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De Ranke Guldenberg | Brouwerij De Ranke

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De Ranke GuldenbergDe Ranke Guldenberg
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke
Belgium | website

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
Reviews:
238
Ratings:
421
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
12.94%
 
 
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Photo of Jon
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, honeyed amber. White head leaves trails of lace behind. Decent head retention. Peach, apricot, yeast, floral hops are all evident in the inviting nose. Taste is features an array of flavors including honey, peach, and yeast accenuated by an earthy, bitter hop finish. Some sweetness is present and the alcohol is extremely well-hidden. Smooth, elegant mouthfeel. Carbonation is done nearly perfectly. Wonderful Belgian tripel. Though quite hoppy, the interplay of flavors makes this beer highly drinkable and certainly a favorite. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of bditty187
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazy, tawny-coppery in hue with a splash of amber; white foam, at the apex the head was almost two fingers tall. Head retention was respectable, after a few moments all that remained was a soapy cap. Subsequent lacing was spotty and not very prevalent. Overall, the appearance is decent but largely forgettable.

The nose is very bright, forceful and chatty; I was impressed after one sniff. There was lemon zest and dried grapefruit rinds with hints of tropical fruit which is followed by herbal, spicy, flowery aromas; faintly musty with a trace of sourness. Honey-like maltiness, crackers, peaches, and apples develop overtime. The bouquet is complex but it doesn’t strike me as a Triple. Clearly it is something Belgian, something funky, and something inviting. I am curious.

The palate is musty, fruity, sour, tart, malty, sweet, bitter at the back with a tangy-smooth finish. I taste grapes, apples, peaches, lemon zest, dried grapefruit rinds, herbs, cloves, flowers, grass, hay, crackers, honey, faint (and random) spiciness. Somehow the palate is very complex and yet not overwhelming. This seems to be the trademark of De Ranke. In time a wonderfully hoppy bitterness develops and lingers on the back of my tongue. I am impressed. I didn’t think this beer smelled like a Triple but the palate *somewhat* tastes like a Triple. I am not going to pigeonhole such a beer. It is an esoteric Belgian Ale. That’s life.

Slightly fuller then medium in body; moderate and smooth carbonation, the mouthfeel is quite rewarding.

Very drinkable; at first this beer was just so-so but it really, really grew on me. So much so I would easy recommend this beer and I can’t wait to drink it again. For reasons only I know I have sat on my 11.2oz bottle for many months. I think Bill from “the Moon” gave it to me. I’m not sure. All I know this is a funky, musty, slightly sour, hoppy, and enjoyably malty ale that I bet would kill with an assortment of cheese. Honestly, this was a surprise… it really shouldn’t have been as De Ranke is awesome.

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Photo of simonli625
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle from a friend as a birthday gift and tried it tonight and
really like it!

A: golden orange color with white head. A bit cloudy!

S: Fruity , sweet and yeasty. The smell is quite complex but not overwhelming.

T: It just have the right mix of bitterness and sweetness from the fruit. It
tastes quite earthy as well. The tastes is rich but not overpowering.

M: medium carbonation, after taste is a bit bitter.

O:It is definitely one of my favorite triple with the right amount of bitterness
and sweetness.and I definitely will get couple more bottles next time I am in
the shop.

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Photo of gosurfobx
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in wraped 750ml bottle with crown cap and cork. Drink before date on paper wraping. A for presentation. Pours a golden color with expected cloudines from bottle conditioning. Has a large white foamy head. Smell is yeasty, with some spicy notes although I dont think any spices are used in this tripel. Taste is very good. Malt blends nicely with solid hop taste. Yeast is also present in the taste. Mouthfeel is great, fills the mouth with flavors. Didn't want to put the glass down with this one, a great triple in my opinion.

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Photo of Radome
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from a 33 cl bottle at Bier Circus in Brussels.

A - Dark golden color with some orange. Off-white head was initially thick, but transient. It faded to a thin layer, but had good lacing.

S - Aroma is very interesting and inviting. Dominated by strong citrus/grassy hops without a piney character. The hops blended with brown sugar and sweet malt, along with a hint of alcohol. In the background there are light biscuit and dark fruit aromas.

T - Honey-like sweetness and bready malt are the first impression. Hops are not in the foreground, but are there maintaining perfect balance. Alcohol and Abbey-style yeast notes add complexity, with the yeast contributing fruit, such as plums.

M - Medium body, mouthcoating sweetness, smooth carbonation. Moderate hops bitterness.

O - Very drinkable. This beer has a reputation for being a Belgian hop-bomb; I found it hoppier than usual but still an excellent balancing act between hops and malt.

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Photo of mynie
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from John's Grocery. It says it's best before June of 09 (whew!), meaning that this little number was bottled a full five years ago.

Starts bubbly precipitously as soon as it's opened, showing the pathetic violence of old age. This settles, thankfully, and pours a very dark orange topped with white wisps of carbonation.

Smells really really good, actually. Damn. Age is wisdom, in this case. Not senility (or incontinence). Raisins and plums and nice old wooden furniture, and then you got some yeast and some ribbon candy in there, too.

Tastes good, but very different than its aroma and not quite so good. I suppose old men are always less handsome when they take their clothes off. Smooth juices start things off, apples and prunes, move into a sweeter middle of alcohol and yeast, end on the pronounced fiery zing of a damn fine tripel. The aftertaste leaves nodes of earth and coffee.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Walked into my local store (LaBodega in Riverside) and to my great surprise, this beer is sitting aside one of my all-time favorites, the DeRanke XX Bitter. So I just have to have this. Must have Guldenberg. I never expected to run across this. Pricy, $13.99 for a 750, so I have to think about that.

Pours a slightly hazy golden, with a nice lazy head with pretty lacing on the side of my DeKoninck Bollecke.

Aroma is a mellow orange/lemon sweetness, with a slight farmhouse funk that makes it really interesting. The funk is mellow, not overwhelming as in some saisons, and really adds to the sensation.

Flavor is a follow through of the aromas, with a nice "DeRanke" yeast & hop profile- present just as in the XX Bitter, but very nicely rounded. Another review said this was a nice melding of a tripel and a saison, and I couldn't agree more. Alcohol is nowhere to be found in the flavor profile.

Overall, the flavor/mouthfeel is much more mellow than most tripels- not as sweet and rich, but still really good.

The drinkability is the best part of this- I can drink it all night long. But beware, the alcohol is extremely well hidden, though, which is one of those good/bad things. Higher marks for flavor and drinkability, lower marks because I was ready for bed earlier than I expected!

I am a little disappointed in this beer, not because of the beer itself, but because of the price.This is at the high end of what I'm comfortable paying. It's a really good beer, and I recommend it, but I have a hard time justifying paying this much.

Many people say this brewer is underrated- not in my book- it's one of the best of breed.

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Photo of doopydoogle
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - slightly opaque straw with a creamy head that leaves significant lace

S - Biscuity yeast, honey, spices, caraway, caramel, toffee, malt, slight banana and melon, subtle alcohol

T - Delicious spicy malt with earthy tones but a pleasant floral character that mellows it out. Finish is surprisingly dry for the style with the alcohol coming out backed up with a slight bitter and some pleasant malt tones. Fresh bread, pears, bananas, and rye are also present, giving the beer a wonderful complexity.

M - Great carbonation and not too sticky for the style

O - A brilliant beer! For the style, it is subtle, complex, with not too much residual sugar. Seek it out!

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Photo of GClarkage
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/11/05- Purchased at Belltramo's in Menlo Park, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by September 2008 notched on the bottom of the label.

Appearance- Golen orange hued pour with the smallest of head and minimal lacing. Lots of little yeastie floaties abound.

Smell- Lots of spices and maybe a touch of tropical fruit.

Taste- Spices abound is this brew. Along with some light citrus fruit backing (orange, tangerine, apricot). It almost flows over to a saison-ish taste. It's like it wants to be sour, but it's not. Maybe some corriander as well.

Mouthfeel- Fairly low carbonation level.

Drinkability- Kinda an odd tripel, but very tasty at that. This one aged for about a year, so maybe it would have tasted quite different last September? I'll look for this one again.

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Photo of Erbayd
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the many beers I picked up from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange honey-ish color with about 3/4 inch of dense white foam. Definitely less foam than you might expect from a beer like this

S: Yeasty and spicy, with notes of honey and caramel. Belgian yeast smells dominate but you can definitely make out some grassy and peppery scents as well.

T: Deep and complex. Nice hoppiness in the beginning followed by sweet apricot and strong honey flavors. Slightly dry finish.

M: Definitely on the heavier side, with a balanced amount of carbonation

O: The second beer I've had from De Ranke, and definitely one I'll go back to! It's pretty different from any other tripels that I've had before, so I appreciate that.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Moudy pale straw blond in a chalice glass. Closed foam not so thick as desired, medium retention. Well carbonated. Smelling is oranges & spicy notes. Mildly caramel flavor & very inense but gentle bitterness - Hallertau hops´good job !-. Aftertaste leaves an slightly fruity flavor. Medium body & excellent drinkability. I´ve repeated as often as available.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip...

A: Pours a bright golden hazy hue with a nice three finger head, very stiff and creamy in appearance.

S: Huge aroma of sweet honeysuckle, green apple, pear and yeast. Incredible aroma and balanced!

T: Like the nose, lots of floral honey, light fruit, slightly tart and lots of depth. Finishes clean and tart, great food beer!

M: Light medium mouthfeel, creamy carbonation yet crisp and dry on the finish.

D: Incredibly drinkable, 8.5% is nowhere to be found. Great Tripel, will definitely revisit!

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Photo of gfreed
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good tripel, in my book, looks awful and tastes great. This one fits that bill admirably. Once the loose head settled into scattered blobs and blotches that resembled white skin sores, I knew I'd be in for a treat. Plenty of oranges in the aroma, with a taste dominated by oranges mixed with prosciutto and salt. The finish is hoppy in that pleasant Belgian way: flowers everywhere with a nice dry finish that doesn't leave one gasping for air. The ABV hits harder than expected, however-- no power tools after this one.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A- Pours a cloudy straw colour with a two fingered white head that retains for the whole distance and laces. Everything about this beer says drink me. You could not beat the appearnace of this beer and thats why it get 5

S - Plenty going on here with grapefruit, citrus and spice.

T - A very clean crisp Tripel with spice, grass and lemon. hops also add a nice balance. No sign of the ABV.

M - Light to medium body with medium to full carbonation.

O - A great easy drinkin Tripel, and one of my favourites to date.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you would smell this beer with closed eyes you would say you were smelling a ...gueuze!

L: clear, dark gold colour, grand bubbles, ending in big mountains;
S: I smell bretts (!), dried yellow fruit, honey, apple, tiny tiny background of banana.
T: in line with the smell, but less to explore, bitterness of the hops;
M: a great combiner with a good dinner, lasting bitter aftertaste;
O: the bottle doesn't say this is a triple, if we have to call it a triple it is one of the most atypical; great brew!

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Photo of philipquarles
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a huge, rocky white head. Some sediment. Lots of malt on the nose, as well as citric notes, honey, and a strong yeast character. Floral. Tastes quite earthy and bitter, with the grassy hallertau character really coming through. Grainy malt and a bit of fruit in the background. Finishes very dryly. Full bodied and with moderate carbonation. Very nice.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at spuyten duyvil. This was immediately my first pick after seeing to my great sadness that they were out of BBB Babillard. Gentle light amber, small foamy white cover. Great enticing aroma, very flowery and spicy (rose petals, bubble gum, hay, grass, lemon, mango, sage, pepper). Saison-like (more in fact) refreshing citric acidity and bitterness. Citrusy hops, honey ish tender malt, absolutely rocking flavor balance. Incredibly soft body with studied throughout carbonation. Tasty art in a bottle. Okay, I’m a big fan of XX bitter and their kriek, so I love De Ranke and had high expectations from this one, but it is even better. De Ranke can do no wrong.

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Photo of bskrtz
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold 11.2 bottle into glass beer challis

A) Glowing polished bronze soup with short white head that quickly disappears. Hazy with suspended bubbles and floaties

S) Mild floral, bubbly citrus and sweet root beer. Very complex

T) Mixture of orange citrus, lemon, apple and pear juice. Sweet candy cane and some mild but bitter hops. It's all there

M) Very complex but smooth and refreshing. Bottle conditioned carbonation is perfect. Alcohol is mild despite the high ABV

D) This is an excellent triple. Sadly, difficult to find in the states

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold, with ample head and sudsy bubbles, leaving curtains of lacing on the glass.

Smells malty, salty, with some fruit, I'd say pineapple.

A dry, bitter version of a tripel, with more mellow fruit flavors--kind of like dried tropical fruit-- than most triples and a carmelized malt/toffee backbone. Dry, hoppy, and bitter in the finish. Hop admirers will fancy the bitterness.

Body is medium and round bubbles of carbonation give it a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a lovely, highly drinkable Belgian tripel/golden ale hybrid. The 8.5% is not noticeable, but could catch up with you quick after a couple of these. I am liking this bitter hopped version of a tripel.

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Photo of albern
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boy, this is a very nice Belgian. The beer comes in a large bottle with a cork ... a good sign at the outset. The cork really pops too. The beer is a prodigious white, frothy head, wonderful lacing and retention. The color is orange, a slight red comes through too. The smell is the low point, but that is a relative statement since there really is no downside to this beer. The smell is citrus, malts, sweet candied sugar fermentables characteristic of Belgians, and a touch of some other fruits, definitely white grape, rind, coriander. The taste is wonderful. This is just a smooth, warm, sweet, malty Belgian if there ever was one. The 8.5 ABV is completely masked in the great taste. You will get some yeastiness, malts, candied sugars, some spiciness, fruits, a bit of citrus, and very subdued and barely perceptible hops. As the beer warms, there is some more alcohol coming through, but it is quite warming. The mouthfeel is vanilla cream, and quite amazing for a beer of this ABV. The aftertaste is slight, not strong, also a bit warming. Overall, you have a high quality Belgian that you need to try. This is a remarkable Trippel that tastes more like a Belgian blonde or a pale. L'Chaim.

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Photo of marty21
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear yellow with 2.5 fingers worth of white creamy head. Settles to a creamy cap with some islands of fluffy foam and left a lot of lacing. The last glass from the large bottle is a hazy golden orange.

S: Initially I get lots of yeast with a little bit of spices and some like fruit. There is also a decent amount of hops at the end.

T: Light fruits and yeast combine for the taste up front but it finishes with some hops just like in the aroma. No taste of alcohol at all.

M: Medium carbonation with a medium body.

O: This was sent to me from family in Vancouver. I'm not usually a big fan of Belgium beers but this was great. It's probably my favorite beer from Belgium so far. I couldn't stop drinking it and before I knew it, the large bottle was empty. I wish this beer was available in Winnipeg because I'd probably buy it quite often. If you're able to buy this I would definitely recommend buying it. It would make for a great transition beer for getting into Belgium beers.

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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 emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2002 vintage.

A loud pop once uncorked, then a golden, foamy pour.

Hazy orange, deep caramel color. Minor suspended particles float about, slowly making their way to the bottom of the glass. Iceberg of foam crowns the remnants inside the bottle.

Sweet butterscotch, herbs, spicy pepper, and well water are present in the aroma.

Flavors are intertwined with the smell. Pepper, butterscotch, herbs, and stony well water cameo on the palate. Not overly sweet like many tripels. Very balanced and highly drinkable. Ultra smooth mouthfeel makes this a dream to sip. One bottle disappeared easily, recommend having several on hand.

Edit: After tasting a more recent bottle last night, there is a higher degree of sweetness to this than the first bottle. While it is exceptionally balanced, a whole bottle would best be shared. So .5 less for drinkability and taste.

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

Nearly day-glo orange in color the beer pours out of the very attractive package and the emphasis is immediately driven from the good but not overwhelming appearance, to the aromas. Hoppy yes, but extremely fruit driven-loads of juicy peach apricot, and some tangy mandarin orange comes to mind. The mouthfeel is thick and round yet the zippy hop nature keeps things in check, producing a very well made, complex, deep and quite drinkable triple. I find this a bit more in the strong pale ale vein, yet as I drink it its mildly sweet fruitiness takes a sure lead role,, and I can identify with the triple-esc-ness. I love what comes out of this brewery, and will continue to spread the good word, and continue to buy these brews! Thanks Again Shelton!

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

75 cl wrapped cork and capped bottle. Pours a clouded golden amber with a thick, rocky off-white head. Delicate hops collide with a saison-like spicy yeast funk and bready, caramel-like malt in the nose. Kind of an odd tripel; remarkable, though. Nice spicy, hoppy character throughout with a malty backbone and a fruity yeast character. Very well carbonated and drinkable. I'm in love with De Ranke's line of beers, I've tried each of them a couple of times, and each time I gain a higher appreciation for them. Worth doing the legwork to find.

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De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
90 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.
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