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De Ranke Guldenberg - Brouwerij De Ranke

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De Ranke GuldenbergDe Ranke Guldenberg

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349 Ratings

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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 24
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-22-2002

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

Boy, this is a very nice Belgian. The beer comes in a large bottle with a cork ... a good sign at the outset. The cork really pops too. The beer is a prodigious white, frothy head, wonderful lacing and retention. The color is orange, a slight red comes through too. The smell is the low point, but that is a relative statement since there really is no downside to this beer. The smell is citrus, malts, sweet candied sugar fermentables characteristic of Belgians, and a touch of some other fruits, definitely white grape, rind, coriander. The taste is wonderful. This is just a smooth, warm, sweet, malty Belgian if there ever was one. The 8.5 ABV is completely masked in the great taste. You will get some yeastiness, malts, candied sugars, some spiciness, fruits, a bit of citrus, and very subdued and barely perceptible hops. As the beer warms, there is some more alcohol coming through, but it is quite warming. The mouthfeel is vanilla cream, and quite amazing for a beer of this ABV. The aftertaste is slight, not strong, also a bit warming. Overall, you have a high quality Belgian that you need to try. This is a remarkable Trippel that tastes more like a Belgian blonde or a pale. L'Chaim.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours pretty clear with numerous bubbles rising. The beer itself is a light orangish golden color with a lasting fluffy white head that is about 1/4" thick and looks like it is going to stay that way for some time.

Aroma: Hops are evident in this beer as is the spice from the alcohol. I get a very defined dry graininess in this beer that gives it a bready presence. Once the head starts to fall and the beer settles a bit, it starts to get a lot more citrusy. The yeast contribute to the bready aromatics, but the beer isn't too estery.

Taste: The flavor is mild when compared to the aroma. It is medium bodied with lots of carbonation that makes it glide across your palate quickly...and frighteningly effortlessly easy to drink. The hops are much more in the flavor than anything they do to balance the malt in the finish. The alcohol is more apparent in the nose than in the flavor. There is a little warming on the back of the throat that sits in rather late, so you don't really pick up the strength of the beer at any time. As the beer warms a bit, it starts to show a bit of oxidation...but it isn't too bad.

Opinion: Well, this is a pretty decent beer. It is really easy to drink, and I like the balance of malt and hops in the finish. It isn't nearly as assertive in flavor or mouthfeel as a lot of Tripel's. I would almost liken it to a "Tripel with training wheels".

Photo of BretSikkink
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Persistent white cap of head stays throughout the drink, golden-orange brew is chill hazy with awesome retention and lacing.

Plenty of sweet honeyed malt to back up the lighter fruit flavors. Faint, but enticing.

Pale malt is a major player, there's understated peppery hopping along with some light spicing, phenolic alcohol, and the presence of a Belgian yeast strain.

Light bodied and smooth, delicate while retaining a good amount of complexity. It rouses the interest and keeps it. Dried fruit finishes the flavor, the high alcohol emerges after a period, but is restrained enough.

Less fruity than many of the best tripels, the Guldenberg is nonetheless a solid ale, a nice drink, vey smooth and flavorful with just a hint of hopping.

Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, medium toned gold with a fluffy, white, 2 finger head of foam that fades to a gentle cap. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of mildly tart apple, fresh grain, subtle oak, vanilla, fresh dough, lemongrass, and citrus.
Taste is of the aromas with notes of apple pie and a touch of pair.
Mouthfeel is ligt-medium bodied with a light sweetness up front and hints of tartness and bitters rounding it out. There is a light grassiness detected but it is subtle and hardly detracts from the overall enjoyability.

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

Solid golden color with a nice off-white head, lots of tiny suspended particles, light carbonation, and decent lace. Yeasty Belgian aroma and honey-ish malt sweetness. Nice yeast, spicy, malty balance with a touch of sweet honey. Medium-light bodied but a touch airy.

Nice solid Belgian Strong Pale Ale / Tripel.

Per Label: "Unfiltered Unpasteurized"

Per BOM notes: Hallertau and Brewer's Gold hops

Bottled: March '05
Best Before (end of): Mar '10

(11.2 oz. sleek brown Euro-style bottle)

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

this was from a small bottle aged about a year. Poured with a pretty big head that soon settled downt to a small covering. No lace. Color is a very hazy ( I poured in the yeast sediment - so no surprise there) brownish amber. Nose is fruity, yeasty, a bit hoppy, sweet, malty, and spicy. Flavor I picked up the yeast right away followed with the malt, hops, a bit of juniper, fruit, and bittersweet. Nice aftertaste. Good body.

Photo of ggaughan
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up at UJ's on the Manatawny and drank back home. The beer poured a dense golden color with a thin but solid tan head and ring around the glass. The aroma was sour and earthy. The taste was slightly sour and good but with a hoppy taste that takes over on the back end. The bitterness and the sour balance out very well.

Photo of Jermbrew
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml into my triple chalice. Hazy dull amber with a strong foamy head. This ale looks smooth and inviting, dangerous for a tripel.

Slight fruity aroma but nothing stands out here. The taste is somewhat nutty accompanied by a little spicy kick. It's a pleasant taste and well balanced so alcohol is not overpowering. I enjoy the sweet malty aftertaste plus the dry bite at the end. Spearminty.

The mouthfeel is perfect for this style. The liquid evenly coats the inside of the mouth before gradually fading away. Drinkibility would be higher, but it may be too drinkable for a tripel....going too fast. I will have this one again.

Photo of mjc410
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottled sometime between March and July of 2004, according to the label's notches.

The pour into my Westy chalice raised virtually no head, only a glass ring and a few sparse surface bubbles. Noticeable sediment is lacking, even after pouring out the whole bottle. It seems to have stuck to the bottle. The beer is a translucent amber gold. The nose has a bit of mint, pepper, and sugar in it. Perhaps a sour apple scent, too. Very odd, but nice, sort of. The taste certainly hides its alcohol well. But it is definitely beyond me to describe on my own. It has a delicate flavor, with some light fruitiness. Another reviewer mentioned citrus, and for some reason this beer now tastes like clementines and peach. Its subtle flavor is really growing on me. The mouth is medium, with very fine but tingly carbonation. Very nice here. This beer would be awesome with a fruit salad, I think. Anything heavy would overwhelm it.

Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2002 vintage.

A loud pop once uncorked, then a golden, foamy pour.

Hazy orange, deep caramel color. Minor suspended particles float about, slowly making their way to the bottom of the glass. Iceberg of foam crowns the remnants inside the bottle.

Sweet butterscotch, herbs, spicy pepper, and well water are present in the aroma.

Flavors are intertwined with the smell. Pepper, butterscotch, herbs, and stony well water cameo on the palate. Not overly sweet like many tripels. Very balanced and highly drinkable. Ultra smooth mouthfeel makes this a dream to sip. One bottle disappeared easily, recommend having several on hand.

Edit: After tasting a more recent bottle last night, there is a higher degree of sweetness to this than the first bottle. While it is exceptionally balanced, a whole bottle would best be shared. So .5 less for drinkability and taste.

Photo of RedHaze
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, though the label say 11.2oz (just might be the biggest 11.2 oz bottle I've seen).

Pours a very hazy pale orange with a two finger head, that takes forever to fade to a very thick cap. Even at the end there was a good half inch of foam. The lacing that it leaves completely covers the inside of the glass.

Smell; starts off a bit musty and a little tart in the aroma. Tropical fruits are present with tangerines, pineapples and grapefruits. There's also some herbal aromas going on, and a bit of pepper and hay.

Taste; starts off with citrus, with lemons and grapefruit, and little bit of tangerine. The pineapples are there as well as bit of bananas. In the middle some caramel, and bready malts come through, followed by the spicy, herbal and grassy hops. The mustiness I noticed on the aroma follows through into the flavor, and only seems to add a bit more depth to the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability; the mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a bit of a drying finish, and really damn good drinkability.

Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle with drink by date of June, 2009
According to the label, that means this was bottled in June, 2004.

Smell is average, alcohol, peppery smell, very faint hint of something like a sour grape.

Taste is pretty smooth, considering the ABV. Hints of bready sour mash come to mind. The sourness is very faint, but then again, its very noticable. No where near a Flemish taste though. A little hot in the upfront taste, but it quickly goes away as soon as the sweet sugary malt washes the tongue.

Overall, a decent Tripel, nothing to write home about, but I had no complaints about finishing this one.

Photo of EPICAC
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I split a 750 mL bottle with a friend at Boulevard in Kortrijk, Belgium.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden with a white, whipped-cream head that fades to a thin film leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Light fruitiness and some peppery spice.

Taste: On the sweet side, but it balances out. Fruity with a significant peppery spice. A sour apple tartness emerges in the finish with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with high carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

Photo of Phatz
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BitterBeerFace for sharing this with me for the second time. What a Tripel treat twice =)

Presentation: This 750 ml corked bottle takes a cork screw to open we almost didn't have one handy. Thick heavy impressive bottle with the dimple in the bottom.

Appearance: Pours and orange golden hue with a big white head and spots of droopy lacing.

Smell: The aroma is gently sweet and enticing and very much like a dream of summer, with candied caramel, honey, sugar lemon drops hints of grassy hops and alcohol like sherry.

Taste: A gentle fruit and spice attributes reside in the sweet smooth malt bread backbone that flowed seamlessly to herbal minty dryness and warming alcohol in the finish. Distinct yeast flavors, and so on, were hard to isolate not for a lack of depth but for a masterful blend - where all attributes work as one to create Guldenberg.

Mouthfeel: A rich well carbonated feel in the mouth.

Drinkability: As Tripels go, this is one of the most unobtrusive quaffable easy going beers that doesn't need to stand out to be glorious. I enjoy it every time.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of Absumaster
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a yellow orange and murky beer with a nice frothy head that remains the entire glass.

Smell is hoppy and bitter with some grassy notes. Yeast smell and slightly metallic with some anise whiffs.

Taste was hoppy and bitter, grassy with faint malt notes. The small amount of caramel malt is noted and makes the beer a little more deep and gives it a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Somewhere way in the back I think I taste something of a barnyard, nice! Aftertaste is dry and body is medium.

For some reason I expected this to be more hoppy. Not that it wasn't but I expected it to be more resionous.

Photo of bditty187
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of dgallina
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of Ego
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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.

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.

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...)

Photo of NEhophead
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of Hautacam
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
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 !

Photo of Suds
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of Crosling
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
90 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.