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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

322 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 26
Gots: 13 | 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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megahurts4

Louisiana

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

De Ranke Guldenberg

Appearance: Cloudy dark-gold, medium sized head with no lacing

Smell: Caramel and Belgian malts

Taste: slight bitterness, yeast, sweet Belgian malts, floral hops, and minerals from the water used.

Mouthfeel: medium feel, lots of carbonation, on the smooth side.

Overall:
This is an excellent beer. Tastes similar to many other Belgian ales. There is a good amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 05:06:28 | More by megahurts4
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niklas0770

Sweden

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy golden beer with a two finger head wich quickly fades to form a ½ finger lid. It actually reminds me of a witbier.

A full and overwhelming smell with a warm feel to it. Lots of citrus, hints of lemon peel and lots of grapefruit. There's also hints of dry grass, yeast and bread. A very fresh aroma ideed.

The taste is semi-dry with hints of citrus and spices, very refreshing. The aftersate holds some bitter tones and yeast.

This beer is very pleasent, very gentle. The carbonation is low and the over all feel is very smooth.

I will have no preoblem finnishing off my 750 ml bottle. A very well balanced beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 18:39:06 | More by niklas0770
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Brabander

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this beer in Gent a month ago. Don't know why, there were at least 300 beers i had not seen before. Maybe because i am a fan of blond beer.

Cracked it open today and poured it in my Struise Brouwers glass, perfect for this occasion.

Great appearance, cloudy golden fluid with an enourmous white and creamy head. Close to perfection.

Good smell with hints of citrus and yeast.

Fabulous taste, one of the better triples there is. Soft and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 20:12:26 | More by Brabander
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SleepyMonk

Australia

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle poured into a sniffer.

Pours with a very solid three fingers of head and a bold golden and orange hazed body.

Aromatically this beer is weighted heavily with floral hops. Lemon and honey notes break this up and blend nicely.

Taste is characterized with malt flavors along with subtle citrus notes of lemon, orange and a little grapefruit. Mild spices such as coriander and cinnamon make sit slightly below the flavor palate but make themselves very present in the dry finish.

Light-to-medium bodied and moderately carbonated. The abv register doesn't break through the core flavors and is almost unnoticeable.

Very good beer if not quite equal to the other triples of offer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 11:57:22 | More by SleepyMonk
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srandycarter

California

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 04:42:39 | More by srandycarter
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 05:21:40 | More by BEERchitect
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Gobzilla

California

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received as an extra by nopucophop, thanx bro

A: poured a pale golden orange with a 2 finger of bubbly head and left good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: to be honest with you the nose is more leaning towards a wit beer than a tripel styled brew which consisted of wheaty notes, citrus, slight booze, and apple aromas.

T: yup..even the taste is like a wit style brew with wheat, orange zest, sweet malt like the nose but it also had a slight hop bite on the back end; totally not a tripel.

M: the brew was medium body with a good amount of vcarbonation that had a sweet, citric, slight hop bitterness, but dry finish.

D: really drinkable beer that IMO is ment to be labeled a wit styled beer. There was absolutely no tripel characteristics on this beer that makes me believe that its probably too damn old; oh well.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 08:53:19 | More by Gobzilla
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gueuzer

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Cheeky Monk

App- Straw colored. Golden. Lacy, clingy white head

Sm- light amount of hops. A little citrus.

Ta- Nice balance of the malts, some fruitiness and hops. Nice biting finish

MF- Not very big considering the flavor. Medium carbonation.

Dr- Amazing. If you weren't paying attention you might miss how incredibly complex of a beer this is. Beautiful job of pulling it all together.

My new favorite triple.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 19:30:58 | More by gueuzer
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 16:07:19 | More by BlackHaddock
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Beerenauslese

California

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold, with ample head and sudsy bubbles, leaving curtains of lacing on the glass.

Smells malty, salty, with some fruit, I'd say pineapple.

A dry, bitter version of a tripel, with more mellow fruit flavors--kind of like dried tropical fruit-- than most triples and a carmelized malt/toffee backbone. Dry, hoppy, and bitter in the finish. Hop admirers will fancy the bitterness.

Body is medium and round bubbles of carbonation give it a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a lovely, highly drinkable Belgian tripel/golden ale hybrid. The 8.5% is not noticeable, but could catch up with you quick after a couple of these. I am liking this bitter hopped version of a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 20:17:15 | More by Beerenauslese
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gyllstromk

Belgium

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper color. Aroma of reasonably hopped, pear cider. Flavor is well balanced between dry and sweet, with a reasonable amount of acidity and a noticeable bitterness (the combination evokes grapefruit). Alcohol is reasonably well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 16:21:48 | More by gyllstromk
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Halcyondays

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2010 03:05:03 | More by Halcyondays
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chaz01

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at Dilly Deli Cafe in Cincinnati when Peanut the beer manager mentioned it was the only quarter barrel in Ohio -- that was enough to persuade me away from the Triple Karmeliet that was also on tap. Served in a snifter glass.

A: Cloudy, golden, yeasty with a small head that although receded quickly, produced some nice lacing.

S: Fruity and floral aroma.

T: Orange flavor initially with some wheat and coriander spices present. Very nice hoppy grapefruit finish.

M: Lite to medium bodied, good carbonation levels.

D: Very smooth and easy to drink, yet satisfying. Alcohol hidden well. Paired nicely with my dinner of a spicy pasta dish.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2010 20:56:26 | More by chaz01
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Hazy golden-orange body with 2 fingers of glittery, big-bubbled, fluffy head that falls within a minute or so to a thick collar & a floating island of foam. Spotty strands of lacing.

Apples & spicy Belgian yeast notes dominate the smell, along with a fruity, champagne-like character that kinda tickles the nose. Can pick up the alcohol in the smell.

Taste is malt-forward, with a slight caramel apple twist. Nutmeg & just a touch of cinnamon show up, too. Dries out in the middle & ends that way, with a tiny sweet upturn like white grape juice. Booze plays a decent part.

Medium-full-bodied, foams up nicely, with a little heat from booze. Slightly sticky in aftertaste, coagulating.

Not bad, nothing real special about this one. The sweetness & alcohol get a little heavy, & there's not a lot of "spring" to it, I guess. Decent enough, but I don't see myself seeking this one out.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 23:38:44 | More by OneDropSoup
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Fladder

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Light gold color made pale by a bit of cloudiness. Not much head, but still decent carbonation.

The smell was sharply citric and spicey. It was very inviting.

The taste was very rough, but lined with the citrus tones that filled the smell. There were hints of sweetness, but only hints which were pulled away quickly by the deep coarseness which laid on the back of the tongue.

The acidity of the citrus flavors combined with the "horseblanket" characteristics often found in Belgian ales gave a drying feeling to the beer, but this was balanced out into something that was neither particularly dry or refreshing.

Overall I felt this was an average beer for the style. The citrus tones in the taste were quite nice though in a way I don't always find in these beers. Overall, the rough taste and feel were too much for me to really enjoy the ale, although this is still an okay beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 00:32:50 | More by Fladder
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illidurit

California

3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 02:48:25 | More by illidurit
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2010 16:56:26 | More by bobsy
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champ103

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden/orange color. A two finger, bubbly, white head forms on first pour and stick around for a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: That wonderful funky Belgian yeast is up front. Soft and sweet honey like aromas and fruit.
T: I love the funky yeast here. Barnyard, grass, hay. Spicy and peppery. Fruity flavors of grapes and apples.
M/D: A medium body, but perfectly crisp and dry. So smooth. Easy to drink. I will have no problems finishing the 750ml bottle.

An excellent Tripel. This is very subtle, but deceivingly complex. I highly recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 19:57:48 | More by champ103
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richmof

Belgium

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from its 75cl bottle into its own tulip. Golden haze.

Citrus and apple on the nose but not so pungent. It opens up in the mouth. You have the keen hopping of all De Ranke's beers but also coriander and spice, as well as some of that citrus and apple. There is a pine resin here too.

While this is described on the label as an abbey beer and listed as a tripel, I am not sure this is accurate. De Ranke is one of a number of a small but growing number of brewers brewing atypical Belgian beers, inspired from across the pond.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 10:32:55 | More by richmof
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Chimay goblet from a 750ml bottle.

A - As soon as i removed the cap I saw the bubbles coming up so before I lost too much of my beer I poured it in the goblet. Pours a beautiful hazy strong straw and gold color with some nice orange hues. Very nice looking beer. There is a nice .75 inch head that is dense and very active.

S - Vinous like aroma, especially of white wine. Some mild clove and coriander and some pepper as well. Nice spice backbone. Some nice pale malt backbone with sweetness and grain character.

T & M - Delicious malt backbone with nice mild sweet hints and some nice grain. There is some good clove along with other spices, especially coriander and nice pepper. There is a nice creamy and crisp mouth feel with this beer. Nice balanced flavors and good CO2 feel. Delicious beer.

D - Very refreshing and drinkable. good flavors and the ABV is not that noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 23:22:54 | More by JoEBoBpr
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digr

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an awesome billow white head into a large chalice with a golden slightly amber hue. Lots of carbonation makes this a fun and careful beer to pour. Lots of bubbles after the pour. Head dissipates after a few minutes but regenerates a bit due to continued bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

S - Smell is mild - slight fruity smell and a bit of yeasty tones followed by a mild hop aroma. More hop aroma than most tripels.

T - mmmm.. Taste is that of a classic clean tripel style - like an intensified version of the smell. Starts with a mild bitterness, then the clean pilsner malt flavor evolves as the beer warms in the mouth. Then the bready yeasty flavors as you swallow and a slight hop aroma and bitterness meld to finish fairly dry. No note of alcohol hotness despite the 8.5% ABV. There is more hoppiness than most tripel, but it works well.

M - Great mouth feel. Just enough to body to know you are drinking something special, but not heavy at all. Clean and not really sweet, only a tad.

D - For me I can drink a lot of this. I had it both in the bottle and on Tap. The body is light enough and the alcohol hidden well that I can put a number of these back. And then feel it the next day. But a very balanced beer despite being a tripel.

So yeah , I LOVE this beer. It is currently one of my favorite versions of the Tripel style, only bested by the Grandaddy Westmalle Tripel. It is a slight deviation with the added hop character, but a nice deviation indeed.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 04:02:35 | More by digr
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markbatonrouge

Louisiana

3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As Belgium abby-style ales go, this is just an ok beer. I love the style, so the competition is tough, in my mind, and maybe my expectations for it were too high. I'll try this beer again sometime, but it's not competitive with most abby-style beligans.

appearance: cloudy beige/gold/yellow.

smell: -- its strong suit -- fresh figs, other mild fruitiness, some malts.

taste: it just didn't have the big belgian-fruit-yeast flavor that is so great in most beers in this style.

drinkability: certainly good-enough, just not what I was expecting or hoping for.

This is the second De Ranke beer I've tried lately, and, while both were interesting, neither knocked my socks off. They have enough gravity/alcohol that the base should be good, but the flavors didn't come together well enough. I'll have to try to again sometime. ;-)

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 17:38:37 | More by markbatonrouge
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes, as based upon a 6oz bottle pour. The beer has a cloudy, dirty straw color, making it rather opaque. There is a thick head of white foam. There is a musty, slightly floral aroma; it's a good balance of yeast and hops. The taste is crisp and dry. I can taste white grapes and a hint of alcohol. There is a musty and bitter finish that echoes the aromas picked up as a swallowed. It has a light body and an appropriate amount of carbonation for a tripel. There is a very slight coat left after each swallow. Swishing the beer around in my mouth produces a bit more of a coating, but nothing significant. It is a very drinkable tripel. This exagerated taster pour goes down very easily, and I could certainly continue and finish off the entire bottle. This is a beer worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 16:02:50 | More by ToasterChef
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4000qtrap

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Source, Serving: Draft, 33cl @ Trappist

Smell: Lively citrus, honey, yeast and cider, apple soda notes. A pinch of nutmeg/coriander spice. All blend together with nothing dominating. Oddly reminiscent of a zesty italian spritzer.

Taste: Much deeper, darker fruit than you get in the nose. Citrus oil and prominent caramel/honey malts come through at first and have an unusual depth which my guess is due to some barely perceptible citrusy hop oilyness and bitterness. Definitely different than the refreshing, lively nature of the nose. In the middle its quite hoppy (mostly grassy) but has enough cariander/nutmeg and belgian yeastyness to keep it interesting. Overall the flavors are quite smooth but slightly muted. Finish is oily, citrus and pine notes, resinous and caramelly, a pinch of alcohol as it warms, but doesn't last long. Fairly high carbonation.

Notes: A bit like a mildly hopped IPA that allows the hops to come through but has a big helping of belgian yeast and spiciness. The citrusy notes on the nose and citrus oil flavors do make it more blond ale than triple though.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2010 04:37:26 | More by 4000qtrap
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a good frothy head on top of a slightly cloudy orange body that retains the head and lace forever. A classic smell of oranges and some sour, tart fruit as well as some yeastiness and dry malt. Real smooth, even creamy, with a good tart taste of berries, cherry and citric notes like lemon peel. Some caramel/honey/sugar malt balance with the fruit for some sweetness and the yeast and some spices like clove lead to a crisp dry finish. While a bit pricey this is a great triple that I sipped on and finished the whole bottle and loved it.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 12:04:04 | More by clayrock81
De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
90 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.