De Ranke Guldenberg | Brouwerij De Ranke

De Ranke GuldenbergDe Ranke Guldenberg
BA SCORE
83.8%
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4.01 w/ 451 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
Ranking:
#3,726
Reviews:
247
Ratings:
451
Liked:
378
Avg:
4.01/5
pDev:
9.73%
Alströms:
4.18
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
53
Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy hazy orange, with foam pouring insistantly from the first half of the bottle. NIce triple with spices and easy full mouthfeel. Wewll hopped. Hammering alcohol. Thank you very much Phyl21ca. Now for a series of sampling this brewery. Yeast, malt, and orange.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%

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 GRG1313
2.45/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

(2008 Bottling - tasted Feb. 2011) I only review this beer since it was purchased in 2011 off the shelf of a reputable store. Small bottle format.

Dark orange amber with no head worth noting.

Nose is stale/oxidized carmel but with hints and underlying toffee/carmel; Mouthfeel is very thin and watery.

Flavors are light sugary and thin. Thin brown sugar character. Some burnt grain, coffee, sherry character but I suspect this is a reason why not to age beer. Light bitter coffee finish.

This one was on the shelf and purchased in 2011. Will try it again fresher and perhaps in the larger bottle format.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

less common than it should be, this is somewhat of a classic in the style, although i think quite distinct from many of its peers. its not all the way clear, but light in appearance from the tap, with a good inch of lasting white head on it, looks like a belgian. aroma is at first cloying, but it opens into rock candy, green apple, light spices, white wine, and bubblegum esters, clearly yeast driven and rather complex. the flavor has a little oxidation or staleness to it, so few of these european imports even make it to market tasting all the way fresh, but the distraction for me is minimal. huge yeast complexion, green banana, sweet dessert white wine, honey, and then out of nowhere an old school bittering hop that makes the sugar, and with it the normal trajectory of the style, halt in its tracks. the hops are soft and grassy and dried and sort of aged tasting, but their presence in this beer is well above what i have seen from other belgian brewers before. i really like what the hops do for the feel and the finish. this is really nicely carbonated and seems almost clean by the end. i also really like the alcohol coming in where it does, i can have one or two at this strength, where when they push above 9% abv i am often intimidated to do so. really distinctive and i think in some was underappreciated beer. this is just really quality tripel!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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 BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely amazed by what this bottle contains- if a floral and dry Tripel is your thing; or if stronger, fruitier Saisons suit your fancy, you'll love this beer.

The pour brings a very spirited and froathy strong straw/medium gold colored ale with medium haze. A combination of loosely knit bubbles with desnse creame lead to a creamy appearance with great retention and lacing.

Very floral with German Saaz or similar hops with a deep floral boquet of honey suckle, even fruity tones. Lemony, spicy, and confection notes round out the complex and delicate scents.

Early fruitiness from yeasty esters and floral hops start the delicate mix. But soon enough, the lemons, apples, pears, and tropical fruits take hold and begin to balance against the white pepper, orange zest, and corriander-like spiciness. Growing in intensity the fruity/spicy balance elevates into a powerful taste of drying alcohol, hops, and spice that overtake the fruits in the finish.

Creamy and soft early, the beer turns spicy, dry and effervescent in the finish. Seemingly evaporative and powdered sugar sweet and soft at the same time.

This beer has the strength in flavor and alcohol as a Tripel but the balance, spice, and dryness borrows a lot from the Saison styles. Delcious, challenging, and ultimatley pleasurable throughout.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, paper wrapped, with 'Abbey Beer' the only outward indicator of style parameters, and 8% ABV.

This beer 'pours' as a messy, volcanic eruption at first go, more thinly foamy bubbles than liquid. After a swift cleanup, and subsequent titration approach, I'm presented with a cloudy, sediment-specked, bright medium golden hue, with a good three fingers of sudsy off-white head, which settles amazingly quickly when at rest, leaving some hasty remnants of chunky lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy and wheaty malt, sharp lemon and orange rind citrus, verdant yeast, white pepper, and a simmering booze warmth. The taste is warm, peppery yeast, grainy malt, earthy muddled lemon, and some musty and somewhat gamey, uh, hops, I suppose.

The carbonation is decidedly tame, after its initial, and persistent, sink necessitating outbursts, the body a fleeting middleweight, with a generally agreeable smoothness. It finishes sweetly grainy, a portion of that likely due to the deftly assimilated alcohol, with a somewhat prickly leafy hoppiness, wilting lemon tartness, and softened earthy yeast notes meekly offering counterbalance.

A decent enough Tripel, one actually less boozy than the norm, a fact stumbled over whilst determining just the right amount of moral outrage to target at an admittedly bottle conditioned offering - how much is too much? Anyway, this is a pretty hefty contender, taste-wise - the usual aforementioned booze replaced by a sensible dose of hop and yeast zinginess. All right by me, though I still have to wipe down the sink - through which very, very little of this beer actually passed, I must state for the record.

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Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2002 vintage.

A loud pop once uncorked, then a golden, foamy pour.

Hazy orange, deep caramel color. Minor suspended particles float about, slowly making their way to the bottom of the glass. Iceberg of foam crowns the remnants inside the bottle.

Sweet butterscotch, herbs, spicy pepper, and well water are present in the aroma.

Flavors are intertwined with the smell. Pepper, butterscotch, herbs, and stony well water cameo on the palate. Not overly sweet like many tripels. Very balanced and highly drinkable. Ultra smooth mouthfeel makes this a dream to sip. One bottle disappeared easily, recommend having several on hand.

Edit: After tasting a more recent bottle last night, there is a higher degree of sweetness to this than the first bottle. While it is exceptionally balanced, a whole bottle would best be shared. So .5 less for drinkability and taste.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.89/5  rDev -3%
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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3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 11/20/2016. Pours hazy and cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, peach, pear, grape, orange, pineapple, floral, pepper, grass, honey, clove, candi sugar, bread, and herbal earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and big complexity of fruitiness with malt and spicy esters. Taste of big lemon, pear, peach, orange, apple, floral, pepper, clove, honey, grass, bread, candi sugar, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, floral, pepper, honey, candi sugar, bread, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible balance and complexity of fruitiness with peppery esters; with good malt balance and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is excellent. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a world class tripel! Amazing balance and complexity of fruitiness with spicy esters; and extremely smooth to sip on. This is just insanely delicious, I hope I can find this again in the future.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the tulip glass a deep hazy orange with a big rocky white head that leaves globs of lace as it settles into creamy-like top,major phenols in the nose spicey and lightly smokey with a lemon undertone.Pretty sweet in my mind for the style but very flavorful big honey notes over clove and overipe pineapple and lemon with the alcohol burn becoming more noticable as the beer warms a little.I notice maybe a light herbal/minty element in the finish making for a drier finish,a big flavorful triple a little different than some but quite nice.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very impressive head that leaves abundant, chunky lace on the glass. Yellow, gold color with a tinge of green. Very cloudy.

Mild earthy aromas. There's a hint of citrus in the background. Strong alcohol smell.

Prickly and spicy with a light effervescent finish. Light body given the style, although it also smooth on the tongue and throat. The aftertaste is hoppy bitterness without the bite. The alcohol is masked by the full flavors, showing up only in the swallow.

This is a deceptively easy beer to drink. Initially, it comes across strong but it mellows quickly.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 83.8% out of 100 with 451 ratings
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