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De Ranke Guldenberg - Brouwerij De Ranke

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

334 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 26
Gots: 14 | 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 bditty187
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

bditty187, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very musty looking dark golden lemony yellow with a firm fuzzy froth of medium stature thats a nice powdery white. Resides to a nice skim and fluffy collaring. Lacing is fast and drippy with only a minimal amount sticking in a few spots and strings.

Aroma is partially dry with a grassy herbalness of hops and yeast and soft underlay of dull lemon candy.

Taste is fairly smooth and favors a somewhat softer approach in its strength as its pretty mellow in mood as it sifts across the palate with a middling lemony grassyness, a small herbal spice, and a lofted, yet rounded bready yeasty dryness. Sweetness of slight candied sugars tend to keep some nice centering flavors.

Feel is pretty full in the front, not quite as malty as I would like, but the yeast and carbonation is firm and lively with a somewhat smooth sweetness. The dryness from yeast and hops is fairly evident and really stretches the palate out with flour/herbal touches.

A nice drinkin' Triple. Its not quite as bold in the flavor and complexity department, but its nice enough to enjoy.

tavernjef, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Metalmonk, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of dgallina
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce slim brown bottle dated best-before January 2009.

Poured dark cloudy peach with significant sediment despite careful decanting. Insignificant film of head and rapidly dwindling light lace. Heavy alcoholic caramel and cherry fruit aromas. Flavor takes its queue from the smell. Yeast and hops are at the foreground, giving way to diacetyl and touches of phenol in the center. Finishes with clean hops and fruit (tart lemons, sweet cherries). Very light and gently bubbly mouth feel. More refreshing than I expected at the onset. Tastes a bit overly phenolic overall.

dgallina, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of Ego
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the small bottle variety (11.2 fl oz), found @ oak tree buy rite, as always...
lot no mj09

a good night for a tripel, the fall has really crept up on me, seeing the oktoberfest beers around is one thing, feeling that coming breeze of winter is quite another. And the leaves are just starting to turn, you can almost hear them gasping their last breath into the cooling air.

eyes...
headfirst she goes into the duvel tulip, audible crackling head that does not dissapate as fast as many heads constructed in the same manner, white densely packed betta bubbles (ever see those siamese fish blow bubble nests?), lacing is decent, this also has legs... and I hope she knows how to use em. I just hope there are no dude's with long white beards anywhere in ear shot... murky to kicked up mud orange hue, some yeast swimming around like sea monkies. this takes a good 5 min to settle into an Oring. good looking.

nose...
carmelized bannanas with sugar on top, apples baked with cinnamon, some honey notes, a very nice balanced nose, nothing ground breaking but very nice none the less.

taste etc...
hops? I was sort of surprised by this, the finish is very grassy, this balances out the sweetness of this tripel (the whole hop experience), this one offers a full range of flavor across your entire mouth, almost all at once.. it is like one of Wonka's instant meals... I hope there is no blueberry pie at the end however, medium bodied with prickly (slightly) carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden and results in subtle warming in the stomach. The hops (and oils) really add to this one for me personally. Remember how La chouffe made that tripel that was supposed to be hoppy? To me this one accomplishes it much moreso without the hop-la. This is certainly very easy drinking for a tripel. The flavor is mostly subtle but strong enough to withstand stinky cheese and the like.

verdict?
I felt like a tripel and bought this on a whim... maybe not the most complex all around but yet utterly drinkable. If this beer was a woman, it would be carmen electra (before Rodman streched that shit out...)

Ego, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of NEhophead
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at My Place. Served in an Urthel goblet.

A golden, creamy banana in color beneath a lightly foamy white head. The head slowly recedes to a light sheet that leaves ringed lacing.

A semi-sweet banana-phenolic yeast aroma. A touch of pepper and corriander, but rather subdued in general.

A touch of coconut sweetness followed by a full mustiness. Phenolic-corriander and pepper proved to be a little dry. Drank a little stiff with a lack of flavor for a true Tripel. The finish was dry with an aftertaste of banana, pepper, and yeast.

Medium bodied; smooth with a touch of dryness. A nice warmth on the palate.

A decent brew, but not what I expected for a Tripel especially from de Ranke. Lacking a bit in flavor. I'd probably try something different than go back to this one.

NEhophead, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of Hautacam
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this from tap at My Place in Newtown ,CT. at a tasting with Nino, the DeRanke brewer and Dan Shelton as guests. We tasted everything De Ranke brews.
Foamy head tops this slightly cloudy deep golden ale.
The smell is cidery with floral hops....some subtle spice.
Taste starts off slighly sweet ,malty and cidery, the hops slowly assert and then diminish a bit as more complex malt, spice and alcohol come through....the hops are back again at the finish, which is drier and hoppier than most tripels...a bit like Chimay tripel....but, I think better, for my taste...maybe because it is less sweet.The complexity of this increases as it warms.The mouthfeel was almost perfect...medium to heavy...medium carbonation.
I could have had a few of these...but there were other DeRankes to taste....and it was a weeknight.
I know it's pricey stuff...but a bottle of this could be savored for an evening....even shared....sipped slowly....it's a special one.

Mark T. also graciously brought out a huge bottle of this, that he had aged since 2001 and poured everyone a little taste....it was amazing !
Hops had mellowed.., smoother...a hint of butterscotch, honey and port....alcohol more subtle....a little sweeter and heavier mouthfeel.
My girlfriend thought it was beyond great...I will get some to age.
We must keep her happy !

Hautacam, May 25, 2006
Photo of Suds
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

Suds, May 21, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a small snifter at Firkin in Libertyville, IL.

Appearance in promising. Head is extremely dense and sticky. The body is a hazy golden straw. Aromas are rich and tropical. Taste is somewhat overly yeasty although the surprisingly well hopped finish almost makes up for it. Mildly spicy and phenolic. Mouthfeel is smooth. Body is very full and slightly musty. Very good but not worth the nine bucks I paid for it.

DaPeculierDane, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of Crosling
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Crosling, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of Jredner
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spicy aroma with some malt underneath. Belgian ales are all beautiful. This one is a cloudy washed out brown with a huge fluffy head. Spicy fore with a bubble gum/sugar mid taste that finishes with a lavender/floral finish. Fun to drink and interesting flavor palate. Thanks to Firemoose for this fine specimen.

Jredner, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of gosurfobx
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in wraped 750ml bottle with crown cap and cork. Drink before date on paper wraping. A for presentation. Pours a golden color with expected cloudines from bottle conditioning. Has a large white foamy head. Smell is yeasty, with some spicy notes although I dont think any spices are used in this tripel. Taste is very good. Malt blends nicely with solid hop taste. Yeast is also present in the taste. Mouthfeel is great, fills the mouth with flavors. Didn't want to put the glass down with this one, a great triple in my opinion.

gosurfobx, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of beerphilosopher
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Moinette goblet from a 11.2 oz bottle.
11.2 oz bottle, best before April 2009.

A - Slightly mirky orange color witha powerful off-white head and good retention.

S - Both spicy and fruit-laden, with a suprising hop backbone. Smells complex.

T - Yep, there is a real hop presence here that I didn't expect at all. Once this is overcome, there is a solid fruity and yeasty character that reminds me this is a Belgian ale. The hops reassert themselves as this beer warms to ambient temperature.

M - Interesting balance of hops and yeasty malts ... thick and full, this ale is interesting for the style and has a very smooth mouthfeel.

D - A good tripel, but I wouldn't call it an exact example of the style. Definitely worth a shot. Hoppier than I would have thought or expected. This isn't bad, just unexpected.

beerphilosopher, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of maxpower
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped and corked green bottle that has a 11.2 oz belgian abbey beer label. This pours a cloudy bright golden color with a huge fluffy white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Saison aroma of lemon and spices, apple, pear, lemon, pepper flavors. Medium bodied with a crisp and carbonated mouthfeel, finishes dry. Alcohol well hidden at 8.5%, very delicous and drinkable.

maxpower, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Walked into my local store (LaBodega in Riverside) and to my great surprise, this beer is sitting aside one of my all-time favorites, the DeRanke XX Bitter. So I just have to have this. Must have Guldenberg. I never expected to run across this. Pricy, $13.99 for a 750, so I have to think about that.

Pours a slightly hazy golden, with a nice lazy head with pretty lacing on the side of my DeKoninck Bollecke.

Aroma is a mellow orange/lemon sweetness, with a slight farmhouse funk that makes it really interesting. The funk is mellow, not overwhelming as in some saisons, and really adds to the sensation.

Flavor is a follow through of the aromas, with a nice "DeRanke" yeast & hop profile- present just as in the XX Bitter, but very nicely rounded. Another review said this was a nice melding of a tripel and a saison, and I couldn't agree more. Alcohol is nowhere to be found in the flavor profile.

Overall, the flavor/mouthfeel is much more mellow than most tripels- not as sweet and rich, but still really good.

The drinkability is the best part of this- I can drink it all night long. But beware, the alcohol is extremely well hidden, though, which is one of those good/bad things. Higher marks for flavor and drinkability, lower marks because I was ready for bed earlier than I expected!

I am a little disappointed in this beer, not because of the beer itself, but because of the price.This is at the high end of what I'm comfortable paying. It's a really good beer, and I recommend it, but I have a hard time justifying paying this much.

Many people say this brewer is underrated- not in my book- it's one of the best of breed.

Dukeofearl, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, best before April 2009.

Hazed peachy orange hue, decent slab of off-white from above, lasting long, looking good.

Nose is a blend of fruit and spice, citrus on top, with a side order of mustiness, and a whiff of sour. Nice.

Good blast of hops at the fore, then comes the delightful fruity, yeasty flavor. Palpable and pulpy, a zesty, juicy thing, sweet and tasty. Gets tarter as we go further into the glass.

Full-bodied, with a long, fruity, lightly bitter finish. Good mouthfeel.

A tasty little tripel. Worth the $4.09 I paid for it? Sure.

feloniousmonk, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of SwillBilly
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into my St Bernardus chalice.

Appearance: A cloudy, semi dark amber. Tight, 1/2 inch head dissipates rather quickly leacing minimal lacing on the chalice.

Smell: Fruity and sweet malts. Hints of caramel, apricots and sweet like raisin bread.

Taste: Initially somewhat sweet and malty giving way to a middle that has little flavor. Finishes with somewhat dry and a little alcoholic. Warms the belly.

Mouthfeel: Little carbonation, somewhat creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: Pretty decent tripel but doesn't really stand out. Rather easy to drink but alcohol could be a factor. Worth trying but their are others that are better.

SwillBilly, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the tulip glass a deep hazy orange with a big rocky white head that leaves globs of lace as it settles into creamy-like top,major phenols in the nose spicey and lightly smokey with a lemon undertone.Pretty sweet in my mind for the style but very flavorful big honey notes over clove and overipe pineapple and lemon with the alcohol burn becoming more noticable as the beer warms a little.I notice maybe a light herbal/minty element in the finish making for a drier finish,a big flavorful triple a little different than some but quite nice.

oberon, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of bark
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is pale orange-yellow. There is quite a lot of sediment in the bottle and the liquid is cloudy. The white compact foam forms a slowly sinking two finger thick head. Lots of lacing.

The rather discreet smell is fresh and a bit bitter; it does almost smell like a pale lager. There is some sweetness and a sour note.

The taste is balanced and mellow as it starts with a semi-sweet fruity malty note. There are lots of fruits; sweet apples, oranges, apricots and raisins. The aftertaste got notes of green apples, green peas and some earthy/wooden notes blended with a slight feel of alcohol. It finishes with a mild flavour of apples.

The liquid feels a bit thick in the mouth and the carbonation is strong and fresh with small bubbles.

I found this tripel milder than expected, but at the same time it is balanced and gentle. When it comes to alcohol-potent beers, leave it to the Belgians!

bark, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.15/5  rDev -22%
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.

tgbljb, Sep 08, 2005
Photo of grassrootsVT
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the blind tiger. this one poured with no head - which is not surprising since most of the beers that i had there came with no head...an orange yellow/pils malt color [a neighbouring drinker commented: "urine"]
the aroma was dry hoppiness, almost saisonlike with subtle spice, maybe corianderish...a bit more nose would have added to the brew, no doubt. but again, could have been due to the lack of head... the taste was certainly remarkable. a whole hop floweryness, dry, with a sweet lagered [garded] linger...estery dissipation...and i can't help but wonder if thiriez was modeled after this beer...because the similarities are obvious. dry bubbly floral candy in the mouth, semi full, with a high drinkability. was this one whole leaf dry hopped...ever so subtly?

grassrootsVT, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/11/05- Purchased at Belltramo's in Menlo Park, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by September 2008 notched on the bottom of the label.

Appearance- Golen orange hued pour with the smallest of head and minimal lacing. Lots of little yeastie floaties abound.

Smell- Lots of spices and maybe a touch of tropical fruit.

Taste- Spices abound is this brew. Along with some light citrus fruit backing (orange, tangerine, apricot). It almost flows over to a saison-ish taste. It's like it wants to be sour, but it's not. Maybe some corriander as well.

Mouthfeel- Fairly low carbonation level.

Drinkability- Kinda an odd tripel, but very tasty at that. This one aged for about a year, so maybe it would have tasted quite different last September? I'll look for this one again.

GClarkage, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of Paddez
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange brew with a nice white head. Smells of hops, spices; roasty malts and barnyard.
Taste is also spicy and hoppy. Plenty of Barnyard funk going around here too. Finishes dry and bitter with plenty of hints to the relatively high ABV. I found quite some similarities with XX Bitter.
Mouthfeel is good. Relatively smooth. Drinkability isn't all that great considering the intense bitterness and traceable notes of alcohol.

It's an okay tripel but I'm not a big fan of the horsy barnyard aspects. The alcoholic aspect wasn't very likable either. I'll pass fot this one in the future and take a Westmalle, Carolus or Karmeliet instead.

Paddez, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy hazy orange, with foam pouring insistantly from the first half of the bottle. NIce triple with spices and easy full mouthfeel. Wewll hopped. Hammering alcohol. Thank you very much Phyl21ca. Now for a series of sampling this brewery. Yeast, malt, and orange.

Sammy, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of Goldorak
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap at Moan & Dove

Appearance: Light amber/honey golden, it had a big thick head that looked caked on and had plenty of cling on my glass.

Smell: Sort of like the dried up beer on my primary fermentation when I'm too lazy to clean it right away, it was very yeasty, with a sour/funky thing going on. Wasn't as complex as the bottle, but enjoyable. Alcohol also played a major role.

Taste: Creamy mouthfeel, some pale malt, hop astringency there in the finish but nothing too strong, booze felt a little more concealed.

Goldorak, Jul 22, 2005
De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
90 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.