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De Ranke Guldenberg | Brouwerij De Ranke

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BA SCORE
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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
240
Ratings:
429
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.7%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
48
For Trade:
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Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle $3.99 at the local. I really didn't know what to expect from this but it was good. Cloudy orange yellow with good head and lacing. The smell was kind of like a tripel or belgian pale, a little spice. The flavor was smooth but a little yeasty and very easy to drink. I'm not sure I'd buy this on the reg but De Ranke beers are interesting enough that I'd liek to try them all.

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Photo of Fladder
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Light gold color made pale by a bit of cloudiness. Not much head, but still decent carbonation.

The smell was sharply citric and spicey. It was very inviting.

The taste was very rough, but lined with the citrus tones that filled the smell. There were hints of sweetness, but only hints which were pulled away quickly by the deep coarseness which laid on the back of the tongue.

The acidity of the citrus flavors combined with the "horseblanket" characteristics often found in Belgian ales gave a drying feeling to the beer, but this was balanced out into something that was neither particularly dry or refreshing.

Overall I felt this was an average beer for the style. The citrus tones in the taste were quite nice though in a way I don't always find in these beers. Overall, the rough taste and feel were too much for me to really enjoy the ale, although this is still an okay beer.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a couple years old now. Aged it for a bit. Dont know for sure how old because there is no good markings on the bottle.

Poured into a chalice. Pours a nice golden amber. No head at all. Nice bubbles but no head. Nice legs down the glass though.

Aroma is nice and Belgian malty. Not too Belgian ish in aroma but nice and malty. Smells great.

Taste is pretty malty now. Some nice Belgian goodness but it's starting to taste between a dubbel and a triple now.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Still very good carb for a two year old capped bottle.

Overall tasty but I think I like it fresh better.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a small snifter at Firkin in Libertyville, IL.

Appearance in promising. Head is extremely dense and sticky. The body is a hazy golden straw. Aromas are rich and tropical. Taste is somewhat overly yeasty although the surprisingly well hopped finish almost makes up for it. Mildly spicy and phenolic. Mouthfeel is smooth. Body is very full and slightly musty. Very good but not worth the nine bucks I paid for it.

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Photo of illidurit
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 cL bottle poured into a Unibroue goblet. Hazy dull goldenrod color with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma is very yeasty, fresh bread, light esters including pear and apple. Flavor is also very yeasty with some pale malts, mild noble hops, pears, and grains. Moderate astringency and just a little bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Solid but I'd like a fruitier tripel.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

De Ranke Guldenberg has a thin, slightly off-white head, an opaque, golden appearance, endless fierce and tight bubble streams, and a bit of a lacing sheen left on the glass. This ale becomes milky, once the bottom sediment is swished loose and poured in. The aroma is of pears, sweet, white bread, and grain husks. Taste is of those elements, along with a noticeable and pronounced, yet not harsh hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is high medium, with an unpleasant chalky character. De Ranke Guldenberg finishes on the dry and boozy side.

RJT

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received as an extra by nopucophop, thanx bro

A: poured a pale golden orange with a 2 finger of bubbly head and left good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: to be honest with you the nose is more leaning towards a wit beer than a tripel styled brew which consisted of wheaty notes, citrus, slight booze, and apple aromas.

T: yup..even the taste is like a wit style brew with wheat, orange zest, sweet malt like the nose but it also had a slight hop bite on the back end; totally not a tripel.

M: the brew was medium body with a good amount of vcarbonation that had a sweet, citric, slight hop bitterness, but dry finish.

D: really drinkable beer that IMO is ment to be labeled a wit styled beer. There was absolutely no tripel characteristics on this beer that makes me believe that its probably too damn old; oh well.

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Photo of crnipeter
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Forms mid-sized frothy white head with good retention atop of clear (gets hazed with the consecutive pourings), golden body with uprising streams of bubbles. The head leaves only little short-lived lacing as it fades. The aroma is marriage of peppery spiciness with citrusy, pear and apple-like esters, and candy sugar sweetness. The flavor of medium bodied beer is governed by substantial alcohol warmth acting in sinergy with prominent peppery spiciness; esters are lesser than in the aroma section and citrusy in character. Moderate carbonation and relatively high bitterness induced by generous usage of Hallertau hops with spicy and grassy character (the later indicating dry-hopping) lend dry finish followed by bitter aftertaste. (330 ml, freshness date November 2015, into tulip.)

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Photo of bark
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is pale orange-yellow. There is quite a lot of sediment in the bottle and the liquid is cloudy. The white compact foam forms a slowly sinking two finger thick head. Lots of lacing.

The rather discreet smell is fresh and a bit bitter; it does almost smell like a pale lager. There is some sweetness and a sour note.

The taste is balanced and mellow as it starts with a semi-sweet fruity malty note. There are lots of fruits; sweet apples, oranges, apricots and raisins. The aftertaste got notes of green apples, green peas and some earthy/wooden notes blended with a slight feel of alcohol. It finishes with a mild flavour of apples.

The liquid feels a bit thick in the mouth and the carbonation is strong and fresh with small bubbles.

I found this tripel milder than expected, but at the same time it is balanced and gentle. When it comes to alcohol-potent beers, leave it to the Belgians!

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Photo of NEhophead
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at My Place. Served in an Urthel goblet.

A golden, creamy banana in color beneath a lightly foamy white head. The head slowly recedes to a light sheet that leaves ringed lacing.

A semi-sweet banana-phenolic yeast aroma. A touch of pepper and corriander, but rather subdued in general.

A touch of coconut sweetness followed by a full mustiness. Phenolic-corriander and pepper proved to be a little dry. Drank a little stiff with a lack of flavor for a true Tripel. The finish was dry with an aftertaste of banana, pepper, and yeast.

Medium bodied; smooth with a touch of dryness. A nice warmth on the palate.

A decent brew, but not what I expected for a Tripel especially from de Ranke. Lacking a bit in flavor. I'd probably try something different than go back to this one.

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Photo of gyllstromk
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper color. Aroma of reasonably hopped, pear cider. Flavor is well balanced between dry and sweet, with a reasonable amount of acidity and a noticeable bitterness (the combination evokes grapefruit). Alcohol is reasonably well hidden.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold-plated pineapple with a light yeasty haze and multiple fine bubble streams leading up to an absolutely gorgeous crown of alabaster colored foam that is both creamy and rocky. No one does head and lace as well as the Belgians.

Apparently, Brouwerij De Ranke doesn't consider this beer to be a triple. They put 'Belgian Abbey Beer' on the label and I've also read where they consider it to be a 'strong golden ale'. It smells like an especially spicy tripel. And will probably taste like one too.

Guldenberg is nowhere near as impressive as De Ranke XX Bitter and Kriek De Ranke. Part of the problem might be that this bottle is now 3 years of age (which is still 2 years away from the 'best by' date). A lifespan that long is way too optimistic for a beer that gets a great deal of its character from a generous amount of hops. Or so I'm told.

There's so much spiciness and lemongrassiness that it almost tastes more like a saison than anything else. The pale-golden malts don't provide much flavor or sweetness, which should never happen in a good triple (which it isn't, but... whatever). There's just enough flavor and complexity for the taste score to remain above average.

The mouthfeel doesn't keep pace with Belgium's best either. After hearing the gunshot on cork extraction and after seeing the creation of a stately crown of foam, I expected more size, more creaminess and more volume.

I'm sure that fresh Guldenberg is much better beer than 3 year old Guldenberg. Trouble is, I've never seen it anywhere near fresh. At the extravagant price of $13.00 (and change) per bottle, it isn't likely that I'll take a chance with this one again... unless it's just off the boat.

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Photo of Arno
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Pale yellow, slightly hazy. Good airy white foam top. Great lacing.

smell: Sweet malts and fruity. Bit flowery as well.

taste: Sweet malts with a nice tropical fruit undertone. Followed by quite a spicy bitter kick.

mouthfeel: High carbonation, quite thin.

overall: Not sure about this beer. It's just a lovely drinkable beer. It's deceptively easy to drink considering the ABV. It's quite fresh with the fruity and slightly sweet malts followed by a spicy kick. So in that regard, an excellent summer beer. But i don't get these beers that taste quite similar to a proper regular beer but has nearly twice the price and ABV. I just don't think it's that special. I've had better.

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Photo of delta490
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a deep cloudy gold with a big foamy white head that leaves small sticky lacing. The aroma is sweet from the grains and slightly spicy. The taste to me was just a nondescript bitter primarily with small amounts a sweet and spicy. The body is light and faintly carbonated

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Photo of deanhead
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer in a friends hot tub on my 40th birthday.

Poured a brilliant golden color, highly effervescent, Slight head, which did dissipate rather quickly leaving nice small bubbles thinly lace around my goblet.

Virtually no hop aroma, true to style. Very subtle hop bitterness matched to a nice malt backbone, coupled with a dose of sucrose to boost the alcohol. Which left a rather light bodied beer

Finished somewhat astringent and dry with a slightly cidery aftertaste.

Light bodied beer veiled with a warming alcoholic sensation.

This is a decent beer, not my favorite, but it is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the best, but a nice, complex tripel. The aroma is a little simple, but the flavor expands more with lighter berry fruit, malts of doughy bread, pale grain, and a bit of farmhouse hop flavors. Easy drinking and no hint of the alcohol, I'd call this one a winner. Worth a try if you dig nice, drinkable tripels.

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Photo of ShrLSU
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into Westy goblet.

A - Poured a beautiful golden color with a small white head. Look beautiful in the glass!

S - Very faint hop smell. Nice an malty. A classic belgian ale smell.

T & M - Very malty with some slight hops. Kind of heavy for a what i was expecting. More alcohol tasting than usual.

D - Very drinkable. It was a little too cold when i started to drink it but it got better as it warmed a bit. More flavors seemed to come out. Try this one out if you like the Belgians.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a yellow orange and murky beer with a nice frothy head that remains the entire glass.

Smell is hoppy and bitter with some grassy notes. Yeast smell and slightly metallic with some anise whiffs.

Taste was hoppy and bitter, grassy with faint malt notes. The small amount of caramel malt is noted and makes the beer a little more deep and gives it a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Somewhere way in the back I think I taste something of a barnyard, nice! Aftertaste is dry and body is medium.

For some reason I expected this to be more hoppy. Not that it wasn't but I expected it to be more resionous.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Comptoir du Pouple (La Roche/Yon) and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : golden blond color, with white foamy head.
Smell : fruity and hoppy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : sweet malty flavors, light bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the Belgian style Triple.

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Photo of spicelab
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330mL bottle thanks to Beermasons.

Almost muddy looking orange-straw. Huge white head is dense and pillowy. Slowly dies down leaving flecks of lace and a small island of foam.

Quite a grainy and dry smelling Tripel. Main aromas are grapefruit pith, floral spice, wet hay, pear and honey. Get some doughy sweet esters as it warms, but still retains a musty character.

Bittersweet, with honeydew, pear and banana played off against citrus rind, tart grapefruit and some grassy funk.

Medium mouthfeel and dry finish. Carbonation is lowish for a Belgian brew.

No doubt it's more rustic and funky than most Tripels. It seems give the nod to Saisons and Guezes but doesn't quite co-opt their charisma, and falls short of being a great Tripel for the same reason. Still a good and interesting brew though.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle poured into a sniffer.

Pours with a very solid three fingers of head and a bold golden and orange hazed body.

Aromatically this beer is weighted heavily with floral hops. Lemon and honey notes break this up and blend nicely.

Taste is characterized with malt flavors along with subtle citrus notes of lemon, orange and a little grapefruit. Mild spices such as coriander and cinnamon make sit slightly below the flavor palate but make themselves very present in the dry finish.

Light-to-medium bodied and moderately carbonated. The abv register doesn't break through the core flavors and is almost unnoticeable.

Very good beer if not quite equal to the other triples of offer.

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Photo of aleigator
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours a glowing golden, slightly hazy color, with a decent head.

Shows subtle aromas of slightly sour, funky yeast with floral hints.

Taste is selected by dough, smooth yeast, with a subtle faded hop graininess, among spicy cloves, anise and orange peel. The mouthfeel is defined by a slick, well integrated hop bitterness, which shines during the finish, without overwhelming the yeast, while biscuity become more potent.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap at Moan & Dove

Appearance: Light amber/honey golden, it had a big thick head that looked caked on and had plenty of cling on my glass.

Smell: Sort of like the dried up beer on my primary fermentation when I'm too lazy to clean it right away, it was very yeasty, with a sour/funky thing going on. Wasn't as complex as the bottle, but enjoyable. Alcohol also played a major role.

Taste: Creamy mouthfeel, some pale malt, hop astringency there in the finish but nothing too strong, booze felt a little more concealed.

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Photo of dgallina
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce slim brown bottle dated best-before January 2009.

Poured dark cloudy peach with significant sediment despite careful decanting. Insignificant film of head and rapidly dwindling light lace. Heavy alcoholic caramel and cherry fruit aromas. Flavor takes its queue from the smell. Yeast and hops are at the foreground, giving way to diacetyl and touches of phenol in the center. Finishes with clean hops and fruit (tart lemons, sweet cherries). Very light and gently bubbly mouth feel. More refreshing than I expected at the onset. Tastes a bit overly phenolic overall.

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Photo of hopheadtony1
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy blond beer with a creamy with head. smells like farm ale, european hops and malty notes. Round in the mouth with long and worked bitterness. Good carbonation and easy drinkability. The aftertaste is bitter with sweet malt notes. Very good beer.

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De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
4.02 out of 5 based on 429 ratings.
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