De Ranke Guldenberg | Brouwerij De Ranke

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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

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Ranking:
#3,990
Reviews:
247
Ratings:
459
pDev:
9.73%
Bros Score:
4.18
 
 
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Photo of Samp01
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper amber with a small short lived white head. Aroma is of Belgian yeast with some spicy fruity notes. Taste is of Belgian yeast, bread, sweet zesty fruity flavors with some mild citrus hops. Palate is a medium body, lively carbonation. Finishes with a sweet zesty fruity flavor, Belgian yeast, biscuit malt and some mild citrusy hops bitterness on the end for balance. A nice long lasting flavorful and enjoyable drinking brew.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange amber and despite a careful pour, had lots of small white particulates floating around, looks kind of cool. Two finger white head with good retention and thick lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast (reminiscent of saison yeast), apple juice, stone fruit, light citrus and cardamom. Flavor is dry, almost champagne like light fruit, clove, light stone fruit, grassy and slightly earthy. Finish is bone dry with a long lingering spicy, non-hop bitterness. Medium bodied with hints of creaminess. A very nicely made dry tripel that has the traditional spiciness and light fruit, but shares some character with saisons, probably because of the dryness in the finish. Nicely done. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip.

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Photo of tjd25
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big bubbles fade quickly (with a nice noise) on a slightly hazy pale orange color body. The smell is very grassy, wildly grassy and flowery. Also some strawberries. The grassy hoppiness invades the mouth and leave a thick chewy aftertaste. A very grapefruit like aspect appears, together with a quick caramel note. The mouthfeel is light but very hoppy; not too much going on apart from the hops. THe level of cabonation was enjoyable. I'm starting to enjoy these Belgian hoppy beers.

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Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's nothing like a good-looking beer...and the Guldenberg really fits that mold. A bright and vibrant honey/gold/orange in color with a fizzy bright white head that just sits there, refusing to die off. Aromas are the requisite tripel with some bonus snappy hop notes. Flavor starts with all sorts of tripel flavors: yeasties, heavy malt sweetness, dark fruits, orange rinds. Finish sees a bit of warmth from the ABV and a sharper, hoppier/spicy finish. Lots of carbonation here. Another winner from De Ranke.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Persistent white cap of head stays throughout the drink, golden-orange brew is chill hazy with awesome retention and lacing.

Plenty of sweet honeyed malt to back up the lighter fruit flavors. Faint, but enticing.

Pale malt is a major player, there's understated peppery hopping along with some light spicing, phenolic alcohol, and the presence of a Belgian yeast strain.

Light bodied and smooth, delicate while retaining a good amount of complexity. It rouses the interest and keeps it. Dried fruit finishes the flavor, the high alcohol emerges after a period, but is restrained enough.

Less fruity than many of the best tripels, the Guldenberg is nonetheless a solid ale, a nice drink, vey smooth and flavorful with just a hint of hopping.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Chimay goblet from a 750ml bottle.

A - As soon as i removed the cap I saw the bubbles coming up so before I lost too much of my beer I poured it in the goblet. Pours a beautiful hazy strong straw and gold color with some nice orange hues. Very nice looking beer. There is a nice .75 inch head that is dense and very active.

S - Vinous like aroma, especially of white wine. Some mild clove and coriander and some pepper as well. Nice spice backbone. Some nice pale malt backbone with sweetness and grain character.

T & M - Delicious malt backbone with nice mild sweet hints and some nice grain. There is some good clove along with other spices, especially coriander and nice pepper. There is a nice creamy and crisp mouth feel with this beer. Nice balanced flavors and good CO2 feel. Delicious beer.

D - Very refreshing and drinkable. good flavors and the ABV is not that noticeable.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +0.5%
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 +0.7%
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 Sphinks
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of DBosco
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of babaracas
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +1%
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 +1%
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 +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MrMonkey
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Pens1967
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +1.2%
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 +1.2%
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 TheCrowsEye
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rtepiak
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
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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De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 459 ratings
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