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

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RATINGS: 885   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A strong blonde ale of about 8% 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.
Previously 8.5% abv.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruigo (2034) - PORTUGAL - JAN 4, 2016
33cl bottle. Hazy pale golden colour with a nice white head. Caramel, bread, orange peel, peach, spices and floral aroma. Quite complex. Average carbonation and medium body. Taste is complex but balanced with sweet notes up front and a more bitter and spicy finish. Very drinkable. Overall, a very good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BitchPls (711) - FINLAND - DEC 31, 2015
Golden and hazy, white smooth foam. Citrus, wheat and yeast on the nose. Lovely sourness, very balanced and strong bitterness, crispy and refreshing. A really good beer. Shoukd’ve bought this more.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjogro (1908) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2015
Butcher’s Tears (Guantanamo Baywatch). Pretty nice hoppy tripel/blonde. Backlog from 2015/11/15.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2015
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (1887) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 20, 2015
Bottle from Tanakaya. Pours a clear orange gold with a one-finger head that dissipates. Tripel-like nose with some banana, pear, peach and green apple with a touch of black pepper. Medium body with slightly above average carbonation. Leaning sweet on the palate at the beginning then a rush of peppery bitterness comes in towards the finish. Hides the alcohol very well. The nose deceptively hides the bitter finish. Another solid beer from De Ranke.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (1689) - Lille, FRANCE - DEC 14, 2015
Bottle @ home from Deconinck, Vichte - BE. Color: pour golden blond beer with small carbonation and medium white foam. Smell: caramel malt, sweet bread nose. Good balance with a strong yeast nose and good bitterness and grassy notes from hops. Taste: medium amazing body very well balanced and really easy drinkable. Good caramel malt and bread taste well balanced with yeast and amazing hoppy bitter finish. Very good attenuation. Aftertaste: sweet dry bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (6216) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2015
How: Bottle..
Where: Tasting 2015-10-09, bought from Systembolaget.
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Yeast, fruit, floral, hops.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Fruit, hops, spices, some alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geiserich (4002) - Linz, AUSTRIA - NOV 17, 2015
Bottle from Braushop Hofstetten: Aroma of malt, sweetness, oranges, orange zest, some alcohol, spices. Hazy golden orange color, foamy head. Flavor is malty, grains, honey, sweetness, fruitiness of oranges, some spices, bitterness of herbs and orange peel, medium bitter finish. Really enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirstyrabbit (1660) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 6, 2015
Bottle, 8% ABV. Clear golden body, small head. Spicy aroma with rich malt, the yeastiness is not assertive. Clean malty taste with some light cloves, light honey and cookie dough. Rather malty and well made strong ale. Has a few Abbey Tripel aspects and also some malty strong lager characteristics. Smooth and easy for just regular drinking but it’s not very complex or memorable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gcontano (20) - Lille, FRANCE - OCT 27, 2015
murky orange gold with a small white head. Aroma is light malts, cereal, fruity and spicy, white grape, lime, yeast. Light medium body, dry fruity light bitter finish.


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