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De Ranke Guldenberg | Brouwerij De Ranke

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De Ranke GuldenbergDe Ranke Guldenberg

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke

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.

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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 ZorPrime
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is yellow with some orange notes on the edges. Nice big foamy head. White and thick! The head sticks well to the glass. The aroma is intense. Fruity mainly with some yeast presence in the nose. On the taste, again its fruity with some hops in there for some kick. Very carbonated in the mouth. For a tripel this one drinks fast and so easy. Dangerous beer. Nicely balanced. A very nice tripel. Very dry finish too, wants to drink more!

A very nice beer.

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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.


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Photo of cvm4
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A - Pours cloudy golden with 2 finger white head. No lacing but tight carbonation bubbles.

S - Grassy and lemon zest at first. Followed by some earthy qualities and hops.

T - Bitter and musty yeast. Grassy/earthy/lemon in the background.

M - Drinks well, everything seems spot on. It's a dryer beer.

O - I know it says Belgian Triple Ale on the label, but this screams saison! I like saisons, so I like this.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is modest, creamy white and short-lived, and leaves a thin sheet on top of a hazy, honey-gold beer.

The aroma is bold and crisp, highly suggestive of white wine with a light barnyard funk.

Each sip brings a sharp, acidic bite that lingers while bitterness rolls over the palate. Other flavors include pear, peppery lemongrass and modest sourness.

This tripel is dry with a medium body and high carbonation. The texture is woolly, while the alcohol is well-tamed. A metallic astringency does hold it back.

I consumed this from a Rochefort chalice with food that cut the astringency.

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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 rapidsequence
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. A gift from Casey and Rob.

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow with a very pretty white head, good retention, and nice lacing.

Smell: Yeasty funk, dry light fruit and lemon. Spice and hops. Grassy, earthy. Smells quite a bit more like a saison than a tripel.

Taste: As with the smell, musty yeast and peppery spice. Grassy and earthy hops. Sweet light fruits and lemongrass. Dry. Little detectable alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: Much more of a strong saison than a tripel, but a damn good beer.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you would smell this beer with closed eyes you would say you were smelling a ...gueuze!

L: clear, dark gold colour, grand bubbles, ending in big mountains;
S: I smell bretts (!), dried yellow fruit, honey, apple, tiny tiny background of banana.
T: in line with the smell, but less to explore, bitterness of the hops;
M: a great combiner with a good dinner, lasting bitter aftertaste;
O: the bottle doesn't say this is a triple, if we have to call it a triple it is one of the most atypical; great brew!

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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 lacqueredmouse
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased for me by @LaitueGonflable for my birthday.

Pours a pleasant clear, deep golden colour, with a firm, frothed egg-white head. Lacing is streaking and persistent. Lots of fine bubbled carbonation which works its way through the light body in a very sprightly manner. A little suspended yeast sediment from a less-than-ideal pour.

Nose is dry and crisp, with some light spiciness, a touch of dried fruit and a wandering lilt of apple must. Slight candied lemon twinge to it. Very well integrated and very refined.

Taste is as you would expect, very light and bright but with subtle dry complexities. Dried apple on the front, with a spritzy, slightly zesty spice mid palate, followed by a surprisingly lengthy finish, giving white grape skin and a touch of pepper. Very little astringency or phenols, and the alcohol is almost unnoticeable. Feel is light, but very smooth and careful.

Really wonderful Tripel. Plenty of complexity, but smooth, enjoyable and supremely drinkable. Great beer.

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Photo of doopydoogle
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - slightly opaque straw with a creamy head that leaves significant lace

S - Biscuity yeast, honey, spices, caraway, caramel, toffee, malt, slight banana and melon, subtle alcohol

T - Delicious spicy malt with earthy tones but a pleasant floral character that mellows it out. Finish is surprisingly dry for the style with the alcohol coming out backed up with a slight bitter and some pleasant malt tones. Fresh bread, pears, bananas, and rye are also present, giving the beer a wonderful complexity.

M - Great carbonation and not too sticky for the style

O - A brilliant beer! For the style, it is subtle, complex, with not too much residual sugar. Seek it out!

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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 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 rudzud
2.72/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Armsby Abbey. Poured into a tulip.

A - Poured a clear golden hue with a one finger white head that left nice side lacing.

S - Really no nose on this one. Some slight belgian spices but thats it. Smells a little soapy too.

T - No banana, just belgian spices and such. Its a bit sweet, with a slight dark fruit aftertaste.

M - Flat and underwhelming. Yep, that sums it up.

O - Just..eh. De Ranke usually has good offerings but this one wasnt it for me. Super underwhelming.

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Photo of mj001jk
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy caramel-color with a crisp white head and lots of carbonation.

Fresh aromas with subtle tropical fruit like apricot and guava but with a dry and tart Belgian character. It smells vibrant and uplifting, like the morning dew forming over a bale of barley out in the fields.

Dry malts with a barnyard funk in the back of the throat that escapes up to the nose when I drink this. It quickly mellows out to some very subtle pineapple and grapefruit with a grassy dryness and yeasty crackers on the finish. It is an explosive beer because of the high and fine carbonation, and a considerable amount of "funk" but it adds just enough character to make it really interesting.

It is refreshing and highly drinkable, a beer that teeters on the border between liberally-hopped Tripels and Saisons.

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Photo of crossovert
2.97/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle.

IT pours a murky amber with a fizzy, foamy looking head. I'm not a huge fan of it and it doesn't leave much lacing.

The smell is typical, some dark fruits, dark candi sugar, and malt.

The flavor is decent. It seems to be a bit sweet and lacking though. This brewery has some good beers but this one isn't memorable.

Seems like an old-school tripel, it isn't like the lighter ones that I prefer.

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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 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 Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy golden yellow color, very nice fluffy looking head that left behind a scattered soapy looking lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer had some grain, and hints of herbs on the nose. It's also had a good amount of yeast too. The taste of the beer had a light floral flavor to it with some spices and a touch of fruity sweetness. The mouthfeel wasn't overly caronated but still had enough to keep me interested. Overall it was a good brew, I would probably try it again if the price was right.

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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 RuudJH
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian Abbaye tripel. One of the many, but this one came recommended at my local liquor store.
33 cl. bottle.

Orange golden colour, big soapy head, ok carbonation.
Smell of malt, bread, yeast, some citrus, clove, and a gardensmell too (flowers, herbs).
Taste yeasty too, with dominant balanced dry bitterness. Very strong flavour: herbs and flowers, not too much citric notes left.

Nice full body, full flavour. Smooth but with a spicy bite in the finish as well.
Complex tripel. One of the better ones in the category.
Recommended from me too.

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Photo of simonli625
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle from a friend as a birthday gift and tried it tonight and
really like it!

A: golden orange color with white head. A bit cloudy!

S: Fruity , sweet and yeasty. The smell is quite complex but not overwhelming.

T: It just have the right mix of bitterness and sweetness from the fruit. It
tastes quite earthy as well. The tastes is rich but not overpowering.

M: medium carbonation, after taste is a bit bitter.

O:It is definitely one of my favorite triple with the right amount of bitterness
and sweetness.and I definitely will get couple more bottles next time I am in
the shop.

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Photo of wo87810
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer in a 330ml bottle, date indicated that it had aged about 4 years since bottling. Yeasty, caramel aromas with a distinctive Belgian tripel feel.

Best tripel that I have had so far, it was rich and malty- almost chocolaty. Finished nicely.

I was not cognoscente of the acidity that other reviewers experienced, but maybe it was because of the age of the beer.

Overall, very pleased, will buy again and again.

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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 dasenebler
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl, best before November 2015, purchased in Belgium.

Gusher! Probably lost a good 5-10% of the beer, but oh well. Cloudy and effervescent straw-orange, with a clumpy head and great lacing.

The aroma is excellent, loads of floral citrus, orange rind and a dank earthiness. Lightly funky and tart, too.

The flavor is bitter and earthy, with a pretty noticeable alcoholic heat. Phenolic and rubbery yeast sensations. Notes of citrus rind and woody hops. Even though there's a trace of malt sweetness this is still a really dry Tripel. The mouthfeel has high carbonation, a tad too much for me, but it's soft and palatable.

Great stuff, definitely something I'd come back to.

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De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
4.02 out of 5 based on 428 ratings.
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