De Ranke Guldenberg - Brouwerij De Ranke

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369 Ratings
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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 27
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 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.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is yellow with some orange notes on the edges. Nice big foamy head. White and thick! The head sticks well to the glass. The aroma is intense. Fruity mainly with some yeast presence in the nose. On the taste, again its fruity with some hops in there for some kick. Very carbonated in the mouth. For a tripel this one drinks fast and so easy. Dangerous beer. Nicely balanced. A very nice tripel. Very dry finish too, wants to drink more!

A very nice beer.

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.

Cheers!

Photo of cvm4
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A - Pours cloudy golden with 2 finger white head. No lacing but tight carbonation bubbles.

S - Grassy and lemon zest at first. Followed by some earthy qualities and hops.

T - Bitter and musty yeast. Grassy/earthy/lemon in the background.

M - Drinks well, everything seems spot on. It's a dryer beer.

O - I know it says Belgian Triple Ale on the label, but this screams saison! I like saisons, so I like this.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is modest, creamy white and short-lived, and leaves a thin sheet on top of a hazy, honey-gold beer.

The aroma is bold and crisp, highly suggestive of white wine with a light barnyard funk.

Each sip brings a sharp, acidic bite that lingers while bitterness rolls over the palate. Other flavors include pear, peppery lemongrass and modest sourness.

This tripel is dry with a medium body and high carbonation. The texture is woolly, while the alcohol is well-tamed. A metallic astringency does hold it back.

I consumed this from a Rochefort chalice with food that cut the astringency.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle gifted to me by a new friend this unfiltered beer was a cloudy golden color with tons of visible rising carbonation. The towering three fingers of tan-tinted head retained itself well and left lots of scattered lace all up and down my glass. The aroma was of musty cheese, citrus fruit, some floral hops and honey. The flavors were of farmhouse cheese, pear, citrusy fruits, some must and a bit of doughy bread. The mouthfeel was soft, the body was medium and the carbonation light.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. A gift from Casey and Rob.

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow with a very pretty white head, good retention, and nice lacing.

Smell: Yeasty funk, dry light fruit and lemon. Spice and hops. Grassy, earthy. Smells quite a bit more like a saison than a tripel.

Taste: As with the smell, musty yeast and peppery spice. Grassy and earthy hops. Sweet light fruits and lemongrass. Dry. Little detectable alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: Much more of a strong saison than a tripel, but a damn good beer.

Photo of Filosoof
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you would smell this beer with closed eyes you would say you were smelling a ...gueuze!

L: clear, dark gold colour, grand bubbles, ending in big mountains;
S: I smell bretts (!), dried yellow fruit, honey, apple, tiny tiny background of banana.
T: in line with the smell, but less to explore, bitterness of the hops;
M: a great combiner with a good dinner, lasting bitter aftertaste;
O: the bottle doesn't say this is a triple, if we have to call it a triple it is one of the most atypical; great brew!

Photo of atlason
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into tasting glass.

A: Gold, slight haze. Small pretty head with great lacing -- full and delicate.

S: Delicate piney hops.

T: Aggressie piney hops -- errs on the bitter side. Light malts, slight fruite --- white grapes.

M: Medium attenuation and carbonation, fine drinkability.

Reviewed from notes.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased for me by @LaitueGonflable for my birthday.

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

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

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

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

Photo of doopydoogle
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - slightly opaque straw with a creamy head that leaves significant lace

S - Biscuity yeast, honey, spices, caraway, caramel, toffee, malt, slight banana and melon, subtle alcohol

T - Delicious spicy malt with earthy tones but a pleasant floral character that mellows it out. Finish is surprisingly dry for the style with the alcohol coming out backed up with a slight bitter and some pleasant malt tones. Fresh bread, pears, bananas, and rye are also present, giving the beer a wonderful complexity.

M - Great carbonation and not too sticky for the style

O - A brilliant beer! For the style, it is subtle, complex, with not too much residual sugar. Seek it out!

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 1" off-white head over cloudy straw liquid.

S: Yeasty smells of pear and apple.

T: Slightly tart up front which transitions to pear, sour apple, honey, pepper, and an underlying slightly sweet almost sourdough malt taste.

M: Medium viscosity with a lot of bubbly fine carbonation throughout.

O: A very nice tripel with a good usage of yeast and a nice balance between tart and sweetness.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a couple years old now. Aged it for a bit. Dont know for sure how old because there is no good markings on the bottle.

Poured into a chalice. Pours a nice golden amber. No head at all. Nice bubbles but no head. Nice legs down the glass though.

Aroma is nice and Belgian malty. Not too Belgian ish in aroma but nice and malty. Smells great.

Taste is pretty malty now. Some nice Belgian goodness but it's starting to taste between a dubbel and a triple now.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Still very good carb for a two year old capped bottle.

Overall tasty but I think I like it fresh better.

Photo of rudzud
2.72/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Armsby Abbey. Poured into a tulip.

A - Poured a clear golden hue with a one finger white head that left nice side lacing.

S - Really no nose on this one. Some slight belgian spices but thats it. Smells a little soapy too.

T - No banana, just belgian spices and such. Its a bit sweet, with a slight dark fruit aftertaste.

M - Flat and underwhelming. Yep, that sums it up.

O - Just..eh. De Ranke usually has good offerings but this one wasnt it for me. Super underwhelming.

Photo of mj001jk
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy caramel-color with a crisp white head and lots of carbonation.

Fresh aromas with subtle tropical fruit like apricot and guava but with a dry and tart Belgian character. It smells vibrant and uplifting, like the morning dew forming over a bale of barley out in the fields.

Dry malts with a barnyard funk in the back of the throat that escapes up to the nose when I drink this. It quickly mellows out to some very subtle pineapple and grapefruit with a grassy dryness and yeasty crackers on the finish. It is an explosive beer because of the high and fine carbonation, and a considerable amount of "funk" but it adds just enough character to make it really interesting.

It is refreshing and highly drinkable, a beer that teeters on the border between liberally-hopped Tripels and Saisons.

Photo of crossovert
2.97/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle.

IT pours a murky amber with a fizzy, foamy looking head. I'm not a huge fan of it and it doesn't leave much lacing.

The smell is typical, some dark fruits, dark candi sugar, and malt.

The flavor is decent. It seems to be a bit sweet and lacking though. This brewery has some good beers but this one isn't memorable.

Seems like an old-school tripel, it isn't like the lighter ones that I prefer.

De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
90 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.