De Ranke Guldenberg | Brouwerij De Ranke

BA SCORE
89
very good
447 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
Ratings:
447
Reviews:
247
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.7%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
52
For Trade:
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light amber with one finger thick of white foam, settles slowly leaving a spray of lace behind. Smell: vinous, spicy and slightly grassy with a berry note, sweet pale backing. Taste: aggressively spicy into candied citrus peel, white grape and some overripe nectarine. Creamy feel with spiciness everywhere, mild booziness. Enjoyable for sure.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper amber with a small short lived white head. Aroma is of Belgian yeast with some spicy fruity notes. Taste is of Belgian yeast, bread, sweet zesty fruity flavors with some mild citrus hops. Palate is a medium body, lively carbonation. Finishes with a sweet zesty fruity flavor, Belgian yeast, biscuit malt and some mild citrusy hops bitterness on the end for balance. A nice long lasting flavorful and enjoyable drinking brew.

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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 330 ml bottle into a chalice.

A-The beer is cloudy and golden apricot in color. The thin head of white foam drops quickly to a thin ring around the glass. There are a few stray bubbles of carbonation and no lacing.

S-The smell is slightly funky and drier than many tripels I have had. The alcohol is fruity, but the brew is more grassy, and bitter with earthy hops and a bit of soapiness that sweet. Virtually no candy sugar or sweet banana.

T-The taste tracks the smell pretty closely. It is spicy, grassy, and hoppy for the style.

M-The carbonation is prickly and aggressive, but thankfully, the beer quickly mellows after some time in the glass. This is a medium weight brew.

O-This is a pretty tasty, and slightly unique, take on the tripel style. The grassy hops are more assertive here than in almost any other tripel I have tried, but it works. The result is a nice, crisp, spicy beer that would pair well with everything from steak to cheese to a ham sandwich.

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4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice slightly hazy orange color with a thin head with short retention. Changes to murky after pouring the residual sediments.
Very refreshing aroma of tangerines, Belgian yeast with pine notes.
Likewise, taste of oranges soaked in liquor, cider, and peaches. Also, Belgian yeast, pine, honey with an elegant hint on condiments and floral hops. Dry and lightly warming aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Medium body with medium carbonation and tiny bubbles and an effervescent sensation. Alcohol of 8.5% ABV is harmonic and at an optimum level.
Balanced and flavorful beer that is versatile enough for warm or cold days.

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4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was a good one. Notes from 4/16/13:

Apricot colored colored, hazy. Moderately aggressive head. Zing.

Sweet and fruity smell - oranges, vanilla.

Low bitterness; I taste pastries...effervescent with a sweet finish.

Delish. I haven't had it since, would like to revisit with this and a new tripel.

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4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I have to give a massive thanks to the guys over at Trappist Provisions for granting me a bonus pour of this after one of the bottles exploded upon opening. Poured into a 6oz wine glass. Review is from my notes.

The appearance is a golden-amber yet slightly hazed color complete with a good 2 finger of head on top and lively carbonation. There's tons of sediment floating in this thing, which is to be expected from the explosion, but also from De Ranke's traditional method of bottling their beers. Regardless, it's pretty much eye candy as far as tripels go, and the carbonation never seems to die down, which makes it ever more festive.

The aroma is greeted with classic tripel flavors, such as golden crisp grains, high booziness, candi sugar, and tons of tart fruitiness. Other than apricot and pear funk, there's tons of citrus rinds going on here, in a way that even caught me by surprise. But, this is a De Ranke offering after all. Cidery dryness, massive astringency caused by the dried hops and booze and sugar. A slight tropical flavor permeates underneath, but the alcohol and tarty rinds are really the ones winning this out.

The flavor is definitely all over the place, even when rating to style. Vinous (like Sauvignon Blanc grape peels), dried apricots and apples, bananas and citrus, farmhouse-type bitterness and funk, all followed by a golden crisp graininess and thickened breadiness that attempts to soften it all out. There's some seriously wild stuff happening due to the sediment, nevertheless. Huge yeasty musty notes are carried forward on a whim due to the large amount of carbonation, which ends in a super bone dry finish. It's jubilant, boozy, but also pretty insane. It's like this beer has jaws, as I literally feel strong bites of astringency constantly numbing my palate with each sip. It's not necessarily unpleasant, but it is capable of overwhelming the senses pretty fast.

I thought the Bitter XX was already nuts, but I think this one takes De Ranke's yeasty phenols to more dizzying heights, as well as their constantly sharp, vicious dry hopping methods. If you thought La Fin du Monde was already spicy enough, give this one a shot! It's dry, spicy, funky, astringent, boozy, vinous, and so much more. Can't say it's my favorite, but I do admire beers like this that put up a fight. I could possibly revisit this one as a result in the near future. I'll make sure I have one with less dregs next time!

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4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle for $3.

Matched against Corsendonk Abbey in a week of tripel head-to-heads.

A: Standard tripel honey-gold, but where's the big head? A mere half-finger.

S: More citrusy than is standard for the style. Peaches. Whiffs like a Belgian IPA.

T: Tastes like one, too. Quite assertive. Hops linger on the front end, unconventionally. Some bandaid astringency that spreads out mysteriously and beautifully. Very unique, immediately likable. Not so far off from the great De Ranke XX Bitter.

M: Nice prickle. The bitterness will bother some who are here for a by-the-book tripel.

O: Extremely drinkable and enjoyable, though categorization freaks (and maybe I'm one) will balk at this being regarded as a tripel. Hops mask some of the potential complexity in there, but still: it's a rush of pure pleasure.

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3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Date: None on bottle
Glass: Tulip

Pours a massive, clean white head of medium to large-sized bubbles, which lasts for over two minutes, gradually falling to a thin cap atop the beer. Lacing is very good, with wave-like washes remaining around the entire inside of the glass. The body is a light copper-yellow color, transparent, with light bringing out golden yellow hues. Carbonation is very vigorous and quite substantial in its frenetic rise from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is of pale malt sweetness, dried hay, baked pears, and slight lemon rind with floral qualities. The scents are fairly clean and crisp, relative to other tripels that have a heavier, yeasty side to them.

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Beer is of medium weight in the body, with carbonation leavels of medium intensity, resulting in a beer that foams up slightly on the palate, making it smooth and rather easy on the palate. Ethanol can be felt on the back of the throat and in the nostrils, but only slightly, not nearly as obvious as in Westmalle's. Closes quite dry, almost some astringent with the bitter hops; slight stickiness on the palate.

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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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De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
4.02 out of 5 based on 447 ratings.
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