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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

327 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 26
Gots: 14 | 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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scoobybrew

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

This was poured from the bottle into a tulip-like snifter glass.

A - hazy golden color with a thick foamy head that is well retained; haze is probably from the bottle conditioning yeast

S - oxidation at first, fruity yeast character some hop-like scents - very complex

T - sweet malt with a strong (for a Belgian) hop character, yeast fruitiness is also noted

M - medium body, high carbonation

D - This is a very tasty tripel, if not a little unconventional in the fact the hops are more pronounced than is typical. However, it is quite nice.

04-18-2009 01:31:27 | More by scoobybrew
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

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
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-12-2012 02:17:49 | More by Yabev15
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

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
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RuudJH

Netherlands

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Belgian Abbaye tripel. One of the many, but this one came recommended at my local liquor store.
33 cl. bottle.

Orange golden colour, big soapy head, ok carbonation.
Smell of malt, bread, yeast, some citrus, clove, and a gardensmell too (flowers, herbs).
Taste yeasty too, with dominant balanced dry bitterness. Very strong flavour: herbs and flowers, not too much citric notes left.

Nice full body, full flavour. Smooth but with a spicy bite in the finish as well.
Complex tripel. One of the better ones in the category.
Recommended from me too.

07-20-2011 16:54:00 | More by RuudJH
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tjd25

France

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
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

07-22-2005 00:09:02 | More by Goldorak
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spicelab

Australia

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%

330mL bottle thanks to Beermasons.

Almost muddy looking orange-straw. Huge white head is dense and pillowy. Slowly dies down leaving flecks of lace and a small island of foam.

Quite a grainy and dry smelling Tripel. Main aromas are grapefruit pith, floral spice, wet hay, pear and honey. Get some doughy sweet esters as it warms, but still retains a musty character.

Bittersweet, with honeydew, pear and banana played off against citrus rind, tart grapefruit and some grassy funk.

Medium mouthfeel and dry finish. Carbonation is lowish for a Belgian brew.

No doubt it's more rustic and funky than most Tripels. It seems give the nod to Saisons and Guezes but doesn't quite co-opt their charisma, and falls short of being a great Tripel for the same reason. Still a good and interesting brew though.

09-12-2011 10:03:56 | More by spicelab
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azorie

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

12-03-2013 20:44:19 | More by azorie
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JBogan

Nevada

4.2/5  rDev +4%

A hazy peach color fills the glass along with a small white head which leaves good lacing.

The aroma is quite nice and consists of caramel, yeast, vanilla, spice along with the slightest hint of mustiness.

Tastes much like the smell however with a somewhat muted edge.

Mouthfeel was excellent and smooth. Thick bodied and with a little carbonation, this one goes down like velvet.

An interesting beer and one I'd certainly revisit again.

09-27-2009 19:07:24 | More by JBogan
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cvfish

Louisiana

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

A - This beer poured a golden yellow color that produced a fluffy white head that had great retention and left beautiful lacing on the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced a combination of wheat, malts and yeast

T - The taste of this beer was exception in my opinion, great bready malts, grain, wheat, and a little citrus mixed in to make this quite a great beer

M - The mouthfeel on this beer was light to moderate body and had a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer was quite good, this is a classic example of a Belgian Triple and a great drink

03-01-2009 01:21:36 | More by cvfish
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SmashPants

Australia

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
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dgallina

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

09-24-2006 01:57:27 | More by dgallina
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Vylo

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-19-2012 10:54:25 | More by Vylo
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sitarist

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1%

Pours somewhere between orange, and gold in color. Cloudy with a steady stream of bubbles. Thick, creamy, white head that leaves webs of lacing.

The aroma is earthy, with hints of stewed pigs feet, ginger, moldy rotting pears, and other over ripe fruits.

The taste reminds me of flat ginger-ale, feta cheese, and lots of earthy flavors.

Medium body, slightly dry.

A nice funky beer that lies somewhere between a Tripel, and a Saison.

04-26-2011 02:33:43 | More by sitarist
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Stunner97

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance- golden yellow with very high carbonation, beautiful very thick white head, tons of small bubbles stream rapidly up the glass, cloudy and murky body,

Smell- yeast jumps out, slight fruits and apples, defenant citrus tones, wheat and grains,

Taste- Interesting flavor on this one right away, theres a slight bitter hop tone up front, but some definite malts and sweetness shine through, i can still taste some apples--maybe grannysmith with some slight tartness, very slight alcohol tone on the finish, an interesting Belgian reminds me in certain aspects to la fin du monde, (a good thing),in fact only one complaint at times the alcohol jumps out a bit but as warmed got a bit better, very soft and tasty after taste that continued to grow on me more and more

Mouthfeel- very light and crisp, easily palatable

Drinkability- Is actually very very high on this one and its surely hard to even notice the fact that its a 8.5 percent, and in a tall bottle this will start to catch up to you, the finish is so lite crisp and refreshing you definitely are wanting more after each sip, its got some complexity to it yet Id call it a simple in its high drink ability Id say one one of also best parts of this is the refreshing dyness on the finish really something, , hard to find for me probably again after this but one id give another look or recommend to a friend,

03-27-2009 06:32:11 | More by Stunner97
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gfreed

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

A good tripel, in my book, looks awful and tastes great. This one fits that bill admirably. Once the loose head settled into scattered blobs and blotches that resembled white skin sores, I knew I'd be in for a treat. Plenty of oranges in the aroma, with a taste dominated by oranges mixed with prosciutto and salt. The finish is hoppy in that pleasant Belgian way: flowers everywhere with a nice dry finish that doesn't leave one gasping for air. The ABV hits harder than expected, however-- no power tools after this one.

05-22-2011 14:05:08 | More by gfreed
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ILiveOffHops

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

10-19-2013 01:32:02 | More by ILiveOffHops
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ngandhi

Illinois

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.

Relax, relax.
ng

12-15-2004 01:06:10 | More by ngandhi
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keithmurray

New York

4.56/5  rDev +12.9%

Appearance - hazy golden color with white head

Smell - ginger, coriander, lemon, lime

Taste - citrus headlined by lemons and limes, ginger and coriander

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, effervescent, nice citrus tones upfront, the spices shine through on the finish, flavors linger properly after the swallow. Smooth and refreshing, slightest bit of tartness on the finish.

Overall - an enjoyable beer, drinks lighter than others in the Tripel category, to me this is more of a hybrid Tripel/Belgian Pale Ale/Saison. Very well done, recommended for you Belgian beer lovers.

Price Point - $12.99/750ML bottle

06-28-2014 23:36:30 | More by keithmurray
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Samp01

New Jersey

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
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od_sf

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

06-16-2012 23:28:48 | More by od_sf
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bruindre

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

05-20-2013 04:16:00 | More by bruindre
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MRsojourner

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-06-2013 00:44:25 | More by MRsojourner
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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

02-23-2014 01:58:18 | More by Andrew041180
De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
90 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.