De Ranke Guldenberg | Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke

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De Ranke GuldenbergDe Ranke Guldenberg
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke
Belgium
deranke.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Bierman9 on 04-22-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,299
Reviews:
249
Ratings:
463
pDev:
9.73%
Bros Score:
4.18
 
 
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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of Flying-ABV
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
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!!

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Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WynnO
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RochefortChris
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of coryhk
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dazka
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Heeenrik
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mltobin
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephenlee
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nick_perry
3.04/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A little light in color for the style. Sweet and boozy, not much complexity to it.

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Photo of Gerasimos
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mig100
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chebode2
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of thebeers
3.77/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of windowside
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Quafftastic
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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