I've never seen a bottle that is both capped and corked (not to mention wrapped in striped paper!)

The removal of the cap releases a small hiss like a beer that has hardly any carbonation at all. However, the uncorking of the bottle lets go a loud pop similar to champagne.

The hoppy aroma is immediately evident but I'll get to that later. The pour into the chalice is smooth but releases tons of thick white head. The beer has a beautiful golden yellow color with very good clarity. The head settles slowly leaving lacing all over the glass.

Aroma is musky and hoppy. There is definately a ton of spicy hallertau hops in there but the funky Belgian yeast makes itself known as well. There is some sweetness too like a fresh green pear.

The beer is only slightly chilled from cellar temp so a ton of flavor comes through right away. It has a very distinctive and unusual taste that combines the characteristics of a Beglain IPA, strong pale ale, and tripel into one. There is fruity sweetness up front with apples, pears, and banana. This is followed by intense hoppy bitterness and spice. It finishes very dry with a bit of sour funk. So many flavors but all unique and in balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high levels of carbonation. Nice balance and bone dry finish. Drinkability is reasonable given the complexity and intensity of flavors. Alcohol is well-hidden.

What an amazing and unique beer. I've never had anything like it and can't imagine anything coming close to being so special and memorable.

Photo of mynie
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of brendan13
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a tulip-like snifter glass.

A - hazy golden color with a thick foamy head that is well retained; haze is probably from the bottle conditioning yeast

S - oxidation at first, fruity yeast character some hop-like scents - very complex

T - sweet malt with a strong (for a Belgian) hop character, yeast fruitiness is also noted

M - medium body, high carbonation

D - This is a very tasty tripel, if not a little unconventional in the fact the hops are more pronounced than is typical. However, it is quite nice.

Photo of philipquarles
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of Stunner97
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Gavage
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of IDrinkAllot
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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 cvfish
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a golden yellow color that produced a fluffy white head that had great retention and left beautiful lacing on the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced a combination of wheat, malts and yeast

T - The taste of this beer was exception in my opinion, great bready malts, grain, wheat, and a little citrus mixed in to make this quite a great beer

M - The mouthfeel on this beer was light to moderate body and had a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer was quite good, this is a classic example of a Belgian Triple and a great drink

Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very impressive head that leaves abundant, chunky lace on the glass. Yellow, gold color with a tinge of green. Very cloudy.

Mild earthy aromas. There's a hint of citrus in the background. Strong alcohol smell.

Prickly and spicy with a light effervescent finish. Light body given the style, although it also smooth on the tongue and throat. The aftertaste is hoppy bitterness without the bite. The alcohol is masked by the full flavors, showing up only in the swallow.

This is a deceptively easy beer to drink. Initially, it comes across strong but it mellows quickly.

Photo of timtim
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

to me the look of this beer is about as good as it gets. hazy honey gold with a big white head that reduces to a nice foam with clumpy, pillowy white islands floating around in it. lemon zest, green apple, caramel and bubblegum star in the nose. only down side is the power in the scent. in the taste, it's all there. a beautiful balance of the aforementioned with an earthy, herbal hop character and some black pepper and clove notes. everything a tripel should be with a wonderfully soft body that is actually quite full. what a great beer. my third from de ranke. another winner. shelton brothers are the shit...

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml green bottle capped with a wine cork > mini snifter.

This has a classic, hazy yellow-gold color, great carbonation with a fluffy, fine-white head, very slow dissipation, zippy look with sticky, clumpy lacing.

The nose has a subtle, corn and wheat-dry, malty aroma, sweet malt with a sour yeastieness underneath. a warm buzzy heat gently whiffs out of the earthy, spicey effect.

This has a light, crispy earthy malt, wheat, freshly husked corn, earthy and tangy yeast notes with a classic green, weedy hop bitterness right at the end. the heat warms and does not throw off the balance. Hearty, robust, earthy flavors dance around a solid, crispy malt backbone. Feels crispy with a wonderfully light smoothness and dry finsih. Stays very crispy!

authnetic and classic from start to finish.

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.
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De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
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