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De Ranke Guldenberg

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Brewed by Brouwerij De Ranke
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Dottignies, Belgium

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common

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common

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RATINGS: 801   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fantti (759) - FINLAND - MAR 31, 2015
Pullo @ Alko. Kaatuu tulppaaniin kullankeltaisena ja melko kirkkaana, vaahdon ollessa noin 2,5 sormen paksuinen ja jättäen vahvaa pitsiä lasin reunalle. Tuoksussa vahvimpana on yrttinen mausteisuus yhdessä sitruunaisten aromien kanssa. Pippurisuutta on myös reilusti joukossa. Hieman lämmetessä pippurisuus korostuu entisestään. Maussa vahva pippurisuus jatkuu hyökäten heti alusta suuhun. Happamuuttakin on joukossa sitruunankuorimaiseen tyyliin. Yrttisyys on etenkin jälkimaussa selvänä, ruohoakin jonkin verran. Suutuntuma on todella hiilihappoinen ja melko täyteläinen, hivenen ehkä epätasapainossa hiilihappojen vuoksi. Humalointikin tuntuu. Eipä ole hetkeen tullut näin vahvan mausteista belgialea juotua, erottuu sillä kyllä massasta. Hyvin intensiivinen, jopa hivenen turhan hyökkäävä maku.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mauritsio (501) - FINLAND - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle from Alko. Hazy yellow with medium egg white head. Fruits, dark berries. Some alcohol appears. Some fizzing. Bitterness.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarpa (1013) - FINLAND - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle 33cl from Alko. Pours clear golden with a white head. Belgian yeast, spices, fruits, grass. Smooth, malty, belgian yeast, citrus in the flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Andy_ (860) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2015
330 ml bottle
Clear golden orange beer with big white head. Aroma has Belgian yeast, pear, flowers and brett kind of leathery notes. Also some orange as it warms up. Flavor is herbal, floral and yeasty. Palate is thick with heavy carbonation. Finish has quite heavy bitterness and some alcohol. Aftertaste is herbal, floral, fruity, malty and yeasty. Also grapefruity and orangey as it wams up. Adding the sediment makes it murky and adds floral yeastiness. Overall it’s almost like a Belgian Imperial Pils. Could be more refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (2006) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2015
Bottle from Alko. Hazy orange color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, yeast, hops, grass, earthy notes, ripe fruits and a bit of pepper. Bitter finish with citrus, yeast, grass, ripe fruits and hops. Excellent belgian strong ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (3357) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 20, 2015
330ml bottle (Alus Celle, Riga). Clear golden color. Huge size, thick white head, stays. Dry yeast, bit metallic, grainy in aroma. Fruity, malty, sweetish, bit of caramel and tiny tiny bit of strawberries in taste. Crisp mouthfeel and mild bitterness. Metallic and some maltiness in aftertaste. Nice one!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikkopen (896) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 19, 2015
330 ml bottle. Cloudy yellow colour, frothy head. Spicy, malty aroma with fruity notes and floral hops. The flavour is dryish malty, with citrus fruits and yeasty notes, and a spicy hoppy finish with some alcohol warmth. Very tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dermi (707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 19, 2015
33 cl, bottled. Pours hazy yellow with a nice white head. Aroma: Hops, herbal. Taste: Medium sweet, pleasant bitterness. Malty and hoppy flavours, maybe grass and some herbs in flavour. Palate: Medium body, adequate carbonation. Solid.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jookos (3080) - FINLAND - MAR 18, 2015
Boittle. Pale golden, light haze. Malty nice peppery light herbal nose. Med bodied, dryish, med bittered. Some wood, malty herbs, honey and spices. Tasty, refreshing. I was surprised to see the high abv on it. Feels quite easy, nicely balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marstonlad (518) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle from Alko, Helsinki. Pours cloudy golden with a medium-sized frothy head. The aroma features rich malty, fruity and yeasty notes: apple, citrus, hay and spices with a Belgian farmhouse theme create a fresh combination. Taste is initially light sweet but it fades quickly toward a dry, bitter, even a bit sour finish. Citrus fruits, especially grapefruit, appear alongside pale hayish maltiness and yeasty notes; on the whole this is surprisingly hoppy for a Belgian ale. The palate is medium to full bodied, slick and average in carbonation. Richly tasty, hoppy Belgian ale.


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