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 mjc410
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottled sometime between March and July of 2004, according to the label's notches.

The pour into my Westy chalice raised virtually no head, only a glass ring and a few sparse surface bubbles. Noticeable sediment is lacking, even after pouring out the whole bottle. It seems to have stuck to the bottle. The beer is a translucent amber gold. The nose has a bit of mint, pepper, and sugar in it. Perhaps a sour apple scent, too. Very odd, but nice, sort of. The taste certainly hides its alcohol well. But it is definitely beyond me to describe on my own. It has a delicate flavor, with some light fruitiness. Another reviewer mentioned citrus, and for some reason this beer now tastes like clementines and peach. Its subtle flavor is really growing on me. The mouth is medium, with very fine but tingly carbonation. Very nice here. This beer would be awesome with a fruit salad, I think. Anything heavy would overwhelm it.

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Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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 RedHaze
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, though the label say 11.2oz (just might be the biggest 11.2 oz bottle I've seen).

Pours a very hazy pale orange with a two finger head, that takes forever to fade to a very thick cap. Even at the end there was a good half inch of foam. The lacing that it leaves completely covers the inside of the glass.

Smell; starts off a bit musty and a little tart in the aroma. Tropical fruits are present with tangerines, pineapples and grapefruits. There's also some herbal aromas going on, and a bit of pepper and hay.

Taste; starts off with citrus, with lemons and grapefruit, and little bit of tangerine. The pineapples are there as well as bit of bananas. In the middle some caramel, and bready malts come through, followed by the spicy, herbal and grassy hops. The mustiness I noticed on the aroma follows through into the flavor, and only seems to add a bit more depth to the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability; the mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a bit of a drying finish, and really damn good drinkability.

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle with drink by date of June, 2009
According to the label, that means this was bottled in June, 2004.

Smell is average, alcohol, peppery smell, very faint hint of something like a sour grape.

Taste is pretty smooth, considering the ABV. Hints of bready sour mash come to mind. The sourness is very faint, but then again, its very noticable. No where near a Flemish taste though. A little hot in the upfront taste, but it quickly goes away as soon as the sweet sugary malt washes the tongue.

Overall, a decent Tripel, nothing to write home about, but I had no complaints about finishing this one.

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

I split a 750 mL bottle with a friend at Boulevard in Kortrijk, Belgium.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden with a white, whipped-cream head that fades to a thin film leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Light fruitiness and some peppery spice.

Taste: On the sweet side, but it balances out. Fruity with a significant peppery spice. A sour apple tartness emerges in the finish with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with high carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

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

Thanks to BitterBeerFace for sharing this with me for the second time. What a Tripel treat twice =)

Presentation: This 750 ml corked bottle takes a cork screw to open we almost didn't have one handy. Thick heavy impressive bottle with the dimple in the bottom.

Appearance: Pours and orange golden hue with a big white head and spots of droopy lacing.

Smell: The aroma is gently sweet and enticing and very much like a dream of summer, with candied caramel, honey, sugar lemon drops hints of grassy hops and alcohol like sherry.

Taste: A gentle fruit and spice attributes reside in the sweet smooth malt bread backbone that flowed seamlessly to herbal minty dryness and warming alcohol in the finish. Distinct yeast flavors, and so on, were hard to isolate not for a lack of depth but for a masterful blend - where all attributes work as one to create Guldenberg.

Mouthfeel: A rich well carbonated feel in the mouth.

Drinkability: As Tripels go, this is one of the most unobtrusive quaffable easy going beers that doesn't need to stand out to be glorious. I enjoy it every time.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a yellow orange and murky beer with a nice frothy head that remains the entire glass.

Smell is hoppy and bitter with some grassy notes. Yeast smell and slightly metallic with some anise whiffs.

Taste was hoppy and bitter, grassy with faint malt notes. The small amount of caramel malt is noted and makes the beer a little more deep and gives it a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Somewhere way in the back I think I taste something of a barnyard, nice! Aftertaste is dry and body is medium.

For some reason I expected this to be more hoppy. Not that it wasn't but I expected it to be more resionous.

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Photo of bditty187
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazy, tawny-coppery in hue with a splash of amber; white foam, at the apex the head was almost two fingers tall. Head retention was respectable, after a few moments all that remained was a soapy cap. Subsequent lacing was spotty and not very prevalent. Overall, the appearance is decent but largely forgettable.

The nose is very bright, forceful and chatty; I was impressed after one sniff. There was lemon zest and dried grapefruit rinds with hints of tropical fruit which is followed by herbal, spicy, flowery aromas; faintly musty with a trace of sourness. Honey-like maltiness, crackers, peaches, and apples develop overtime. The bouquet is complex but it doesn’t strike me as a Triple. Clearly it is something Belgian, something funky, and something inviting. I am curious.

The palate is musty, fruity, sour, tart, malty, sweet, bitter at the back with a tangy-smooth finish. I taste grapes, apples, peaches, lemon zest, dried grapefruit rinds, herbs, cloves, flowers, grass, hay, crackers, honey, faint (and random) spiciness. Somehow the palate is very complex and yet not overwhelming. This seems to be the trademark of De Ranke. In time a wonderfully hoppy bitterness develops and lingers on the back of my tongue. I am impressed. I didn’t think this beer smelled like a Triple but the palate *somewhat* tastes like a Triple. I am not going to pigeonhole such a beer. It is an esoteric Belgian Ale. That’s life.

Slightly fuller then medium in body; moderate and smooth carbonation, the mouthfeel is quite rewarding.

Very drinkable; at first this beer was just so-so but it really, really grew on me. So much so I would easy recommend this beer and I can’t wait to drink it again. For reasons only I know I have sat on my 11.2oz bottle for many months. I think Bill from “the Moon” gave it to me. I’m not sure. All I know this is a funky, musty, slightly sour, hoppy, and enjoyably malty ale that I bet would kill with an assortment of cheese. Honestly, this was a surprise… it really shouldn’t have been as De Ranke is awesome.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very musty looking dark golden lemony yellow with a firm fuzzy froth of medium stature thats a nice powdery white. Resides to a nice skim and fluffy collaring. Lacing is fast and drippy with only a minimal amount sticking in a few spots and strings.

Aroma is partially dry with a grassy herbalness of hops and yeast and soft underlay of dull lemon candy.

Taste is fairly smooth and favors a somewhat softer approach in its strength as its pretty mellow in mood as it sifts across the palate with a middling lemony grassyness, a small herbal spice, and a lofted, yet rounded bready yeasty dryness. Sweetness of slight candied sugars tend to keep some nice centering flavors.

Feel is pretty full in the front, not quite as malty as I would like, but the yeast and carbonation is firm and lively with a somewhat smooth sweetness. The dryness from yeast and hops is fairly evident and really stretches the palate out with flour/herbal touches.

A nice drinkin' Triple. Its not quite as bold in the flavor and complexity department, but its nice enough to enjoy.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whoa, this head is sizzles, and has a bumpy surface, with bubbles of all sits on top of a mustard-yellow (the real stuff, not French's) color, a bit cloudy. Lots of lace covers the glass, looks like the crispy rice used in candy bars.

This carries a yeasty, grassy smell, a real earthy aroma, with only mild traces of sweet spices, compared to many other tripels. Sweaty yeast here too. (Are they getting their yeast strain from Orval?) Hops are largely present too, so it would seem that hops will figure largely in the flavor.

They do. Coming from the brewery who makes the XX Bitter, this is no surprise, but damn, even with their tripel they don't skimp on the hops. So you get lots of grassy character in the flavor, and with further warming a faintly sweet maltiness tries to peek through. Spiciness is incredibly mild, taking a backseat, again, to the hops. An overall musty character dominates the flavor.

It's light, airy, and a tad buttery in the mouth (whipped butter?), while the finish is dry and crisp, even leaving a stale bubble-gum aftertaste.

I can't consider this is a true tripel. If tripel the malt was used in its creation, fine, but there are too many differences for it to fit squarely in that category. I'd rather call it a Belgian pale ale, and a hoppy, enjoyable, quenching one at that.

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Photo of dgallina
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce slim brown bottle dated best-before January 2009.

Poured dark cloudy peach with significant sediment despite careful decanting. Insignificant film of head and rapidly dwindling light lace. Heavy alcoholic caramel and cherry fruit aromas. Flavor takes its queue from the smell. Yeast and hops are at the foreground, giving way to diacetyl and touches of phenol in the center. Finishes with clean hops and fruit (tart lemons, sweet cherries). Very light and gently bubbly mouth feel. More refreshing than I expected at the onset. Tastes a bit overly phenolic overall.

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Photo of Ego
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the small bottle variety (11.2 fl oz), found @ oak tree buy rite, as always...
lot no mj09

a good night for a tripel, the fall has really crept up on me, seeing the oktoberfest beers around is one thing, feeling that coming breeze of winter is quite another. And the leaves are just starting to turn, you can almost hear them gasping their last breath into the cooling air.

headfirst she goes into the duvel tulip, audible crackling head that does not dissapate as fast as many heads constructed in the same manner, white densely packed betta bubbles (ever see those siamese fish blow bubble nests?), lacing is decent, this also has legs... and I hope she knows how to use em. I just hope there are no dude's with long white beards anywhere in ear shot... murky to kicked up mud orange hue, some yeast swimming around like sea monkies. this takes a good 5 min to settle into an Oring. good looking.

carmelized bannanas with sugar on top, apples baked with cinnamon, some honey notes, a very nice balanced nose, nothing ground breaking but very nice none the less.

taste etc...
hops? I was sort of surprised by this, the finish is very grassy, this balances out the sweetness of this tripel (the whole hop experience), this one offers a full range of flavor across your entire mouth, almost all at once.. it is like one of Wonka's instant meals... I hope there is no blueberry pie at the end however, medium bodied with prickly (slightly) carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden and results in subtle warming in the stomach. The hops (and oils) really add to this one for me personally. Remember how La chouffe made that tripel that was supposed to be hoppy? To me this one accomplishes it much moreso without the hop-la. This is certainly very easy drinking for a tripel. The flavor is mostly subtle but strong enough to withstand stinky cheese and the like.

I felt like a tripel and bought this on a whim... maybe not the most complex all around but yet utterly drinkable. If this beer was a woman, it would be carmen electra (before Rodman streched that shit out...)

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Photo of NEhophead
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at My Place. Served in an Urthel goblet.

A golden, creamy banana in color beneath a lightly foamy white head. The head slowly recedes to a light sheet that leaves ringed lacing.

A semi-sweet banana-phenolic yeast aroma. A touch of pepper and corriander, but rather subdued in general.

A touch of coconut sweetness followed by a full mustiness. Phenolic-corriander and pepper proved to be a little dry. Drank a little stiff with a lack of flavor for a true Tripel. The finish was dry with an aftertaste of banana, pepper, and yeast.

Medium bodied; smooth with a touch of dryness. A nice warmth on the palate.

A decent brew, but not what I expected for a Tripel especially from de Ranke. Lacking a bit in flavor. I'd probably try something different than go back to this one.

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

Had this from tap at My Place in Newtown ,CT. at a tasting with Nino, the DeRanke brewer and Dan Shelton as guests. We tasted everything De Ranke brews.
Foamy head tops this slightly cloudy deep golden ale.
The smell is cidery with floral hops....some subtle spice.
Taste starts off slighly sweet ,malty and cidery, the hops slowly assert and then diminish a bit as more complex malt, spice and alcohol come through....the hops are back again at the finish, which is drier and hoppier than most tripels...a bit like Chimay tripel....but, I think better, for my taste...maybe because it is less sweet.The complexity of this increases as it warms.The mouthfeel was almost perfect...medium to heavy...medium carbonation.
I could have had a few of these...but there were other DeRankes to taste....and it was a weeknight.
I know it's pricey stuff...but a bottle of this could be savored for an evening....even shared....sipped's a special one.

Mark T. also graciously brought out a huge bottle of this, that he had aged since 2001 and poured everyone a little was amazing !
Hops had mellowed.., smoother...a hint of butterscotch, honey and port....alcohol more subtle....a little sweeter and heavier mouthfeel.
My girlfriend thought it was beyond great...I will get some to age.
We must keep her happy !

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Photo of Suds
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly golden colored liquid with an enormously puffy white head. The lace that this beer produces is mesmerizing. The aroma is complex and intense: light malts, spices, citrus, honey, under-ripe apples, caramel, sugar, and a lot of yeast. There’s a lot of carbonation, which gives a prickly sensation. Warming sets in after a few sips. Not a lot of sweetness, although the smell makes you expect some. The finish is dry and moderately bitter. Flavorful, complex, and fulfilling: exactly what I want from a beer.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a small snifter at Firkin in Libertyville, IL.

Appearance in promising. Head is extremely dense and sticky. The body is a hazy golden straw. Aromas are rich and tropical. Taste is somewhat overly yeasty although the surprisingly well hopped finish almost makes up for it. Mildly spicy and phenolic. Mouthfeel is smooth. Body is very full and slightly musty. Very good but not worth the nine bucks I paid for it.

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

One strange brew, but damn delicious. Clearly a multi-dimensional yeast is used, because there is some serious funk in here. Some bretta, etc. It’s perfectly tart, very fruity and leaves my mouth wanting more and more. It's like a bigger version of Orval. De Ranke is becoming one of Belgium's best breweries.

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Photo of Jredner
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spicy aroma with some malt underneath. Belgian ales are all beautiful. This one is a cloudy washed out brown with a huge fluffy head. Spicy fore with a bubble gum/sugar mid taste that finishes with a lavender/floral finish. Fun to drink and interesting flavor palate. Thanks to Firemoose for this fine specimen.

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Photo of gosurfobx
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in wraped 750ml bottle with crown cap and cork. Drink before date on paper wraping. A for presentation. Pours a golden color with expected cloudines from bottle conditioning. Has a large white foamy head. Smell is yeasty, with some spicy notes although I dont think any spices are used in this tripel. Taste is very good. Malt blends nicely with solid hop taste. Yeast is also present in the taste. Mouthfeel is great, fills the mouth with flavors. Didn't want to put the glass down with this one, a great triple in my opinion.

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

Poured into a Moinette goblet from a 11.2 oz bottle.
11.2 oz bottle, best before April 2009.

A - Slightly mirky orange color witha powerful off-white head and good retention.

S - Both spicy and fruit-laden, with a suprising hop backbone. Smells complex.

T - Yep, there is a real hop presence here that I didn't expect at all. Once this is overcome, there is a solid fruity and yeasty character that reminds me this is a Belgian ale. The hops reassert themselves as this beer warms to ambient temperature.

M - Interesting balance of hops and yeasty malts ... thick and full, this ale is interesting for the style and has a very smooth mouthfeel.

D - A good tripel, but I wouldn't call it an exact example of the style. Definitely worth a shot. Hoppier than I would have thought or expected. This isn't bad, just unexpected.

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Photo of maxpower
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped and corked green bottle that has a 11.2 oz belgian abbey beer label. This pours a cloudy bright golden color with a huge fluffy white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Saison aroma of lemon and spices, apple, pear, lemon, pepper flavors. Medium bodied with a crisp and carbonated mouthfeel, finishes dry. Alcohol well hidden at 8.5%, very delicous and drinkable.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Walked into my local store (LaBodega in Riverside) and to my great surprise, this beer is sitting aside one of my all-time favorites, the DeRanke XX Bitter. So I just have to have this. Must have Guldenberg. I never expected to run across this. Pricy, $13.99 for a 750, so I have to think about that.

Pours a slightly hazy golden, with a nice lazy head with pretty lacing on the side of my DeKoninck Bollecke.

Aroma is a mellow orange/lemon sweetness, with a slight farmhouse funk that makes it really interesting. The funk is mellow, not overwhelming as in some saisons, and really adds to the sensation.

Flavor is a follow through of the aromas, with a nice "DeRanke" yeast & hop profile- present just as in the XX Bitter, but very nicely rounded. Another review said this was a nice melding of a tripel and a saison, and I couldn't agree more. Alcohol is nowhere to be found in the flavor profile.

Overall, the flavor/mouthfeel is much more mellow than most tripels- not as sweet and rich, but still really good.

The drinkability is the best part of this- I can drink it all night long. But beware, the alcohol is extremely well hidden, though, which is one of those good/bad things. Higher marks for flavor and drinkability, lower marks because I was ready for bed earlier than I expected!

I am a little disappointed in this beer, not because of the beer itself, but because of the price.This is at the high end of what I'm comfortable paying. It's a really good beer, and I recommend it, but I have a hard time justifying paying this much.

Many people say this brewer is underrated- not in my book- it's one of the best of breed.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, best before April 2009.

Hazed peachy orange hue, decent slab of off-white from above, lasting long, looking good.

Nose is a blend of fruit and spice, citrus on top, with a side order of mustiness, and a whiff of sour. Nice.

Good blast of hops at the fore, then comes the delightful fruity, yeasty flavor. Palpable and pulpy, a zesty, juicy thing, sweet and tasty. Gets tarter as we go further into the glass.

Full-bodied, with a long, fruity, lightly bitter finish. Good mouthfeel.

A tasty little tripel. Worth the $4.09 I paid for it? Sure.

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Photo of SwillBilly
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into my St Bernardus chalice.

Appearance: A cloudy, semi dark amber. Tight, 1/2 inch head dissipates rather quickly leacing minimal lacing on the chalice.

Smell: Fruity and sweet malts. Hints of caramel, apricots and sweet like raisin bread.

Taste: Initially somewhat sweet and malty giving way to a middle that has little flavor. Finishes with somewhat dry and a little alcoholic. Warms the belly.

Mouthfeel: Little carbonation, somewhat creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: Pretty decent tripel but doesn't really stand out. Rather easy to drink but alcohol could be a factor. Worth trying but their are others that are better.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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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De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
4.02 out of 5 based on 435 ratings.
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