De Ranke Guldenberg | Brouwerij De Ranke

BA SCORE
89
very good
442 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:
442
Reviews:
243
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.7%
 
 
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38
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Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had forgotten I tried this years ago. Had a 0.33l bottle at Cafe Take One in Maastricht on 26SEP11, for €4.00.

Poured a cloudy, muted golden, with a creamy, short, fine white head which left nice lace. Aroma was fruity yet also hoppy and a touch rindy. Medium in body, and pretty smooth, overall.

Flavor has tropical fruit and some pithy, rindy hopping, being a touch bitter and dry in the finish. Seems, now anyway, more like a Belgian IPA than a Tripel. Regardless, a tasty offering. Prosit!!

4.03 rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Original review of 08APR03:
This bier came in a plain, green 25.4 oz bottle, with no label. It was wrapped in a striped, light blue and white paper, with the name, brewer and assorted other info printed upon it. The label says "Belgian Abbey Beer" and lists it as being 8.0% abv. Best by date was June 2005. Topped with a bottle cap, and a hard-to-remove cork.

It poured into a goblet a hazy, glowing golden-orange color. Sitting atop the golden nectar was a whipped-cream like mound of white foam. It didn't last all too long in its large state, preferring to maintain a thin, creamy, fine layer. Lacing was exemplary!

The nose consisted of a melange of fruits, most noticably a peachy character. Beneath this was a slight spicy and peppery aroma.

Mouthfeel, in general, was about medium, or "good" in BA parlance. Body was medium at a minimum, yet could not quite push beyond that. A slight bit of carbonation made for a touch of prickliness on the tongue, yet overall it passed fairly smoothly down the hatch.

The flavor exhibited the same peachy quality found in the aroma. Other tropical-style fruits meld into the mix as well. As far as malt goes, there is a pinch of breadiness present, though not much. The fruit is the main player on this stage. As the contents of the bottle diminish, the resulting pour into the goblet turns the liquid a murky, dull, light bronze color. The yeasties have arrived!! This gives an ever-so-slight spiciness to the flavor, though the fruitiness still reigns supreme.

All-in-all, a fine offering. I would like perhaps a bit more spiciness and less fruitiness, but let's not quibble here. This is a tasty offering, one I'd not hesitate to have again! Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.15
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A hazy light orange color with a half-finger of frothy white head (looks like one could get a better effect here with a pour at home). Aroma is dry, phenolic, citric, and floral ... Comes off as a classic tripel if perhaps on the hoppy side of the style guidelines. Palate is a robust honeyed breakfast cereal malt backbone which does not stick around long, washed away by green apple/pear, flower water, lemon, orange, and clove. I'm also getting a nutty note like some saisons and a herbal element as well. A tannic dryness pervades the whole proceedings. Not getting much alcohol early but this emerges more over time. Subtle pineapple and perhaps mango hidden in the background. Mid-range body and rather fizzy. I am wanting to pronounce this one of the better tripels I've sampled but something is holding me back. In any event, well worth one's time.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Slightly hazy golden body with spotty white head
Slightly funky peachy aroma
That's the flavour too
Dangerously drinkable with the mf and overall impression of the beer

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Photo of byronic
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sphinks
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DBosco
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of babaracas
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light amber with one finger thick of white foam, settles slowly leaving a spray of lace behind. Smell: vinous, spicy and slightly grassy with a berry note, sweet pale backing. Taste: aggressively spicy into candied citrus peel, white grape and some overripe nectarine. Creamy feel with spiciness everywhere, mild booziness. Enjoyable for sure.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and poured with a two finger high bright white, dense head. The head has excellent retention properties and it faded away very slowly, yet consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The overall taste is both spicy and bitter; there are also some notes of candi sugar. The bitterness really stands out in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation. The finish is very dry.
D: The alcohol is well hidden from the taste but this is definitely a beer to sip because of all of the bitterness.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Moeder Lambic St. Gilles, served in a De Ranke glass.

A: Clear gold body, 1" head of fine off-white foam. Nice lace. Good.

S: Fresh, grassy, herbal, and a little fruity. Very pleasant indeed.

T: Breadiness, spicy phenols, grassiness, and a bitter, hoppy finish. Nice.

M: Fairly light-boded with lots of delicate, soft carbonation. Lovely.

O: This struck me as being way too light-bodied and bitter for a Tripel - much more of a classic BSPA. Whatever you call it, it's a tasty beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of mta11c
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MrMonkey
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Ebenezer's in Lovell, ME.

Pours a bright gold with a three-finger dense, creamy white head that fades slowly leaving lots of thick lace.

Smell is a bit faint, but there's lemon zest, yeast, and toasted bread crust.

Taste starts with some bready malts, lemon zest, and candied sugar before some Belgian yeast and wet hay flavors kick in. Finishes very dry and slightly bitter.

Light-bodied and dry mouthfeel. Very crisp and smooth.

Wonderful drinkability. I could easily sit and enjoy this all night long. The alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of _Adam_
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Pens1967
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This Tripel poured a clear, golden color with thin, white foam that left lace on the glass. The smell was lightly malty with some fruitiness (a hint of grapes). The taste was malty and floral (hops) and vinous. Overall a very nice flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and carbonation. The hops (bitter and floral) came through in the finish, and the aftertaste lingered. This was a very drinkable tripel.

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Photo of chaz01
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at Dilly Deli Cafe in Cincinnati when Peanut the beer manager mentioned it was the only quarter barrel in Ohio -- that was enough to persuade me away from the Triple Karmeliet that was also on tap. Served in a snifter glass.

A: Cloudy, golden, yeasty with a small head that although receded quickly, produced some nice lacing.

S: Fruity and floral aroma.

T: Orange flavor initially with some wheat and coriander spices present. Very nice hoppy grapefruit finish.

M: Lite to medium bodied, good carbonation levels.

D: Very smooth and easy to drink, yet satisfying. Alcohol hidden well. Paired nicely with my dinner of a spicy pasta dish.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle gifted to me by a new friend this unfiltered beer was a cloudy golden color with tons of visible rising carbonation. The towering three fingers of tan-tinted head retained itself well and left lots of scattered lace all up and down my glass. The aroma was of musty cheese, citrus fruit, some floral hops and honey. The flavors were of farmhouse cheese, pear, citrusy fruits, some must and a bit of doughy bread. The mouthfeel was soft, the body was medium and the carbonation light.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow this is dry. The luxury car of triple in that it has muscle but its smooth. Look is proper... Nose is grain heavy. And golden bliss. A bit of grain husk that make every foodie hungry. Palate of mint, mineral earthy, savory grain, and grass notes. Great for a big meal. Anything with grain and meat. a tripel drinkers benchmark.

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a golden yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A subtle aroma of malt, yeast, and some light fruit.

T: Tasted of malt (more than you might expect for this style), Belgian yeast, a little lemon, and some spices (i.e., pepper). A solid, well constructed flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a lively, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a good, well made, easy to drink Tripel. Much smoother and underplayed than others of the style, but drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 1" off-white head over cloudy straw liquid.

S: Yeasty smells of pear and apple.

T: Slightly tart up front which transitions to pear, sour apple, honey, pepper, and an underlying slightly sweet almost sourdough malt taste.

M: Medium viscosity with a lot of bubbly fine carbonation throughout.

O: A very nice tripel with a good usage of yeast and a nice balance between tart and sweetness.

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Photo of adamette
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint, 9.4 oz. bottle that I purchased for $13.99 at Rozi's in Lakewood along with two other "De Ranke" beers that I have tasted and reviewed the last few days. Poured into my Westvleteren silver rimmed goblet. Best before end of: 04 2013 stamped on the paper wrapper around the bottle. Interestingly, there is a label on the bottle inside the wrapper but it indicates that it is 8.5% ABV and that it is 11.2 ounces (it is clearly bigger than that) and the "best by" date is not stamped. I assume that the paper wrapper has the right information then. The inner label is simple, off white and stated "Guldenberg Belgian Abbey Ale."

A This is the biggest "gusher" I have ever experienced. I cracked open the cap and then it was Mt. Vesuvius, head came pouring out for about 3 minutes as I lost half the bottle to the gush. After walking the bottle over to the sink, cleaning up and returning about 4 minutes later, the bottle was still slowly gushing into the sink. I had stored it in the door of my fridge for the past week or so. I guess it is possible that the opening and closing of the door could have contributed to some shaking which led to the gush. I recommend storing it in the non moving places in your fridge before opening.
Anyway, nice creamy head over a yellow orange opaque body with lots of visible sediment (yeast?) floating evenly about. The gush experience may have contributed to agitation that led the beer to look this way, though. This is a very good looking tripel. 4.5

S Nice Belgian yeast and sweet malt in a classic tripel smell. Repeated sniffs reveal possibility of some light spices such as cinnamon but most prominent are the malt and yeast. 4.0

T Just as my nose predicted, nice malt sweetness and Belgian yeast tastes in a nice, strong and classic tasting tripel. 4.0

M In an amazing feet the feel is actually smooth (not that common in tripels that I have tasted) and I do not get a bitter alcohol spike either. This, therefore, can be a dangerous beer since it is delicious and hides its ABV so well. 4.5

D As suggested, really good for the style which can be heavy, somewhat harsh with a high ABV and high malt sweetness. 4.0

Notes: I would like to try another bottle and handle it better to see if my experience is different. As it is, this is a solid tripel and probably my favorite from De Ranke.

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Photo of Emoney1975
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Budlum
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle for $3.

Matched against Corsendonk Abbey in a week of tripel head-to-heads.

A: Standard tripel honey-gold, but where's the big head? A mere half-finger.

S: More citrusy than is standard for the style. Peaches. Whiffs like a Belgian IPA.

T: Tastes like one, too. Quite assertive. Hops linger on the front end, unconventionally. Some bandaid astringency that spreads out mysteriously and beautifully. Very unique, immediately likable. Not so far off from the great De Ranke XX Bitter.

M: Nice prickle. The bitterness will bother some who are here for a by-the-book tripel.

O: Extremely drinkable and enjoyable, though categorization freaks (and maybe I'm one) will balk at this being regarded as a tripel. Hops mask some of the potential complexity in there, but still: it's a rush of pure pleasure.

I ranked this higher than the Corsendonk which preceded it, but wish I had paired it with Fluffy White Rabbits.

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Photo of FLima
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice slightly hazy orange color with a thin head with short retention. Changes to murky after pouring the residual sediments.
Very refreshing aroma of tangerines, Belgian yeast with pine notes.
Likewise, taste of oranges soaked in liquor, cider, and peaches. Also, Belgian yeast, pine, honey with an elegant hint on condiments and floral hops. Dry and lightly warming aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Medium body with medium carbonation and tiny bubbles and an effervescent sensation. Alcohol of 8.5% ABV is harmonic and at an optimum level.
Balanced and flavorful beer that is versatile enough for warm or cold days.

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De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
4.02 out of 5 based on 442 ratings.
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