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De Ranke Guldenberg - Brouwerij De Ranke

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De Ranke GuldenbergDe Ranke Guldenberg

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Reviews: 228
Hads: 387
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 28
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-22-2002

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Photo of mynie
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from John's Grocery. It says it's best before June of 09 (whew!), meaning that this little number was bottled a full five years ago.

Starts bubbly precipitously as soon as it's opened, showing the pathetic violence of old age. This settles, thankfully, and pours a very dark orange topped with white wisps of carbonation.

Smells really really good, actually. Damn. Age is wisdom, in this case. Not senility (or incontinence). Raisins and plums and nice old wooden furniture, and then you got some yeast and some ribbon candy in there, too.

Tastes good, but very different than its aroma and not quite so good. I suppose old men are always less handsome when they take their clothes off. Smooth juices start things off, apples and prunes, move into a sweeter middle of alcohol and yeast, end on the pronounced fiery zing of a damn fine tripel. The aftertaste leaves nodes of earth and coffee.

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Photo of illidurit
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 cL bottle poured into a Unibroue goblet. Hazy dull goldenrod color with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma is very yeasty, fresh bread, light esters including pear and apple. Flavor is also very yeasty with some pale malts, mild noble hops, pears, and grains. Moderate astringency and just a little bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Solid but I'd like a fruitier tripel.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Gmann
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Moeder Lambic St. Gilles, served in a De Ranke glass.

A: Clear gold body, 1" head of fine off-white foam. Nice lace. Good.

S: Fresh, grassy, herbal, and a little fruity. Very pleasant indeed.

T: Breadiness, spicy phenols, grassiness, and a bitter, hoppy finish. Nice.

M: Fairly light-boded with lots of delicate, soft carbonation. Lovely.

O: This struck me as being way too light-bodied and bitter for a Tripel - much more of a classic BSPA. Whatever you call it, it's a tasty beer.


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Photo of Suds
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly golden colored liquid with an enormously puffy white head. The lace that this beer produces is mesmerizing. The aroma is complex and intense: light malts, spices, citrus, honey, under-ripe apples, caramel, sugar, and a lot of yeast. There’s a lot of carbonation, which gives a prickly sensation. Warming sets in after a few sips. Not a lot of sweetness, although the smell makes you expect some. The finish is dry and moderately bitter. Flavorful, complex, and fulfilling: exactly what I want from a beer.

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Photo of FLima
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice slightly hazy orange color with a thin head with short retention. Changes to murky after pouring the residual sediments.
Very refreshing aroma of tangerines, Belgian yeast with pine notes.
Likewise, taste of oranges soaked in liquor, cider, and peaches. Also, Belgian yeast, pine, honey with an elegant hint on condiments and floral hops. Dry and lightly warming aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Medium body with medium carbonation and tiny bubbles and an effervescent sensation. Alcohol of 8.5% ABV is harmonic and at an optimum level.
Balanced and flavorful beer that is versatile enough for warm or cold days.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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 LilBeerDoctor
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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)

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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 DrinkSlurm
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attempted to pour from bottle into glass...but about 8 ounces of this 11.2 oz bottle litterally exploded all over the place..it actually got me in the face. So I am reviewing the remaining liquid...
Pours a golden orange color - thick head obviously.
Lots of funk aromas - grassy, citrus, yeast.
Taste is bitter funky wit, grassy, earthy, slightly hoppy.
Its good, not amazing. I love funky sour brews, but this one was a bit strange...good but strange.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a beautiful golden color with abundant white puffy head. Smell is a mixture of spices. candied sugar, and hops. Tset is sweet, malty and spicy to start, then abundant hops seem to completely take over. Finishes strong and alcoholic. An OK tripel, But not great.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy apple juice, off white .5 inch head, leaves to disk pretty quick. Lots of cling lace.

S - Spiced juicy fruit gum. Lemony citrus.

T - Maltier than anticipated, finished with the smell attributes in taste. Dry finish.

M - Nice filling quality. Feels meatier and more whole than the actual body weight is. Smacking dry nice finish.

D - Bit high on the ABV for session, but does not tire fast. Could have a few fur sure.

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Photo of shigg85
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is such a nice and spicy tripel that goes wonderfully with frites and salad. The hops are powerfully present and the floral notes round this brew out. Highly recommended!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured in the chalice a crystal clear golden with a light white head that lasted well to lace the chalice.

The aroma was fruity and spicy at first and then after the head died back deeply malty with light caramel and subtle pepper spice aromas. Slight alcohol aroma brings out the spicy phenols.

The flavor was slightly sour with an interesting bittering that was well done and a malt presence that only made the beer more interesting.

The finish was dry with lasting slight yet interesting sourness and bittering. The body was medium and well done. The alcohol only comes in the warming after consumption.

11.2 ounce bottle. A triple, I don't think so, more like a Belgian Pale Ale with a bit or sourness thrown in for complexity. The label had no distinct freshness dating but said date of bottling is 5 years before best before date shown and it almost appeared to have a notch at N and at 04, I wonder if I missed it by 2 months? A nice and interesting beer, but at $4 a bottle I will have to look for a fresher example to give the devil his due...

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whoa, this head is weird...it sizzles, and has a bumpy surface, with bubbles of all sizes...it sits on top of a mustard-yellow (the real stuff, not French's) color, a bit cloudy. Lots of lace covers the glass, looks like the crispy rice used in candy bars.

This carries a yeasty, grassy smell, a real earthy aroma, with only mild traces of sweet spices, compared to many other tripels. Sweaty yeast here too. (Are they getting their yeast strain from Orval?) Hops are largely present too, so it would seem that hops will figure largely in the flavor.

They do. Coming from the brewery who makes the XX Bitter, this is no surprise, but damn, even with their tripel they don't skimp on the hops. So you get lots of grassy character in the flavor, and with further warming a faintly sweet maltiness tries to peek through. Spiciness is incredibly mild, taking a backseat, again, to the hops. An overall musty character dominates the flavor.

It's light, airy, and a tad buttery in the mouth (whipped butter?), while the finish is dry and crisp, even leaving a stale bubble-gum aftertaste.

I can't consider this is a true tripel. If tripel the malt was used in its creation, fine, but there are too many differences for it to fit squarely in that category. I'd rather call it a Belgian pale ale, and a hoppy, enjoyable, quenching one at that.

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Photo of bobsy
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to see this one on tap at Coles. I've enjoyed De Ranke so far, so grabbing a chalice was a no-brainer.

Hazy gold pour with a finger of white head that dipped to a film, leaving the odd spot of lace as it did so. In the nose there's some dry funk upfront with some white wine character. Mild fruits, light breadiness and clove round things off. Great flavours, and a nice showcase for that slightly funky yeast. Some leather joins the show and the notes from the nose are intensified and joined by candy sugar and pear. Full and fruity with a great dry finish, this one doesn't let you down. Medium-bodied with a slightly prickly carbonation.

De Ranke is a brewery that I trust and they don't put a foot wrong here. It's an expertly delivered classic take on the style.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

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Photo of ADR
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy brownish orange appearance, decent head that replenishes adequately but doesn't build much height. Laces very nicely. Aroma is fresh, candied cherry, orange slices in sugar, some alcoholic "cocktail" sense. Starts out well, balanced, bitters counter a doughy fruitcake flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation follows suit. Ends a little less satisfying, a little plastic and phenolic with a slightly seltzery diminished quality. Some bit of alcoholic warmth and prunes to the aftertaste and a little less dry than I expect in a Tripel's finish. Stands pretty well on its own merits, with a good start to the flavor impression.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought from Beersofeurope.co.uk

Poured a golden yellow colour with a few yeasty chunks. Huge billowy white head fills the glass in an instant then fades slowly to thick layer leaving a trail of thick sticky lacing down the glass... quite a lot of carbonation bubbles drift slowly to the surface...

Aroma - Candy sugar mixed with spicy Belgian yeastiness, pale biscuity malts, lots of freshly cut grass, floral honey sweetness, bready, perfumed, alcohol is pretty noticeable, vanilla notes... lemon, grapefruit and pear spicy fruitiness, peppery...

Taste - Nice candy sugar sweetness, spicy fruits (pears, apples, lemons and grapefruits), lots of yeastiness, alcohol noticeable but not overly so, very floral and perfumed, some medicinal notes, light sea saltiness, peppery notes, some ginger spiciness...

Feel - Very sharp and dry with just a little smoothness coming through... light / medium bodied... pretty damn drinkable for 8.5% - dangerously so....

Overall - An excellent Belgian tripel and another fine beer from De Ranke... recommended....

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Photo of rarbring
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours slightly hazy brass toned, a high firm white head that settles slowly, a bit unevenly. Leaving good lacing.

The smell is yeasty complex, fruit tones, a bit alcoholic and funky metal.

Starting with sweet fructose notes, peaches, apples, pears, a alkaloid bitterness. Hints of overripe brie.

Medium low carbonation, small rather aggressive bubbles, soft texture rather high viscosity, a slightly coarse dry ending.

Much nice stuff going on in this one, there are however a slightly raw finish which could improve over time IMHO.

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Photo of Crosling
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One strange brew, but damn delicious. Clearly a multi-dimensional yeast is used, because there is some serious funk in here. Some bretta, etc. It’s perfectly tart, very fruity and leaves my mouth wanting more and more. It's like a bigger version of Orval. De Ranke is becoming one of Belgium's best breweries.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off when I popped the lid this bottle erupted like shaken champagne and would not stop foaming all over the place, annoying!
A - fully hazy yellow with plenty of sediment, tower of head is a joke
S - a dizzying mix of florals, spices, fruity esters, and grains
T - fruity esters and bright lavendar floral hop notes mix well together, hints of coriander, seeds, and light leafiness
M - bright and creamy, huge carbonation, mildly bitter
O - the overflowing bottle really pissed me off before I even started, but this brew is unique and even a little mysterious, keeps your palate busy for sure

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Photo of bditty187
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazy, tawny-coppery in hue with a splash of amber; white foam, at the apex the head was almost two fingers tall. Head retention was respectable, after a few moments all that remained was a soapy cap. Subsequent lacing was spotty and not very prevalent. Overall, the appearance is decent but largely forgettable.

The nose is very bright, forceful and chatty; I was impressed after one sniff. There was lemon zest and dried grapefruit rinds with hints of tropical fruit which is followed by herbal, spicy, flowery aromas; faintly musty with a trace of sourness. Honey-like maltiness, crackers, peaches, and apples develop overtime. The bouquet is complex but it doesn’t strike me as a Triple. Clearly it is something Belgian, something funky, and something inviting. I am curious.

The palate is musty, fruity, sour, tart, malty, sweet, bitter at the back with a tangy-smooth finish. I taste grapes, apples, peaches, lemon zest, dried grapefruit rinds, herbs, cloves, flowers, grass, hay, crackers, honey, faint (and random) spiciness. Somehow the palate is very complex and yet not overwhelming. This seems to be the trademark of De Ranke. In time a wonderfully hoppy bitterness develops and lingers on the back of my tongue. I am impressed. I didn’t think this beer smelled like a Triple but the palate *somewhat* tastes like a Triple. I am not going to pigeonhole such a beer. It is an esoteric Belgian Ale. That’s life.

Slightly fuller then medium in body; moderate and smooth carbonation, the mouthfeel is quite rewarding.

Very drinkable; at first this beer was just so-so but it really, really grew on me. So much so I would easy recommend this beer and I can’t wait to drink it again. For reasons only I know I have sat on my 11.2oz bottle for many months. I think Bill from “the Moon” gave it to me. I’m not sure. All I know this is a funky, musty, slightly sour, hoppy, and enjoyably malty ale that I bet would kill with an assortment of cheese. Honestly, this was a surprise… it really shouldn’t have been as De Ranke is awesome.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Comptoir du Pouple (La Roche/Yon) and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : golden blond color, with white foamy head.
Smell : fruity and hoppy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : sweet malty flavors, light bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the Belgian style Triple.

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De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
90 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.