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

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Reviews:
239
Ratings:
424
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
12.94%
 
 
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Photo of bultrey
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer... I had it a few weeks ago from the bottle at Anam Cara in Boston, and I had it just last night on draft at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn. It is one of the few Belgian beers I've had that tastes nearly the same in the bottle as on draft.
I was surprised to see this classified as a triple... it has more of a saison taste to me, and I seriously did not notice 8% alcohol. The aroma provides some white fruit -- maybe apple and pair -- mixed with some slight, but pleasant, skunkiness. The first sip is slightly mouth-puckering, like a lambic or saison, but is quickly joined by ginger, pear, citrus, all with a bit of astringency. The aftertaste reveals some faint malt characteristic that fades quickly to that same pleasant skunkiness and hops flavor. Mouthfeel is fantastic, as the carbonation is light, consistent, and pleasant. I could drink this aaalll night....

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

11.2 oz bottle into Westy goblet.

A - Poured a beautiful golden color with a small white head. Look beautiful in the glass!

S - Very faint hop smell. Nice an malty. A classic belgian ale smell.

T & M - Very malty with some slight hops. Kind of heavy for a what i was expecting. More alcohol tasting than usual.

D - Very drinkable. It was a little too cold when i started to drink it but it got better as it warmed a bit. More flavors seemed to come out. Try this one out if you like the Belgians.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you would smell this beer with closed eyes you would say you were smelling a ...gueuze!

L: clear, dark gold colour, grand bubbles, ending in big mountains;
S: I smell bretts (!), dried yellow fruit, honey, apple, tiny tiny background of banana.
T: in line with the smell, but less to explore, bitterness of the hops;
M: a great combiner with a good dinner, lasting bitter aftertaste;
O: the bottle doesn't say this is a triple, if we have to call it a triple it is one of the most atypical; great brew!

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

Pours a slightly hazy copper color. Aroma of reasonably hopped, pear cider. Flavor is well balanced between dry and sweet, with a reasonable amount of acidity and a noticeable bitterness (the combination evokes grapefruit). Alcohol is reasonably well hidden.

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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 chicagobeerguy
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark honey, nice head, peachy color
S: Funky wild yeast, rotting flowers, lemon peel, coriander, sour white wine
T: Lemony, yeasty, clean tasting, almost saison like
F: Good feel, high carbonation that finishes smooth
O: Not my favorite Tripel but definitly clean and refreshing, great with a white fish dinner, glad I tried it but prefer Tripel Karmeliet a little better.

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Photo of Chinon01
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was a golden bronze with a sloppy foamy head. Smell was of yeasty phenolics (i.e. bubble gum, candy, etc). Taste was similar to smell with a long dry hoppy finish. Mouthfeel was layered and complex. Drinkability was tempered by the dry finish which provided the beer significant presence.

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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 Monsteruss
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The 1st experience I had with this beer was it exploded when I popped the top, maybe due to store handling. The foam was 2" thick, smooth, light wheat in color and lacey. The color was light semi-hazy golden pils. The smell - a honey sweet wheat and a little spicy. The taste was the same as the smell w/ a hops undertone and a light lemony hint. Mouthfeel - medium-bodied. Drinkability - good on the palate with a little more overtone of a lemony aftertaste.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a strange bottle into a chalice: it was 750 ml but marked as 11.2 ounces, and was corked but capped with a crown cap. I had to withdraw the cork with a corkscrew.

A: Bottle was a gusher, and foam geysered out even after some beer was poured out of the bottle. Pours a hazy light orange with very active apparent carbonation and an enormous rocky head. Foamy head follows beer all the way down the glass, and the head coats the side of the chalice. Striking appearance.

S: I don't know for sure that this beer is brewed with bret, but it sure seems to be. Horse blanket, barnyard funk is the predominant characteristic of the nose, with some clove.

T: Again, bret-like funkiness is the predominant early flavor, with very subdued fruitiness followed by a very dry finish.

M: Very high carbonation and medium to light body. The feel in the mouth is typical for the style.

D: For me, a bit funky for more than one in a session, although at 8.5% that's probably just as well.

Overall: Fans of bret will love this beer. I find it to be a nice beer, but a bit out of balance; there's little more to it than the funkiness. I'm not sure it's a "tripel" as BA calls it. I find this very similar to Orval.

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

A - slightly opaque straw with a creamy head that leaves significant lace

S - Biscuity yeast, honey, spices, caraway, caramel, toffee, malt, slight banana and melon, subtle alcohol

T - Delicious spicy malt with earthy tones but a pleasant floral character that mellows it out. Finish is surprisingly dry for the style with the alcohol coming out backed up with a slight bitter and some pleasant malt tones. Fresh bread, pears, bananas, and rye are also present, giving the beer a wonderful complexity.

M - Great carbonation and not too sticky for the style

O - A brilliant beer! For the style, it is subtle, complex, with not too much residual sugar. Seek it out!

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Photo of atlason
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into tasting glass.

A: Gold, slight haze. Small pretty head with great lacing -- full and delicate.

S: Delicate piney hops.

T: Aggressie piney hops -- errs on the bitter side. Light malts, slight fruite --- white grapes.

M: Medium attenuation and carbonation, fine drinkability.

Reviewed from notes.

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

Pours a hazy orange brew with a nice white head. Smells of hops, spices; roasty malts and barnyard.
Taste is also spicy and hoppy. Plenty of Barnyard funk going around here too. Finishes dry and bitter with plenty of hints to the relatively high ABV. I found quite some similarities with XX Bitter.
Mouthfeel is good. Relatively smooth. Drinkability isn't all that great considering the intense bitterness and traceable notes of alcohol.

It's an okay tripel but I'm not a big fan of the horsy barnyard aspects. The alcoholic aspect wasn't very likable either. I'll pass fot this one in the future and take a Westmalle, Carolus or Karmeliet instead.

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Photo of larsee01
4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into glass goblet.

A--Gorgeous palmetto honey color with modest head the same color as bottle label. Dark and cloudy, almost like hard apple cider in fall. Lots of floating yeast and dark sediment specks at bottom.

S--Noticeable at a distance. Smells like it looks...honey and apple. Sweet, fruity, flowery, tiny yeast tang.

T--Damn good! Lots of good stuff happening here. A fruity, spicy, mild tripel. Honey malt, apple, hint of black pepper. Fruity, yeast, grassy finish. 8.5% ABV? Who would know?

M--Smooth with great body. Not much carbonation, but not boring. Clean, but with a pleasant lingering on palate.

D--Wow. Great drinkability. I just bought one of these and it will be gone too fast. A striking, memorable brew. Perhaps the best I've ever had.

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

Bottled April 2003, purchased December 2004, consumed March 2005. No paper wrapper on this 11.2oz, despite the picture. served at cellar temp of 54 F.

Pours out a nice light straw yellow, witha big fluffy head that takes off after not too long.

aroma is delicious smelling, lots of malts and spices wafting around. indulgent. i can't pick out much, but it's tasty.

taste is quite dry and bright hops. almost makes me wonder if this bottle has been skunked a bit, but, i'm not sure. this is an interesting tripel, as in, i wouldn't have thought it was a tripel, maybe some belgian strong pale ale or something... lots of spiciness, and the hops are the real player here. some dry hops, with a little malt to complement. vanilla makes an appearance here, along with some rosebuds. interesting aftertaste, makes me feel like i'm in the brewery, and it beckons you to rewet your taste buds with more of it.

mouthfeel is good and smooth, nice there. good drinkability, it's yummy.

i didn't start to like this beer till about halfway through. it went form "whoa, this is skunked and metallic" to "hm, i can get through this" to "hey, i think this is how it's supposed to taste, and, i think i like it". i just love the spices in this, so well done.

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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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Photo of mj001jk
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy caramel-color with a crisp white head and lots of carbonation.

Fresh aromas with subtle tropical fruit like apricot and guava but with a dry and tart Belgian character. It smells vibrant and uplifting, like the morning dew forming over a bale of barley out in the fields.

Dry malts with a barnyard funk in the back of the throat that escapes up to the nose when I drink this. It quickly mellows out to some very subtle pineapple and grapefruit with a grassy dryness and yeasty crackers on the finish. It is an explosive beer because of the high and fine carbonation, and a considerable amount of "funk" but it adds just enough character to make it really interesting.

It is refreshing and highly drinkable, a beer that teeters on the border between liberally-hopped Tripels and Saisons.

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Photo of Brandt
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured a turbid straw yellow with decent amount of white head

the smell is very estery as a belgian typicaly is with complements of banana, faint citrus and an earthy straw/funk as well

the flavor on this beer is really quite nice with a warming alcohol that is followed by the earth straw/funk that is picked up in the smell and a nice malty character that is subdude by a dryness

finishes with a med. body and a dry crisp bite wich gives way to some malt sweetness and a bit of bitterness.

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Photo of Arno
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Pale yellow, slightly hazy. Good airy white foam top. Great lacing.

smell: Sweet malts and fruity. Bit flowery as well.

taste: Sweet malts with a nice tropical fruit undertone. Followed by quite a spicy bitter kick.

mouthfeel: High carbonation, quite thin.

overall: Not sure about this beer. It's just a lovely drinkable beer. It's deceptively easy to drink considering the ABV. It's quite fresh with the fruity and slightly sweet malts followed by a spicy kick. So in that regard, an excellent summer beer. But i don't get these beers that taste quite similar to a proper regular beer but has nearly twice the price and ABV. I just don't think it's that special. I've had better.

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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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De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
90 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.
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