De Ranke Guldenberg
Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke

De Ranke GuldenbergDe Ranke Guldenberg
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Style:
Tripel
Ranked #28
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,303
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 9.63%
Reviews:
260
Ratings:
487
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Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke
 
Belgium
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Year-round
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Gots
  63
SCORE
90
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De Ranke GuldenbergDe Ranke Guldenberg
Notes: Guldenberg is a tripel-style abbey ale containing 8.5% vol. Alc. Its colour is blond and it’s made of pale malt with the addition of candy sugar. The bitterness comes from the Hallertau hops we use as bitterhop and as aromahop. On top of that we use dry – hopping techniques with the same hops which give the ale its unique flavour and aroma and its perfect balance between sweet and bitter. The name came from the former Guldenberg Abbey in Wevelgem, the village of birth of Nino, one of the brewers. According to data in Flandria Illustrata ale was brewed here in the past.
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Beersnake1 from California

4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp into a Duvel glass. Pours a murky orange with white head. Definitely a good amount of sediment in the glass, so don't pour the entire thing out! Nose is lemon, wheat, grass, yeast, plums, and a bit of tart-funk. The taste is fantastic. A nice balance of sweet and bitter. Candy, yeast, wheat, tropical fruit, earthy notes, biscuits, and definitely a floral note. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Aug 01, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. Believe bottled in 2018, had 11/18/19.

Pours a bright yellow gold, clear on first pour, a little cloudy after, with a one and a half inch foamy head and lots of foamy lacing. Active carbonation. Aromas of Belgian yeast, some wheat, some white grapes, biscuit, herbal/floral hops, light malt, a little funk, black pepper as it warms. Has a sweet aroma. Flavors of Belgian yeast, light wheat and malt, herbal/floral hops that are bitter at the open but fade through the bottle, some sweetness from the candi sugar. Smooth, fairly refreshing, a good light to medium body, well carbonated on the high side.

Looking at a number of the reviews below mine, I guess this one just wasn’t for me. Found it uninspired and simple for a Tripel that then added hops to bitter it up. Very good aroma, at least.

Mar 31, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

At Family Beers in Brussels. lovely quiet place amidst the din. Fragrant beer, fragrant, gentle place, 100s of beers.
Guldenberg is a tripel-style abbey ale containing 8.5% abv.
a) Perfect Abbaye beer, golden, fine bubbled body with massively lacing head.
s) Floral And spice rise big from the beer, lighter higher nose, and less over the head yeast.
t) Loving this, makes me want to try everything they brew.
f) Mid and ticklish. Impish kissy, mouth feel.
o) Best Hallertau hops beer ever.

Mar 01, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Jeffrey, NYC.

Pours a clear golden bronze color with visible carbonation. A placid looking and soft frothy layer of head retains well.

The nose evokes fruity esters, including notes of melon, citrus fruit, white grape, peach and apricot. The dry cracker malt aroma is supported by earthy and grassy hops and a touch of vinous alcohol.

The taste opens sweet with a firm Pilsner malt base and bright fruity esters. Flavors of melon, grass, citrus fruits, peach and candi sugar. Notes of alcohol spice and peppery phenols, in the middle palate, balance the fruity flavors. Vinous overall with flavors of white grape, along with a dry finish. Well hopped overall with a lightly resiny bitterness.

Medium bodied yet with a lightness owing to the alcohol and candi sugar. The candi sugar adds a sticky touch while the alcohol is more vinous than boozy. The carbonation is effervescence, almost champagne like. Very easy to drink.

This was a fantastic, elegant and authentic Tripel that I would love to have again.

Oct 24, 2019
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OlaB from Norway

3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy golden color with a medium top off white head that dissolves quickly.
Aroma is of bread, citrus, yeast, spices and floral hops. The taste is sweet and dry with spicy and fruity notes, while in the background it is some malty and bready notes. The finish has a nicely ballanced bitterness, and a good lenght in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a medium carbonation and a medium body. A very nice and enjoyable triple.

Jul 13, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

9 Julio 2019. De Hopt. En copa Grimbergen. Viendo Dark 2x06-07. No es tipica tripel. Sin especiado tipico y bastante maltosa, con perfil de mermelada y potente dosis de amargor de lupulos nobles. Avg 3

10 Jul 2019. En copa Grimbergen. De Degustasur. Viendo Dark 2x07-08. Perfil parecido al de la de ayer, aunque el lupulo parece algo mas amargo en esta

Jul 08, 2019
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this to be an unusual effort. A Belgian tripel dry-hopped with the great German hop Hallertau Mittelfruh. It's Belgian meets Germany, and an especially good yeast-hop tango.

Apr 08, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- deep golden, very cloudy, 1cm fat white head.
s- I'm not sure if with a beer of this stature we dwell upon such things.
T- It's very nice, slightly tart in flavour, wonderful.
f- Rich, baked cherry pudding, deep toasty possibilities
O- Damned nice but V expensive in London at £3.29/330/ml from Wholefoods in London W8
Minimalist lable; I like it, like it's from a family affair.

Feb 25, 2019
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Expires 04/05/22.
A: Pours a clear, slightly dark, golden yellow with beautiful 2-3 inch rocky/frothy white head with excellent retention. Decent lacing.
S: Melon, soft citrus, honey, and hints of musty barnyard funk, herbal clove, and a nutty woodiness.
T: Herbal mint, honey, melon, lemon, white pepper, clove, orange, grassy note, and that subtle nutty wood note.
M: Light body. Pleasantly effervescent. Crisp and lightly sweet. Mildly astringent and bitter. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate.
D: Not your typical tripel! Refreshing with good complexity from the hops and yeast. Pairing with seafood or a stronger cheese would be brilliant.

Feb 08, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle ‘Best by’ labeled at 10/27/21

Pours a deep golden orange with copper hues and topped with solid 2 fingers of frothy white cap; great retention with thick lacing walling a good portion of the glass.

Aromas of big, balanced fruity esters, hints of clove influence but never dominate; lighter tones of earthy, woody funk, light herbs, and some bready, yeasty baking spice on the finish; balanced, soft, and vibrant.

Taste shows fruity esters balancing with bready yeastiness and herbal spice; gets a touch earthier as things progress, but doesn’t lose the sense of brightness in the profile from its citrus and floral tones.

Mouthfeel brings a medium-light, slightly gritty body with carbonation trending toward the higher end of the spectrum, while never becoming overbearing; builds a yeasty crispness and encroaching dryness through the finish, giving off a lightness that betrays its strength; well-done.

Light, crisp, and conceals its 8% dangerously; I’m especially liking the fruitier tones coming through in no small harmony alongside the expected Belgian yeast. Very balanced in flavor as well, and a Belgian I could carelessly toss back multiples of without feeling overwhelmed on the palate; one of the more approachable abbey ales I’ve come across to date.

Jan 03, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well balanced strong Belgian blond ale. Has bitterness as well as a unique aroma unlike any Tripple I’ve ever had before. Very dry hopped and solid for pairing with a burger.

Aug 31, 2018
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Tone from Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, citrus hops, slight floral hops, alcohol, Belgian yeast, pale malt, and a hint of ester. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is an elevated dryness and bitterness. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus hops, slight floral hops, alcohol, Belgian yeast, pale malt, and a hint of ester. Overall, good complexity, more hops in body than aroma, and the alcohol isn't overpowering.

May 06, 2018
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Flying-ABV from Oklahoma

4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tapped into an authentic Brouwerij Brasserie 250ml tulip glass at Delerium Cafe, Tokyo.
Guldenberg is one fine example of a Belgian Tripel for sure. Do read StonedTrippin’s comments above because he absolutely nails it. I’ll only add one alternate take: the freshly tapped example I had here in Tokyo is completely devoid of any “stale” character. It’s absolutely perfect. What an amazing balance of hops and yeast. Extremely complex and thoroughly inviting to the palate. It finishes with a lasting draw of that hard candy while the hops stay in the background maintaining a clean finish and feel. Wonderful!!

Apr 06, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

less common than it should be, this is somewhat of a classic in the style, although i think quite distinct from many of its peers. its not all the way clear, but light in appearance from the tap, with a good inch of lasting white head on it, looks like a belgian. aroma is at first cloying, but it opens into rock candy, green apple, light spices, white wine, and bubblegum esters, clearly yeast driven and rather complex. the flavor has a little oxidation or staleness to it, so few of these european imports even make it to market tasting all the way fresh, but the distraction for me is minimal. huge yeast complexion, green banana, sweet dessert white wine, honey, and then out of nowhere an old school bittering hop that makes the sugar, and with it the normal trajectory of the style, halt in its tracks. the hops are soft and grassy and dried and sort of aged tasting, but their presence in this beer is well above what i have seen from other belgian brewers before. i really like what the hops do for the feel and the finish. this is really nicely carbonated and seems almost clean by the end. i also really like the alcohol coming in where it does, i can have one or two at this strength, where when they push above 9% abv i am often intimidated to do so. really distinctive and i think in some was underappreciated beer. this is just really quality tripel!

Aug 06, 2017
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polloenfuego from Canada

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with orange tinges, with a good amount of head. The head takes its time breaking and there is some really nice lacing left behind. The smell is Belgian yeasts, fruity, some spices such as clove and Belgian candi sugar. The flavor has all the elements of the nose, but I found the yeast and candi the dominant flavors. There was also a mild amount of spice, which is positive in a tripel, that lingers on the tail end. The feel is medium/full with a very decent amount of carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden in this beer.

A nice tripel that is easy to drink. This is one of my favorite styles, and this was a great example from the masters in Belgium.

Jul 30, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, bright gold, highly effervescent, with a massive yellow-tinted head that becomes quite airy and leaves heavy lacing.

Dry yeast, green apple skin, a hint of earthy wooden something or other in the nose.

Slight pear and apple sweetness, with a little cream and even some vanilla, up front in the taste. More earthy hop bitterness than I normally expect from a tripel on the backend. Mildly yeasty, semi-dry finish.

Light to medium bodied, with a little prickly carbonation and light smooth creaminess in the feel.

I don't like this much bitterness in a tripel, but it isn't bad. Expiration date of 11/03/20.

Jul 23, 2017
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janubio from Spain

2.99/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Hazy golden colour, medium head with short retention. Good lace. Aroma of peaches, spices, herbs, pepper, fennel. Unfortunately, as you're drinking, it fades and ends in cardboard. Round palate, thick and creamy. Good carbonation. Taste of caramel, fruits, spices, herbs. Same thing as the aroma, turns to unpleasant notes. I had three bottles, all with the same problem. Subject to revision sometime in the future.

May 09, 2017
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Vixie from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy gold with a huge white head. The head does stick around a bit, leaving a lot of lacing on the glass, and has that typical Belgian toughness, meaning it will divert the flow of slowly poured beer.

Strong smell of yeast, also picking up notes of citrus and pepper spice.

Fruity up front, mainly apple, pear, and apricot. I am also picking up some Belgian yeast funk, and finishes with a decent amount of hop bitterness.

Feel is smoother than expected from the amount of carbonation.

Kind of a different take on the style, I think the hops are a bit much for this style, scaling them back a bit would allow the fruit and pepper spice I expect to come through more. It's not bad example of the style, just not an outstanding one.

Feb 19, 2017
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delta490 from Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a deep cloudy gold with a big foamy white head that leaves small sticky lacing. The aroma is sweet from the grains and slightly spicy. The taste to me was just a nondescript bitter primarily with small amounts a sweet and spicy. The body is light and faintly carbonated

Sep 25, 2016
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EmperorBevis from England

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Slightly hazy golden body with spotty white head
Slightly funky peachy aroma
That's the flavour too
Dangerously drinkable with the mf and overall impression of the beer

Aug 01, 2016
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MrDell from Switzerland

4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

21.07.2016

De Ranke - Gouldenberg
Tripel - 8% - 330ml bottle –Bottled 13.01.2016 Best before 19.01.2021

De Ranke Website:
Guldenberg is a tripel-style abbey ale containing 8.5% vol. Alc. Its colour is blond and it’s made of pale malt with the addition of candy sugar. The bitterness comes from the Hallertau hops we use as bitterhop and as aromahop. On top of that we use dry – hopping techniques with the same hops which give the ale its unique flavour and aroma and its perfect balance between sweet and bitter. The name came from the former Guldenberg Abbey in Wevelgem, the village of birth of Nino, one of the brewers. According to data in Flandria Illustrata ale was brewed here in the past.

Appearance: Cloudy, deep golden, orangey colour. Lively carbonation. Solid, two finger, white head.

Aroma: Smells fantastic with lots of orange peel, very fruity. Clove and bubble gum. Aroma is very fresh.

Taste: Orange peel upfront, very fruity, then a little bit of sweetness before a slightly bitter and spicy finish.

Mouth feel: Medium to full bodided, gentle on the palate despite all the bubbles in the glass. A little oily.

Overall: An absolutely fantastic Tripel. Unique yet familiar. Will definitely buy this one again.

Jul 21, 2016
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at The Sovereign in DC. I thought this tripel was lacking all around. No spice, phenolics or even yeast flavors. No complexity at all. It was cloudy and had a minimal head.

Jul 14, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Despite zero agitation, this beer can gushing out of the bottle upon opening, resulting with a bronze color and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of yeast, fruits. Taste is apples, vinegar, some barnyard qualities. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this beer was a disappointment.

Jun 13, 2016
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chicagobeerguy from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark honey, nice head, peachy color
S: Funky wild yeast, rotting flowers, lemon peel, coriander, sour white wine
T: Lemony, yeasty, clean tasting, almost saison like
F: Good feel, high carbonation that finishes smooth
O: Not my favorite Tripel but definitly clean and refreshing, great with a white fish dinner, glad I tried it but prefer Tripel Karmeliet a little better.

May 26, 2016
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puck1225 from Texas

4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into snifter. A marvelous fluffy white head and great lacing tops a cloudy yellow gold. The smell is apples and pears. The taste is of these fruits along with vanilla, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. An excellent beer!

May 18, 2016
De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 487 ratings