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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

349 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 24
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-22-2002

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Photo of spicelab
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330mL bottle thanks to Beermasons.

Almost muddy looking orange-straw. Huge white head is dense and pillowy. Slowly dies down leaving flecks of lace and a small island of foam.

Quite a grainy and dry smelling Tripel. Main aromas are grapefruit pith, floral spice, wet hay, pear and honey. Get some doughy sweet esters as it warms, but still retains a musty character.

Bittersweet, with honeydew, pear and banana played off against citrus rind, tart grapefruit and some grassy funk.

Medium mouthfeel and dry finish. Carbonation is lowish for a Belgian brew.

No doubt it's more rustic and funky than most Tripels. It seems give the nod to Saisons and Guezes but doesn't quite co-opt their charisma, and falls short of being a great Tripel for the same reason. Still a good and interesting brew though.

Photo of azorie
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of JBogan
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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 keithmurray
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - hazy golden color with white head

Smell - ginger, coriander, lemon, lime

Taste - citrus headlined by lemons and limes, ginger and coriander

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, effervescent, nice citrus tones upfront, the spices shine through on the finish, flavors linger properly after the swallow. Smooth and refreshing, slightest bit of tartness on the finish.

Overall - an enjoyable beer, drinks lighter than others in the Tripel category, to me this is more of a hybrid Tripel/Belgian Pale Ale/Saison. Very well done, recommended for you Belgian beer lovers.

Price Point - $12.99/750ML bottle

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 dgallina
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce slim brown bottle dated best-before January 2009.

Poured dark cloudy peach with significant sediment despite careful decanting. Insignificant film of head and rapidly dwindling light lace. Heavy alcoholic caramel and cherry fruit aromas. Flavor takes its queue from the smell. Yeast and hops are at the foreground, giving way to diacetyl and touches of phenol in the center. Finishes with clean hops and fruit (tart lemons, sweet cherries). Very light and gently bubbly mouth feel. More refreshing than I expected at the onset. Tastes a bit overly phenolic overall.

Photo of sitarist
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours somewhere between orange, and gold in color. Cloudy with a steady stream of bubbles. Thick, creamy, white head that leaves webs of lacing.

The aroma is earthy, with hints of stewed pigs feet, ginger, moldy rotting pears, and other over ripe fruits.

The taste reminds me of flat ginger-ale, feta cheese, and lots of earthy flavors.

Medium body, slightly dry.

A nice funky beer that lies somewhere between a Tripel, and a Saison.

Photo of TripelMark
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Stunner97
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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 od_sf
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of gfreed
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good tripel, in my book, looks awful and tastes great. This one fits that bill admirably. Once the loose head settled into scattered blobs and blotches that resembled white skin sores, I knew I'd be in for a treat. Plenty of oranges in the aroma, with a taste dominated by oranges mixed with prosciutto and salt. The finish is hoppy in that pleasant Belgian way: flowers everywhere with a nice dry finish that doesn't leave one gasping for air. The ABV hits harder than expected, however-- no power tools after this one.

Photo of ngandhi
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Vintage June 2003.

The spicy, herbal hops are impressive as hell in this beer -- an archetype of Belgian brewing. The body is almost lush, considering the quaffable style, to the point where the weighty alcohol actually adds a creamy, peachy fullness to this beer that makes it seem sweet.

Unfortunately, that's really all this beer is is alcohol -- wafting up into the nose like a volatile cleaning agent and lingering smoky in the back of the mouth like (good) vodka. In fact, this might actually be quite good with a touch of lime (but I won't go that far). As it stands, there's too big of a clash here between the tight, crisp hops and the filling, sweet malt and alcohol.

Were it for a bit more malt support or a cleaner fermentation, this would be nothing short of classic. As it stands, however, the alcohol comes on too strong and selfishly knocks out almost everything good about this beer.

Relax, relax.
ng

Photo of bruindre
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of frosted33
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of MRsojourner
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of lmaduells
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Hautacam
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this from tap at My Place in Newtown ,CT. at a tasting with Nino, the DeRanke brewer and Dan Shelton as guests. We tasted everything De Ranke brews.
Foamy head tops this slightly cloudy deep golden ale.
The smell is cidery with floral hops....some subtle spice.
Taste starts off slighly sweet ,malty and cidery, the hops slowly assert and then diminish a bit as more complex malt, spice and alcohol come through....the hops are back again at the finish, which is drier and hoppier than most tripels...a bit like Chimay tripel....but, I think better, for my taste...maybe because it is less sweet.The complexity of this increases as it warms.The mouthfeel was almost perfect...medium to heavy...medium carbonation.
I could have had a few of these...but there were other DeRankes to taste....and it was a weeknight.
I know it's pricey stuff...but a bottle of this could be savored for an evening....even shared....sipped slowly....it's a special one.

Mark T. also graciously brought out a huge bottle of this, that he had aged since 2001 and poured everyone a little taste....it was amazing !
Hops had mellowed.., smoother...a hint of butterscotch, honey and port....alcohol more subtle....a little sweeter and heavier mouthfeel.
My girlfriend thought it was beyond great...I will get some to age.
We must keep her happy !

Photo of Kerne
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of deanhead
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of epyon396
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Jon
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of Anatole
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of supermeniscus
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of wo87810
4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer in a 330ml bottle, date indicated that it had aged about 4 years since bottling. Yeasty, caramel aromas with a distinctive Belgian tripel feel.

Best tripel that I have had so far, it was rich and malty- almost chocolaty. Finished nicely.

I was not cognoscente of the acidity that other reviewers experienced, but maybe it was because of the age of the beer.

Overall, very pleased, will buy again and again.

De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
90 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.