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De Ranke Guldenberg | Brouwerij De Ranke

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BA SCORE
90
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235 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
235
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415
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
12.94%
 
 
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De Ranke GuldenbergDe Ranke Guldenberg
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Guldenberg is a tripel-style abbey ale containing 8.5% vol. Alc. Its colour is blond and it’s made of pale malt with the addition of candy sugar. The bitterness comes from the Hallertau hops we use as bitterhop and as aromahop. On top of that we use dry – hopping techniques with the same hops which give the ale its unique flavour and aroma and its perfect balance between sweet and bitter. The name came from the former Guldenberg Abbey in Wevelgem, the village of birth of Nino, one of the brewers. According to data in Flandria Illustrata ale was brewed here in the past.

Added by Bierman9 on 04-22-2002

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4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Sampled during the BA Social held at Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena on Saturday 12th October, 2003. The second in a trilogy of De Ranke beers, which we all shared.

It arrives in unlabelled green glass bottle, the 750ml curved sided affair with the dimpled bottom, so typically used by Cantillon, Fantôme, etc. The whole bottle is wrapped in an inviting paper wrap. The De Ranke Guldenberg wrapper has equally spaced light blue and white vertical stripes with the word Guldenberg in dark blue above a small picture. Corked. Unfiltered & Unpasteurized.

Appearance: A lovely bright amber color that turned to a hazy brown as the 750ml was shared around the Table and the yeast made its way out of the bottle into the last glass or two. A crusty, rocky head, off-white, looks like you would need Crampons to climb it. Nice appearance and classic Belgium looks when poured into a Goblet.

Nose: Not exactly the aromas that you would expect from a Tripel. Moreover, they are more fruity than usual, not exactly complex, but more akin to a bowl of fresh fruits – merged odors. Definitely some furry skinned stone-fruits, I remember Apricots & Peaches. Hops & Malts are there also, maybe biased towards the former. A rather subdued nose, strength-wise, but very inviting.

Taste: This is a really a very good beer. Malty beginnings, with a rather hoppy finish. The middle is fruity, a smooth peach presence, and some lights spices come through also. Some yeast adds smoothness and a bready aspect to the beer. A nice dry, hop-bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: The 8.5% gives the beer plenty of body. Carbonation lends itself to a spritzy feel on the tongue at times.

Drinkability: For an 8.5% Tripel, this was extraordinarily easy to drink. In fact I began to wonder what made this so damn quaffable. Maybe the hops towards the end perhaps, the spicy fruity middle, or just the fact that it is so well-balanced with plenty of character. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall: A lightly spiced, astringent, well-balanced Tripel, which exudes quality. Another excellent offering from De Ranke. Note: I believe that De Ranke beer is now being imported by Shelton Brothers.

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Photo of Jon
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, honeyed amber. White head leaves trails of lace behind. Decent head retention. Peach, apricot, yeast, floral hops are all evident in the inviting nose. Taste is features an array of flavors including honey, peach, and yeast accenuated by an earthy, bitter hop finish. Some sweetness is present and the alcohol is extremely well-hidden. Smooth, elegant mouthfeel. Carbonation is done nearly perfectly. Wonderful Belgian tripel. Though quite hoppy, the interplay of flavors makes this beer highly drinkable and certainly a favorite. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This Tripel poured a clear, golden color with thin, white foam that left lace on the glass. The smell was lightly malty with some fruitiness (a hint of grapes). The taste was malty and floral (hops) and vinous. Overall a very nice flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and carbonation. The hops (bitter and floral) came through in the finish, and the aftertaste lingered. This was a very drinkable tripel.

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Photo of putnam
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thoroughly clouded pastel amber. Active froth that quickly becomes a translucent sheet.

Besides the many familiar aromatic descriptors that are associated with untamed yeast (pressed apples, barf, pepper, burning paper, etc.) there is a distinct note of dill leaf present in this beer. This is something I otherwise might associate with under-ripe Cabernet when its been exposed to carelessly handled American oak.
On the palate it is chalky, with a glaze of candied lemon, fuzzy with mold, stone, flint, pepper, paper, and whey. Doughy, it describes exotic mediterranean fusions of toasted sesame, olive, beet, fennel, and date. The finish is mildly sour and mildly bitter. I suspect if the hop-load were reduced slightly, this would be better. Still, nice yeast.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had forgotten I tried this years ago. Had a 0.33l bottle at Cafe Take One in Maastricht on 26SEP11, for €4.00.

Poured a cloudy, muted golden, with a creamy, short, fine white head which left nice lace. Aroma was fruity yet also hoppy and a touch rindy. Medium in body, and pretty smooth, overall.

Flavor has tropical fruit and some pithy, rindy hopping, being a touch bitter and dry in the finish. Seems, now anyway, more like a Belgian IPA than a Tripel. Regardless, a tasty offering. Prosit!!

4.03 rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Original review of 08APR03:
This bier came in a plain, green 25.4 oz bottle, with no label. It was wrapped in a striped, light blue and white paper, with the name, brewer and assorted other info printed upon it. The label says "Belgian Abbey Beer" and lists it as being 8.0% abv. Best by date was June 2005. Topped with a bottle cap, and a hard-to-remove cork.

It poured into a goblet a hazy, glowing golden-orange color. Sitting atop the golden nectar was a whipped-cream like mound of white foam. It didn't last all too long in its large state, preferring to maintain a thin, creamy, fine layer. Lacing was exemplary!

The nose consisted of a melange of fruits, most noticably a peachy character. Beneath this was a slight spicy and peppery aroma.

Mouthfeel, in general, was about medium, or "good" in BA parlance. Body was medium at a minimum, yet could not quite push beyond that. A slight bit of carbonation made for a touch of prickliness on the tongue, yet overall it passed fairly smoothly down the hatch.

The flavor exhibited the same peachy quality found in the aroma. Other tropical-style fruits meld into the mix as well. As far as malt goes, there is a pinch of breadiness present, though not much. The fruit is the main player on this stage. As the contents of the bottle diminish, the resulting pour into the goblet turns the liquid a murky, dull, light bronze color. The yeasties have arrived!! This gives an ever-so-slight spiciness to the flavor, though the fruitiness still reigns supreme.

All-in-all, a fine offering. I would like perhaps a bit more spiciness and less fruitiness, but let's not quibble here. This is a tasty offering, one I'd not hesitate to have again! Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.15
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

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Photo of stcules
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful gold-yellow colour, with oranged reflexes. The smell is floreal and fruity, with some apricot, green apple, pear. At the taste you can feel the honey (sharp even in the flavour), with a good bitter. The bitter and the sweet (of honey and even pear) are very good balanced. The aftertatse is bitter with a good persistance. The body is medium - light.

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Photo of Gusler
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oh yea baby this beer has more stuff floating around in it than the Salt River at flood stage? Not sure that’s a great description, but I personally like beers with a lot of dross. After its departure from the bottle it sets in the glass an amphibological yellowish-orange color, the head portly in size, frothy in texture and the resultant lace a nice covering of the glass. Yeast, sweet malt, hints of orange peel, and a real treat to the senses with a start that is ambrosial and loaded with malt, top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish has a desirous hop spicy bite, the acidity is spiteful and the aftertaste quite dry and lasts for a least a lustrum, and well worth a sample for the Belgiephiles in the audience.

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Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this at The Moan & Dove (Amherst, MA) and served in the appropriate glass.

Dense rocky white head, lots of cling action. A touch hazed with a dull yellow golden hue. Real mellow aroma, lots of delicate honey-like malt and faint phenols as well as dried tropical fruit way in the back.

The smoothness is unsurpassed, such a rich mouth feel and delicately complex malty palate. Light on the hops, phenols and even the yeast is not too expressive as it melds with the long drawn-out maltiness. Alcoholic subtleties show only in a growing warmth, light fruitiness and a faint spicy bite in the end. A touch of residual sweetness in the finish.

So damn deceiving, flavours are mellow but run the range of a quality Belgian with out being flamboyant. Quite remarkable.

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Photo of kunzbrew
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a hazy wheat color with a monster head and tons of carbonation. The yeast floats all over the glass as the carbonation rises to the top. The light malty smell is arousing along with the hops makes this a very nice brew. For 2.99 a bottle that is not half bad either. The beer finishes strong with after taste that is bad. The lace on the side of the glass is very sexy as I drink this stellar brew.

Cheers

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Photo of marc77
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Formidably thick, creamy white head covers an effervescent golden hued brew w/ good clarity when decanted off the sediment. Fruity sweetness dominates the aroma w/ notes of ripe pear, juicy grape and mild citrus rind. Notes of yeast mustiness, bready malt and light clove are secondary. The flavor profile presents a similar fruitiness of the aroma, albeit in an unripe fashion. Unripe citrus fruit tartness initially is ceded by dry, sugared grape skin tannic sweetness and pleasantly mellow clove phenol. Light sweetness briefly resurfaces mid palate and takes on a fresh, raw honey character only to be offset by mild hop bitterness and mild green apple acetaldehyde. Moderately bodied for style, w/ a spritzy, lively mouthfeel that faciliates a deceiving lightness to this brew. When the yeast sediment is poured, a subtle nuttiness adds additional complexity. Finishes dry, crisp, lightly tart with quickly fading must. Guldenburg, although a touch understated in spicy profile for a Saison, possesses a myriad of flavors and is very complex, nonetheless. Superlative drinkability due to its facade of refreshing crispness. Delicious. Bottled 6 / 2000

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De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
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