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De Ranke Guldenberg | Brouwerij De Ranke

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De Ranke GuldenbergDe Ranke Guldenberg

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Brouwerij De Ranke

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.

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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Photo of larsee01
4.97/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


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.

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4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
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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4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Sherbrooke Liquor in Edmonton, AB.
Poured into a snifter.

-Finger of light white, fluffy head . Dissipates eventually.
-Huge hop and yeast aromas. Belgian fruitiness; apricots, sweet lemon, mandarin orange. Hoppy, malty, yeasty.
-Taste matches the nose. Very refreshing. Closer to a Belgian IPA rather than a tripel. However, very well done.
-Light, crisp yet creamy. No alcohol burn. If I didn't know better, you could not convince me of it's alcohol strength!

De Ranke knocks it out of the park once again. A fine example of Belgian brewing. Highly recommended and highly underrated!

P.S. The alcohol strength on my bottle was 8% rather than 8.5%. Any reason for this?
Does it change per batch?

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Photo of JaimeLondon
4.69/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great belgian triple ale; something between ocher and orange in the color and a great white foam that everytime you shake slightly the glass, it grows.
Smell is hoppy, malty and with some grains.
Taste is a bit tart and fruity, a bit fizzy. But you can also feel quite well the hops and malts; notes of bread with grains and notes of passion fruit. Bitterness is perfect.
Mouthfeel is awesome! Almost perfect body and carbonation.
I bought a 750 ml and in the end of the degustation there were some strong grape / red fruits tones in the flavour and aroma.

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4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of waughbrew
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pretty clear orangy gold with a small white head that is very creamy and sticky. Yeast chunks start to join the pour as you approach the last inch. Smell is dry roasted, lightly salted peanuts with great hop spiciness and slight swampy pungence. Flavor is a wave of changing flavors - toasty malt balanced by peppery hopping, apple and pear esters, hints of alcohol and white wine. Finish is drier than expected. Medium bodied. Yeast pour adds a sour citrusy twang and dirtiness to the finish.
This is more like a strong Belgian pale ale - too much malt presence and body to be a triple in my opinion, but whatever. The bottle describes it as an "abbey beer". I describe it as amazing. This brewery knows what the hell they are doing. So polished. So complex. Wow.

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4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB aug 2010. Nice head and a bronze beercollor but far from clear.
Nose is best hops bathing in freshed carramellic and munichmalt with an alcoholic fruitjuice( lots of red apples and litle orangecitrus). Taste is wonderfull too; sweetmalty with alcoholic bite followed by great flowery&fruity but sharp bitterness. So well balanced alltogether that it's just a pleasure to drink this "godly" brew. Highly recommended if you ask me.

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4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
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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Photo of digr
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this from tap at My Place in Newtown ,CT. at a tasting with Nino, the DeRanke brewer and Dan Shelton as guests. We tasted everything De Ranke brews.
Foamy head tops this slightly cloudy deep golden ale.
The smell is cidery with floral hops....some subtle spice.
Taste starts off slighly sweet ,malty and cidery, the hops slowly assert and then diminish a bit as more complex malt, spice and alcohol come through....the hops are back again at the finish, which is drier and hoppier than most tripels...a bit like Chimay tripel....but, I think better, for my taste...maybe because it is less sweet.The complexity of this increases as it warms.The mouthfeel was almost perfect...medium to heavy...medium carbonation.
I could have had a few of these...but there were other DeRankes to taste....and it was a weeknight.
I know it's pricey stuff...but a bottle of this could be savored for an evening....even shared....sipped slowly....it's a special one.

Mark T. also graciously brought out a huge bottle of this, that he had aged since 2001 and poured everyone a little taste....it was amazing !
Hops had mellowed.., smoother...a hint of butterscotch, honey and port....alcohol more subtle....a little sweeter and heavier mouthfeel.
My girlfriend thought it was beyond great...I will get some to age.
We must keep her happy !

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Photo of drmeto
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled on: 12/14

-pours a cloudy golden with a medium, foamy, white head
-lots of particle floaties
-medium carbonation visible
-white bread,white wine,honey,tangerines,oranges,candi sugar,hay,apricots,slight banana,pineapple
-grassy,white wine,honey,bready,grapefruit,apricots,bubble gum,slight oxidation
-medium to high hop bitterniss
-high carbonation
-medium body
-alcohol warmth
Great stuff

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Photo of keithmurray
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - hazy golden color with white head

Smell - ginger, coriander, lemon, lime

Taste - citrus headlined by lemons and limes, ginger and coriander

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, effervescent, nice citrus tones upfront, the spices shine through on the finish, flavors linger properly after the swallow. Smooth and refreshing, slightest bit of tartness on the finish.

Overall - an enjoyable beer, drinks lighter than others in the Tripel category, to me this is more of a hybrid Tripel/Belgian Pale Ale/Saison. Very well done, recommended for you Belgian beer lovers.

Price Point - $12.99/750ML bottle

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Photo of imbibehour
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Good till December 2015.

A real nice opaque and perfect orb glowing yellow lemon body. Some suspended chunks of yeast in the glass. but also some nice light white rising carbonation. Head is classy rocking and leaves leopard spotting on the glass. Great looking.

And with that comes a great nose as well. Super spicy clove notes and airy grass. Sweet malts and a wonderful refreshing crisp sense. Intensely floral. Wonderful smelling tripel, love where this is going.

Palate hits with a wonderful crisp body. Hop forward matching the floral bouquet. Rolling sweet sugar malts but not terribly. Body is quite light not pushing the malts big like most tripels, but it allows the sensed aromas to really shine and come through in the taste. Fruit lemon manages with the sugar sweetness following.

Overall this is great, and so easily drinkable. Feels incredibly refreshing and light for a high abv also. Would drink this often if I could find it common. This is a real well balanced tripel, and in many ways doesn't even come acoss as a strong Belgian Ale. Very impressive.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very light color, but very thick in consistency, I can barely see my fingers on the other side of the glass. Very murky. Smell has lots of complex fruit and spice aromas as well as floral hop scent and buttery malt. Taste is nice a thick, apircot and other dried fruit flavors everywhere. Yeasty. Super super smooth and oily mouthfeel, fuller than it appears. Very easy beer to drink. A perfect example of the Belgian style.

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Photo of cvfish
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a golden yellow color that produced a fluffy white head that had great retention and left beautiful lacing on the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced a combination of wheat, malts and yeast

T - The taste of this beer was exception in my opinion, great bready malts, grain, wheat, and a little citrus mixed in to make this quite a great beer

M - The mouthfeel on this beer was light to moderate body and had a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer was quite good, this is a classic example of a Belgian Triple and a great drink

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Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 11/20/2016. Pours hazy and cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, peach, pear, grape, orange, pineapple, floral, pepper, grass, honey, clove, candi sugar, bread, and herbal earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and big complexity of fruitiness with malt and spicy esters. Taste of big lemon, pear, peach, orange, apple, floral, pepper, clove, honey, grass, bread, candi sugar, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, floral, pepper, honey, candi sugar, bread, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible balance and complexity of fruitiness with peppery esters; with good malt balance and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is excellent. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a world class tripel! Amazing balance and complexity of fruitiness with spicy esters; and extremely smooth to sip on. This is just insanely delicious, I hope I can find this again in the future.

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Photo of timtim
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

to me the look of this beer is about as good as it gets. hazy honey gold with a big white head that reduces to a nice foam with clumpy, pillowy white islands floating around in it. lemon zest, green apple, caramel and bubblegum star in the nose. only down side is the power in the scent. in the taste, it's all there. a beautiful balance of the aforementioned with an earthy, herbal hop character and some black pepper and clove notes. everything a tripel should be with a wonderfully soft body that is actually quite full. what a great beer. my third from de ranke. another winner. shelton brothers are the shit...

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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