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De Ranke Guldenberg - Brouwerij De Ranke

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

341 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 341
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 26
Gots: 16 | 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 Gobzilla
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.

Gobzilla, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of gueuzer
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.

gueuzer, Aug 23, 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 Beerenauslese
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.

Beerenauslese, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of gyllstromk
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.

gyllstromk, Jun 25, 2010
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 chaz01
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.

chaz01, May 16, 2010
Photo of OneDropSoup
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.

OneDropSoup, May 13, 2010
Photo of Fladder
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.

Fladder, May 11, 2010
Photo of illidurit
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.

illidurit, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of bobsy
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.

bobsy, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of champ103
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.

champ103, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of richmof
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.

richmof, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
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.

JoEBoBpr, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of digr
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.

digr, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of markbatonrouge
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. ;-)

markbatonrouge, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
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.

ToasterChef, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of 4000qtrap
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.

4000qtrap, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
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.

clayrock81, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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....

mdagnew, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle $3.99 at the local. I really didn't know what to expect from this but it was good. Cloudy orange yellow with good head and lacing. The smell was kind of like a tripel or belgian pale, a little spice. The flavor was smooth but a little yeasty and very easy to drink. I'm not sure I'd buy this on the reg but De Ranke beers are interesting enough that I'd liek to try them all.

ArrogantB, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of berley31
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: On-tap at Novare Res. Poured a nice, golden color with a slight haziness. Dense, white head that had great lasting power. Nice lacing throughout.

S: Aroma wasn't quite as powerful as I expected, but the mellowness of the fruit and spices worked well.

T: A great-tasting Tripel... everything here seems very balanced, with the slight spiciness being restrained, and the fruit present but not overpowering either. A very slight warmth from the alcohol is present, but not unwelcome.

M: Medium-bodied and very creamy, with just a perfect amount of carbonation. Great on the palate.

D: Like I said, an excellent Tripel... couldn't drink it all night because of the alcohol content, but I'd order it again in a second.

berley31, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of bum732
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orangish yellow, great creamy head. Smells of honey, some clove, some soft fruits, cherries, peaches, touch of grassiness. Tastes of semi-sweet bready malt with a good earthy bitter backbone. Some spiciness comes through in the end. Nice subtle fruity undertones throughout. Fairly dry finish, alcohol very well hidden.

A very solid Tripel, has both the core flavors of this traditional beers as well as some extra. I really enjoyed this interpretation, specifically the honey like maltness and the subtle fruit tones. Very good.

bum732, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Bisho
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

The beer pours a hazy golden copper colour with a dense head that clings to the glass. Little bit of yeast sediment that floats on the top after the head settles.

Faint smell of malt, yeast, citrus and rather estery. I guess you could say a traditional Triple but more subtle.

Tastes like a Triple too which is a damn good thing! The hops, malt and phenols blend together so well that I want to keep gulping this one down. Alcohol becomes more prominent when the beer warms up as does the light hop bitterness and spice.

Mouthfeel is charming. Rather smooth and subtle for a Triple but has a nice bite to it at the finish!

If you drink this cold it goes down a treat but at room temperature it becomes like a normal triple - slightly heavy and warming thanks to the high ABV. I could drink quite a few either way!

You know you're drinking a triple but it's not in your face like a lot of them. I keep using the word "SUBTLE" but I think the word sums this one up perfectly.

My favourite beer from De Ranke

Bisho, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of adamette
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint, 9.4 oz. bottle that I purchased for $13.99 at Rozi's in Lakewood along with two other "De Ranke" beers that I have tasted and reviewed the last few days. Poured into my Westvleteren silver rimmed goblet. Best before end of: 04 2013 stamped on the paper wrapper around the bottle. Interestingly, there is a label on the bottle inside the wrapper but it indicates that it is 8.5% ABV and that it is 11.2 ounces (it is clearly bigger than that) and the "best by" date is not stamped. I assume that the paper wrapper has the right information then. The inner label is simple, off white and stated "Guldenberg Belgian Abbey Ale."

A This is the biggest "gusher" I have ever experienced. I cracked open the cap and then it was Mt. Vesuvius, head came pouring out for about 3 minutes as I lost half the bottle to the gush. After walking the bottle over to the sink, cleaning up and returning about 4 minutes later, the bottle was still slowly gushing into the sink. I had stored it in the door of my fridge for the past week or so. I guess it is possible that the opening and closing of the door could have contributed to some shaking which led to the gush. I recommend storing it in the non moving places in your fridge before opening.
Anyway, nice creamy head over a yellow orange opaque body with lots of visible sediment (yeast?) floating evenly about. The gush experience may have contributed to agitation that led the beer to look this way, though. This is a very good looking tripel. 4.5

S Nice Belgian yeast and sweet malt in a classic tripel smell. Repeated sniffs reveal possibility of some light spices such as cinnamon but most prominent are the malt and yeast. 4.0

T Just as my nose predicted, nice malt sweetness and Belgian yeast tastes in a nice, strong and classic tasting tripel. 4.0

M In an amazing feet the feel is actually smooth (not that common in tripels that I have tasted) and I do not get a bitter alcohol spike either. This, therefore, can be a dangerous beer since it is delicious and hides its ABV so well. 4.5

D As suggested, really good for the style which can be heavy, somewhat harsh with a high ABV and high malt sweetness. 4.0

Notes: I would like to try another bottle and handle it better to see if my experience is different. As it is, this is a solid tripel and probably my favorite from De Ranke.

adamette, Dec 15, 2009
De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
91 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.