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


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RATINGS: 820   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdixon77 (1441) - Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2015
Old rating. Murky brown. Malty, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, some dark fruit. Good, not spectacular.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (9095) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 19, 2015
Many thanks to Finn for a 330ml bottle, 8 % abv. Huge chalk white head with fair duration and decent lacing. Shiny golden body. Smell of fruit and candi sugar. Flavoured with pears, sweet ripe banana, orange and caramel, lightly spiced. Mid-dry sweet fruity ending, not overly sweet though. Foamy in the mouth. Could not spot the strong alcohol. Nice and tasty (Tromsø 19.04.2015).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1976) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
Best before 11/2016. Pours a hazy golden with floating particles and a medium white head that leaves nice lacing. Nose is of fruits, light candi sugar and slightly oxidized. Taste is lightly sweet, lightly bitter and not too boozy. Flavors of fruits, cereals and light pepper. Body is medium, carbonation medium. Ripe and well-aged, nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mtu71 (229) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 18, 2015
Bottle. Big white head lasts long. Misty amber. Hoppy, malty and floral aroma. Strong, rich malts, bready. Smooth bubbles, thick palate.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Toomio (323) - Joensuu, FINLAND - APR 14, 2015
Olipa kyllä aika paha kalja. Liikaa viinaa. Hyi, miten olikin kitkerä litku. Ei. Ei vaan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lello4ever (220) - ITALY - APR 10, 2015
Ottima e complessa questa ale belga dal colore giallo scuro-ambra. Un bell’equilibrio tra dolce del malto e amaro del luppolo che fa capolino subito dopo aver bevuto e "sporca" questa birra che all’apparenza può sembrare una tipica belga d’abbazia ma non lo è affatto.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kerenmk (3111) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 7, 2015
Bottle shared at a tasting at troubles’ place. Thanks . Hazy orange-amber. Sweet, honey aroma, very sweet and a little oxidized taste, dominant honey in the mouth. Smooth, medium body, sweet and heavy finish. Overly sweet and too heavy for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thellgren (409) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 5, 2015
0.33 bottle from Alko. Quite decent abbey blond ale, without any abbey. A bit of hops, lots of Begian yeast. That’s it. Oh, why don’t the nuns make any beer, or sparkling wine or cider or anything?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerheart65 (1116) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 1, 2015
Cloudy golden, sparkling moderately, short thin white head. Malt and yeast, bit ripe banana, slight vinous tone under. Fizzy, dry, strong crisp carbonation, citrus finish is long and bitter, light, herbs stand out. Fresh, crisp, fruity, tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fantti (777) - 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.

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