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: Belgian 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

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#7,270
Reviews:
250
Ratings:
467
pDev:
9.7%
 
 
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Reviews by GilGarp:
Photo of GilGarp
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A few interesting things about this beer...

First, I love the story of Nino and Guido. As a homebrewer, this really makes the beer special to know that it is brewed by two friends on the weekends and distributed throughout the world.

Second, I've never seen a bottle mislabeled as this one is. It clearly states 11.2 FL. OZ. but this is obviously 750ml.

And third, I've never seen a bottle that is both capped and corked (not to mention wrapped in striped paper!)

The removal of the cap releases a small hiss like a beer that has hardly any carbonation at all. However, the uncorking of the bottle lets go a loud pop similar to champagne.

The hoppy aroma is immediately evident but I'll get to that later. The pour into the chalice is smooth but releases tons of thick white head. The beer has a beautiful golden yellow color with very good clarity. The head settles slowly leaving lacing all over the glass.

Aroma is musky and hoppy. There is definately a ton of spicy hallertau hops in there but the funky Belgian yeast makes itself known as well. There is some sweetness too like a fresh green pear.

The beer is only slightly chilled from cellar temp so a ton of flavor comes through right away. It has a very distinctive and unusual taste that combines the characteristics of a Beglain IPA, strong pale ale, and tripel into one. There is fruity sweetness up front with apples, pears, and banana. This is followed by intense hoppy bitterness and spice. It finishes very dry with a bit of sour funk. So many flavors but all unique and in balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high levels of carbonation. Nice balance and bone dry finish. Drinkability is reasonable given the complexity and intensity of flavors. Alcohol is well-hidden.

What an amazing and unique beer. I've never had anything like it and can't imagine anything coming close to being so special and memorable.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of sweemzander
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip
(A)- Pours a hazed goldenrod yellow color. Produced a nice cap of white froth with good retention and lacing
(S)- Absolutely bone dry. Hints of a yeasty hay, biscuit, and lemon peel; quite earthy
(T)- Quite similar to the smell. Bone dry with dense yeast and earthy hay. A few subtle apple-like flavors poke through but otherwise very dry and yeast driven
(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Earthy, dry, and not quite bitter. Again, heavy yeast components
(O)- Overall, quite nice. Not sure on the bottles age, but I like the earthiness that carries through in this

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Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this 11.2oz bottle chilled in a goblet, review taken from notes.

The color is brillian golden with 2 fingers of white head with fine bead and visibly carbonated with thick lace stickage. The smell has lots of yeast esters with tropical scent and light lemon curd fragrance with mild herbal smell and gentle yeast phenolics with a light alcohol type fruit ester. The feel is very nicely balance with yeast spiciness and hop bitterness with light malt sweetness and subtle alcohol presence with a dry tangy finish, moderately carbonated throughout.

The taste has a very tangy fruity and light lemony tropical flavor with tangerine and mild peppery/slightly herbal hops with a mild sweetness in the malt profile. The yeast is the dominant flavor with a mild earthy and dried fruit element and subtle alcohol in the taste as it finishes dry. Overall I consider this a very good Tripelwith nice hops and yeast flavors. Easy to quaff for an 8% Belgian, I think it is another fine brew from De Ranke.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the tulip glass a deep hazy orange with a big rocky white head that leaves globs of lace as it settles into creamy-like top,major phenols in the nose spicey and lightly smokey with a lemon undertone.Pretty sweet in my mind for the style but very flavorful big honey notes over clove and overipe pineapple and lemon with the alcohol burn becoming more noticable as the beer warms a little.I notice maybe a light herbal/minty element in the finish making for a drier finish,a big flavorful triple a little different than some but quite nice.

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Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a small snifter at Firkin in Libertyville, IL.

Appearance in promising. Head is extremely dense and sticky. The body is a hazy golden straw. Aromas are rich and tropical. Taste is somewhat overly yeasty although the surprisingly well hopped finish almost makes up for it. Mildly spicy and phenolic. Mouthfeel is smooth. Body is very full and slightly musty. Very good but not worth the nine bucks I paid for it.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this at The Moan & Dove (Amherst, MA) and served in the appropriate glass.

Dense rocky white head, lots of cling action. A touch hazed with a dull yellow golden hue. Real mellow aroma, lots of delicate honey-like malt and faint phenols as well as dried tropical fruit way in the back.

The smoothness is unsurpassed, such a rich mouth feel and delicately complex malty palate. Light on the hops, phenols and even the yeast is not too expressive as it melds with the long drawn-out maltiness. Alcoholic subtleties show only in a growing warmth, light fruitiness and a faint spicy bite in the end. A touch of residual sweetness in the finish.

So damn deceiving, flavours are mellow but run the range of a quality Belgian with out being flamboyant. Quite remarkable.

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Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

large bottle shared at the Blind tiger in NYC. Corked and caged. This classy Belgian pours a zesty apricot shade of amber, cloudy, world class tiny bubble film beneth classic lacing. Nose of strong juniper, must and alcohol . Lively, tasty, complex brew. many layers of taste, yeasty, nutty, fruity, citric,biting hops, all flowing together in a smooth fashion. Soft mouthfeel. This is a very fine brew somewhere in that crazy criss-crossing Belgian wittte-saison-strong pale ale-tripel continuim. Get some and dig into it.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of BeerDrinkingDiver
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's nothing like a good-looking beer...and the Guldenberg really fits that mold. A bright and vibrant honey/gold/orange in color with a fizzy bright white head that just sits there, refusing to die off. Aromas are the requisite tripel with some bonus snappy hop notes. Flavor starts with all sorts of tripel flavors: yeasties, heavy malt sweetness, dark fruits, orange rinds. Finish sees a bit of warmth from the ABV and a sharper, hoppier/spicy finish. Lots of carbonation here. Another winner from De Ranke.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle - Belgium Beer Factory - Pours hazy amber with a large white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - yeasty, fruity malt. Taste - Crisp, sweet, malty, bready with a nice bitter finish. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of innominat
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Kraken
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from corked and caged 750ml bottle into 20oz pint glass. This is odd bottle, comes with both a cap and cork. Pours a wonderful straw color, with a 4 finger thick billious head. Head eventually diminishes leaving a heavy lace. Smells of candy sugars and Belgian yeasts. Taste is wonderful, ever so slight sweetness, fruity esters, light hop bitterness in the finish. Slight dry finish. Nice mouth feel not to thin. Very nice smooth drinking beer.

***Note- The first serving of this beer was a little cold, I would have scored taste higher.

This really is a nice beer that deserves a shot if you can find it.

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

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mj001jk
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of wo87810
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer in a 330ml bottle, date indicated that it had aged about 4 years since bottling. Yeasty, caramel aromas with a distinctive Belgian tripel feel.

Best tripel that I have had so far, it was rich and malty- almost chocolaty. Finished nicely.

I was not cognoscente of the acidity that other reviewers experienced, but maybe it was because of the age of the beer.

Overall, very pleased, will buy again and again.

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Photo of ADR
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy brownish orange appearance, decent head that replenishes adequately but doesn't build much height. Laces very nicely. Aroma is fresh, candied cherry, orange slices in sugar, some alcoholic "cocktail" sense. Starts out well, balanced, bitters counter a doughy fruitcake flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation follows suit. Ends a little less satisfying, a little plastic and phenolic with a slightly seltzery diminished quality. Some bit of alcoholic warmth and prunes to the aftertaste and a little less dry than I expect in a Tripel's finish. Stands pretty well on its own merits, with a good start to the flavor impression.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of justme
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of weonfire
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 467 ratings