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De Ranke Guldenberg - Brouwerij De Ranke

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

341 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 341
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 26
Gots: 16 | 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 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
Photo of paterlodie
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

paterlodie, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

goodbyeohio, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of axisjones
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

axisjones, Jun 25, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of trancefishy
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

trancefishy, Mar 19, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Billolick, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of marburg
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

marburg, Jan 27, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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...

GCBrewingCo, Jan 04, 2005
Photo of ngandhi
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
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

ngandhi, Dec 15, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

OldFrothingSlosh, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of twelvsies
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

twelvsies, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of waughbrew
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

waughbrew, Nov 27, 2004
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

CharlesRiver, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeerBuilder, Nov 14, 2004
Photo of ADR
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

ADR, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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, I’m 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.

Rastacouere, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

crookedhalo, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of bultrey
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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....

bultrey, Aug 20, 2004
De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
91 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.