De Ranke Guldenberg | Brouwerij De Ranke

BA SCORE
89
very good
442 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:
442
Reviews:
243
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.7%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
51
For Trade:
0
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Photo of AMarkle6524
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

A - Pours a mid burnt amber shade, topped by three large fingers of off white head with great retention. Chunky lacing follows. Body is alive and cloudy.

S - Light floral hops, acidic apple skin and yeast.

T - Quite bready, rye and other grain, a slightly citric hop bitterness with some distant dried fruit tucked in there.

M - Full body, medium carbonation, no heat.

O - Nicely balanced tripel, abv well hidden.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A hazy light orange color with a half-finger of frothy white head (looks like one could get a better effect here with a pour at home). Aroma is dry, phenolic, citric, and floral ... Comes off as a classic tripel if perhaps on the hoppy side of the style guidelines. Palate is a robust honeyed breakfast cereal malt backbone which does not stick around long, washed away by green apple/pear, flower water, lemon, orange, and clove. I'm also getting a nutty note like some saisons and a herbal element as well. A tannic dryness pervades the whole proceedings. Not getting much alcohol early but this emerges more over time. Subtle pineapple and perhaps mango hidden in the background. Mid-range body and rather fizzy. I am wanting to pronounce this one of the better tripels I've sampled but something is holding me back. In any event, well worth one's time.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 1" off-white head over cloudy straw liquid.

S: Yeasty smells of pear and apple.

T: Slightly tart up front which transitions to pear, sour apple, honey, pepper, and an underlying slightly sweet almost sourdough malt taste.

M: Medium viscosity with a lot of bubbly fine carbonation throughout.

O: A very nice tripel with a good usage of yeast and a nice balance between tart and sweetness.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A- Pours a cloudy straw colour with a two fingered white head that retains for the whole distance and laces. Everything about this beer says drink me. You could not beat the appearnace of this beer and thats why it get 5

S - Plenty going on here with grapefruit, citrus and spice.

T - A very clean crisp Tripel with spice, grass and lemon. hops also add a nice balance. No sign of the ABV.

M - Light to medium body with medium to full carbonation.

O - A great easy drinkin Tripel, and one of my favourites to date.

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Photo of brendan13
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 330ml bottle into a goblet a hazy dark golden colour with a 2 centimetre dense white head that hangs around for a fair while.
S - A light, honey sweetness with some apple & citrus fruit touches & a phenolic spiciness.
T - Honey sweet, some dry bready malt character & slighty nutty. Some apple & peach fruitiness & a fair whack of spicy phenols.
M - Smooth creamy light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation higher side of medium.
D - A very tasty, highly drinkable Tripel. Something I can see myself drinking again.

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Photo of taez555
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at Anam Cara 4/20/04

It poured a translucent yellow/orange body with a huge thick foamy white head.

The nose was a very mellowed phenols, wheat and malt. A lovely tropical fruitiness really comes out.

The taste was medium bodied and very smooth. Wheat, malt, phenols, slight farmhouse touch, with an overall bitterness. Very mild earthy hop taste compliments the farmy, phenol flavors. What really seems to dominate the taste though is this subtle fruit tone. Not your typical apple or pears in a triple. It actually borders more on a tart lambic, but still is so far in the background you’d never mistake it for one. It finishes clean with a soft lingering bitterness.

Simple another great beer from de ranke. I’m not as crazy about this one as the XX bitter. But de ranke just has this classic belgian flavor with some other added touches that really make their beers something unique. Great beer.

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Photo of aleigator
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours a glowing golden, slightly hazy color, with a decent head.

Shows subtle aromas of slightly sour, funky yeast with floral hints.

Taste is selected by dough, smooth yeast, with a subtle faded hop graininess, among spicy cloves, anise and orange peel. The mouthfeel is defined by a slick, well integrated hop bitterness, which shines during the finish, without overwhelming the yeast, while biscuity become more potent.

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

Small brown 11.2oz brown bottle. Generous Best Before date of Sept. 08.
It pours a foggy caramel amber with a medium-sized off-white head and a few wisps of lace.
A healthy barn-like smell blends with an aroma of dried malt and hint of alcohol.
The body, while substantial, is lighter than I expected. A dried malt and cut dry hay taste is noticeable a lightly sweetened caramel taste is in the background.
A sharp, edgy tart bitterness and lemon sourness are seasoned with a peppery spice. A slight phenol piney taste lingers in the background, while a mild vodka-like alcohol fuminess adds a bit of warmth. This brew improves throughout.

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Photo of asabreed
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle into a wine glass. "Enjoy Before" date notched between March/April and 07/08. Not sure if that's '07 or '08, but either way, I'm passed. Still, at 8.5% this should hold up I'd hope.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden yellow, minimal carbonation and lacing and retention.

Smell: More of a roasted malt aroma with mild fruit and sourness, without the natural Tripel aromas I was hoping for. Still interesting and above average, but for a Tripel? Weird.

Taste: Again, roasted malt characteristics, mild fruit and sourness, but mostly roasted malt and some sweetness with fruit, and hard to discern single flavors. Still above average and balanced, especially judging by the beer and not strictly the style.

Mouthfeel: A bit less carbonation that I wanted, and slightly cloying without taking too much away from the beer.

Drinkability: Like the Tripel I reviewed before, I'm again surprised at this, hoping they'd both get better. There was nothing on the cap, and everything seemed fine, so I'm not sure what was up. Maybe I should try one fresh, but assuming this is the brew, it was certainly not very impressive at all, and there are a bunch I can think of off the top of my head I'd rather try again than try this.

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Photo of pknyc
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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

on tap @ the moan and dove

sparkling dandelion wine coloration and very clear, not much carbonation and a swirl of bubbles on the surface. crazy thin lacing dominates the inside surface area of the guldenberg tulip. aroma is all candy. sweet malts and candi sugar paired with mild hops and summery fruit salad. some alcohol-soaked peach and an array of light berries. flavor cuts that sweetness with a substantial hop conflict (not surprising from de ranke) and a licorice-laden alcohol burn. complex but light body and drinkable. great belgian for a hot summer day. handles a chill like a champ too, doesn't lose much flavor in the 40's.

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Photo of Nolen12
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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

Tasted from a 33 cl bottle at Bier Circus in Brussels.

A - Dark golden color with some orange. Off-white head was initially thick, but transient. It faded to a thin layer, but had good lacing.

S - Aroma is very interesting and inviting. Dominated by strong citrus/grassy hops without a piney character. The hops blended with brown sugar and sweet malt, along with a hint of alcohol. In the background there are light biscuit and dark fruit aromas.

T - Honey-like sweetness and bready malt are the first impression. Hops are not in the foreground, but are there maintaining perfect balance. Alcohol and Abbey-style yeast notes add complexity, with the yeast contributing fruit, such as plums.

M - Medium body, mouthcoating sweetness, smooth carbonation. Moderate hops bitterness.

O - Very drinkable. This beer has a reputation for being a Belgian hop-bomb; I found it hoppier than usual but still an excellent balancing act between hops and malt.

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

Thoroughly clouded pastel amber. Active froth that quickly becomes a translucent sheet.

Besides the many familiar aromatic descriptors that are associated with untamed yeast (pressed apples, barf, pepper, burning paper, etc.) there is a distinct note of dill leaf present in this beer. This is something I otherwise might associate with under-ripe Cabernet when its been exposed to carelessly handled American oak.
On the palate it is chalky, with a glaze of candied lemon, fuzzy with mold, stone, flint, pepper, paper, and whey. Doughy, it describes exotic mediterranean fusions of toasted sesame, olive, beet, fennel, and date. The finish is mildly sour and mildly bitter. I suspect if the hop-load were reduced slightly, this would be better. Still, nice yeast.

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Photo of cvm4
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A - Pours cloudy golden with 2 finger white head. No lacing but tight carbonation bubbles.

S - Grassy and lemon zest at first. Followed by some earthy qualities and hops.

T - Bitter and musty yeast. Grassy/earthy/lemon in the background.

M - Drinks well, everything seems spot on. It's a dryer beer.

O - I know it says Belgian Triple Ale on the label, but this screams saison! I like saisons, so I like this.

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Photo of nygannon
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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 magictacosinus
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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Photo of DruC4
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of TripelMark
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Eighty
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

33cl, best before November 2015, purchased in Belgium.

Gusher! Probably lost a good 5-10% of the beer, but oh well. Cloudy and effervescent straw-orange, with a clumpy head and great lacing.

The aroma is excellent, loads of floral citrus, orange rind and a dank earthiness. Lightly funky and tart, too.

The flavor is bitter and earthy, with a pretty noticeable alcoholic heat. Phenolic and rubbery yeast sensations. Notes of citrus rind and woody hops. Even though there's a trace of malt sweetness this is still a really dry Tripel. The mouthfeel has high carbonation, a tad too much for me, but it's soft and palatable.

Great stuff, definitely something I'd come back to.

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Photo of janubio
2.99/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Hazy golden colour, medium head with short retention. Good lace. Aroma of peaches, spices, herbs, pepper, fennel. Unfortunately, as you're drinking, it fades and ends in cardboard. Round palate, thick and creamy. Good carbonation. Taste of caramel, fruits, spices, herbs. Same thing as the aroma, turns to unpleasant notes. I had three bottles, all with the same problem. Subject to revision sometime in the future.

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De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
4.02 out of 5 based on 442 ratings.
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