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De Ranke Guldenberg | Brouwerij De Ranke

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BA SCORE
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240 Reviews
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

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429
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.7%
 
 
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Photo of stcules
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful gold-yellow colour, with oranged reflexes. The smell is floreal and fruity, with some apricot, green apple, pear. At the taste you can feel the honey (sharp even in the flavour), with a good bitter. The bitter and the sweet (of honey and even pear) are very good balanced. The aftertatse is bitter with a good persistance. The body is medium - light.

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Photo of mynie
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from John's Grocery. It says it's best before June of 09 (whew!), meaning that this little number was bottled a full five years ago.

Starts bubbly precipitously as soon as it's opened, showing the pathetic violence of old age. This settles, thankfully, and pours a very dark orange topped with white wisps of carbonation.

Smells really really good, actually. Damn. Age is wisdom, in this case. Not senility (or incontinence). Raisins and plums and nice old wooden furniture, and then you got some yeast and some ribbon candy in there, too.

Tastes good, but very different than its aroma and not quite so good. I suppose old men are always less handsome when they take their clothes off. Smooth juices start things off, apples and prunes, move into a sweeter middle of alcohol and yeast, end on the pronounced fiery zing of a damn fine tripel. The aftertaste leaves nodes of earth and coffee.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.69/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pour is golden amber with tons of white head with great retention. Nose has a light dustiness to it, moderate malt presence, caramel, faint oxidation. Flavor follows suit, lots of malt, slightly stale caramel, some oxidation, high carb, full body, overly sweet.

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Photo of FLima
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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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a large, fading head.
Nose shows spicy phenols and hops alongside doughy yeast and some floral notes. A bit different. As in weird different.
Similar flavours; there’s some light malt, spicy, green hops and a fair bit of lemon.
Could use a bit more carbonation.

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Photo of shigg85
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is such a nice and spicy tripel that goes wonderfully with frites and salad. The hops are powerfully present and the floral notes round this brew out. Highly recommended!

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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 Gmann
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 750ml corked and capped bottle. Pour a hazy bright golden orange color with a pretty pure white head; which slowly dissipated leaving a wall of lace. The smell is of dry champagne grapes and light Belgian yeast. A bit funky and tart. The taste is of dry grapes, honey, earthy and tart yeast, some corriander and white pepper; perhaps some orange peel. The feel is light and overly fizzy; definitely has champagne characteristics. Finishes on the dry & tart side. Overall a fine Belgian pale ale, however I'm not sure if it ranks up there with the top tier tripels. This is perhaps the most dry and tart tripel that I have had. It looks the part but lacks the complexity.

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

Attempted to pour from bottle into glass...but about 8 ounces of this 11.2 oz bottle litterally exploded all over the place..it actually got me in the face. So I am reviewing the remaining liquid...
Pours a golden orange color - thick head obviously.
Lots of funk aromas - grassy, citrus, yeast.
Taste is bitter funky wit, grassy, earthy, slightly hoppy.
Its good, not amazing. I love funky sour brews, but this one was a bit strange...good but strange.

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Photo of illidurit
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 cL bottle poured into a Unibroue goblet. Hazy dull goldenrod color with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma is very yeasty, fresh bread, light esters including pear and apple. Flavor is also very yeasty with some pale malts, mild noble hops, pears, and grains. Moderate astringency and just a little bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Solid but I'd like a fruitier tripel.

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

Presentation: Sampled during the BA Social held at Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena on Saturday 12th October, 2003. The second in a trilogy of De Ranke beers, which we all shared.

It arrives in unlabelled green glass bottle, the 750ml curved sided affair with the dimpled bottom, so typically used by Cantillon, Fantôme, etc. The whole bottle is wrapped in an inviting paper wrap. The De Ranke Guldenberg wrapper has equally spaced light blue and white vertical stripes with the word Guldenberg in dark blue above a small picture. Corked. Unfiltered & Unpasteurized.

Appearance: A lovely bright amber color that turned to a hazy brown as the 750ml was shared around the Table and the yeast made its way out of the bottle into the last glass or two. A crusty, rocky head, off-white, looks like you would need Crampons to climb it. Nice appearance and classic Belgium looks when poured into a Goblet.

Nose: Not exactly the aromas that you would expect from a Tripel. Moreover, they are more fruity than usual, not exactly complex, but more akin to a bowl of fresh fruits – merged odors. Definitely some furry skinned stone-fruits, I remember Apricots & Peaches. Hops & Malts are there also, maybe biased towards the former. A rather subdued nose, strength-wise, but very inviting.

Taste: This is a really a very good beer. Malty beginnings, with a rather hoppy finish. The middle is fruity, a smooth peach presence, and some lights spices come through also. Some yeast adds smoothness and a bready aspect to the beer. A nice dry, hop-bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: The 8.5% gives the beer plenty of body. Carbonation lends itself to a spritzy feel on the tongue at times.

Drinkability: For an 8.5% Tripel, this was extraordinarily easy to drink. In fact I began to wonder what made this so damn quaffable. Maybe the hops towards the end perhaps, the spicy fruity middle, or just the fact that it is so well-balanced with plenty of character. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall: A lightly spiced, astringent, well-balanced Tripel, which exudes quality. Another excellent offering from De Ranke. Note: I believe that De Ranke beer is now being imported by Shelton Brothers.

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

On-tap at Moeder Lambic St. Gilles, served in a De Ranke glass.

A: Clear gold body, 1" head of fine off-white foam. Nice lace. Good.

S: Fresh, grassy, herbal, and a little fruity. Very pleasant indeed.

T: Breadiness, spicy phenols, grassiness, and a bitter, hoppy finish. Nice.

M: Fairly light-boded with lots of delicate, soft carbonation. Lovely.

O: This struck me as being way too light-bodied and bitter for a Tripel - much more of a classic BSPA. Whatever you call it, it's a tasty beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had forgotten I tried this years ago. Had a 0.33l bottle at Cafe Take One in Maastricht on 26SEP11, for €4.00.

Poured a cloudy, muted golden, with a creamy, short, fine white head which left nice lace. Aroma was fruity yet also hoppy and a touch rindy. Medium in body, and pretty smooth, overall.

Flavor has tropical fruit and some pithy, rindy hopping, being a touch bitter and dry in the finish. Seems, now anyway, more like a Belgian IPA than a Tripel. Regardless, a tasty offering. Prosit!!

4.03 rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*** *** ***

Original review of 08APR03:
This bier came in a plain, green 25.4 oz bottle, with no label. It was wrapped in a striped, light blue and white paper, with the name, brewer and assorted other info printed upon it. The label says "Belgian Abbey Beer" and lists it as being 8.0% abv. Best by date was June 2005. Topped with a bottle cap, and a hard-to-remove cork.

It poured into a goblet a hazy, glowing golden-orange color. Sitting atop the golden nectar was a whipped-cream like mound of white foam. It didn't last all too long in its large state, preferring to maintain a thin, creamy, fine layer. Lacing was exemplary!

The nose consisted of a melange of fruits, most noticably a peachy character. Beneath this was a slight spicy and peppery aroma.

Mouthfeel, in general, was about medium, or "good" in BA parlance. Body was medium at a minimum, yet could not quite push beyond that. A slight bit of carbonation made for a touch of prickliness on the tongue, yet overall it passed fairly smoothly down the hatch.

The flavor exhibited the same peachy quality found in the aroma. Other tropical-style fruits meld into the mix as well. As far as malt goes, there is a pinch of breadiness present, though not much. The fruit is the main player on this stage. As the contents of the bottle diminish, the resulting pour into the goblet turns the liquid a murky, dull, light bronze color. The yeasties have arrived!! This gives an ever-so-slight spiciness to the flavor, though the fruitiness still reigns supreme.

All-in-all, a fine offering. I would like perhaps a bit more spiciness and less fruitiness, but let's not quibble here. This is a tasty offering, one I'd not hesitate to have again! Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.15
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

529

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Slightly hazy golden body with spotty white head
Slightly funky peachy aroma
That's the flavour too
Dangerously drinkable with the mf and overall impression of the beer

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

De Ranke Guldenberg has a thin, slightly off-white head, an opaque, golden appearance, endless fierce and tight bubble streams, and a bit of a lacing sheen left on the glass. This ale becomes milky, once the bottom sediment is swished loose and poured in. The aroma is of pears, sweet, white bread, and grain husks. Taste is of those elements, along with a noticeable and pronounced, yet not harsh hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is high medium, with an unpleasant chalky character. De Ranke Guldenberg finishes on the dry and boozy side.

RJT

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at The Sovereign in DC. I thought this tripel was lacking all around. No spice, phenolics or even yeast flavors. No complexity at all. It was cloudy and had a minimal head.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/1/08. Bottle, bottled 12/2007. Pours a cloudy light orange with a huge, thick, foamy and creamy white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of skunk and stale wheat. Flavor of stale wheat initially with some light spices, light fruits, sweetness, yeast, bread, mustiness. Light mouthfeel, spritzy. I suspect this may have been a damaged bottle (I've had it on tap as well and it wasn't skunky/stale wheaty at all), but it did improve as it warmed and I think I made a fair assessment of it.
6/4/8/4/15 (3.7/5)

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This Tripel poured a clear, golden color with thin, white foam that left lace on the glass. The smell was lightly malty with some fruitiness (a hint of grapes). The taste was malty and floral (hops) and vinous. Overall a very nice flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and carbonation. The hops (bitter and floral) came through in the finish, and the aftertaste lingered. This was a very drinkable tripel.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought from Beersofeurope.co.uk

Poured a golden yellow colour with a few yeasty chunks. Huge billowy white head fills the glass in an instant then fades slowly to thick layer leaving a trail of thick sticky lacing down the glass... quite a lot of carbonation bubbles drift slowly to the surface...

Aroma - Candy sugar mixed with spicy Belgian yeastiness, pale biscuity malts, lots of freshly cut grass, floral honey sweetness, bready, perfumed, alcohol is pretty noticeable, vanilla notes... lemon, grapefruit and pear spicy fruitiness, peppery...

Taste - Nice candy sugar sweetness, spicy fruits (pears, apples, lemons and grapefruits), lots of yeastiness, alcohol noticeable but not overly so, very floral and perfumed, some medicinal notes, light sea saltiness, peppery notes, some ginger spiciness...

Feel - Very sharp and dry with just a little smoothness coming through... light / medium bodied... pretty damn drinkable for 8.5% - dangerously so....

Overall - An excellent Belgian tripel and another fine beer from De Ranke... recommended....

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Photo of tgbljb
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a beautiful golden color with abundant white puffy head. Smell is a mixture of spices. candied sugar, and hops. Tset is sweet, malty and spicy to start, then abundant hops seem to completely take over. Finishes strong and alcoholic. An OK tripel, But not great.

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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 dsa7783
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, slender, 11.2 oz bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $5.99...
From what I understand, this beer is brewed in limited batches on the weekends in the brewery...
This was unlike any other Tripel I've tasted - based on both looks and flavor...
Pours a deep, dark, copper-amber color, which was unusual for the style, as I was anticipating a more light, golden blonde-look...
Secondly, both the aroma and taste were very malty, and hinted at something of a cross between a Dubbel and a Tripel... Malty, nutty flavor balanced out by a warming glow of alcohol and a suggestion of syrup, vanilla, molasses, caramel, and candied sugars...
A sweet taste was rounded out by a thick and rich mouthfeel with a decent level of drinkability as well...
The alcohol wasn't as prominent as the sweet sugars which tended to dominate this one...
Not bad...

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

The beer poured in the chalice a crystal clear golden with a light white head that lasted well to lace the chalice.

The aroma was fruity and spicy at first and then after the head died back deeply malty with light caramel and subtle pepper spice aromas. Slight alcohol aroma brings out the spicy phenols.

The flavor was slightly sour with an interesting bittering that was well done and a malt presence that only made the beer more interesting.

The finish was dry with lasting slight yet interesting sourness and bittering. The body was medium and well done. The alcohol only comes in the warming after consumption.

11.2 ounce bottle. A triple, I don't think so, more like a Belgian Pale Ale with a bit or sourness thrown in for complexity. The label had no distinct freshness dating but said date of bottling is 5 years before best before date shown and it almost appeared to have a notch at N and at 04, I wonder if I missed it by 2 months? A nice and interesting beer, but at $4 a bottle I will have to look for a fresher example to give the devil his due...

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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 weird...it sizzles, and has a bumpy surface, with bubbles of all sizes...it 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 joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off when I popped the lid this bottle erupted like shaken champagne and would not stop foaming all over the place, annoying!
A - fully hazy yellow with plenty of sediment, tower of head is a joke
S - a dizzying mix of florals, spices, fruity esters, and grains
T - fruity esters and bright lavendar floral hop notes mix well together, hints of coriander, seeds, and light leafiness
M - bright and creamy, huge carbonation, mildly bitter
O - the overflowing bottle really pissed me off before I even started, but this brew is unique and even a little mysterious, keeps your palate busy for sure

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De Ranke Guldenberg from Brouwerij De Ranke
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