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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

334 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 220
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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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy hazy orange, with foam pouring insistantly from the first half of the bottle. NIce triple with spices and easy full mouthfeel. Wewll hopped. Hammering alcohol. Thank you very much Phyl21ca. Now for a series of sampling this brewery. Yeast, malt, and orange.

Sammy, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1%

t0rin0, Nov 12, 2012
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

zestar, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -1%

Thorpe429, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and poured with a two finger high bright white, dense head. The head has excellent retention properties and it faded away very slowly, yet consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The overall taste is both spicy and bitter; there are also some notes of candi sugar. The bitterness really stands out in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation. The finish is very dry.
D: The alcohol is well hidden from the taste but this is definitely a beer to sip because of all of the bitterness.

metter98, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely amazed by what this bottle contains- if a floral and dry Tripel is your thing; or if stronger, fruitier Saisons suit your fancy, you'll love this beer.

The pour brings a very spirited and froathy strong straw/medium gold colored ale with medium haze. A combination of loosely knit bubbles with desnse creame lead to a creamy appearance with great retention and lacing.

Very floral with German Saaz or similar hops with a deep floral boquet of honey suckle, even fruity tones. Lemony, spicy, and confection notes round out the complex and delicate scents.

Early fruitiness from yeasty esters and floral hops start the delicate mix. But soon enough, the lemons, apples, pears, and tropical fruits take hold and begin to balance against the white pepper, orange zest, and corriander-like spiciness. Growing in intensity the fruity/spicy balance elevates into a powerful taste of drying alcohol, hops, and spice that overtake the fruits in the finish.

Creamy and soft early, the beer turns spicy, dry and effervescent in the finish. Seemingly evaporative and powdered sugar sweet and soft at the same time.

This beer has the strength in flavor and alcohol as a Tripel but the balance, spice, and dryness borrows a lot from the Saison styles. Delcious, challenging, and ultimatley pleasurable throughout.

BEERchitect, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of GRG1313
2.45/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

(2008 Bottling - tasted Feb. 2011) I only review this beer since it was purchased in 2011 off the shelf of a reputable store. Small bottle format.

Dark orange amber with no head worth noting.

Nose is stale/oxidized carmel but with hints and underlying toffee/carmel; Mouthfeel is very thin and watery.

Flavors are light sugary and thin. Thin brown sugar character. Some burnt grain, coffee, sherry character but I suspect this is a reason why not to age beer. Light bitter coffee finish.

This one was on the shelf and purchased in 2011. Will try it again fresher and perhaps in the larger bottle format.

GRG1313, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

ygtbsm94, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy golden yellow color, very nice fluffy looking head that left behind a scattered soapy looking lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer had some grain, and hints of herbs on the nose. It's also had a good amount of yeast too. The taste of the beer had a light floral flavor to it with some spices and a touch of fruity sweetness. The mouthfeel wasn't overly caronated but still had enough to keep me interested. Overall it was a good brew, I would probably try it again if the price was right.

Knapp85, Aug 12, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the tulip glass a deep hazy orange with a big rocky white head that leaves globs of lace as it settles into creamy-like top,major phenols in the nose spicey and lightly smokey with a lemon undertone.Pretty sweet in my mind for the style but very flavorful big honey notes over clove and overipe pineapple and lemon with the alcohol burn becoming more noticable as the beer warms a little.I notice maybe a light herbal/minty element in the finish making for a drier finish,a big flavorful triple a little different than some but quite nice.

oberon, Nov 05, 2005
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4/5  rDev -1%

JAHMUR, Nov 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

largadeer, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2002 vintage.

A loud pop once uncorked, then a golden, foamy pour.

Hazy orange, deep caramel color. Minor suspended particles float about, slowly making their way to the bottom of the glass. Iceberg of foam crowns the remnants inside the bottle.

Sweet butterscotch, herbs, spicy pepper, and well water are present in the aroma.

Flavors are intertwined with the smell. Pepper, butterscotch, herbs, and stony well water cameo on the palate. Not overly sweet like many tripels. Very balanced and highly drinkable. Ultra smooth mouthfeel makes this a dream to sip. One bottle disappeared easily, recommend having several on hand.

Edit: After tasting a more recent bottle last night, there is a higher degree of sweetness to this than the first bottle. While it is exceptionally balanced, a whole bottle would best be shared. So .5 less for drinkability and taste.

emerge077, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

biboergosum, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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.

nickfl, Oct 10, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Jason, Mar 26, 2003
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this 11.2oz bottle chilled in a goblet, review taken from notes.

The color is brillian golden with 2 fingers of white head with fine bead and visibly carbonated with thick lace stickage. The smell has lots of yeast esters with tropical scent and light lemon curd fragrance with mild herbal smell and gentle yeast phenolics with a light alcohol type fruit ester. The feel is very nicely balance with yeast spiciness and hop bitterness with light malt sweetness and subtle alcohol presence with a dry tangy finish, moderately carbonated throughout.

The taste has a very tangy fruity and light lemony tropical flavor with tangerine and mild peppery/slightly herbal hops with a mild sweetness in the malt profile. The yeast is the dominant flavor with a mild earthy and dried fruit element and subtle alcohol in the taste as it finishes dry. Overall I consider this a very good Tripelwith nice hops and yeast flavors. Easy to quaff for an 8% Belgian, I think it is another fine brew from De Ranke.

Slatetank, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, best before April 2009.

Hazed peachy orange hue, decent slab of off-white from above, lasting long, looking good.

Nose is a blend of fruit and spice, citrus on top, with a side order of mustiness, and a whiff of sour. Nice.

Good blast of hops at the fore, then comes the delightful fruity, yeasty flavor. Palpable and pulpy, a zesty, juicy thing, sweet and tasty. Gets tarter as we go further into the glass.

Full-bodied, with a long, fruity, lightly bitter finish. Good mouthfeel.

A tasty little tripel. Worth the $4.09 I paid for it? Sure.

feloniousmonk, Nov 29, 2005
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4/5  rDev -1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

smcolw, Feb 15, 2009
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De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
90 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.