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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

346 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 25
Gots: 17 | 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 maxpower
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of SwillBilly
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of bark
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
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!

Photo of tgbljb
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Photo of grassrootsVT
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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?

Photo of GClarkage
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of Paddez
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Goldorak
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of paterlodie
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB aug 2010. Nice head and a bronze beercollor but far from clear.
Nose is best hops bathing in freshed carramellic and munichmalt with an alcoholic fruitjuice( lots of red apples and litle orangecitrus). Taste is wonderfull too; sweetmalty with alcoholic bite followed by great flowery&fruity but sharp bitterness. So well balanced alltogether that it's just a pleasure to drink this "godly" brew. Highly recommended if you ask me.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap @ the moan and dove

sparkling dandelion wine coloration and very clear, not much carbonation and a swirl of bubbles on the surface. crazy thin lacing dominates the inside surface area of the guldenberg tulip. aroma is all candy. sweet malts and candi sugar paired with mild hops and summery fruit salad. some alcohol-soaked peach and an array of light berries. flavor cuts that sweetness with a substantial hop conflict (not surprising from de ranke) and a licorice-laden alcohol burn. complex but light body and drinkable. great belgian for a hot summer day. handles a chill like a champ too, doesn't lose much flavor in the 40's.

Photo of axisjones
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a baby blue striped paper wrapped bottle.

A murky orange tinted gold with a massive foamy white head. Excellent lacing and clingy all the way down. From the bottle to the last drop, this is a beer that excels in presentation.

A light aroma for a Tripel. Lighty spicy and fruity, with a chill funk to it.

The taste is spicy with a phenolic character. There is a subtle fruitiness to it and some cloves as well. There is also a citric quality that is well balanced by the clean spicy hops. All elements are present, the yeast, malt and hops all interplay and lend unique characteristics. Overall the taste is subdued.

The drinkability is super high considering the abv. Super smooth, clean and well balanced are all characteristics of this beer. That 8.5 will sneak up on you.
A mighty fine beer and a Tripel that has its place among the others. The Tripel style is interesting in that while some beers rank much higher, different Tripels are appropriate for different situations. In this regard, this is a smooth, lighter Tripel that is highly quaffable with an excellent flavor.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy orangy color ale with a huge head with perfect retention. Aroma is quite funky with the yeast signature readily noticeable. Carbonation is good and body is quite full. Taste is dominated by the yeast at the beginning and then some spices, which are hard to distinguish with a funky finish. Another fine funky gem from de Ranke.

Photo of trancefishy
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 2003, purchased December 2004, consumed March 2005. No paper wrapper on this 11.2oz, despite the picture. served at cellar temp of 54 F.

Pours out a nice light straw yellow, witha big fluffy head that takes off after not too long.

aroma is delicious smelling, lots of malts and spices wafting around. indulgent. i can't pick out much, but it's tasty.

taste is quite dry and bright hops. almost makes me wonder if this bottle has been skunked a bit, but, i'm not sure. this is an interesting tripel, as in, i wouldn't have thought it was a tripel, maybe some belgian strong pale ale or something... lots of spiciness, and the hops are the real player here. some dry hops, with a little malt to complement. vanilla makes an appearance here, along with some rosebuds. interesting aftertaste, makes me feel like i'm in the brewery, and it beckons you to rewet your taste buds with more of it.

mouthfeel is good and smooth, nice there. good drinkability, it's yummy.

i didn't start to like this beer till about halfway through. it went form "whoa, this is skunked and metallic" to "hm, i can get through this" to "hey, i think this is how it's supposed to taste, and, i think i like it". i just love the spices in this, so well done.

Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

large bottle shared at the Blind tiger in NYC. Corked and caged. This classy Belgian pours a zesty apricot shade of amber, cloudy, world class tiny bubble film beneth classic lacing. Nose of strong juniper, must and alcohol . Lively, tasty, complex brew. many layers of taste, yeasty, nutty, fruity, citric,biting hops, all flowing together in a smooth fashion. Soft mouthfeel. This is a very fine brew somewhere in that crazy criss-crossing Belgian wittte-saison-strong pale ale-tripel continuim. Get some and dig into it.

Photo of marburg
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sip 1: A bit cold. Hey, this is a good beer.

Sip 7: Wow, not bad. I forgot how much I loved these DeRanke guys.

Sip 16: Holy shit, this is awesome beer.

Big, fluffy gold beer with an equally fat head. Peering through the green bottle, one is struck by the fact that the stickiness of the head extends even back into the bottle, where a layer of ivory foam bubbled atop the beer. Lots of sweet, lemony, spicy, phenolic tripel flavor. Bouncy and vibrant, there's a good amount of mild citrus to match the yeasty qualities. Rounded off by a nice, organic bitterness. Reasonably dry despite its creamy tripel-ness. Amazingly drinkable. I shared a bit with some other BAs, but I could have had a few of the 750s before passing out with a big grin on my face.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured in the chalice a crystal clear golden with a light white head that lasted well to lace the chalice.

The aroma was fruity and spicy at first and then after the head died back deeply malty with light caramel and subtle pepper spice aromas. Slight alcohol aroma brings out the spicy phenols.

The flavor was slightly sour with an interesting bittering that was well done and a malt presence that only made the beer more interesting.

The finish was dry with lasting slight yet interesting sourness and bittering. The body was medium and well done. The alcohol only comes in the warming after consumption.

11.2 ounce bottle. A triple, I don't think so, more like a Belgian Pale Ale with a bit or sourness thrown in for complexity. The label had no distinct freshness dating but said date of bottling is 5 years before best before date shown and it almost appeared to have a notch at N and at 04, I wonder if I missed it by 2 months? A nice and interesting beer, but at $4 a bottle I will have to look for a fresher example to give the devil his due...

Photo of ngandhi
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Vintage June 2003.

The spicy, herbal hops are impressive as hell in this beer -- an archetype of Belgian brewing. The body is almost lush, considering the quaffable style, to the point where the weighty alcohol actually adds a creamy, peachy fullness to this beer that makes it seem sweet.

Unfortunately, that's really all this beer is is alcohol -- wafting up into the nose like a volatile cleaning agent and lingering smoky in the back of the mouth like (good) vodka. In fact, this might actually be quite good with a touch of lime (but I won't go that far). As it stands, there's too big of a clash here between the tight, crisp hops and the filling, sweet malt and alcohol.

Were it for a bit more malt support or a cleaner fermentation, this would be nothing short of classic. As it stands, however, the alcohol comes on too strong and selfishly knocks out almost everything good about this beer.

Relax, relax.
ng

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

There's nothing like a good-looking beer...and the Guldenberg really fits that mold. A bright and vibrant honey/gold/orange in color with a fizzy bright white head that just sits there, refusing to die off. Aromas are the requisite tripel with some bonus snappy hop notes. Flavor starts with all sorts of tripel flavors: yeasties, heavy malt sweetness, dark fruits, orange rinds. Finish sees a bit of warmth from the ABV and a sharper, hoppier/spicy finish. Lots of carbonation here. Another winner from De Ranke.

Photo of twelvsies
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very light color, but very thick in consistency, I can barely see my fingers on the other side of the glass. Very murky. Smell has lots of complex fruit and spice aromas as well as floral hop scent and buttery malt. Taste is nice a thick, apircot and other dried fruit flavors everywhere. Yeasty. Super super smooth and oily mouthfeel, fuller than it appears. Very easy beer to drink. A perfect example of the Belgian style.

Photo of waughbrew
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pretty clear orangy gold with a small white head that is very creamy and sticky. Yeast chunks start to join the pour as you approach the last inch. Smell is dry roasted, lightly salted peanuts with great hop spiciness and slight swampy pungence. Flavor is a wave of changing flavors - toasty malt balanced by peppery hopping, apple and pear esters, hints of alcohol and white wine. Finish is drier than expected. Medium bodied. Yeast pour adds a sour citrusy twang and dirtiness to the finish.
This is more like a strong Belgian pale ale - too much malt presence and body to be a triple in my opinion, but whatever. The bottle describes it as an "abbey beer". I describe it as amazing. This brewery knows what the hell they are doing. So polished. So complex. Wow.

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

The packaging of these beers are amazing, I love them. This one has a lable under the paper which I don't think the Kriek had. 750ml bottle capped and corked. Huge POP when I removed the cork.

Pours out almost honey colored with a small head that keeps building due to the stream of bubbles. The smell is sweet and bread like with hints of citrus. Crystal clear.

The first thing I notice about the taste is the full body. Sweet with citrus and caramel (?) coming through. Ending has a slight dryness coming through but not overpowering. I actually prefer the drier tripels that have more of a grassy finish. This is a very good beer. I especially love their Kriek.

De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
90 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.