De Ranke Guldenberg - Brouwerij De Ranke

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368 Ratings
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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 27
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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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 LiquidAmber
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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.

Photo of Erbayd
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the many beers I picked up from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange honey-ish color with about 3/4 inch of dense white foam. Definitely less foam than you might expect from a beer like this

S: Yeasty and spicy, with notes of honey and caramel. Belgian yeast smells dominate but you can definitely make out some grassy and peppery scents as well.

T: Deep and complex. Nice hoppiness in the beginning followed by sweet apricot and strong honey flavors. Slightly dry finish.

M: Definitely on the heavier side, with a balanced amount of carbonation

O: The second beer I've had from De Ranke, and definitely one I'll go back to! It's pretty different from any other tripels that I've had before, so I appreciate that.

Photo of SmashPants
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: standard brown 330mL bottle, pretty boring old school Belgian label.

Appearance: pours bright orange with small floaties, limited carbonation. A one-finger white head drops to a thick cap. Decent lacing.

Aroma: Belgian yeasts as expected, with some citrus and an earthy, bitter quality. Interesting.

Taste: unusually heavily spiced and floral for a tripel, but the Belgian yeasts and earthen characteristics are there too. Overall not mind-blowing, but a good and different version of the tripel.

Aftertaste: the earth carries through as does the grassy hops, with a smidge of yeast.

Mouth feel: medium in weight with a slightly higer, prickly carbonation.

Overall: seems somewhat different to the 'normal' tripel style, but doesn't suffer for it - just a bit different. I'm pretty certain it ain't worth the AU$130+ per case price, but hey - one every now and then won't hurt.

Photo of babaracas
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light amber with one finger thick of white foam, settles slowly leaving a spray of lace behind. Smell: vinous, spicy and slightly grassy with a berry note, sweet pale backing. Taste: aggressively spicy into candied citrus peel, white grape and some overripe nectarine. Creamy feel with spiciness everywhere, mild booziness. Enjoyable for sure.

Photo of Samp01
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper amber with a small short lived white head. Aroma is of Belgian yeast with some spicy fruity notes. Taste is of Belgian yeast, bread, sweet zesty fruity flavors with some mild citrus hops. Palate is a medium body, lively carbonation. Finishes with a sweet zesty fruity flavor, Belgian yeast, biscuit malt and some mild citrusy hops bitterness on the end for balance. A nice long lasting flavorful and enjoyable drinking brew.

Photo of spoony
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 330 ml bottle into a chalice.

A-The beer is cloudy and golden apricot in color. The thin head of white foam drops quickly to a thin ring around the glass. There are a few stray bubbles of carbonation and no lacing.

S-The smell is slightly funky and drier than many tripels I have had. The alcohol is fruity, but the brew is more grassy, and bitter with earthy hops and a bit of soapiness that sweet. Virtually no candy sugar or sweet banana.

T-The taste tracks the smell pretty closely. It is spicy, grassy, and hoppy for the style.

M-The carbonation is prickly and aggressive, but thankfully, the beer quickly mellows after some time in the glass. This is a medium weight brew.

O-This is a pretty tasty, and slightly unique, take on the tripel style. The grassy hops are more assertive here than in almost any other tripel I have tried, but it works. The result is a nice, crisp, spicy beer that would pair well with everything from steak to cheese to a ham sandwich.

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.

Photo of NardiByNature
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was a good one. Notes from 4/16/13:

Apricot colored colored, hazy. Moderately aggressive head. Zing.

Sweet and fruity smell - oranges, vanilla.

Low bitterness; I taste pastries...effervescent with a sweet finish.

Delish. I haven't had it since, would like to revisit with this and a new tripel.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I have to give a massive thanks to the guys over at Trappist Provisions for granting me a bonus pour of this after one of the bottles exploded upon opening. Poured into a 6oz wine glass. Review is from my notes.

The appearance is a golden-amber yet slightly hazed color complete with a good 2 finger of head on top and lively carbonation. There's tons of sediment floating in this thing, which is to be expected from the explosion, but also from De Ranke's traditional method of bottling their beers. Regardless, it's pretty much eye candy as far as tripels go, and the carbonation never seems to die down, which makes it ever more festive.

The aroma is greeted with classic tripel flavors, such as golden crisp grains, high booziness, candi sugar, and tons of tart fruitiness. Other than apricot and pear funk, there's tons of citrus rinds going on here, in a way that even caught me by surprise. But, this is a De Ranke offering after all. Cidery dryness, massive astringency caused by the dried hops and booze and sugar. A slight tropical flavor permeates underneath, but the alcohol and tarty rinds are really the ones winning this out.

The flavor is definitely all over the place, even when rating to style. Vinous (like Sauvignon Blanc grape peels), dried apricots and apples, bananas and citrus, farmhouse-type bitterness and funk, all followed by a golden crisp graininess and thickened breadiness that attempts to soften it all out. There's some seriously wild stuff happening due to the sediment, nevertheless. Huge yeasty musty notes are carried forward on a whim due to the large amount of carbonation, which ends in a super bone dry finish. It's jubilant, boozy, but also pretty insane. It's like this beer has jaws, as I literally feel strong bites of astringency constantly numbing my palate with each sip. It's not necessarily unpleasant, but it is capable of overwhelming the senses pretty fast.

I thought the Bitter XX was already nuts, but I think this one takes De Ranke's yeasty phenols to more dizzying heights, as well as their constantly sharp, vicious dry hopping methods. If you thought La Fin du Monde was already spicy enough, give this one a shot! It's dry, spicy, funky, astringent, boozy, vinous, and so much more. Can't say it's my favorite, but I do admire beers like this that put up a fight. I could possibly revisit this one as a result in the near future. I'll make sure I have one with less dregs next time!

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle for $3.

Matched against Corsendonk Abbey in a week of tripel head-to-heads.

A: Standard tripel honey-gold, but where's the big head? A mere half-finger.

S: More citrusy than is standard for the style. Peaches. Whiffs like a Belgian IPA.

T: Tastes like one, too. Quite assertive. Hops linger on the front end, unconventionally. Some bandaid astringency that spreads out mysteriously and beautifully. Very unique, immediately likable. Not so far off from the great De Ranke XX Bitter.

M: Nice prickle. The bitterness will bother some who are here for a by-the-book tripel.

O: Extremely drinkable and enjoyable, though categorization freaks (and maybe I'm one) will balk at this being regarded as a tripel. Hops mask some of the potential complexity in there, but still: it's a rush of pure pleasure.

I ranked this higher than the Corsendonk which preceded it, but wish I had paired it with Fluffy White Rabbits.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Tulip

Pours a massive, clean white head of medium to large-sized bubbles, which lasts for over two minutes, gradually falling to a thin cap atop the beer. Lacing is very good, with wave-like washes remaining around the entire inside of the glass. The body is a light copper-yellow color, transparent, with light bringing out golden yellow hues. Carbonation is very vigorous and quite substantial in its frenetic rise from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is of pale malt sweetness, dried hay, baked pears, and slight lemon rind with floral qualities. The scents are fairly clean and crisp, relative to other tripels that have a heavier, yeasty side to them.

The flavor composition of this beer is of light pale male sweetness, yeast, and fruity esters, with stronger European hop bitterness that lends a slightly woodsy contribution. Front of palate has pale malt sweetness, Belgian yeast, slight dried grass and dried apple and pear esters. Mid-palate finds continued sweetness and yeast characters, along with more pronounced fruit esters of apple and pear, hints of lemon rind, clove, and minor spicy ethanol, all with a pleasant, clean, European hop bitterness. Back of palate finds peppery, spicy phenols and ethanol with solid, clean, European hop bitterness, and mild fruit esters. Aftertaste is primarily of a strong lingering bitterness, with some residual pale malt sweetness, white bread, and light candi sugar.

Beer is of medium weight in the body, with carbonation leavels of medium intensity, resulting in a beer that foams up slightly on the palate, making it smooth and rather easy on the palate. Ethanol can be felt on the back of the throat and in the nostrils, but only slightly, not nearly as obvious as in Westmalle's. Closes quite dry, almost some astringent with the bitter hops; slight stickiness on the palate.

Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A- Pours a cloudy straw colour with a two fingered white head that retains for the whole distance and laces. Everything about this beer says drink me. You could not beat the appearnace of this beer and thats why it get 5

S - Plenty going on here with grapefruit, citrus and spice.

T - A very clean crisp Tripel with spice, grass and lemon. hops also add a nice balance. No sign of the ABV.

M - Light to medium body with medium to full carbonation.

O - A great easy drinkin Tripel, and one of my favourites to date.

Photo of smakawhat
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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

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

Tasted from a 33 cl bottle at Bier Circus in Brussels.

A - Dark golden color with some orange. Off-white head was initially thick, but transient. It faded to a thin layer, but had good lacing.

S - Aroma is very interesting and inviting. Dominated by strong citrus/grassy hops without a piney character. The hops blended with brown sugar and sweet malt, along with a hint of alcohol. In the background there are light biscuit and dark fruit aromas.

T - Honey-like sweetness and bready malt are the first impression. Hops are not in the foreground, but are there maintaining perfect balance. Alcohol and Abbey-style yeast notes add complexity, with the yeast contributing fruit, such as plums.

M - Medium body, mouthcoating sweetness, smooth carbonation. Moderate hops bitterness.

O - Very drinkable. This beer has a reputation for being a Belgian hop-bomb; I found it hoppier than usual but still an excellent balancing act between hops and malt.

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.

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a snifter to a hazed orange yellow with a large white head that fades to a collar with some nice lacing
S: smells slightly fruity up front with a nice earthiness and slight funk. a little bit of spicy yeast in the nose as well
T: slight fruity esters up front, nice malt flavor, spice from the yeast, a bit of grassiness, a bit of earthiness and ever so slight funk. swallow brings a bit of alcohol, slight lemon and more earthiness
M: medium with nice ans slightly prickly carbonation. very effervescent to keep the flavors moving across the palate
O: a fantastic tripel, good complexity and very nice flavor profile. Very happy to have received this in a trade

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Karmeliet tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark orange beige color. Cloudy. Forms a huge creamy, fluffy, persistent white head. Tripel style, i mean, the foam is viscous forming many chunks on the top and many lacings in the glass

S: Smell is a bless. Sweet, fruity and spice. Notes of pears, honey, spices (coriander, vanilla and pepper), wheat, alcohol and flowery hops

T: Taste is complex too. Sweet upfront. Notes of honey, vanilla, pears, sweet malts, wheat, coriander, Belgian yeasts and finally, a good sting of earthy and mainly citrus hops. A sweet beer, in overall, finished with a good and stingy hops bitterness

M: Full body. Heavy and creamy. Good carbonation. Nice bittersweet aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Excellent Belgian Triple specimens

Photo of dansmcd
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a mid burnt amber shade, topped by three large fingers of off white head with great retention. Chunky lacing follows. Body is alive and cloudy.

S - Light floral hops, acidic apple skin and yeast.

T - Quite bready, rye and other grain, a slightly citric hop bitterness with some distant dried fruit tucked in there.

M - Full body, medium carbonation, no heat.

O - Nicely balanced tripel, abv well hidden.

Photo of corby112
2.45/5  rDev -39.2%
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.

Photo of Arno
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Pale yellow, slightly hazy. Good airy white foam top. Great lacing.

smell: Sweet malts and fruity. Bit flowery as well.

taste: Sweet malts with a nice tropical fruit undertone. Followed by quite a spicy bitter kick.

mouthfeel: High carbonation, quite thin.

overall: Not sure about this beer. It's just a lovely drinkable beer. It's deceptively easy to drink considering the ABV. It's quite fresh with the fruity and slightly sweet malts followed by a spicy kick. So in that regard, an excellent summer beer. But i don't get these beers that taste quite similar to a proper regular beer but has nearly twice the price and ABV. I just don't think it's that special. I've had better.

Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  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.

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
90 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.