De Ranke Guldenberg | Brouwerij De Ranke

De Ranke GuldenbergDe Ranke Guldenberg
453 Ratings
De Ranke GuldenbergDe Ranke Guldenberg

Brewed by:
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.

Added by Bierman9 on 04-22-2002

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a snifter to a hazed orange yellow with a large white head that fades to a collar with some nice lacing
S: smells slightly fruity up front with a nice earthiness and slight funk. a little bit of spicy yeast in the nose as well
T: slight fruity esters up front, nice malt flavor, spice from the yeast, a bit of grassiness, a bit of earthiness and ever so slight funk. swallow brings a bit of alcohol, slight lemon and more earthiness
M: medium with nice ans slightly prickly carbonation. very effervescent to keep the flavors moving across the palate
O: a fantastic tripel, good complexity and very nice flavor profile. Very happy to have received this in a trade

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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Photo of gueuzer
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Cheeky Monk

App- Straw colored. Golden. Lacy, clingy white head

Sm- light amount of hops. A little citrus.

Ta- Nice balance of the malts, some fruitiness and hops. Nice biting finish

MF- Not very big considering the flavor. Medium carbonation.

Dr- Amazing. If you weren't paying attention you might miss how incredibly complex of a beer this is. Beautiful job of pulling it all together.

My new favorite triple.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid golden color with a nice off-white head, lots of tiny suspended particles, light carbonation, and decent lace. Yeasty Belgian aroma and honey-ish malt sweetness. Nice yeast, spicy, malty balance with a touch of sweet honey. Medium-light bodied but a touch airy.

Nice solid Belgian Strong Pale Ale / Tripel.

Per Label: "Unfiltered Unpasteurized"

Per BOM notes: Hallertau and Brewer's Gold hops

Bottled: March '05
Best Before (end of): Mar '10

(11.2 oz. sleek brown Euro-style bottle)

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Photo of gordavidson
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- An ever so slightly hazy yellow liquid with a thick and craggy white head that has excellent retention.

S- Peaches, strawberries, lemon zest, honey, and grass. Complex and intriguing.

T- Hints of peaches, strawberries, honey, lemon, and grass. Rather tame actually, but it is delicious.

M- Creamy smooth with no alcohol presence. Leaves a bit of a coating in the mouth.

O- Very smooth, tasty, and interesting. One of the best tripels I have come across. Highly recommended.

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Photo of maxpower
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped and corked green bottle that has a 11.2 oz belgian abbey beer label. This pours a cloudy bright golden color with a huge fluffy white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Saison aroma of lemon and spices, apple, pear, lemon, pepper flavors. Medium bodied with a crisp and carbonated mouthfeel, finishes dry. Alcohol well hidden at 8.5%, very delicous and drinkable.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of bultrey
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer... I had it a few weeks ago from the bottle at Anam Cara in Boston, and I had it just last night on draft at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn. It is one of the few Belgian beers I've had that tastes nearly the same in the bottle as on draft.
I was surprised to see this classified as a triple... it has more of a saison taste to me, and I seriously did not notice 8% alcohol. The aroma provides some white fruit -- maybe apple and pair -- mixed with some slight, but pleasant, skunkiness. The first sip is slightly mouth-puckering, like a lambic or saison, but is quickly joined by ginger, pear, citrus, all with a bit of astringency. The aftertaste reveals some faint malt characteristic that fades quickly to that same pleasant skunkiness and hops flavor. Mouthfeel is fantastic, as the carbonation is light, consistent, and pleasant. I could drink this aaalll night....

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4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sip 1: A bit cold. Hey, this is a good beer.

Sip 7: Wow, not bad. I forgot how much I loved these DeRanke guys.

Sip 16: Holy shit, this is awesome beer.

Big, fluffy gold beer with an equally fat head. Peering through the green bottle, one is struck by the fact that the stickiness of the head extends even back into the bottle, where a layer of ivory foam bubbled atop the beer. Lots of sweet, lemony, spicy, phenolic tripel flavor. Bouncy and vibrant, there's a good amount of mild citrus to match the yeasty qualities. Rounded off by a nice, organic bitterness. Reasonably dry despite its creamy tripel-ness. Amazingly drinkable. I shared a bit with some other BAs, but I could have had a few of the 750s before passing out with a big grin on my face.

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4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml green bottle capped with a wine cork > mini snifter.

This has a classic, hazy yellow-gold color, great carbonation with a fluffy, fine-white head, very slow dissipation, zippy look with sticky, clumpy lacing.

The nose has a subtle, corn and wheat-dry, malty aroma, sweet malt with a sour yeastieness underneath. a warm buzzy heat gently whiffs out of the earthy, spicey effect.

This has a light, crispy earthy malt, wheat, freshly husked corn, earthy and tangy yeast notes with a classic green, weedy hop bitterness right at the end. the heat warms and does not throw off the balance. Hearty, robust, earthy flavors dance around a solid, crispy malt backbone. Feels crispy with a wonderfully light smoothness and dry finsih. Stays very crispy!

authnetic and classic from start to finish.

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Photo of Jon
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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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4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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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De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 453 ratings
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