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De Ranke Guldenberg - Brouwerij De Ranke

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Reviews: 225
Hads: 381
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 27
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-22-2002

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Reviews: 225 | Hads: 381
Photo of NardiByNature
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (306 characters)

Photo of doopydoogle
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - slightly opaque straw with a creamy head that leaves significant lace

S - Biscuity yeast, honey, spices, caraway, caramel, toffee, malt, slight banana and melon, subtle alcohol

T - Delicious spicy malt with earthy tones but a pleasant floral character that mellows it out. Finish is surprisingly dry for the style with the alcohol coming out backed up with a slight bitter and some pleasant malt tones. Fresh bread, pears, bananas, and rye are also present, giving the beer a wonderful complexity.

M - Great carbonation and not too sticky for the style

O - A brilliant beer! For the style, it is subtle, complex, with not too much residual sugar. Seek it out! (667 characters)

Photo of atlason
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into tasting glass.

A: Gold, slight haze. Small pretty head with great lacing -- full and delicate.

S: Delicate piney hops.

T: Aggressie piney hops -- errs on the bitter side. Light malts, slight fruite --- white grapes.

M: Medium attenuation and carbonation, fine drinkability.

Reviewed from notes. (311 characters)

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. (653 characters)

Photo of larsee01
4.97/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into glass goblet.

A--Gorgeous palmetto honey color with modest head the same color as bottle label. Dark and cloudy, almost like hard apple cider in fall. Lots of floating yeast and dark sediment specks at bottom.

S--Noticeable at a distance. Smells like it looks...honey and apple. Sweet, fruity, flowery, tiny yeast tang.

T--Damn good! Lots of good stuff happening here. A fruity, spicy, mild tripel. Honey malt, apple, hint of black pepper. Fruity, yeast, grassy finish. 8.5% ABV? Who would know?

M--Smooth with great body. Not much carbonation, but not boring. Clean, but with a pleasant lingering on palate.

D--Wow. Great drinkability. I just bought one of these and it will be gone too fast. A striking, memorable brew. Perhaps the best I've ever had. (785 characters)

Photo of trancefishy
4.12/5  rDev +2%
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. (1,257 characters)

Photo of gueuzer
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Cheeky Monk

App- Straw colored. Golden. Lacy, clingy white head

Sm- light amount of hops. A little citrus.

Ta- Nice balance of the malts, some fruitiness and hops. Nice biting finish

MF- Not very big considering the flavor. Medium carbonation.

Dr- Amazing. If you weren't paying attention you might miss how incredibly complex of a beer this is. Beautiful job of pulling it all together.

My new favorite triple. (431 characters)

Photo of mj001jk
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy caramel-color with a crisp white head and lots of carbonation.

Fresh aromas with subtle tropical fruit like apricot and guava but with a dry and tart Belgian character. It smells vibrant and uplifting, like the morning dew forming over a bale of barley out in the fields.

Dry malts with a barnyard funk in the back of the throat that escapes up to the nose when I drink this. It quickly mellows out to some very subtle pineapple and grapefruit with a grassy dryness and yeasty crackers on the finish. It is an explosive beer because of the high and fine carbonation, and a considerable amount of "funk" but it adds just enough character to make it really interesting.

It is refreshing and highly drinkable, a beer that teeters on the border between liberally-hopped Tripels and Saisons. (803 characters)

Photo of Brandt
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured a turbid straw yellow with decent amount of white head

the smell is very estery as a belgian typicaly is with complements of banana, faint citrus and an earthy straw/funk as well

the flavor on this beer is really quite nice with a warming alcohol that is followed by the earth straw/funk that is picked up in the smell and a nice malty character that is subdude by a dryness

finishes with a med. body and a dry crisp bite wich gives way to some malt sweetness and a bit of bitterness. (504 characters)

Photo of Arno
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Pale yellow, slightly hazy. Good airy white foam top. Great lacing.

smell: Sweet malts and fruity. Bit flowery as well.

taste: Sweet malts with a nice tropical fruit undertone. Followed by quite a spicy bitter kick.

mouthfeel: High carbonation, quite thin.

overall: Not sure about this beer. It's just a lovely drinkable beer. It's deceptively easy to drink considering the ABV. It's quite fresh with the fruity and slightly sweet malts followed by a spicy kick. So in that regard, an excellent summer beer. But i don't get these beers that taste quite similar to a proper regular beer but has nearly twice the price and ABV. I just don't think it's that special. I've had better. (699 characters)

Photo of niklas0770
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy golden beer with a two finger head wich quickly fades to form a ½ finger lid. It actually reminds me of a witbier.

A full and overwhelming smell with a warm feel to it. Lots of citrus, hints of lemon peel and lots of grapefruit. There's also hints of dry grass, yeast and bread. A very fresh aroma ideed.

The taste is semi-dry with hints of citrus and spices, very refreshing. The aftersate holds some bitter tones and yeast.

This beer is very pleasent, very gentle. The carbonation is low and the over all feel is very smooth.

I will have no preoblem finnishing off my 750 ml bottle. A very well balanced beer! (627 characters)

Photo of richmof
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from its 75cl bottle into its own tulip. Golden haze.

Citrus and apple on the nose but not so pungent. It opens up in the mouth. You have the keen hopping of all De Ranke's beers but also coriander and spice, as well as some of that citrus and apple. There is a pine resin here too.

While this is described on the label as an abbey beer and listed as a tripel, I am not sure this is accurate. De Ranke is one of a number of a small but growing number of brewers brewing atypical Belgian beers, inspired from across the pond. (533 characters)

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. (1,105 characters)

Photo of Bisho
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

The beer pours a hazy golden copper colour with a dense head that clings to the glass. Little bit of yeast sediment that floats on the top after the head settles.

Faint smell of malt, yeast, citrus and rather estery. I guess you could say a traditional Triple but more subtle.

Tastes like a Triple too which is a damn good thing! The hops, malt and phenols blend together so well that I want to keep gulping this one down. Alcohol becomes more prominent when the beer warms up as does the light hop bitterness and spice.

Mouthfeel is charming. Rather smooth and subtle for a Triple but has a nice bite to it at the finish!

If you drink this cold it goes down a treat but at room temperature it becomes like a normal triple - slightly heavy and warming thanks to the high ABV. I could drink quite a few either way!

You know you're drinking a triple but it's not in your face like a lot of them. I keep using the word "SUBTLE" but I think the word sums this one up perfectly.

My favourite beer from De Ranke (1,067 characters)

Photo of digr
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an awesome billow white head into a large chalice with a golden slightly amber hue. Lots of carbonation makes this a fun and careful beer to pour. Lots of bubbles after the pour. Head dissipates after a few minutes but regenerates a bit due to continued bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

S - Smell is mild - slight fruity smell and a bit of yeasty tones followed by a mild hop aroma. More hop aroma than most tripels.

T - mmmm.. Taste is that of a classic clean tripel style - like an intensified version of the smell. Starts with a mild bitterness, then the clean pilsner malt flavor evolves as the beer warms in the mouth. Then the bready yeasty flavors as you swallow and a slight hop aroma and bitterness meld to finish fairly dry. No note of alcohol hotness despite the 8.5% ABV. There is more hoppiness than most tripel, but it works well.

M - Great mouth feel. Just enough to body to know you are drinking something special, but not heavy at all. Clean and not really sweet, only a tad.

D - For me I can drink a lot of this. I had it both in the bottle and on Tap. The body is light enough and the alcohol hidden well that I can put a number of these back. And then feel it the next day. But a very balanced beer despite being a tripel.

So yeah , I LOVE this beer. It is currently one of my favorite versions of the Tripel style, only bested by the Grandaddy Westmalle Tripel. It is a slight deviation with the added hop character, but a nice deviation indeed. (1,487 characters)

Photo of Gamsy
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle. Pale yellow color witha nice, white head. Excellent tripel ale, with a nice aroma of hops and spices, also some pepper. A full flavor but also with a nice and dominant hop flavor that stays in the mouth for quite while. Willdefinitely drink this beer again. (270 characters)

Photo of QuentinCompson
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into Bavik glass at La Trappe in SF

A - Nice pour, two finger head, awesome retention, frothy, murky golden brew, lots of sediment

S - Hoppy, classic belgian blonde ale smell

T-M - Malty with heavy hop flavor; really good tasting blonde but a bit heavier, robust

D - Extremely drinkable. Could go for another, but willing for options (352 characters)

Photo of grassrootsVT
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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? (778 characters)

Photo of Jermbrew
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml into my triple chalice. Hazy dull amber with a strong foamy head. This ale looks smooth and inviting, dangerous for a tripel.

Slight fruity aroma but nothing stands out here. The taste is somewhat nutty accompanied by a little spicy kick. It's a pleasant taste and well balanced so alcohol is not overpowering. I enjoy the sweet malty aftertaste plus the dry bite at the end. Spearminty.

The mouthfeel is perfect for this style. The liquid evenly coats the inside of the mouth before gradually fading away. Drinkibility would be higher, but it may be too drinkable for a tripel....going too fast. I will have this one again. (650 characters)

Photo of hopheadtony1
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy blond beer with a creamy with head. smells like farm ale, european hops and malty notes. Round in the mouth with long and worked bitterness. Good carbonation and easy drinkability. The aftertaste is bitter with sweet malt notes. Very good beer. (259 characters)

Photo of markbatonrouge
3.39/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As Belgium abby-style ales go, this is just an ok beer. I love the style, so the competition is tough, in my mind, and maybe my expectations for it were too high. I'll try this beer again sometime, but it's not competitive with most abby-style beligans.

appearance: cloudy beige/gold/yellow.

smell: -- its strong suit -- fresh figs, other mild fruitiness, some malts.

taste: it just didn't have the big belgian-fruit-yeast flavor that is so great in most beers in this style.

drinkability: certainly good-enough, just not what I was expecting or hoping for.

This is the second De Ranke beer I've tried lately, and, while both were interesting, neither knocked my socks off. They have enough gravity/alcohol that the base should be good, but the flavors didn't come together well enough. I'll have to try to again sometime. ;-) (831 characters)

Photo of Fladder
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Light gold color made pale by a bit of cloudiness. Not much head, but still decent carbonation.

The smell was sharply citric and spicey. It was very inviting.

The taste was very rough, but lined with the citrus tones that filled the smell. There were hints of sweetness, but only hints which were pulled away quickly by the deep coarseness which laid on the back of the tongue.

The acidity of the citrus flavors combined with the "horseblanket" characteristics often found in Belgian ales gave a drying feeling to the beer, but this was balanced out into something that was neither particularly dry or refreshing.

Overall I felt this was an average beer for the style. The citrus tones in the taste were quite nice though in a way I don't always find in these beers. Overall, the rough taste and feel were too much for me to really enjoy the ale, although this is still an okay beer. (887 characters)

Photo of Erbayd
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the many beers I picked up from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange honey-ish color with about 3/4 inch of dense white foam. Definitely less foam than you might expect from a beer like this

S: Yeasty and spicy, with notes of honey and caramel. Belgian yeast smells dominate but you can definitely make out some grassy and peppery scents as well.

T: Deep and complex. Nice hoppiness in the beginning followed by sweet apricot and strong honey flavors. Slightly dry finish.

M: Definitely on the heavier side, with a balanced amount of carbonation

O: The second beer I've had from De Ranke, and definitely one I'll go back to! It's pretty different from any other tripels that I've had before, so I appreciate that. (790 characters)

Photo of IDrinkAllot
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Guldenberg's most remarkable quality is its appearance. It has a gold cloudy body with a beautiful head and just the right amount of carbonation from an aesthetic point of view. It is a simply picture perfect beer. The aroma is subdued with a nice balance of wheat and malt. The mouth feel is relatively light and it is expectational drinkable which at 8.5% make this a very dangerous beer. The other major selling point for me is that this beer has a little more hop's then your usual Belgian which helps to cut the sweetness of this beer giving it an unreal level of drinkability for a Belgian. (596 characters)

Photo of simonli625
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle from a friend as a birthday gift and tried it tonight and
really like it!

A: golden orange color with white head. A bit cloudy!

S: Fruity , sweet and yeasty. The smell is quite complex but not overwhelming.

T: It just have the right mix of bitterness and sweetness from the fruit. It
tastes quite earthy as well. The tastes is rich but not overpowering.

M: medium carbonation, after taste is a bit bitter.

O:It is definitely one of my favorite triple with the right amount of bitterness
and sweetness.and I definitely will get couple more bottles next time I am in
the shop. (602 characters)

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De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
90 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.