De Ranke Guldenberg | Brouwerij De Ranke

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De Ranke GuldenbergDe Ranke Guldenberg
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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%
 
 
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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ Moeder (St. Gilles), Brussels

A: Copper color. Fairly hazy.

S: Candy sugar evident, with some spicy yeast character expected in all triples. Some coriander as well.

T: Tastes as it smells. Finishes fairly dry with only a little sugar left over. Hops and tannic balance the sweetness. Alcohol present but in balance.

M: Medium carbonation. Medium body.

O: Fairly balanced, much more so than traditional triples due to hops and relatively dry finish. Similar to Quintine, but a bit sweeter and stronger. Very drinkable, though I wouldn't go out of my way to do so.

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Photo of gfreed
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good tripel, in my book, looks awful and tastes great. This one fits that bill admirably. Once the loose head settled into scattered blobs and blotches that resembled white skin sores, I knew I'd be in for a treat. Plenty of oranges in the aroma, with a taste dominated by oranges mixed with prosciutto and salt. The finish is hoppy in that pleasant Belgian way: flowers everywhere with a nice dry finish that doesn't leave one gasping for air. The ABV hits harder than expected, however-- no power tools after this one.

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

The beer pours slightly hazy brass toned, a high firm white head that settles slowly, a bit unevenly. Leaving good lacing.

The smell is yeasty complex, fruit tones, a bit alcoholic and funky metal.

Starting with sweet fructose notes, peaches, apples, pears, a alkaloid bitterness. Hints of overripe brie.

Medium low carbonation, small rather aggressive bubbles, soft texture rather high viscosity, a slightly coarse dry ending.

Much nice stuff going on in this one, there are however a slightly raw finish which could improve over time IMHO.

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Photo of david131
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- An ever so slightly hazy yellow liquid with a thick and craggy white head that has excellent retention.

S- Peaches, strawberries, lemon zest, honey, and grass. Complex and intriguing.

T- Hints of peaches, strawberries, honey, lemon, and grass. Rather tame actually, but it is delicious.

M- Creamy smooth with no alcohol presence. Leaves a bit of a coating in the mouth.

O- Very smooth, tasty, and interesting. One of the best tripels I have come across. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ptykozoon
2.76/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lots of sediment which hazes out a straw yellow, lots of carbonation, foam and some lacing as well.

Light fruit and citrus, maybe banana peel.

First off a bit watery for 8.5%. A few subtle fruit flavors and a tad of earthiness come through. Not much else, not too exciting.

Very dry on the tongue, one of the driest actually. Not detrimental though I don't know if it works for this beer.

Not bad but really nothing above average at all. Maybe I got a bad bottle..

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

Pours somewhere between orange, and gold in color. Cloudy with a steady stream of bubbles. Thick, creamy, white head that leaves webs of lacing.

The aroma is earthy, with hints of stewed pigs feet, ginger, moldy rotting pears, and other over ripe fruits.

The taste reminds me of flat ginger-ale, feta cheese, and lots of earthy flavors.

Medium body, slightly dry.

A nice funky beer that lies somewhere between a Tripel, and a Saison.

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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 marty21
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear yellow with 2.5 fingers worth of white creamy head. Settles to a creamy cap with some islands of fluffy foam and left a lot of lacing. The last glass from the large bottle is a hazy golden orange.

S: Initially I get lots of yeast with a little bit of spices and some like fruit. There is also a decent amount of hops at the end.

T: Light fruits and yeast combine for the taste up front but it finishes with some hops just like in the aroma. No taste of alcohol at all.

M: Medium carbonation with a medium body.

O: This was sent to me from family in Vancouver. I'm not usually a big fan of Belgium beers but this was great. It's probably my favorite beer from Belgium so far. I couldn't stop drinking it and before I knew it, the large bottle was empty. I wish this beer was available in Winnipeg because I'd probably buy it quite often. If you're able to buy this I would definitely recommend buying it. It would make for a great transition beer for getting into Belgium beers.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Moudy pale straw blond in a chalice glass. Closed foam not so thick as desired, medium retention. Well carbonated. Smelling is oranges & spicy notes. Mildly caramel flavor & very inense but gentle bitterness - Hallertau hops´good job !-. Aftertaste leaves an slightly fruity flavor. Medium body & excellent drinkability. I´ve repeated as often as available.

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Photo of foogerd
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Yellow hazy body with a nice sized cushy head and lacing.

S- Lots of fruitiness almost like pink bubblegum, yeast and some spice and malty aroma.

T- Light fruity flavors and malty sugars, but spicy hops and phenols make a presence more on the palette than the nose. Some sips were absloutely deliciously malty and sweet with some spice others were full of bitter phenols that I did not enjoy.

M- Rich and creamy mouthfeel.

D- Abv is pretty well hidden, and if you dont mind phenols in your tripel this is a great brew for you, otherwise there are plenty of great tripels to be had.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.45/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

(2008 Bottling - tasted Feb. 2011) I only review this beer since it was purchased in 2011 off the shelf of a reputable store. Small bottle format.

Dark orange amber with no head worth noting.

Nose is stale/oxidized carmel but with hints and underlying toffee/carmel; Mouthfeel is very thin and watery.

Flavors are light sugary and thin. Thin brown sugar character. Some burnt grain, coffee, sherry character but I suspect this is a reason why not to age beer. Light bitter coffee finish.

This one was on the shelf and purchased in 2011. Will try it again fresher and perhaps in the larger bottle format.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, shared with a friend

A- In between golden and orange, quite hazy. Perfect dense white head that goes down progressilvely, still leaving a minimal covering in the end. Moderate lacing on the sides of the glass

S- Earthy yeast aroma, with a light herbal touch from the hops on the back of things. Really nice and pretty strong fruity notes also showing up (pear, apple, slight citrus)

T- Sweet delicate malts, with honey in evidence and slight caramel. Than a nice amount of background flavours: a herbal earthyness that reminds of a saison; quite distinct fruity notes as the smell suggested (pear, citrus); a slight alcoholic spiciness. Finishes with a touch of herbal bitterness

M- Medium body with medium to high carbonation. Still nicely soft and on both tongue and palate, thank to the everlasting head which brings a nice creamy feel

O- Nice flavours and complexity, maybe a bit too raw, expecially in the afteraste, which has a strong earthy/yeasty feel. Not so much of an easy drinker

Listed as a tripel, though i would sure say this is a saison on blind tasting

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and poured with a two finger high bright white, dense head. The head has excellent retention properties and it faded away very slowly, yet consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The overall taste is both spicy and bitter; there are also some notes of candi sugar. The bitterness really stands out in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation. The finish is very dry.
D: The alcohol is well hidden from the taste but this is definitely a beer to sip because of all of the bitterness.

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Photo of impending
3.17/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a hazy orange honey. Head was decent, better lacing.

Aroma of citrus and powdery yeast, lots of hops. Spicy phenolic backbone.

Taste is sharp for a tripel and low in sweetness. The finish dominates the taste which is mostly hop bitters with a little barnyard accent for good measure. Smooth mouthfeel.

You will judge this based upon how you like your belgian hopped. This would be an excellent intro tripel for those who prefer an IPA. This . . . . . . is a belgian ipa.
cheers
jd

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Photo of bskrtz
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold 11.2 bottle into glass beer challis

A) Glowing polished bronze soup with short white head that quickly disappears. Hazy with suspended bubbles and floaties

S) Mild floral, bubbly citrus and sweet root beer. Very complex

T) Mixture of orange citrus, lemon, apple and pear juice. Sweet candy cane and some mild but bitter hops. It's all there

M) Very complex but smooth and refreshing. Bottle conditioned carbonation is perfect. Alcohol is mild despite the high ABV

D) This is an excellent triple. Sadly, difficult to find in the states

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Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - A peppery yeast aroma with notes of pineapple, pear, black pepper, and anise. Some biscuity malt in the background with musty hops.

T - Soft malt and pungent yeast up front, pepper, pear, and a light note of vanilla. Some musty hop notes in the middle with a brief hint of pineapple that reminds me of a saison. Finishes with an increasingly strong hop character that is herbal and musty. Moderate bitterness helps to balance out the slightly sweet malt finish and the flavor of the yeast and hops lingers in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - The musty hops play a significant role in the aroma and especially in the flavor of this beer. This strikes me as a bit unusual for the style as the hops taste more British than continental, but they are necisary to balance the significantly sweet malt. There is also a pungent and somewhat unrestrained yeast character that has notes of tropical fruit that go beyond the pear that you commonly see in a tripel and bring out some notes of pineapple and guava. In many ways, this reminds me more of a high alcohol saison than a tripel, but such is the nature of Belgian beer and the difficulty of assigning them to styles. A nice beer, but nothing I would go to the trouble of seeking out again considering its relative rarity and price.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip...

A: Pours a bright golden hazy hue with a nice three finger head, very stiff and creamy in appearance.

S: Huge aroma of sweet honeysuckle, green apple, pear and yeast. Incredible aroma and balanced!

T: Like the nose, lots of floral honey, light fruit, slightly tart and lots of depth. Finishes clean and tart, great food beer!

M: Light medium mouthfeel, creamy carbonation yet crisp and dry on the finish.

D: Incredibly drinkable, 8.5% is nowhere to be found. Great Tripel, will definitely revisit!

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Photo of megahurts4
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

De Ranke Guldenberg

Appearance: Cloudy dark-gold, medium sized head with no lacing

Smell: Caramel and Belgian malts

Taste: slight bitterness, yeast, sweet Belgian malts, floral hops, and minerals from the water used.

Mouthfeel: medium feel, lots of carbonation, on the smooth side.

Overall:
This is an excellent beer. Tastes similar to many other Belgian ales. There is a good amount of carbonation.

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Photo of niklas0770
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy golden beer with a two finger head wich quickly fades to form a ½ finger lid. It actually reminds me of a witbier.

A full and overwhelming smell with a warm feel to it. Lots of citrus, hints of lemon peel and lots of grapefruit. There's also hints of dry grass, yeast and bread. A very fresh aroma ideed.

The taste is semi-dry with hints of citrus and spices, very refreshing. The aftersate holds some bitter tones and yeast.

This beer is very pleasent, very gentle. The carbonation is low and the over all feel is very smooth.

I will have no preoblem finnishing off my 750 ml bottle. A very well balanced beer!

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Photo of Brabander
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this beer in Gent a month ago. Don't know why, there were at least 300 beers i had not seen before. Maybe because i am a fan of blond beer.

Cracked it open today and poured it in my Struise Brouwers glass, perfect for this occasion.

Great appearance, cloudy golden fluid with an enourmous white and creamy head. Close to perfection.

Good smell with hints of citrus and yeast.

Fabulous taste, one of the better triples there is. Soft and smooth.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle poured into a sniffer.

Pours with a very solid three fingers of head and a bold golden and orange hazed body.

Aromatically this beer is weighted heavily with floral hops. Lemon and honey notes break this up and blend nicely.

Taste is characterized with malt flavors along with subtle citrus notes of lemon, orange and a little grapefruit. Mild spices such as coriander and cinnamon make sit slightly below the flavor palate but make themselves very present in the dry finish.

Light-to-medium bodied and moderately carbonated. The abv register doesn't break through the core flavors and is almost unnoticeable.

Very good beer if not quite equal to the other triples of offer.

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

A - Hazy apple juice, off white .5 inch head, leaves to disk pretty quick. Lots of cling lace.

S - Spiced juicy fruit gum. Lemony citrus.

T - Maltier than anticipated, finished with the smell attributes in taste. Dry finish.

M - Nice filling quality. Feels meatier and more whole than the actual body weight is. Smacking dry nice finish.

D - Bit high on the ABV for session, but does not tire fast. Could have a few fur sure.

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

Absolutely amazed by what this bottle contains- if a floral and dry Tripel is your thing; or if stronger, fruitier Saisons suit your fancy, you'll love this beer.

The pour brings a very spirited and froathy strong straw/medium gold colored ale with medium haze. A combination of loosely knit bubbles with desnse creame lead to a creamy appearance with great retention and lacing.

Very floral with German Saaz or similar hops with a deep floral boquet of honey suckle, even fruity tones. Lemony, spicy, and confection notes round out the complex and delicate scents.

Early fruitiness from yeasty esters and floral hops start the delicate mix. But soon enough, the lemons, apples, pears, and tropical fruits take hold and begin to balance against the white pepper, orange zest, and corriander-like spiciness. Growing in intensity the fruity/spicy balance elevates into a powerful taste of drying alcohol, hops, and spice that overtake the fruits in the finish.

Creamy and soft early, the beer turns spicy, dry and effervescent in the finish. Seemingly evaporative and powdered sugar sweet and soft at the same time.

This beer has the strength in flavor and alcohol as a Tripel but the balance, spice, and dryness borrows a lot from the Saison styles. Delcious, challenging, and ultimatley pleasurable throughout.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received as an extra by nopucophop, thanx bro

A: poured a pale golden orange with a 2 finger of bubbly head and left good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: to be honest with you the nose is more leaning towards a wit beer than a tripel styled brew which consisted of wheaty notes, citrus, slight booze, and apple aromas.

T: yup..even the taste is like a wit style brew with wheat, orange zest, sweet malt like the nose but it also had a slight hop bite on the back end; totally not a tripel.

M: the brew was medium body with a good amount of vcarbonation that had a sweet, citric, slight hop bitterness, but dry finish.

D: really drinkable beer that IMO is ment to be labeled a wit styled beer. There was absolutely no tripel characteristics on this beer that makes me believe that its probably too damn old; oh well.

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Photo of gueuzer
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Cheeky Monk

App- Straw colored. Golden. Lacy, clingy white head

Sm- light amount of hops. A little citrus.

Ta- Nice balance of the malts, some fruitiness and hops. Nice biting finish

MF- Not very big considering the flavor. Medium carbonation.

Dr- Amazing. If you weren't paying attention you might miss how incredibly complex of a beer this is. Beautiful job of pulling it all together.

My new favorite triple.

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De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
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