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


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RATINGS: 774   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hanoi (461) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2014
Nose is yeast, slight soft strawberry and peach, floral and medicinal. Taste is soft summer fruits from the yeast leading to straw, floral notes then a pine and resin in the lasting, slightly thin, bitter finish. Very nice triple, that is identifiably ’De Ranke’ in it’s style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zql (2) - barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 4, 2014 does not count
Esta cerveza es una autentica maravilla belga. Cerveza de Abadia, rubia i con más de 8°. Muy equilibrada

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4616) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 28, 2014
330ml bottle. Pours a thin white lasting head atop a sediment filled orange body. Nose of Belgian yeast and minor rubbing alcohol. Flavour is smooth and yeasty, nice malt balance. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjik83 (654) - - SEP 9, 2014
33cl flesje bij Zeezicht, Breda Alcoholpercentage van 8% Uitgeschonken in blanco kelk glas Uiterlijk: goudoranje kleur met klein, dun wit schuimkraagje Aroma en smaak: bitter, gistig, citrus Conclusie: blond bier met karakter, niet verkeerd---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
murran (245) - - SEP 5, 2014
Pours an amber body with a thin head. Unpleasent yeasty aroma. Interesting taste of yeast and malt, sonewhat unbalanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alusmamuts (498) - LATVIA - AUG 29, 2014
Intense yellow with rich white cap. Balanced sweet bitter taste with carbonation sourness on the tongue tip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blade86 (664) - Wrocław, POLAND - AUG 25, 2014
yeasty and hoppy (citrus, floral) aroma; golden, little hazy, big white foam; medium sweetness, medium bitterness; medium + body, thick feel, average carbonation, long bittersweet finish; Overall: good, balanced, strong beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Serapac (144) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle, Golden Stones, Brussels. Hazy orange, off-white head. Aroma and taste hops, citruses, medium to full body. Strong lingering hoppy palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartlebier (1978) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - AUG 21, 2014
(filling in some older backlog classics, 2012-13) 33cl and beautifully, near-Bavarian wrapped 75cl bottles, Geers. Clear, luminous golden pour with characteristic mountainous, layered foam rocks. Intensely Belgian-hopped, with sharper grasses, pollen, apple peel building on fragrant pastures of aromatic pale malts. Tastewise, there is a lot working against the traditional tripel profile: fruity esters, but non-sugary, almost clean ones: rather green berry, candied lime peel and pear liqueur than the traditional apple, strawberry and pear syrup. Abv fumes are there, but kept in check or at least masked by quite intense hop bitterness. - Headstrong brew, a tad too heavy for my own tastes and very challenging to cook with (pork roast near accident...) on account of the pronounced BE bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (2464) - BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2014
Tripel (in spite of what they claim, this is still a tripel to me) with golden blonde, misty colour and thick, off-white head. Spicy and malty, some citrus, sweetish in onset but drying towards the end, resinous, long dry hoppy finish, a tad liqueurish. Very good, as most of De Ranke’s products.

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