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 Eighty
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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Photo of gleemonger
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Archemedies
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of thebeers
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, bright gold, highly effervescent, with a massive yellow-tinted head that becomes quite airy and leaves heavy lacing.

Dry yeast, green apple skin, a hint of earthy wooden something or other in the nose.

Slight pear and apple sweetness, with a little cream and even some vanilla, up front in the taste. More earthy hop bitterness than I normally expect from a tripel on the backend. Mildly yeasty, semi-dry finish.

Light to medium bodied, with a little prickly carbonation and light smooth creaminess in the feel.

I don't like this much bitterness in a tripel, but it isn't bad. Expiration date of 11/03/20.

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Photo of Quafftastic
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 puck1225
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into snifter. A marvelous fluffy white head and great lacing tops a cloudy yellow gold. The smell is apples and pears. The taste is of these fruits along with vanilla, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. An excellent beer!

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Photo of Dzu
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 0.33 bottle into chalice.
L: Light amber color with awhite foam head.
S: Classical tripel aroma, belgian yaests, apples.
T: Waek bitterness, pears, apples.
F: Tight body and soft carbonation.
O: Very good example of tripel. Not sweet as many of them.

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Photo of Icemann383
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of weonfire
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of marburg
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sip 1: A bit cold. Hey, this is a good beer.

Sip 7: Wow, not bad. I forgot how much I loved these DeRanke guys.

Sip 16: Holy shit, this is awesome beer.

Big, fluffy gold beer with an equally fat head. Peering through the green bottle, one is struck by the fact that the stickiness of the head extends even back into the bottle, where a layer of ivory foam bubbled atop the beer. Lots of sweet, lemony, spicy, phenolic tripel flavor. Bouncy and vibrant, there's a good amount of mild citrus to match the yeasty qualities. Rounded off by a nice, organic bitterness. Reasonably dry despite its creamy tripel-ness. Amazingly drinkable. I shared a bit with some other BAs, but I could have had a few of the 750s before passing out with a big grin on my face.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of robear
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of drseamus
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured, as all my Belgians now are, into my Westy chalice. Body is a good bold amber color. The body is crystal clear save for some floaties left over from bottle conditioning. Carbonation is visible but there is just scattered lacing on the surface.

S: The aroma is great. The main body of the aroma has a white wine character with a bready character. There is honey and some weird spice in the background.

T: The taste is just like the aroma. Somehow I liked it more as the aroma though. It is pretty fairly spicy but I still can't place it. There is some apple and something that is a combination of bready and yeasty.

M: Fairly light bodied for a tripel.

D: Not a bad beer in the long run. I ended up drinking the entire beer before I even knew it.

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Photo of hayesjw
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hero27
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle.
Best consumed before April 2010.
8.5% abv

Pours a hazy golden-orange. Plenty of yeast sediment visible.
Soft flavors of orange, honey, & lemon meld with the yeast character & light graininess of the malt.
Alcohol is disguised very well, and this is as drinkable as most 4% pale ales, at double the abv.
This is an excellent Belgian tripel that I'd definitely recommend anyone trying. I need to find 750's of this, because one 11.2 oz is simply not enough...

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

Bottle at spuyten duyvil. This was immediately my first pick after seeing to my great sadness that they were out of BBB Babillard. Gentle light amber, small foamy white cover. Great enticing aroma, very flowery and spicy (rose petals, bubble gum, hay, grass, lemon, mango, sage, pepper). Saison-like (more in fact) refreshing citric acidity and bitterness. Citrusy hops, honey ish tender malt, absolutely rocking flavor balance. Incredibly soft body with studied throughout carbonation. Tasty art in a bottle. Okay, I’m a big fan of XX bitter and their kriek, so I love De Ranke and had high expectations from this one, but it is even better. De Ranke can do no wrong.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's nothing like a good-looking beer...and the Guldenberg really fits that mold. A bright and vibrant honey/gold/orange in color with a fizzy bright white head that just sits there, refusing to die off. Aromas are the requisite tripel with some bonus snappy hop notes. Flavor starts with all sorts of tripel flavors: yeasties, heavy malt sweetness, dark fruits, orange rinds. Finish sees a bit of warmth from the ABV and a sharper, hoppier/spicy finish. Lots of carbonation here. Another winner from De Ranke.

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Photo of CesarLopes
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of crookedhalo
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl wrapped cork and capped bottle. Pours a clouded golden amber with a thick, rocky off-white head. Delicate hops collide with a saison-like spicy yeast funk and bready, caramel-like malt in the nose. Kind of an odd tripel; remarkable, though. Nice spicy, hoppy character throughout with a malty backbone and a fruity yeast character. Very well carbonated and drinkable. I'm in love with De Ranke's line of beers, I've tried each of them a couple of times, and each time I gain a higher appreciation for them. Worth doing the legwork to find.

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De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
4.02 out of 5 based on 446 ratings.
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