De Ranke Guldenberg - Brouwerij De Ranke
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3.53/5 rDev -12.6%
Bottle: standard brown 330mL bottle, pretty boring old school Belgian label.
Appearance: pours bright orange with small floaties, limited carbonation. A one-finger white head drops to a thick cap. Decent lacing.
Aroma: Belgian yeasts as expected, with some citrus and an earthy, bitter quality. Interesting.
Taste: unusually heavily spiced and floral for a tripel, but the Belgian yeasts and earthen characteristics are there too. Overall not mind-blowing, but a good and different version of the tripel.
Aftertaste: the earth carries through as does the grassy hops, with a smidge of yeast.
Mouth feel: medium in weight with a slightly higer, prickly carbonation.
Overall: seems somewhat different to the 'normal' tripel style, but doesn't suffer for it - just a bit different. I'm pretty certain it ain't worth the AU$130+ per case price, but hey - one every now and then won't hurt.
08-16-2013 05:51:28 | More by SmashPants
4.06/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a slightly hazy light amber with one finger thick of white foam, settles slowly leaving a spray of lace behind. Smell: vinous, spicy and slightly grassy with a berry note, sweet pale backing. Taste: aggressively spicy into candied citrus peel, white grape and some overripe nectarine. Creamy feel with spiciness everywhere, mild booziness. Enjoyable for sure.
07-28-2013 03:53:37 | More by babaracas
4.01/5 rDev -0.7%
Pours a hazy copper amber with a small short lived white head. Aroma is of Belgian yeast with some spicy fruity notes. Taste is of Belgian yeast, bread, sweet zesty fruity flavors with some mild citrus hops. Palate is a medium body, lively carbonation. Finishes with a sweet zesty fruity flavor, Belgian yeast, biscuit malt and some mild citrusy hops bitterness on the end for balance. A nice long lasting flavorful and enjoyable drinking brew.
07-10-2013 19:39:46 | More by Samp01
4.16/5 rDev +3%
From a 330 ml bottle into a chalice.
A-The beer is cloudy and golden apricot in color. The thin head of white foam drops quickly to a thin ring around the glass. There are a few stray bubbles of carbonation and no lacing.
S-The smell is slightly funky and drier than many tripels I have had. The alcohol is fruity, but the brew is more grassy, and bitter with earthy hops and a bit of soapiness that sweet. Virtually no candy sugar or sweet banana.
T-The taste tracks the smell pretty closely. It is spicy, grassy, and hoppy for the style.
M-The carbonation is prickly and aggressive, but thankfully, the beer quickly mellows after some time in the glass. This is a medium weight brew.
O-This is a pretty tasty, and slightly unique, take on the tripel style. The grassy hops are more assertive here than in almost any other tripel I have tried, but it works. The result is a nice, crisp, spicy beer that would pair well with everything from steak to cheese to a ham sandwich.
06-13-2013 03:41:08 | More by spoony
4.11/5 rDev +1.7%
Nice slightly hazy orange color with a thin head with short retention. Changes to murky after pouring the residual sediments.
Very refreshing aroma of tangerines, Belgian yeast with pine notes.
Likewise, taste of oranges soaked in liquor, cider, and peaches. Also, Belgian yeast, pine, honey with an elegant hint on condiments and floral hops. Dry and lightly warming aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Medium body with medium carbonation and tiny bubbles and an effervescent sensation. Alcohol of 8.5% ABV is harmonic and at an optimum level.
Balanced and flavorful beer that is versatile enough for warm or cold days.
05-30-2013 19:00:53 | More by FLima
4.09/5 rDev +1.2%
This was a good one. Notes from 4/16/13:
Apricot colored colored, hazy. Moderately aggressive head. Zing.
Sweet and fruity smell - oranges, vanilla.
Low bitterness; I taste pastries...effervescent with a sweet finish.
Delish. I haven't had it since, would like to revisit with this and a new tripel.
05-11-2013 21:57:38 | More by NardiByNature
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
I have to give a massive thanks to the guys over at Trappist Provisions for granting me a bonus pour of this after one of the bottles exploded upon opening. Poured into a 6oz wine glass. Review is from my notes.
The appearance is a golden-amber yet slightly hazed color complete with a good 2 finger of head on top and lively carbonation. There's tons of sediment floating in this thing, which is to be expected from the explosion, but also from De Ranke's traditional method of bottling their beers. Regardless, it's pretty much eye candy as far as tripels go, and the carbonation never seems to die down, which makes it ever more festive.
The aroma is greeted with classic tripel flavors, such as golden crisp grains, high booziness, candi sugar, and tons of tart fruitiness. Other than apricot and pear funk, there's tons of citrus rinds going on here, in a way that even caught me by surprise. But, this is a De Ranke offering after all. Cidery dryness, massive astringency caused by the dried hops and booze and sugar. A slight tropical flavor permeates underneath, but the alcohol and tarty rinds are really the ones winning this out.
The flavor is definitely all over the place, even when rating to style. Vinous (like Sauvignon Blanc grape peels), dried apricots and apples, bananas and citrus, farmhouse-type bitterness and funk, all followed by a golden crisp graininess and thickened breadiness that attempts to soften it all out. There's some seriously wild stuff happening due to the sediment, nevertheless. Huge yeasty musty notes are carried forward on a whim due to the large amount of carbonation, which ends in a super bone dry finish. It's jubilant, boozy, but also pretty insane. It's like this beer has jaws, as I literally feel strong bites of astringency constantly numbing my palate with each sip. It's not necessarily unpleasant, but it is capable of overwhelming the senses pretty fast.
I thought the Bitter XX was already nuts, but I think this one takes De Ranke's yeasty phenols to more dizzying heights, as well as their constantly sharp, vicious dry hopping methods. If you thought La Fin du Monde was already spicy enough, give this one a shot! It's dry, spicy, funky, astringent, boozy, vinous, and so much more. Can't say it's my favorite, but I do admire beers like this that put up a fight. I could possibly revisit this one as a result in the near future. I'll make sure I have one with less dregs next time!
04-22-2013 05:40:53 | More by magictacosinus
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
12 oz bottle for $3.
Matched against Corsendonk Abbey in a week of tripel head-to-heads.
A: Standard tripel honey-gold, but where's the big head? A mere half-finger.
S: More citrusy than is standard for the style. Peaches. Whiffs like a Belgian IPA.
T: Tastes like one, too. Quite assertive. Hops linger on the front end, unconventionally. Some bandaid astringency that spreads out mysteriously and beautifully. Very unique, immediately likable. Not so far off from the great De Ranke XX Bitter.
M: Nice prickle. The bitterness will bother some who are here for a by-the-book tripel.
O: Extremely drinkable and enjoyable, though categorization freaks (and maybe I'm one) will balk at this being regarded as a tripel. Hops mask some of the potential complexity in there, but still: it's a rush of pure pleasure.
I ranked this higher than the Corsendonk which preceded it, but wish I had paired it with Fluffy White Rabbits.
04-22-2013 02:54:48 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
90 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.