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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

328 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 26
Gots: 14 | 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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Gavage

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

03-11-2009 12:37:07 | More by Gavage
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IDrinkAllot

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

03-06-2009 01:37:58 | More by IDrinkAllot
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cvfish

Louisiana

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

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

03-01-2009 01:21:36 | More by cvfish
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

02-15-2009 20:33:25 | More by smcolw
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timtim

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

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...

01-25-2009 03:43:02 | More by timtim
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

12-26-2008 23:03:00 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%

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)

12-23-2008 14:51:05 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev -1%

Had this one at the Bayou in SLC.

Pours a nice cloudy dark yellow golden color, nice carbonation, little fizzy white head, some snall islands, and some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, and some spice. The taste is malty, yeasty, slightly spice, with some citrus notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, recommended.

10-21-2008 01:33:45 | More by Wasatch
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Chinon01

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Appearance was a golden bronze with a sloppy foamy head. Smell was of yeasty phenolics (i.e. bubble gum, candy, etc). Taste was similar to smell with a long dry hoppy finish. Mouthfeel was layered and complex. Drinkability was tempered by the dry finish which provided the beer significant presence.

08-09-2008 01:34:40 | More by Chinon01
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MrMonkey

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +1%

On tap @ Ebenezer's in Lovell, ME.

Pours a bright gold with a three-finger dense, creamy white head that fades slowly leaving lots of thick lace.

Smell is a bit faint, but there's lemon zest, yeast, and toasted bread crust.

Taste starts with some bready malts, lemon zest, and candied sugar before some Belgian yeast and wet hay flavors kick in. Finishes very dry and slightly bitter.

Light-bodied and dry mouthfeel. Very crisp and smooth.

Wonderful drinkability. I could easily sit and enjoy this all night long. The alcohol is well hidden.

08-08-2008 21:58:47 | More by MrMonkey
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ShrLSU

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

11.2 oz bottle into Westy goblet.

A - Poured a beautiful golden color with a small white head. Look beautiful in the glass!

S - Very faint hop smell. Nice an malty. A classic belgian ale smell.

T & M - Very malty with some slight hops. Kind of heavy for a what i was expecting. More alcohol tasting than usual.

D - Very drinkable. It was a little too cold when i started to drink it but it got better as it warmed a bit. More flavors seemed to come out. Try this one out if you like the Belgians.

07-18-2008 01:43:48 | More by ShrLSU
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deanhead

Vermont

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

06-13-2008 19:41:49 | More by deanhead
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Kraken

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

05-28-2008 01:06:52 | More by Kraken
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QuentinCompson

California

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

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

05-24-2008 06:38:27 | More by QuentinCompson
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MCDuhamel

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -21.3%

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.

05-18-2008 20:50:28 | More by MCDuhamel
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asabreed

New York

3.43/5  rDev -15.1%

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.

05-17-2008 20:17:43 | More by asabreed
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JDV

Texas

2.58/5  rDev -36.1%

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.

04-06-2008 19:03:53 | More by JDV
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scottg

Vermont

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

Corked bottle poured into a goblet glass.

A: Poured a bright golden color with a thick white head, slightly cloudy with light carbonation. It took a while for the head to settle down.
S: citrus, floral, yeast, springlike
T: starts malty, fruity-orange?, ends with mild hops, slightly spicy
M: light, smooth
D: easy drinkability

Overall, a very good beer. I would love to find this on tap somewhere.

04-04-2008 21:06:07 | More by scottg
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cjgator3

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

04-01-2008 03:51:20 | More by cjgator3
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Single, slender, 11.2 oz bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $5.99...
From what I understand, this beer is brewed in limited batches on the weekends in the brewery...
This was unlike any other Tripel I've tasted - based on both looks and flavor...
Pours a deep, dark, copper-amber color, which was unusual for the style, as I was anticipating a more light, golden blonde-look...
Secondly, both the aroma and taste were very malty, and hinted at something of a cross between a Dubbel and a Tripel... Malty, nutty flavor balanced out by a warming glow of alcohol and a suggestion of syrup, vanilla, molasses, caramel, and candied sugars...
A sweet taste was rounded out by a thick and rich mouthfeel with a decent level of drinkability as well...
The alcohol wasn't as prominent as the sweet sugars which tended to dominate this one...
Not bad...

03-29-2008 20:36:40 | More by dsa7783
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larsee01

Illinois

4.97/5  rDev +23%

11.2 oz bottle poured into glass goblet.

A--Gorgeous palmetto honey color with modest head the same color as bottle label. Dark and cloudy, almost like hard apple cider in fall. Lots of floating yeast and dark sediment specks at bottom.

S--Noticeable at a distance. Smells like it looks...honey and apple. Sweet, fruity, flowery, tiny yeast tang.

T--Damn good! Lots of good stuff happening here. A fruity, spicy, mild tripel. Honey malt, apple, hint of black pepper. Fruity, yeast, grassy finish. 8.5% ABV? Who would know?

M--Smooth with great body. Not much carbonation, but not boring. Clean, but with a pleasant lingering on palate.

D--Wow. Great drinkability. I just bought one of these and it will be gone too fast. A striking, memorable brew. Perhaps the best I've ever had.

03-25-2008 02:24:23 | More by larsee01
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

03-18-2008 00:21:45 | More by beerthulhu
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hero27

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

11.2 oz bottle.
Best consumed before April 2010.
8.5% abv

Pours a hazy golden-orange. Plenty of yeast sediment visible.
Soft flavors of orange, honey, & lemon meld with the yeast character & light graininess of the malt.
Alcohol is disguised very well, and this is as drinkable as most 4% pale ales, at double the abv.
This is an excellent Belgian tripel that I'd definitely recommend anyone trying. I need to find 750's of this, because one 11.2 oz is simply not enough...

03-17-2008 06:34:51 | More by hero27
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Gmann

New York

3.88/5  rDev -4%

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.

03-01-2008 05:08:09 | More by Gmann
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

Pours a clouded gold amber with a minimal white head. Nose is sugary sweet with some hops and citrus. Flavor starts off as fairly bitter but smoothes out as it goes on. Though as you go on there seems to be a more bitter aftertaste that hits you in the back of the mouth. Feel is very smooth. Nice silky texture with a good level of bubble to back it up. Drinkable, yes. I can’t classify this as a stellar brew, but it is still good. De Ranke does another good job here and I am glad to try it.

12-30-2007 22:49:18 | More by RblWthACoz
De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
90 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.