De Ranke Guldenberg - Brouwerij De Ranke
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4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
01-27-2005 05:16:52 | More by marburg
3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
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...
01-04-2005 23:49:17 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.33/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
12-15-2004 01:06:10 | More by ngandhi
4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
12-04-2004 23:00:38 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
4.55/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
12-04-2004 06:04:06 | More by twelvsies
4.63/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
11-27-2004 02:43:30 | More by waughbrew
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
11-20-2004 00:34:52 | More by CharlesRiver
3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
Hazy copper-orange color with a thick white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is yeasty, hebal, and peppery with a light malt background. The flavor is malty, spicy....peppery, with candi sugars and a light fruitiness. Alcohol is present in the flavor as well. It is full in body and warming with a drying finish. A decent Belgian brew, nice and warming.
11-14-2004 22:32:03 | More by BeerBuilder
3.88/5 rDev -4%
Hazy brownish orange appearance, decent head that replenishes adequately but doesn't build much height. Laces very nicely. Aroma is fresh, candied cherry, orange slices in sugar, some alcoholic "cocktail" sense. Starts out well, balanced, bitters counter a doughy fruitcake flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation follows suit. Ends a little less satisfying, a little plastic and phenolic with a slightly seltzery diminished quality. Some bit of alcoholic warmth and prunes to the aftertaste and a little less dry than I expect in a Tripel's finish. Stands pretty well on its own merits, with a good start to the flavor impression.
10-13-2004 15:50:27 | More by ADR
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
Bottle at spuyten duyvil. This was immediately my first pick after seeing to my great sadness that they were out of BBB Babillard. Gentle light amber, small foamy white cover. Great enticing aroma, very flowery and spicy (rose petals, bubble gum, hay, grass, lemon, mango, sage, pepper). Saison-like (more in fact) refreshing citric acidity and bitterness. Citrusy hops, honey ish tender malt, absolutely rocking flavor balance. Incredibly soft body with studied throughout carbonation. Tasty art in a bottle. Okay, Im a big fan of XX bitter and their kriek, so I love De Ranke and had high expectations from this one, but it is even better. De Ranke can do no wrong.
09-06-2004 21:47:03 | More by Rastacouere
4.38/5 rDev +8.4%
75 cl wrapped cork and capped bottle. Pours a clouded golden amber with a thick, rocky off-white head. Delicate hops collide with a saison-like spicy yeast funk and bready, caramel-like malt in the nose. Kind of an odd tripel; remarkable, though. Nice spicy, hoppy character throughout with a malty backbone and a fruity yeast character. Very well carbonated and drinkable. I'm in love with De Ranke's line of beers, I've tried each of them a couple of times, and each time I gain a higher appreciation for them. Worth doing the legwork to find.
09-02-2004 14:39:36 | More by crookedhalo
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
I love this beer... I had it a few weeks ago from the bottle at Anam Cara in Boston, and I had it just last night on draft at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn. It is one of the few Belgian beers I've had that tastes nearly the same in the bottle as on draft.
I was surprised to see this classified as a triple... it has more of a saison taste to me, and I seriously did not notice 8% alcohol. The aroma provides some white fruit -- maybe apple and pair -- mixed with some slight, but pleasant, skunkiness. The first sip is slightly mouth-puckering, like a lambic or saison, but is quickly joined by ginger, pear, citrus, all with a bit of astringency. The aftertaste reveals some faint malt characteristic that fades quickly to that same pleasant skunkiness and hops flavor. Mouthfeel is fantastic, as the carbonation is light, consistent, and pleasant. I could drink this aaalll night....
08-20-2004 02:06:17 | More by bultrey
4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
Musty cork aromas waft from my glass as I pour this beer, it reminds me of a moist cellar. The beer is a hazy orange-gold color and it topped by a light tan head. The carbonation is moderate, neither over the top, nor anemic in quantity. As I stick my schnozz into my glass I get some notes of funky farmhouse cheese, as well as a hint of fruity pear aromas. Quite soft, tastes a bit like a Tripel. Some nice soft fruitiness, with pear being the most apparent. Quite a bit cleaner than I was expecting, I was hoping for a bit more complexity out of this brew. As it warms up a bit the fruitiness starts to come to the fore, along with the pear I also get notes of apple. Some slight spiciness is in the fore front of this beer as well; cinnamon, ginger, and clove, and a rather solid vanilla note in the finish. This beer is fairly light, and as it warms up the complexity that I was looking for starts to show up. I am really enjoying this beer right now, though it really needs to be warmed up to maximize its enjoyability.
08-02-2004 17:50:33 | More by Gueuzedude
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
Pours a white, two finger-head that goes slowly leaving some lace, pour slowly. Some yeast left in bottle. Cloudy pale, amber color. Very good carbonation. Medium bodied. Nose is fruity and spicey. Starts smooth and sweet, finishes mellow, the high ABV is not noticeable. Mislabeled - 330ml and 8.5% Abv on label actually the paper wrap has 8.0% ABV and $8.80 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.
07-09-2004 22:48:07 | More by jdhilt
4/5 rDev -1%
Big bubbles fade quickly (with a nice noise) on a slightly hazy pale orange color body. The smell is very grassy, wildly grassy and flowery. Also some strawberries. The grassy hoppiness invades the mouth and leave a thick chewy aftertaste. A very grapefruit like aspect appears, together with a quick caramel note. The mouthfeel is light but very hoppy; not too much going on apart from the hops. THe level of cabonation was enjoyable. I'm starting to enjoy these Belgian hoppy beers.
07-01-2004 23:06:48 | More by tjd25
3.93/5 rDev -2.7%
Small brown 11.2oz brown bottle. Generous Best Before date of Sept. 08.
It pours a foggy caramel amber with a medium-sized off-white head and a few wisps of lace.
A healthy barn-like smell blends with an aroma of dried malt and hint of alcohol.
The body, while substantial, is lighter than I expected. A dried malt and cut dry hay taste is noticeable a lightly sweetened caramel taste is in the background.
A sharp, edgy tart bitterness and lemon sourness are seasoned with a peppery spice. A slight phenol piney taste lingers in the background, while a mild vodka-like alcohol fuminess adds a bit of warmth. This brew improves throughout.
05-16-2004 02:46:42 | More by BeerResearcher
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
Had this beer on tap at Anam Cara 4/20/04
It poured a translucent yellow/orange body with a huge thick foamy white head.
The nose was a very mellowed phenols, wheat and malt. A lovely tropical fruitiness really comes out.
The taste was medium bodied and very smooth. Wheat, malt, phenols, slight farmhouse touch, with an overall bitterness. Very mild earthy hop taste compliments the farmy, phenol flavors. What really seems to dominate the taste though is this subtle fruit tone. Not your typical apple or pears in a triple. It actually borders more on a tart lambic, but still is so far in the background youd never mistake it for one. It finishes clean with a soft lingering bitterness.
Simple another great beer from de ranke. Im not as crazy about this one as the XX bitter. But de ranke just has this classic belgian flavor with some other added touches that really make their beers something unique. Great beer.
04-22-2004 07:12:12 | More by taez555
4.38/5 rDev +8.4%
Nearly day-glo orange in color the beer pours out of the very attractive package and the emphasis is immediately driven from the good but not overwhelming appearance, to the aromas. Hoppy yes, but extremely fruit driven-loads of juicy peach apricot, and some tangy mandarin orange comes to mind. The mouthfeel is thick and round yet the zippy hop nature keeps things in check, producing a very well made, complex, deep and quite drinkable triple. I find this a bit more in the strong pale ale vein, yet as I drink it its mildly sweet fruitiness takes a sure lead role,, and I can identify with the triple-esc-ness. I love what comes out of this brewery, and will continue to spread the good word, and continue to buy these brews! Thanks Again Shelton!
02-11-2004 02:41:49 | More by moulefrite
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
Presentation: Sampled during the BA Social held at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena on Saturday 12th October, 2003. The second in a trilogy of De Ranke beers, which we all shared.
It arrives in unlabelled green glass bottle, the 750ml curved sided affair with the dimpled bottom, so typically used by Cantillon, Fantôme, etc. The whole bottle is wrapped in an inviting paper wrap. The De Ranke Guldenberg wrapper has equally spaced light blue and white vertical stripes with the word Guldenberg in dark blue above a small picture. Corked. Unfiltered & Unpasteurized.
Appearance: A lovely bright amber color that turned to a hazy brown as the 750ml was shared around the Table and the yeast made its way out of the bottle into the last glass or two. A crusty, rocky head, off-white, looks like you would need Crampons to climb it. Nice appearance and classic Belgium looks when poured into a Goblet.
Nose: Not exactly the aromas that you would expect from a Tripel. Moreover, they are more fruity than usual, not exactly complex, but more akin to a bowl of fresh fruits merged odors. Definitely some furry skinned stone-fruits, I remember Apricots & Peaches. Hops & Malts are there also, maybe biased towards the former. A rather subdued nose, strength-wise, but very inviting.
Taste: This is a really a very good beer. Malty beginnings, with a rather hoppy finish. The middle is fruity, a smooth peach presence, and some lights spices come through also. Some yeast adds smoothness and a bready aspect to the beer. A nice dry, hop-bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: The 8.5% gives the beer plenty of body. Carbonation lends itself to a spritzy feel on the tongue at times.
Drinkability: For an 8.5% Tripel, this was extraordinarily easy to drink. In fact I began to wonder what made this so damn quaffable. Maybe the hops towards the end perhaps, the spicy fruity middle, or just the fact that it is so well-balanced with plenty of character. Dangerously drinkable.
Overall: A lightly spiced, astringent, well-balanced Tripel, which exudes quality. Another excellent offering from De Ranke. Note: I believe that De Ranke beer is now being imported by Shelton Brothers.
10-12-2003 20:25:02 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.47/5 rDev +10.6%
Deep, honeyed amber. White head leaves trails of lace behind. Decent head retention. Peach, apricot, yeast, floral hops are all evident in the inviting nose. Taste is features an array of flavors including honey, peach, and yeast accenuated by an earthy, bitter hop finish. Some sweetness is present and the alcohol is extremely well-hidden. Smooth, elegant mouthfeel. Carbonation is done nearly perfectly. Wonderful Belgian tripel. Though quite hoppy, the interplay of flavors makes this beer highly drinkable and certainly a favorite. Awesome stuff.
10-12-2003 04:06:06 | More by Jon
4.08/5 rDev +1%
Sampled on tap at Redbones.
This Tripel poured a clear, golden color with thin, white foam that left lace on the glass. The smell was lightly malty with some fruitiness (a hint of grapes). The taste was malty and floral (hops) and vinous. Overall a very nice flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and carbonation. The hops (bitter and floral) came through in the finish, and the aftertaste lingered. This was a very drinkable tripel.
09-28-2003 23:09:38 | More by UncleJimbo
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
Thoroughly clouded pastel amber. Active froth that quickly becomes a translucent sheet.
Besides the many familiar aromatic descriptors that are associated with untamed yeast (pressed apples, barf, pepper, burning paper, etc.) there is a distinct note of dill leaf present in this beer. This is something I otherwise might associate with under-ripe Cabernet when its been exposed to carelessly handled American oak.
On the palate it is chalky, with a glaze of candied lemon, fuzzy with mold, stone, flint, pepper, paper, and whey. Doughy, it describes exotic mediterranean fusions of toasted sesame, olive, beet, fennel, and date. The finish is mildly sour and mildly bitter. I suspect if the hop-load were reduced slightly, this would be better. Still, nice yeast.
08-11-2003 21:15:28 | More by putnam
4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
Had forgotten I tried this years ago. Had a 0.33l bottle at Cafe Take One in Maastricht on 26SEP11, for €4.00.
Poured a cloudy, muted golden, with a creamy, short, fine white head which left nice lace. Aroma was fruity yet also hoppy and a touch rindy. Medium in body, and pretty smooth, overall.
Flavor has tropical fruit and some pithy, rindy hopping, being a touch bitter and dry in the finish. Seems, now anyway, more like a Belgian IPA than a Tripel. Regardless, a tasty offering. Prosit!!
4.03 rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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Original review of 08APR03:
This bier came in a plain, green 25.4 oz bottle, with no label. It was wrapped in a striped, light blue and white paper, with the name, brewer and assorted other info printed upon it. The label says "Belgian Abbey Beer" and lists it as being 8.0% abv. Best by date was June 2005. Topped with a bottle cap, and a hard-to-remove cork.
It poured into a goblet a hazy, glowing golden-orange color. Sitting atop the golden nectar was a whipped-cream like mound of white foam. It didn't last all too long in its large state, preferring to maintain a thin, creamy, fine layer. Lacing was exemplary!
The nose consisted of a melange of fruits, most noticably a peachy character. Beneath this was a slight spicy and peppery aroma.
Mouthfeel, in general, was about medium, or "good" in BA parlance. Body was medium at a minimum, yet could not quite push beyond that. A slight bit of carbonation made for a touch of prickliness on the tongue, yet overall it passed fairly smoothly down the hatch.
The flavor exhibited the same peachy quality found in the aroma. Other tropical-style fruits meld into the mix as well. As far as malt goes, there is a pinch of breadiness present, though not much. The fruit is the main player on this stage. As the contents of the bottle diminish, the resulting pour into the goblet turns the liquid a murky, dull, light bronze color. The yeasties have arrived!! This gives an ever-so-slight spiciness to the flavor, though the fruitiness still reigns supreme.
All-in-all, a fine offering. I would like perhaps a bit more spiciness and less fruitiness, but let's not quibble here. This is a tasty offering, one I'd not hesitate to have again! Zum Wohl!!
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5
04-08-2003 14:57:24 | More by Bierman9
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
A beautiful gold-yellow colour, with oranged reflexes. The smell is floreal and fruity, with some apricot, green apple, pear. At the taste you can feel the honey (sharp even in the flavour), with a good bitter. The bitter and the sweet (of honey and even pear) are very good balanced. The aftertatse is bitter with a good persistance. The body is medium - light.
03-29-2003 09:27:23 | More by stcules
4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
Oh yea baby this beer has more stuff floating around in it than the Salt River at flood stage? Not sure thats a great description, but I personally like beers with a lot of dross. After its departure from the bottle it sets in the glass an amphibological yellowish-orange color, the head portly in size, frothy in texture and the resultant lace a nice covering of the glass. Yeast, sweet malt, hints of orange peel, and a real treat to the senses with a start that is ambrosial and loaded with malt, top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish has a desirous hop spicy bite, the acidity is spiteful and the aftertaste quite dry and lasts for a least a lustrum, and well worth a sample for the Belgiephiles in the audience.
03-27-2003 17:01:14 | More by Gusler
De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
90 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.