De Ranke Guldenberg | Brouwerij De Ranke

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De Ranke GuldenbergDe Ranke Guldenberg
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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke
Belgium | website

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
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239
Ratings:
424
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
12.94%
 
 
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Photo of SwillBilly
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into my St Bernardus chalice.

Appearance: A cloudy, semi dark amber. Tight, 1/2 inch head dissipates rather quickly leacing minimal lacing on the chalice.

Smell: Fruity and sweet malts. Hints of caramel, apricots and sweet like raisin bread.

Taste: Initially somewhat sweet and malty giving way to a middle that has little flavor. Finishes with somewhat dry and a little alcoholic. Warms the belly.

Mouthfeel: Little carbonation, somewhat creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: Pretty decent tripel but doesn't really stand out. Rather easy to drink but alcohol could be a factor. Worth trying but their are others that are better.

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Photo of stevoj
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very smooth version of this beer. Hazy pale golden with smallish head, lots of hay, meadow and grass aromas, which carry over to the taste. All around pleasant brew and good introduction to the style.

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Photo of mjc410
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottled sometime between March and July of 2004, according to the label's notches.

The pour into my Westy chalice raised virtually no head, only a glass ring and a few sparse surface bubbles. Noticeable sediment is lacking, even after pouring out the whole bottle. It seems to have stuck to the bottle. The beer is a translucent amber gold. The nose has a bit of mint, pepper, and sugar in it. Perhaps a sour apple scent, too. Very odd, but nice, sort of. The taste certainly hides its alcohol well. But it is definitely beyond me to describe on my own. It has a delicate flavor, with some light fruitiness. Another reviewer mentioned citrus, and for some reason this beer now tastes like clementines and peach. Its subtle flavor is really growing on me. The mouth is medium, with very fine but tingly carbonation. Very nice here. This beer would be awesome with a fruit salad, I think. Anything heavy would overwhelm it.

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Photo of safaricook
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden, lots of fine bubbles, white fine fast setting head
Very spicy, phenolic, green apple, some malts and booze
Very spicy and dry, white pepper, little booze
effervescent, refreshing, a bit biting, smoother when yeast is poured
Tripel that is expressively phenolic and peppery, in my opinion this too much

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Photo of drpimento
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was from a small bottle aged about a year. Poured with a pretty big head that soon settled downt to a small covering. No lace. Color is a very hazy ( I poured in the yeast sediment - so no surprise there) brownish amber. Nose is fruity, yeasty, a bit hoppy, sweet, malty, and spicy. Flavor I picked up the yeast right away followed with the malt, hops, a bit of juniper, fruit, and bittersweet. Nice aftertaste. Good body.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Tulip

Pours a massive, clean white head of medium to large-sized bubbles, which lasts for over two minutes, gradually falling to a thin cap atop the beer. Lacing is very good, with wave-like washes remaining around the entire inside of the glass. The body is a light copper-yellow color, transparent, with light bringing out golden yellow hues. Carbonation is very vigorous and quite substantial in its frenetic rise from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is of pale malt sweetness, dried hay, baked pears, and slight lemon rind with floral qualities. The scents are fairly clean and crisp, relative to other tripels that have a heavier, yeasty side to them.

The flavor composition of this beer is of light pale male sweetness, yeast, and fruity esters, with stronger European hop bitterness that lends a slightly woodsy contribution. Front of palate has pale malt sweetness, Belgian yeast, slight dried grass and dried apple and pear esters. Mid-palate finds continued sweetness and yeast characters, along with more pronounced fruit esters of apple and pear, hints of lemon rind, clove, and minor spicy ethanol, all with a pleasant, clean, European hop bitterness. Back of palate finds peppery, spicy phenols and ethanol with solid, clean, European hop bitterness, and mild fruit esters. Aftertaste is primarily of a strong lingering bitterness, with some residual pale malt sweetness, white bread, and light candi sugar.

Beer is of medium weight in the body, with carbonation leavels of medium intensity, resulting in a beer that foams up slightly on the palate, making it smooth and rather easy on the palate. Ethanol can be felt on the back of the throat and in the nostrils, but only slightly, not nearly as obvious as in Westmalle's. Closes quite dry, almost some astringent with the bitter hops; slight stickiness on the palate.

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Photo of atlason
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into tasting glass.

A: Gold, slight haze. Small pretty head with great lacing -- full and delicate.

S: Delicate piney hops.

T: Aggressie piney hops -- errs on the bitter side. Light malts, slight fruite --- white grapes.

M: Medium attenuation and carbonation, fine drinkability.

Reviewed from notes.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

Expires 2/7/18. ABV is 8% per the label.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen floating in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, spice, yeast, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with spice, yeast, funk, and slight fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of funk bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of earthy qualities in the aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Hazy golden-orange body with 2 fingers of glittery, big-bubbled, fluffy head that falls within a minute or so to a thick collar & a floating island of foam. Spotty strands of lacing.

Apples & spicy Belgian yeast notes dominate the smell, along with a fruity, champagne-like character that kinda tickles the nose. Can pick up the alcohol in the smell.

Taste is malt-forward, with a slight caramel apple twist. Nutmeg & just a touch of cinnamon show up, too. Dries out in the middle & ends that way, with a tiny sweet upturn like white grape juice. Booze plays a decent part.

Medium-full-bodied, foams up nicely, with a little heat from booze. Slightly sticky in aftertaste, coagulating.

Not bad, nothing real special about this one. The sweetness & alcohol get a little heavy, & there's not a lot of "spring" to it, I guess. Decent enough, but I don't see myself seeking this one out.

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Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - A peppery yeast aroma with notes of pineapple, pear, black pepper, and anise. Some biscuity malt in the background with musty hops.

T - Soft malt and pungent yeast up front, pepper, pear, and a light note of vanilla. Some musty hop notes in the middle with a brief hint of pineapple that reminds me of a saison. Finishes with an increasingly strong hop character that is herbal and musty. Moderate bitterness helps to balance out the slightly sweet malt finish and the flavor of the yeast and hops lingers in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - The musty hops play a significant role in the aroma and especially in the flavor of this beer. This strikes me as a bit unusual for the style as the hops taste more British than continental, but they are necisary to balance the significantly sweet malt. There is also a pungent and somewhat unrestrained yeast character that has notes of tropical fruit that go beyond the pear that you commonly see in a tripel and bring out some notes of pineapple and guava. In many ways, this reminds me more of a high alcohol saison than a tripel, but such is the nature of Belgian beer and the difficulty of assigning them to styles. A nice beer, but nothing I would go to the trouble of seeking out again considering its relative rarity and price.

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Photo of Jermbrew
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml into my triple chalice. Hazy dull amber with a strong foamy head. This ale looks smooth and inviting, dangerous for a tripel.

Slight fruity aroma but nothing stands out here. The taste is somewhat nutty accompanied by a little spicy kick. It's a pleasant taste and well balanced so alcohol is not overpowering. I enjoy the sweet malty aftertaste plus the dry bite at the end. Spearminty.

The mouthfeel is perfect for this style. The liquid evenly coats the inside of the mouth before gradually fading away. Drinkibility would be higher, but it may be too drinkable for a tripel....going too fast. I will have this one again.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Source, Serving: Draft, 33cl @ Trappist

Smell: Lively citrus, honey, yeast and cider, apple soda notes. A pinch of nutmeg/coriander spice. All blend together with nothing dominating. Oddly reminiscent of a zesty italian spritzer.

Taste: Much deeper, darker fruit than you get in the nose. Citrus oil and prominent caramel/honey malts come through at first and have an unusual depth which my guess is due to some barely perceptible citrusy hop oilyness and bitterness. Definitely different than the refreshing, lively nature of the nose. In the middle its quite hoppy (mostly grassy) but has enough cariander/nutmeg and belgian yeastyness to keep it interesting. Overall the flavors are quite smooth but slightly muted. Finish is oily, citrus and pine notes, resinous and caramelly, a pinch of alcohol as it warms, but doesn't last long. Fairly high carbonation.

Notes: A bit like a mildly hopped IPA that allows the hops to come through but has a big helping of belgian yeast and spiciness. The citrusy notes on the nose and citrus oil flavors do make it more blond ale than triple though.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours goldenrod with a small white head, some nice Belgian lace.

S: Apples, esters, with a fair amount of hops.

T: Has a requisite Belgian pale malt with esters, but gets very hoppy and earthy, bordering on saison but really like a Belgian IPA. Reminds me of De Ranke Bitter, but the higher FG helps to smooth out the hop notes.

M: Very smooth, medium-bodied. Elegant on the palate, spritzy at times.

D: Definitely one of the hoppier tripels I've ever had, the American influence is clear. In the end an enjoyable beer but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 750ml corked and capped bottle. Pour a hazy bright golden orange color with a pretty pure white head; which slowly dissipated leaving a wall of lace. The smell is of dry champagne grapes and light Belgian yeast. A bit funky and tart. The taste is of dry grapes, honey, earthy and tart yeast, some corriander and white pepper; perhaps some orange peel. The feel is light and overly fizzy; definitely has champagne characteristics. Finishes on the dry & tart side. Overall a fine Belgian pale ale, however I'm not sure if it ranks up there with the top tier tripels. This is perhaps the most dry and tart tripel that I have had. It looks the part but lacks the complexity.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear yellowish orange in color with a short 1/2" head that lingers a bit. Some spotty lace develops during the session.

Smell: grass, yeast, and some spiciness comes through to the nose.

Taste: nice bready malt profile with yeast, grass, green grapes, and some softer spicy tones. Alcohol is mildly noticable and there is an overall dryness to this beer.

Mouthfeel: crisp and lightly dry throughout. Very short-lived aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: nice solid tripel that is a pleasure to consume, except ther is probably a two to three glass limit on this one over a session.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper-orange color with a thick white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is yeasty, hebal, and peppery with a light malt background. The flavor is malty, spicy....peppery, with candi sugars and a light fruitiness. Alcohol is present in the flavor as well. It is full in body and warming with a drying finish. A decent Belgian brew, nice and warming.

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Photo of brendan13
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 330ml bottle into a goblet a hazy dark golden colour with a 2 centimetre dense white head that hangs around for a fair while.
S - A light, honey sweetness with some apple & citrus fruit touches & a phenolic spiciness.
T - Honey sweet, some dry bready malt character & slighty nutty. Some apple & peach fruitiness & a fair whack of spicy phenols.
M - Smooth creamy light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation higher side of medium.
D - A very tasty, highly drinkable Tripel. Something I can see myself drinking again.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as a cloudy straw color.
A satisfying but short lived head appeared that after a few minutes receeded to the beer surface yet left 3-dimensional foam cluster lacing on it's return from whence it came.

The nose was rather non-descript. I had hoped for notes of the bucolic yeast-- and if it was special-- I could be transported to some rural outpost in Belgium (is there any part of Belgium that's truly rural?) where the hops are grown and farmers brew their own beer. No such luck. Some slight notes of hops with a minor underpinning of yeast of some sort.

Flavor-- I had hoped for a bit more of everything yet as an abbey ale it's perhaps on the "money". Flavor produced a light bitter start with developing intonations of yeast signatures and sort of that bucolic nirvana I'm in search of with this styles and those related.
Nevertheless I had hoped for a louder less veiled portrayal of the Abbey Ale experience.

Finsh produced a clean ending with the song of hops lingering on my pallet.

Drinkability was there -- I could put down a few pints without tiring of it's flavor.. it's not a particularly robust experience but statsifying.

Mouthfeel- corial, but nothing that makes me sit up and take notice.

Over all I'd call this beer a rather veiled perhaps non-descript beer. It meets its challenges competently but nothing that makes me remember it next time I'm browsing my fave store's shelves.

Regardless, 11.2fl oz just went down the hatch and being Xmas day, I'd gladly reach for another botte.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy orangy color ale with a huge head with perfect retention. Aroma is quite funky with the yeast signature readily noticeable. Carbonation is good and body is quite full. Taste is dominated by the yeast at the beginning and then some spices, which are hard to distinguish with a funky finish. Another fine funky gem from de Ranke.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden with a large white uneven soapy head that leaves almost no lacings.

S: Yeast and coriander. Sweet malt. Spicy. Fruity, mostly ripe peacheas, oranges and red apples.

T: Kind of acidic at first. Dry malt with lots of frutis in the back (same as in the smell). Yeast and spices; coriander.

M: Low carbonated with a medium body. Aftertaste is short and sour.

O: A Tripel is always a Tripel, this one was nice but a bit too acidic for my taste.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, shared with a friend

A- In between golden and orange, quite hazy. Perfect dense white head that goes down progressilvely, still leaving a minimal covering in the end. Moderate lacing on the sides of the glass

S- Earthy yeast aroma, with a light herbal touch from the hops on the back of things. Really nice and pretty strong fruity notes also showing up (pear, apple, slight citrus)

T- Sweet delicate malts, with honey in evidence and slight caramel. Than a nice amount of background flavours: a herbal earthyness that reminds of a saison; quite distinct fruity notes as the smell suggested (pear, citrus); a slight alcoholic spiciness. Finishes with a touch of herbal bitterness

M- Medium body with medium to high carbonation. Still nicely soft and on both tongue and palate, thank to the everlasting head which brings a nice creamy feel

O- Nice flavours and complexity, maybe a bit too raw, expecially in the afteraste, which has a strong earthy/yeasty feel. Not so much of an easy drinker

Listed as a tripel, though i would sure say this is a saison on blind tasting

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Photo of sweemzander
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip
(A)- Pours a hazed goldenrod yellow color. Produced a nice cap of white froth with good retention and lacing
(S)- Absolutely bone dry. Hints of a yeasty hay, biscuit, and lemon peel; quite earthy
(T)- Quite similar to the smell. Bone dry with dense yeast and earthy hay. A few subtle apple-like flavors poke through but otherwise very dry and yeast driven
(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Earthy, dry, and not quite bitter. Again, heavy yeast components
(O)- Overall, quite nice. Not sure on the bottles age, but I like the earthiness that carries through in this

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Photo of Kraken
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from corked and caged 750ml bottle into 20oz pint glass. This is odd bottle, comes with both a cap and cork. Pours a wonderful straw color, with a 4 finger thick billious head. Head eventually diminishes leaving a heavy lace. Smells of candy sugars and Belgian yeasts. Taste is wonderful, ever so slight sweetness, fruity esters, light hop bitterness in the finish. Slight dry finish. Nice mouth feel not to thin. Very nice smooth drinking beer.

***Note- The first serving of this beer was a little cold, I would have scored taste higher.

This really is a nice beer that deserves a shot if you can find it.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a mid burnt amber shade, topped by three large fingers of off white head with great retention. Chunky lacing follows. Body is alive and cloudy.

S - Light floral hops, acidic apple skin and yeast.

T - Quite bready, rye and other grain, a slightly citric hop bitterness with some distant dried fruit tucked in there.

M - Full body, medium carbonation, no heat.

O - Nicely balanced tripel, abv well hidden.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small brown 11.2oz brown bottle. Generous Best Before date of Sept. 08.
It pours a foggy caramel amber with a medium-sized off-white head and a few wisps of lace.
A healthy barn-like smell blends with an aroma of dried malt and hint of alcohol.
The body, while substantial, is lighter than I expected. A dried malt and cut dry hay taste is noticeable a lightly sweetened caramel taste is in the background.
A sharp, edgy tart bitterness and lemon sourness are seasoned with a peppery spice. A slight phenol piney taste lingers in the background, while a mild vodka-like alcohol fuminess adds a bit of warmth. This brew improves throughout.

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De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
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