Hop Harvest 2012 – De Ranke (Belgium)

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  • My Rating: B-

Hop Harvest 2012 – De Ranke, 6% ABV – 750ml, (Dottignie, Belgium)

on the front side label:

“Unfiltered and unpasteurized top-fermented beer with secondary fermentation in the bottle and taste evolution.”

  • Style: (vintage) Belgium Ale
  • Taste Profile: creamy sweet hops -> caramel malts/citrus/yeast -> sharp bitter hops/lingering bitter finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $13 (after 10% off), February 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes; it’s well crafted

Visual: Vintage beer is usually good; you can expect them to pay attention to details for that particular year. Shame it isn’t corked but capped instead. Pours cloudy translucent orange with a very large creamy foamy head with long retention, lots of lacing, and lots of activity.

Nose: orange citrus fruity hops with sweet honeyed malts

Attack: ultra-creamy texture, 6/10-sweetness, fresh hops

Mid-palate: caramel malts, orange citrus, grassy, yeasty

Finish: sharp bitter hops, cuts off-dry, lingering bitter finish.

Summary: Well crafted and drinkable straight out of the fridge into a chilled glass. Bitterness and crispness fade and becomes heavy as it warms up.

Guldenberg – De Ranke (Belgium)

Guldenberg – De Ranke, 8.5% ABV – 33cl, (Dottignies, Belgium)

from ratebeer.com:

“A strong blonde ale of about 8.5% alc. by volume that claims vaguely to be an “abbey” beer, Guldenberg bears no resemblance whatsoever to any Tripel you may have sampled, except in color perhaps. It is very hoppy and malty (though not quite as assertive as De Ranke’s XX Bitter). Made in small batches only on the weekends, they are quickly gaining a reputation as the best specialty beers of Belgium.”

  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale
  • My Rating: B+
  • Taste Profile: Fruity tangerine/malts -> bitter hops/coriander -> strong hoppy dryness
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $4.50 (after 10%), December 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy golden orange, smallish head, ringed retention, lots of slow-moving CO2 streams. Malts and hops on the nose. Medium tangerine/orange citrus fruity sweetness (5/10) up front, quickly transitioning into sweet malts, sharp bitter hops, coriander, finishing with a strong dryness. Medium-high complexity, med-high depth, great transitions, great carry, good drinkability.