De Ranke Guldenberg
Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke

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4.05 | pDev: 9.63%
Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke
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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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Sampled during the BA Social held at Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena on Saturday 12th October, 2003. The second in a trilogy of De Ranke beers, which we all shared.

It arrives in unlabelled green glass bottle, the 750ml curved sided affair with the dimpled bottom, so typically used by Cantillon, Fantôme, etc. The whole bottle is wrapped in an inviting paper wrap. The De Ranke Guldenberg wrapper has equally spaced light blue and white vertical stripes with the word Guldenberg in dark blue above a small picture. Corked. Unfiltered & Unpasteurized.

Appearance: A lovely bright amber color that turned to a hazy brown as the 750ml was shared around the Table and the yeast made its way out of the bottle into the last glass or two. A crusty, rocky head, off-white, looks like you would need Crampons to climb it. Nice appearance and classic Belgium looks when poured into a Goblet.

Nose: Not exactly the aromas that you would expect from a Tripel. Moreover, they are more fruity than usual, not exactly complex, but more akin to a bowl of fresh fruits – merged odors. Definitely some furry skinned stone-fruits, I remember Apricots & Peaches. Hops & Malts are there also, maybe biased towards the former. A rather subdued nose, strength-wise, but very inviting.

Taste: This is a really a very good beer. Malty beginnings, with a rather hoppy finish. The middle is fruity, a smooth peach presence, and some lights spices come through also. Some yeast adds smoothness and a bready aspect to the beer. A nice dry, hop-bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: The 8.5% gives the beer plenty of body. Carbonation lends itself to a spritzy feel on the tongue at times.

Drinkability: For an 8.5% Tripel, this was extraordinarily easy to drink. In fact I began to wonder what made this so damn quaffable. Maybe the hops towards the end perhaps, the spicy fruity middle, or just the fact that it is so well-balanced with plenty of character. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall: A lightly spiced, astringent, well-balanced Tripel, which exudes quality. Another excellent offering from De Ranke. Note: I believe that De Ranke beer is now being imported by Shelton Brothers.

Oct 12, 2003
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Oct 07, 2014
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sweemzander from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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

Sep 07, 2015
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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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grassrootsVT from Vermont

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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 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?

Aug 17, 2005
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aztraz from Sweden

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

Jun 14, 2015
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mdagnew from Northern Ireland

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought from

Poured a golden yellow colour with a few yeasty chunks. Huge billowy white head fills the glass in an instant then fades slowly to thick layer leaving a trail of thick sticky lacing down the glass... quite a lot of carbonation bubbles drift slowly to the surface...

Aroma - Candy sugar mixed with spicy Belgian yeastiness, pale biscuity malts, lots of freshly cut grass, floral honey sweetness, bready, perfumed, alcohol is pretty noticeable, vanilla notes... lemon, grapefruit and pear spicy fruitiness, peppery...

Taste - Nice candy sugar sweetness, spicy fruits (pears, apples, lemons and grapefruits), lots of yeastiness, alcohol noticeable but not overly so, very floral and perfumed, some medicinal notes, light sea saltiness, peppery notes, some ginger spiciness...

Feel - Very sharp and dry with just a little smoothness coming through... light / medium bodied... pretty damn drinkable for 8.5% - dangerously so....

Overall - An excellent Belgian tripel and another fine beer from De Ranke... recommended....

Feb 10, 2010
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safaricook from Netherlands

3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden, lots of fine bubbles, white fine fast setting head
Very spicy, phenolic, green apple, some malts and booze
Very spicy and dry, white pepper, little booze
effervescent, refreshing, a bit biting, smoother when yeast is poured
Tripel that is expressively phenolic and peppery, in my opinion this too much

Oct 25, 2015
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hayesjw from California

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 19, 2016
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CalebHiliadis from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Nov 14, 2012
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store Pub in Atlanta, served in a goblet. The beer is clear golden straw color with a little haze, tons of lacing on the glass. The smell is a little bready yeast, some "classic" tripel fruits, very Beligian-y. Maybe a little bit of honey as well, at least in the taste. Sweet upfront and a little lingering hops bitterness in the aftertaste. This is an easy drinking tripel, I'd order it again.

Apr 29, 2009
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gkjhawk from Kansas

3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Feb 28, 2016
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Metalmonk from North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whoa, this head is sizzles, and has a bumpy surface, with bubbles of all sits on top of a mustard-yellow (the real stuff, not French's) color, a bit cloudy. Lots of lace covers the glass, looks like the crispy rice used in candy bars.

This carries a yeasty, grassy smell, a real earthy aroma, with only mild traces of sweet spices, compared to many other tripels. Sweaty yeast here too. (Are they getting their yeast strain from Orval?) Hops are largely present too, so it would seem that hops will figure largely in the flavor.

They do. Coming from the brewery who makes the XX Bitter, this is no surprise, but damn, even with their tripel they don't skimp on the hops. So you get lots of grassy character in the flavor, and with further warming a faintly sweet maltiness tries to peek through. Spiciness is incredibly mild, taking a backseat, again, to the hops. An overall musty character dominates the flavor.

It's light, airy, and a tad buttery in the mouth (whipped butter?), while the finish is dry and crisp, even leaving a stale bubble-gum aftertaste.

I can't consider this is a true tripel. If tripel the malt was used in its creation, fine, but there are too many differences for it to fit squarely in that category. I'd rather call it a Belgian pale ale, and a hoppy, enjoyable, quenching one at that.

Sep 27, 2006
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frosted33 from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Jul 22, 2014
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Phatz from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BitterBeerFace for sharing this with me for the second time. What a Tripel treat twice =)

Presentation: This 750 ml corked bottle takes a cork screw to open we almost didn't have one handy. Thick heavy impressive bottle with the dimple in the bottom.

Appearance: Pours and orange golden hue with a big white head and spots of droopy lacing.

Smell: The aroma is gently sweet and enticing and very much like a dream of summer, with candied caramel, honey, sugar lemon drops hints of grassy hops and alcohol like sherry.

Taste: A gentle fruit and spice attributes reside in the sweet smooth malt bread backbone that flowed seamlessly to herbal minty dryness and warming alcohol in the finish. Distinct yeast flavors, and so on, were hard to isolate not for a lack of depth but for a masterful blend - where all attributes work as one to create Guldenberg.

Mouthfeel: A rich well carbonated feel in the mouth.

Drinkability: As Tripels go, this is one of the most unobtrusive quaffable easy going beers that doesn't need to stand out to be glorious. I enjoy it every time.

Hope this is helpful.

Dec 05, 2006
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3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Aug 01, 2012
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Wasatch from Colorado

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

Had this one at the Bayou in SLC.

Pours a nice cloudy dark yellow golden color, nice carbonation, little fizzy white head, some snall islands, and some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, and some spice. The taste is malty, yeasty, slightly spice, with some citrus notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, recommended.

Oct 21, 2008
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malprep from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 24, 2015
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ILiveOffHops from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Oct 19, 2013
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philaflava from Florida

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Feb 27, 2014
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RedHaze from Nebraska

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, though the label say 11.2oz (just might be the biggest 11.2 oz bottle I've seen).

Pours a very hazy pale orange with a two finger head, that takes forever to fade to a very thick cap. Even at the end there was a good half inch of foam. The lacing that it leaves completely covers the inside of the glass.

Smell; starts off a bit musty and a little tart in the aroma. Tropical fruits are present with tangerines, pineapples and grapefruits. There's also some herbal aromas going on, and a bit of pepper and hay.

Taste; starts off with citrus, with lemons and grapefruit, and little bit of tangerine. The pineapples are there as well as bit of bananas. In the middle some caramel, and bready malts come through, followed by the spicy, herbal and grassy hops. The mustiness I noticed on the aroma follows through into the flavor, and only seems to add a bit more depth to the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability; the mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a bit of a drying finish, and really damn good drinkability.

Jan 17, 2007
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innominat from Ireland

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Dec 03, 2014
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SkeeterHawk from Texas

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours pretty clear with numerous bubbles rising. The beer itself is a light orangish golden color with a lasting fluffy white head that is about 1/4" thick and looks like it is going to stay that way for some time.

Aroma: Hops are evident in this beer as is the spice from the alcohol. I get a very defined dry graininess in this beer that gives it a bready presence. Once the head starts to fall and the beer settles a bit, it starts to get a lot more citrusy. The yeast contribute to the bready aromatics, but the beer isn't too estery.

Taste: The flavor is mild when compared to the aroma. It is medium bodied with lots of carbonation that makes it glide across your palate quickly...and frighteningly effortlessly easy to drink. The hops are much more in the flavor than anything they do to balance the malt in the finish. The alcohol is more apparent in the nose than in the flavor. There is a little warming on the back of the throat that sits in rather late, so you don't really pick up the strength of the beer at any time. As the beer warms a bit, it starts to show a bit of oxidation...but it isn't too bad.

Opinion: Well, this is a pretty decent beer. It is really easy to drink, and I like the balance of malt and hops in the finish. It isn't nearly as assertive in flavor or mouthfeel as a lot of Tripel's. I would almost liken it to a "Tripel with training wheels".

Aug 08, 2007
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 16, 2015
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tempest from New York

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the best, but a nice, complex tripel. The aroma is a little simple, but the flavor expands more with lighter berry fruit, malts of doughy bread, pale grain, and a bit of farmhouse hop flavors. Easy drinking and no hint of the alcohol, I'd call this one a winner. Worth a try if you dig nice, drinkable tripels.

Sep 15, 2007
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