De Ranke Guldenberg | Brouwerij De Ranke

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89
very good
447 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:
447
Reviews:
247
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.7%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
52
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Jredner
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spicy aroma with some malt underneath. Belgian ales are all beautiful. This one is a cloudy washed out brown with a huge fluffy head. Spicy fore with a bubble gum/sugar mid taste that finishes with a lavender/floral finish. Fun to drink and interesting flavor palate. Thanks to Firemoose for this fine specimen.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330ml Bottle (£2.89 from Beers of Europe website):
Orange amber with a finger-sized, bubbly white head that is a solid white colour and settles as a fine, patchy lacing on the surface.

Yeast with touches of spice and a light sourness with light fruits that include some pears, apple and a hint of citrus. The beer seems quite lively on the nose with some further fruits, a little bit of banana and some more spice as well and a few hops towards the end to round things off with.

Spice and yeast to start off with along with some fruits typical of the style; some apple, pear and grapes as well. There is some citrus flavours and a touch of sweetness that follows along with some subtle hops and some floral notes.

Smooth and quite dry with a slightly spicy and sweet mouthfeel that goes down easy with the alcohol content pretty well hidden. The body is a light medium and there is a noticeable carbonation to the beer although its not gassy or overdone.

This one was a slight disappointment when compared to the high standards set by previous Belgian strong ales that I've tried over the past few years and I was definitely expecting a lot more from this one. Whilst not a bad beer it wasn't one I particularly enjoyed, nor one I'd pick up again sadly.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at The Sovereign in DC. I thought this tripel was lacking all around. No spice, phenolics or even yeast flavors. No complexity at all. It was cloudy and had a minimal head.

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle with drink by date of June, 2009
According to the label, that means this was bottled in June, 2004.

Smell is average, alcohol, peppery smell, very faint hint of something like a sour grape.

Taste is pretty smooth, considering the ABV. Hints of bready sour mash come to mind. The sourness is very faint, but then again, its very noticable. No where near a Flemish taste though. A little hot in the upfront taste, but it quickly goes away as soon as the sweet sugary malt washes the tongue.

Overall, a decent Tripel, nothing to write home about, but I had no complaints about finishing this one.

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Photo of markbatonrouge
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As Belgium abby-style ales go, this is just an ok beer. I love the style, so the competition is tough, in my mind, and maybe my expectations for it were too high. I'll try this beer again sometime, but it's not competitive with most abby-style beligans.

appearance: cloudy beige/gold/yellow.

smell: -- its strong suit -- fresh figs, other mild fruitiness, some malts.

taste: it just didn't have the big belgian-fruit-yeast flavor that is so great in most beers in this style.

drinkability: certainly good-enough, just not what I was expecting or hoping for.

This is the second De Ranke beer I've tried lately, and, while both were interesting, neither knocked my socks off. They have enough gravity/alcohol that the base should be good, but the flavors didn't come together well enough. I'll have to try to again sometime. ;-)

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Photo of asabreed
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle into a wine glass. "Enjoy Before" date notched between March/April and 07/08. Not sure if that's '07 or '08, but either way, I'm passed. Still, at 8.5% this should hold up I'd hope.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden yellow, minimal carbonation and lacing and retention.

Smell: More of a roasted malt aroma with mild fruit and sourness, without the natural Tripel aromas I was hoping for. Still interesting and above average, but for a Tripel? Weird.

Taste: Again, roasted malt characteristics, mild fruit and sourness, but mostly roasted malt and some sweetness with fruit, and hard to discern single flavors. Still above average and balanced, especially judging by the beer and not strictly the style.

Mouthfeel: A bit less carbonation that I wanted, and slightly cloying without taking too much away from the beer.

Drinkability: Like the Tripel I reviewed before, I'm again surprised at this, hoping they'd both get better. There was nothing on the cap, and everything seemed fine, so I'm not sure what was up. Maybe I should try one fresh, but assuming this is the brew, it was certainly not very impressive at all, and there are a bunch I can think of off the top of my head I'd rather try again than try this.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/1/08. Bottle, bottled 12/2007. Pours a cloudy light orange with a huge, thick, foamy and creamy white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of skunk and stale wheat. Flavor of stale wheat initially with some light spices, light fruits, sweetness, yeast, bread, mustiness. Light mouthfeel, spritzy. I suspect this may have been a damaged bottle (I've had it on tap as well and it wasn't skunky/stale wheaty at all), but it did improve as it warmed and I think I made a fair assessment of it.
6/4/8/4/15 (3.7/5)

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Photo of cjgator3
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a chalice. The aroma is sweet malt, ripe fresh fruits, honey, spices, yeast and a touch of earthy hops. The taste is very sweet and malty up front, with some spices, honey and an earthy hop finish. This is one of the sweeter tasting tripels I have tried, and I find the honey-like sweetness to be a little much at times. I am not a huge fan of the tripel style, but this is one of the few that I wouldn't mind exploring again. Overall, this is another good beer from De Ranke that is recommended.

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Photo of Paddez
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange brew with a nice white head. Smells of hops, spices; roasty malts and barnyard.
Taste is also spicy and hoppy. Plenty of Barnyard funk going around here too. Finishes dry and bitter with plenty of hints to the relatively high ABV. I found quite some similarities with XX Bitter.
Mouthfeel is good. Relatively smooth. Drinkability isn't all that great considering the intense bitterness and traceable notes of alcohol.

It's an okay tripel but I'm not a big fan of the horsy barnyard aspects. The alcoholic aspect wasn't very likable either. I'll pass fot this one in the future and take a Westmalle, Carolus or Karmeliet instead.

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Photo of ordybill
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 OZ bottle into a tulip glass. The aroma is alcohol and faint fruit. The taste is strong with alcohol. The bottle cap is a dull gold color.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of crosenkrantz
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of crhea89
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of foogerd
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Yellow hazy body with a nice sized cushy head and lacing.

S- Lots of fruitiness almost like pink bubblegum, yeast and some spice and malty aroma.

T- Light fruity flavors and malty sugars, but spicy hops and phenols make a presence more on the palette than the nose. Some sips were absloutely deliciously malty and sweet with some spice others were full of bitter phenols that I did not enjoy.

M- Rich and creamy mouthfeel.

D- Abv is pretty well hidden, and if you dont mind phenols in your tripel this is a great brew for you, otherwise there are plenty of great tripels to be had.

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Photo of frosted33
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of bruindre
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of schnarr84
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of SmashPants
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: standard brown 330mL bottle, pretty boring old school Belgian label.

Appearance: pours bright orange with small floaties, limited carbonation. A one-finger white head drops to a thick cap. Decent lacing.

Aroma: Belgian yeasts as expected, with some citrus and an earthy, bitter quality. Interesting.

Taste: unusually heavily spiced and floral for a tripel, but the Belgian yeasts and earthen characteristics are there too. Overall not mind-blowing, but a good and different version of the tripel.

Aftertaste: the earth carries through as does the grassy hops, with a smidge of yeast.

Mouth feel: medium in weight with a slightly higer, prickly carbonation.

Overall: seems somewhat different to the 'normal' tripel style, but doesn't suffer for it - just a bit different. I'm pretty certain it ain't worth the AU$130+ per case price, but hey - one every now and then won't hurt.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a large, fading head.
Nose shows spicy phenols and hops alongside doughy yeast and some floral notes. A bit different. As in weird different.
Similar flavours; there’s some light malt, spicy, green hops and a fair bit of lemon.
Could use a bit more carbonation.

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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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De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
4.02 out of 5 based on 447 ratings.
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