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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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours goldenrod with a small white head, some nice Belgian lace.

S: Apples, esters, with a fair amount of hops.

T: Has a requisite Belgian pale malt with esters, but gets very hoppy and earthy, bordering on saison but really like a Belgian IPA. Reminds me of De Ranke Bitter, but the higher FG helps to smooth out the hop notes.

M: Very smooth, medium-bodied. Elegant on the palate, spritzy at times.

D: Definitely one of the hoppier tripels I've ever had, the American influence is clear. In the end an enjoyable beer but nothing spectacular.

Halcyondays, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Up-date: had a 75cl bottle on 8th August 2012. Loved it, could easily up every score but am leaving it as it is.

33cl Brown bottle, best before Feb 2014, drank during one of my 'random beer tasting evenings' in Aug 2010.

The bottle was poured into a 'Hoegaarden Grand Cru' stemmed tulip, slowly to keep as much sediment as possible in the bottle.

Dull hazy orange hue to the body, maybe some sediment got out the bottle afterall. The head was small and white coloured.

The smell was of honey melon and oranges, with raw sugerbeet and alcohol esters for fair measure.

The orange thoughts from the appearance and aroma stayed with me into the taste, so orange flavours could be detected, not so sweet as the aroma though, other citrus notes come to play suggesting bitterness and as the mouth drys a hop bitterness takes over the final hurdle of the palate.

Very, very drinkable and something I'll endevour to have again.

BlackHaddock, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Gavage, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/11/05- Purchased at Belltramo's in Menlo Park, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by September 2008 notched on the bottom of the label.

Appearance- Golen orange hued pour with the smallest of head and minimal lacing. Lots of little yeastie floaties abound.

Smell- Lots of spices and maybe a touch of tropical fruit.

Taste- Spices abound is this brew. Along with some light citrus fruit backing (orange, tangerine, apricot). It almost flows over to a saison-ish taste. It's like it wants to be sour, but it's not. Maybe some corriander as well.

Mouthfeel- Fairly low carbonation level.

Drinkability- Kinda an odd tripel, but very tasty at that. This one aged for about a year, so maybe it would have tasted quite different last September? I'll look for this one again.

GClarkage, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of corby112
2.4/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a golden orange-amber color with tangerine edges and a half finger white head that quickly settles into a very thin ring.  Minimal lacing.

Sweet, slightly hoppy aroma with zesty spice, estery light fruit notes, pale malt and boozy sweetness.  Hints of pepper and alcohol followed by apricot, apple and pear.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with subtle earthy hops countered by a sweet floral presence, light fruits, zesty spice and sweet boozy heat.  Some dry bitterness followed by pepper and coriander spice, apricot and apple before a rush of overly sweet booze comes in.  Kind of all over the place, thin bodied, overly spicy and harshly boozy.  I used to think that this was a great beer but I'm not much of a fan anymore.

corby112, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, medium toned gold with a fluffy, white, 2 finger head of foam that fades to a gentle cap. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of mildly tart apple, fresh grain, subtle oak, vanilla, fresh dough, lemongrass, and citrus.
Taste is of the aromas with notes of apple pie and a touch of pair.
Mouthfeel is ligt-medium bodied with a light sweetness up front and hints of tartness and bitters rounding it out. There is a light grassiness detected but it is subtle and hardly detracts from the overall enjoyability.

weeare138, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased for me by @LaitueGonflable for my birthday.

Pours a pleasant clear, deep golden colour, with a firm, frothed egg-white head. Lacing is streaking and persistent. Lots of fine bubbled carbonation which works its way through the light body in a very sprightly manner. A little suspended yeast sediment from a less-than-ideal pour.

Nose is dry and crisp, with some light spiciness, a touch of dried fruit and a wandering lilt of apple must. Slight candied lemon twinge to it. Very well integrated and very refined.

Taste is as you would expect, very light and bright but with subtle dry complexities. Dried apple on the front, with a spritzy, slightly zesty spice mid palate, followed by a surprisingly lengthy finish, giving white grape skin and a touch of pepper. Very little astringency or phenols, and the alcohol is almost unnoticeable. Feel is light, but very smooth and careful.

Really wonderful Tripel. Plenty of complexity, but smooth, enjoyable and supremely drinkable. Great beer.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the best, but a nice, complex tripel. The aroma is a little simple, but the flavor expands more with lighter berry fruit, malts of doughy bread, pale grain, and a bit of farmhouse hop flavors. Easy drinking and no hint of the alcohol, I'd call this one a winner. Worth a try if you dig nice, drinkable tripels.

tempest, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

large bottle shared at the Blind tiger in NYC. Corked and caged. This classy Belgian pours a zesty apricot shade of amber, cloudy, world class tiny bubble film beneth classic lacing. Nose of strong juniper, must and alcohol . Lively, tasty, complex brew. many layers of taste, yeasty, nutty, fruity, citric,biting hops, all flowing together in a smooth fashion. Soft mouthfeel. This is a very fine brew somewhere in that crazy criss-crossing Belgian wittte-saison-strong pale ale-tripel continuim. Get some and dig into it.

Billolick, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a white, two finger-head that goes slowly leaving some lace, pour slowly. Some yeast left in bottle. Cloudy pale, amber color. Very good carbonation. Medium bodied. Nose is fruity and spicey. Starts smooth and sweet, finishes mellow, the high ABV is not noticeable. Mislabeled - 330ml and 8.5% Abv on label actually the paper wrap has 8.0% ABV and $8.80 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Jul 09, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

afsdan, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 11/20/2016. Pours hazy and cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, peach, pear, grape, orange, pineapple, floral, pepper, grass, honey, clove, candi sugar, bread, and herbal earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and big complexity of fruitiness with malt and spicy esters. Taste of big lemon, pear, peach, orange, apple, floral, pepper, clove, honey, grass, bread, candi sugar, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, floral, pepper, honey, candi sugar, bread, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible balance and complexity of fruitiness with peppery esters; with good malt balance and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is excellent. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a world class tripel! Amazing balance and complexity of fruitiness with spicy esters; and extremely smooth to sip on. This is just insanely delicious, I hope I can find this again in the future.

superspak, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Wasatch, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

wrightst, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Good till December 2015.

A real nice opaque and perfect orb glowing yellow lemon body. Some suspended chunks of yeast in the glass. but also some nice light white rising carbonation. Head is classy rocking and leaves leopard spotting on the glass. Great looking.

And with that comes a great nose as well. Super spicy clove notes and airy grass. Sweet malts and a wonderful refreshing crisp sense. Intensely floral. Wonderful smelling tripel, love where this is going.

Palate hits with a wonderful crisp body. Hop forward matching the floral bouquet. Rolling sweet sugar malts but not terribly. Body is quite light not pushing the malts big like most tripels, but it allows the sensed aromas to really shine and come through in the taste. Fruit lemon manages with the sugar sweetness following.

Overall this is great, and so easily drinkable. Feels incredibly refreshing and light for a high abv also. Would drink this often if I could find it common. This is a real well balanced tripel, and in many ways doesn't even come acoss as a strong Belgian Ale. Very impressive.

smakawhat, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

beerthulhu, Mar 18, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

rolltide8425, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Gusler
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Gusler, Mar 27, 2003
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

TurdFurgison, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange amber and despite a careful pour, had lots of small white particulates floating around, looks kind of cool. Two finger white head with good retention and thick lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast (reminiscent of saison yeast), apple juice, stone fruit, light citrus and cardamom. Flavor is dry, almost champagne like light fruit, clove, light stone fruit, grassy and slightly earthy. Finish is bone dry with a long lingering spicy, non-hop bitterness. Medium bodied with hints of creaminess. A very nicely made dry tripel that has the traditional spiciness and light fruit, but shares some character with saisons, probably because of the dryness in the finish. Nicely done. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip.

LiquidAmber, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of bark
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is pale orange-yellow. There is quite a lot of sediment in the bottle and the liquid is cloudy. The white compact foam forms a slowly sinking two finger thick head. Lots of lacing.

The rather discreet smell is fresh and a bit bitter; it does almost smell like a pale lager. There is some sweetness and a sour note.

The taste is balanced and mellow as it starts with a semi-sweet fruity malty note. There are lots of fruits; sweet apples, oranges, apricots and raisins. The aftertaste got notes of green apples, green peas and some earthy/wooden notes blended with a slight feel of alcohol. It finishes with a mild flavour of apples.

The liquid feels a bit thick in the mouth and the carbonation is strong and fresh with small bubbles.

I found this tripel milder than expected, but at the same time it is balanced and gentle. When it comes to alcohol-potent beers, leave it to the Belgians!

bark, Sep 17, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

KAF, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a golden yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A subtle aroma of malt, yeast, and some light fruit.

T: Tasted of malt (more than you might expect for this style), Belgian yeast, a little lemon, and some spices (i.e., pepper). A solid, well constructed flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a lively, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a good, well made, easy to drink Tripel. Much smoother and underplayed than others of the style, but drinkable nonetheless.

avalon07, May 28, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden with a large white uneven soapy head that leaves almost no lacings.

S: Yeast and coriander. Sweet malt. Spicy. Fruity, mostly ripe peacheas, oranges and red apples.

T: Kind of acidic at first. Dry malt with lots of frutis in the back (same as in the smell). Yeast and spices; coriander.

M: Low carbonated with a medium body. Aftertaste is short and sour.

O: A Tripel is always a Tripel, this one was nice but a bit too acidic for my taste.

Evil_Pidde, Jul 13, 2011
De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
90 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.