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De Ranke Guldenberg | Brouwerij De Ranke

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding
238 Reviews
De Ranke GuldenbergDe Ranke Guldenberg
BEER INFO

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
Reviews:
238
Ratings:
421
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
12.94%
 
 
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Photo of axisjones
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a baby blue striped paper wrapped bottle.

A murky orange tinted gold with a massive foamy white head. Excellent lacing and clingy all the way down. From the bottle to the last drop, this is a beer that excels in presentation.

A light aroma for a Tripel. Lighty spicy and fruity, with a chill funk to it.

The taste is spicy with a phenolic character. There is a subtle fruitiness to it and some cloves as well. There is also a citric quality that is well balanced by the clean spicy hops. All elements are present, the yeast, malt and hops all interplay and lend unique characteristics. Overall the taste is subdued.

The drinkability is super high considering the abv. Super smooth, clean and well balanced are all characteristics of this beer. That 8.5 will sneak up on you.
A mighty fine beer and a Tripel that has its place among the others. The Tripel style is interesting in that while some beers rank much higher, different Tripels are appropriate for different situations. In this regard, this is a smooth, lighter Tripel that is highly quaffable with an excellent flavor.

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Photo of Bisho
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

The beer pours a hazy golden copper colour with a dense head that clings to the glass. Little bit of yeast sediment that floats on the top after the head settles.

Faint smell of malt, yeast, citrus and rather estery. I guess you could say a traditional Triple but more subtle.

Tastes like a Triple too which is a damn good thing! The hops, malt and phenols blend together so well that I want to keep gulping this one down. Alcohol becomes more prominent when the beer warms up as does the light hop bitterness and spice.

Mouthfeel is charming. Rather smooth and subtle for a Triple but has a nice bite to it at the finish!

If you drink this cold it goes down a treat but at room temperature it becomes like a normal triple - slightly heavy and warming thanks to the high ABV. I could drink quite a few either way!

You know you're drinking a triple but it's not in your face like a lot of them. I keep using the word "SUBTLE" but I think the word sums this one up perfectly.

My favourite beer from De Ranke

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Photo of digr
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an awesome billow white head into a large chalice with a golden slightly amber hue. Lots of carbonation makes this a fun and careful beer to pour. Lots of bubbles after the pour. Head dissipates after a few minutes but regenerates a bit due to continued bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

S - Smell is mild - slight fruity smell and a bit of yeasty tones followed by a mild hop aroma. More hop aroma than most tripels.

T - mmmm.. Taste is that of a classic clean tripel style - like an intensified version of the smell. Starts with a mild bitterness, then the clean pilsner malt flavor evolves as the beer warms in the mouth. Then the bready yeasty flavors as you swallow and a slight hop aroma and bitterness meld to finish fairly dry. No note of alcohol hotness despite the 8.5% ABV. There is more hoppiness than most tripel, but it works well.

M - Great mouth feel. Just enough to body to know you are drinking something special, but not heavy at all. Clean and not really sweet, only a tad.

D - For me I can drink a lot of this. I had it both in the bottle and on Tap. The body is light enough and the alcohol hidden well that I can put a number of these back. And then feel it the next day. But a very balanced beer despite being a tripel.

So yeah , I LOVE this beer. It is currently one of my favorite versions of the Tripel style, only bested by the Grandaddy Westmalle Tripel. It is a slight deviation with the added hop character, but a nice deviation indeed.

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Photo of Gamsy
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle. Pale yellow color witha nice, white head. Excellent tripel ale, with a nice aroma of hops and spices, also some pepper. A full flavor but also with a nice and dominant hop flavor that stays in the mouth for quite while. Willdefinitely drink this beer again.

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

11.2 oz bottle into Bavik glass at La Trappe in SF

A - Nice pour, two finger head, awesome retention, frothy, murky golden brew, lots of sediment

S - Hoppy, classic belgian blonde ale smell

T-M - Malty with heavy hop flavor; really good tasting blonde but a bit heavier, robust

D - Extremely drinkable. Could go for another, but willing for options

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

on tap at the blind tiger. this one poured with no head - which is not surprising since most of the beers that i had there came with no head...an orange yellow/pils malt color [a neighbouring drinker commented: "urine"]
the aroma was dry hoppiness, almost saisonlike with subtle spice, maybe corianderish...a bit more nose would have added to the brew, no doubt. but again, could have been due to the lack of head... the taste was certainly remarkable. a whole hop floweryness, dry, with a sweet lagered [garded] linger...estery dissipation...and i can't help but wonder if thiriez was modeled after this beer...because the similarities are obvious. dry bubbly floral candy in the mouth, semi full, with a high drinkability. was this one whole leaf dry hopped...ever so subtly?

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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 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 hopheadtony1
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy blond beer with a creamy with head. smells like farm ale, european hops and malty notes. Round in the mouth with long and worked bitterness. Good carbonation and easy drinkability. The aftertaste is bitter with sweet malt notes. Very good beer.

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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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Photo of Erbayd
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the many beers I picked up from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange honey-ish color with about 3/4 inch of dense white foam. Definitely less foam than you might expect from a beer like this

S: Yeasty and spicy, with notes of honey and caramel. Belgian yeast smells dominate but you can definitely make out some grassy and peppery scents as well.

T: Deep and complex. Nice hoppiness in the beginning followed by sweet apricot and strong honey flavors. Slightly dry finish.

M: Definitely on the heavier side, with a balanced amount of carbonation

O: The second beer I've had from De Ranke, and definitely one I'll go back to! It's pretty different from any other tripels that I've had before, so I appreciate that.

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Photo of IDrinkAllot
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Guldenberg's most remarkable quality is its appearance. It has a gold cloudy body with a beautiful head and just the right amount of carbonation from an aesthetic point of view. It is a simply picture perfect beer. The aroma is subdued with a nice balance of wheat and malt. The mouth feel is relatively light and it is expectational drinkable which at 8.5% make this a very dangerous beer. The other major selling point for me is that this beer has a little more hop's then your usual Belgian which helps to cut the sweetness of this beer giving it an unreal level of drinkability for a Belgian.

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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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De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
90 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.
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