De Ranke Guldenberg | Brouwerij De Ranke

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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:
239
Ratings:
424
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
12.94%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
47
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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Bayou in SLC.

Pours a nice cloudy dark yellow golden color, nice carbonation, little fizzy white head, some snall islands, and some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, and some spice. The taste is malty, yeasty, slightly spice, with some citrus notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, recommended.

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

Musty cork aromas waft from my glass as I pour this beer, it reminds me of a moist cellar. The beer is a hazy orange-gold color and it topped by a light tan head. The carbonation is moderate, neither over the top, nor anemic in quantity. As I stick my schnozz into my glass I get some notes of funky farmhouse cheese, as well as a hint of fruity pear aromas. Quite soft, tastes a bit like a Tripel. Some nice soft fruitiness, with pear being the most apparent. Quite a bit cleaner than I was expecting, I was hoping for a bit more complexity out of this brew. As it warms up a bit the fruitiness starts to come to the fore, along with the pear I also get notes of apple. Some slight spiciness is in the fore front of this beer as well; cinnamon, ginger, and clove, and a rather solid vanilla note in the finish. This beer is fairly light, and as it warms up the complexity that I was looking for starts to show up. I am really enjoying this beer right now, though it really needs to be warmed up to maximize its enjoyability.

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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 tone77
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Despite zero agitation, this beer can gushing out of the bottle upon opening, resulting with a bronze color and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of yeast, fruits. Taste is apples, vinegar, some barnyard qualities. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this beer was a disappointment.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Up-date: had a 75cl bottle on 8th August 2012. Loved it, could easily up every score but am leaving it as it is.

33cl Brown bottle, best before Feb 2014, drank during one of my 'random beer tasting evenings' in Aug 2010.

The bottle was poured into a 'Hoegaarden Grand Cru' stemmed tulip, slowly to keep as much sediment as possible in the bottle.

Dull hazy orange hue to the body, maybe some sediment got out the bottle afterall. The head was small and white coloured.

The smell was of honey melon and oranges, with raw sugerbeet and alcohol esters for fair measure.

The orange thoughts from the appearance and aroma stayed with me into the taste, so orange flavours could be detected, not so sweet as the aroma though, other citrus notes come to play suggesting bitterness and as the mouth drys a hop bitterness takes over the final hurdle of the palate.

Very, very drinkable and something I'll endevour to have again.

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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 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 weeare138
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, medium toned gold with a fluffy, white, 2 finger head of foam that fades to a gentle cap. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of mildly tart apple, fresh grain, subtle oak, vanilla, fresh dough, lemongrass, and citrus.
Taste is of the aromas with notes of apple pie and a touch of pair.
Mouthfeel is ligt-medium bodied with a light sweetness up front and hints of tartness and bitters rounding it out. There is a light grassiness detected but it is subtle and hardly detracts from the overall enjoyability.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a white, two finger-head that goes slowly leaving some lace, pour slowly. Some yeast left in bottle. Cloudy pale, amber color. Very good carbonation. Medium bodied. Nose is fruity and spicey. Starts smooth and sweet, finishes mellow, the high ABV is not noticeable. Mislabeled - 330ml and 8.5% Abv on label actually the paper wrap has 8.0% ABV and $8.80 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

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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 corby112
2.45/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a golden orange-amber color with tangerine edges and a half finger white head that quickly settles into a very thin ring.  Minimal lacing.

Sweet, slightly hoppy aroma with zesty spice, estery light fruit notes, pale malt and boozy sweetness.  Hints of pepper and alcohol followed by apricot, apple and pear.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with subtle earthy hops countered by a sweet floral presence, light fruits, zesty spice and sweet boozy heat.  Some dry bitterness followed by pepper and coriander spice, apricot and apple before a rush of overly sweet booze comes in.  Kind of all over the place, thin bodied, overly spicy and harshly boozy.  I used to think that this was a great beer but I'm not much of a fan anymore.

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

Triple Belgian abbey 8.5%.

A: Pours a dark orange color with a big frothy white head. Dark and hazy.

S: Spicy dried fruit on nose.

T: Dried dark fruit, some burbon alcohol notes, and warm sour oranges for flavor. Theres some burbon cask notes with a distinct woody flavor and a wine like texture. Overall a very good triple with some dark fruit character and a dry warming alcohol finish.

M: Spritzy mouthful with moderate carbonation.

D: warming, with dried fruit makes this an enjoyable experience.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a good frothy head on top of a slightly cloudy orange body that retains the head and lace forever. A classic smell of oranges and some sour, tart fruit as well as some yeastiness and dry malt. Real smooth, even creamy, with a good tart taste of berries, cherry and citric notes like lemon peel. Some caramel/honey/sugar malt balance with the fruit for some sweetness and the yeast and some spices like clove lead to a crisp dry finish. While a bit pricey this is a great triple that I sipped on and finished the whole bottle and loved it.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a chalice. The aroma is sweet malt, ripe fresh fruits, honey, spices, yeast and a touch of earthy hops. The taste is very sweet and malty up front, with some spices, honey and an earthy hop finish. This is one of the sweeter tasting tripels I have tried, and I find the honey-like sweetness to be a little much at times. I am not a huge fan of the tripel style, but this is one of the few that I wouldn't mind exploring again. Overall, this is another good beer from De Ranke that is recommended.

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Photo of bark
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is pale orange-yellow. There is quite a lot of sediment in the bottle and the liquid is cloudy. The white compact foam forms a slowly sinking two finger thick head. Lots of lacing.

The rather discreet smell is fresh and a bit bitter; it does almost smell like a pale lager. There is some sweetness and a sour note.

The taste is balanced and mellow as it starts with a semi-sweet fruity malty note. There are lots of fruits; sweet apples, oranges, apricots and raisins. The aftertaste got notes of green apples, green peas and some earthy/wooden notes blended with a slight feel of alcohol. It finishes with a mild flavour of apples.

The liquid feels a bit thick in the mouth and the carbonation is strong and fresh with small bubbles.

I found this tripel milder than expected, but at the same time it is balanced and gentle. When it comes to alcohol-potent beers, leave it to the Belgians!

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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 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 RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid golden color with a nice off-white head, lots of tiny suspended particles, light carbonation, and decent lace. Yeasty Belgian aroma and honey-ish malt sweetness. Nice yeast, spicy, malty balance with a touch of sweet honey. Medium-light bodied but a touch airy.

Nice solid Belgian Strong Pale Ale / Tripel.

Per Label: "Unfiltered Unpasteurized"

Per BOM notes: Hallertau and Brewer's Gold hops

Bottled: March '05
Best Before (end of): Mar '10
Tasted:04/14/07

(11.2 oz. sleek brown Euro-style bottle)

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

On tap at the Brick Store Pub in Atlanta, served in a goblet. The beer is clear golden straw color with a little haze, tons of lacing on the glass. The smell is a little bready yeast, some "classic" tripel fruits, very Beligian-y. Maybe a little bit of honey as well, at least in the taste. Sweet upfront and a little lingering hops bitterness in the aftertaste. This is an easy drinking tripel, I'd order it again.

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Photo of Gusler
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oh yea baby this beer has more stuff floating around in it than the Salt River at flood stage? Not sure that’s a great description, but I personally like beers with a lot of dross. After its departure from the bottle it sets in the glass an amphibological yellowish-orange color, the head portly in size, frothy in texture and the resultant lace a nice covering of the glass. Yeast, sweet malt, hints of orange peel, and a real treat to the senses with a start that is ambrosial and loaded with malt, top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish has a desirous hop spicy bite, the acidity is spiteful and the aftertaste quite dry and lasts for a least a lustrum, and well worth a sample for the Belgiephiles in the audience.

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Photo of champ103
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden/orange color. A two finger, bubbly, white head forms on first pour and stick around for a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: That wonderful funky Belgian yeast is up front. Soft and sweet honey like aromas and fruit.
T: I love the funky yeast here. Barnyard, grass, hay. Spicy and peppery. Fruity flavors of grapes and apples.
M/D: A medium body, but perfectly crisp and dry. So smooth. Easy to drink. I will have no problems finishing the 750ml bottle.

An excellent Tripel. This is very subtle, but deceivingly complex. I highly recommend this.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle $3.99 at the local. I really didn't know what to expect from this but it was good. Cloudy orange yellow with good head and lacing. The smell was kind of like a tripel or belgian pale, a little spice. The flavor was smooth but a little yeasty and very easy to drink. I'm not sure I'd buy this on the reg but De Ranke beers are interesting enough that I'd liek to try them all.

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Photo of stcules
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful gold-yellow colour, with oranged reflexes. The smell is floreal and fruity, with some apricot, green apple, pear. At the taste you can feel the honey (sharp even in the flavour), with a good bitter. The bitter and the sweet (of honey and even pear) are very good balanced. The aftertatse is bitter with a good persistance. The body is medium - light.

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De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
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