De Ranke Guldenberg | Brouwerij De Ranke

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89
very good
451 Ratings
De Ranke GuldenbergDe Ranke Guldenberg
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke
Belgium
deranke.be

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
Ratings:
451
Reviews:
247
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.7%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
53
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 451 |  Reviews: 247
Photo of GRG1313
2.45/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

(2008 Bottling - tasted Feb. 2011) I only review this beer since it was purchased in 2011 off the shelf of a reputable store. Small bottle format.

Dark orange amber with no head worth noting.

Nose is stale/oxidized carmel but with hints and underlying toffee/carmel; Mouthfeel is very thin and watery.

Flavors are light sugary and thin. Thin brown sugar character. Some burnt grain, coffee, sherry character but I suspect this is a reason why not to age beer. Light bitter coffee finish.

This one was on the shelf and purchased in 2011. Will try it again fresher and perhaps in the larger bottle format.

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Photo of corby112
2.45/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a golden orange-amber color with tangerine edges and a half finger white head that quickly settles into a very thin ring.  Minimal lacing.

Sweet, slightly hoppy aroma with zesty spice, estery light fruit notes, pale malt and boozy sweetness.  Hints of pepper and alcohol followed by apricot, apple and pear.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with subtle earthy hops countered by a sweet floral presence, light fruits, zesty spice and sweet boozy heat.  Some dry bitterness followed by pepper and coriander spice, apricot and apple before a rush of overly sweet booze comes in.  Kind of all over the place, thin bodied, overly spicy and harshly boozy.  I used to think that this was a great beer but I'm not much of a fan anymore.

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Photo of JDV
2.58/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bottle shared at tasting. Thanks!
Pours a ligh hazy orange with a malty smell that is fresh and bright. Taste is dusty, well balanced and tame. Maltiness is moderate and the hops are perhaps slighlty more prominant actually. Somewhat dry. Decent beer.

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Photo of AvvocatoCovelli
2.63/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of cpetrone84
2.69/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pour is golden amber with tons of white head with great retention. Nose has a light dustiness to it, moderate malt presence, caramel, faint oxidation. Flavor follows suit, lots of malt, slightly stale caramel, some oxidation, high carb, full body, overly sweet.

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Photo of rudzud
2.72/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Armsby Abbey. Poured into a tulip.

A - Poured a clear golden hue with a one finger white head that left nice side lacing.

S - Really no nose on this one. Some slight belgian spices but thats it. Smells a little soapy too.

T - No banana, just belgian spices and such. Its a bit sweet, with a slight dark fruit aftertaste.

M - Flat and underwhelming. Yep, that sums it up.

O - Just..eh. De Ranke usually has good offerings but this one wasnt it for me. Super underwhelming.

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Photo of ptykozoon
2.76/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lots of sediment which hazes out a straw yellow, lots of carbonation, foam and some lacing as well.

Light fruit and citrus, maybe banana peel.

First off a bit watery for 8.5%. A few subtle fruit flavors and a tad of earthiness come through. Not much else, not too exciting.

Very dry on the tongue, one of the driest actually. Not detrimental though I don't know if it works for this beer.

Not bad but really nothing above average at all. Maybe I got a bad bottle..

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Photo of crossovert
2.97/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle.

IT pours a murky amber with a fizzy, foamy looking head. I'm not a huge fan of it and it doesn't leave much lacing.

The smell is typical, some dark fruits, dark candi sugar, and malt.

The flavor is decent. It seems to be a bit sweet and lacking though. This brewery has some good beers but this one isn't memorable.

Seems like an old-school tripel, it isn't like the lighter ones that I prefer.

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Photo of janubio
2.99/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Hazy golden colour, medium head with short retention. Good lace. Aroma of peaches, spices, herbs, pepper, fennel. Unfortunately, as you're drinking, it fades and ends in cardboard. Round palate, thick and creamy. Good carbonation. Taste of caramel, fruits, spices, herbs. Same thing as the aroma, turns to unpleasant notes. I had three bottles, all with the same problem. Subject to revision sometime in the future.

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Photo of brinch
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ms11781
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of sonorb7
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of nick_perry
3.04/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A little light in color for the style. Sweet and boozy, not much complexity to it.

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Photo of waldemarsto
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of tone77
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Despite zero agitation, this beer can gushing out of the bottle upon opening, resulting with a bronze color and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of yeast, fruits. Taste is apples, vinegar, some barnyard qualities. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this beer was a disappointment.

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Photo of gkjhawk
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of impending
3.17/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a hazy orange honey. Head was decent, better lacing.

Aroma of citrus and powdery yeast, lots of hops. Spicy phenolic backbone.

Taste is sharp for a tripel and low in sweetness. The finish dominates the taste which is mostly hop bitters with a little barnyard accent for good measure. Smooth mouthfeel.

You will judge this based upon how you like your belgian hopped. This would be an excellent intro tripel for those who prefer an IPA. This . . . . . . is a belgian ipa.
cheers
jd

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Photo of tgbljb
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a beautiful golden color with abundant white puffy head. Smell is a mixture of spices. candied sugar, and hops. Tset is sweet, malty and spicy to start, then abundant hops seem to completely take over. Finishes strong and alcoholic. An OK tripel, But not great.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a strange bottle into a chalice: it was 750 ml but marked as 11.2 ounces, and was corked but capped with a crown cap. I had to withdraw the cork with a corkscrew.

A: Bottle was a gusher, and foam geysered out even after some beer was poured out of the bottle. Pours a hazy light orange with very active apparent carbonation and an enormous rocky head. Foamy head follows beer all the way down the glass, and the head coats the side of the chalice. Striking appearance.

S: I don't know for sure that this beer is brewed with bret, but it sure seems to be. Horse blanket, barnyard funk is the predominant characteristic of the nose, with some clove.

T: Again, bret-like funkiness is the predominant early flavor, with very subdued fruitiness followed by a very dry finish.

M: Very high carbonation and medium to light body. The feel in the mouth is typical for the style.

D: For me, a bit funky for more than one in a session, although at 8.5% that's probably just as well.

Overall: Fans of bret will love this beer. I find it to be a nice beer, but a bit out of balance; there's little more to it than the funkiness. I'm not sure it's a "tripel" as BA calls it. I find this very similar to Orval.

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Photo of leckart
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of GarthT
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
4.02 out of 5 based on 451 ratings.
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