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

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RATINGS: 748   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trappist1 (425) - Diest, BELGIUM - APR 28, 2014
@ZBF. golden color, white head. nose: malt, hoppy, fruity, sugar, very correct nose. sweet bitter finish. very nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (1387) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2014
330ml bottle from Vanuxeem. Bottle says 8%. A tasty little blond this, light and sweet with a yeasty body, sugary fruitiness and floral elements creeping in. Enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchMark (134) - NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
Very nice. Just enough carbonation. There is some malt sweetness that easily transfoms in a dry bitter finish Good presence of the yeast and the alcohol is clearly there but not boozy. Subtle and delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (6917) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 2, 2014
Trübes bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig süß, überreife Früchte, hefig, würzig. Geschmack malzig fruchtig, reife Früchte, leicht alkoholisch, würzig.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jvhemert (330) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 29, 2014
AROMA: orange, citrus, bread APPEARANCE: golden, clear, frothy, white foam, TASTE: very bitter, PALATE: medium body, sticky, soft carbonation, astringent, bitter, long finish OVERALL: too bitter to be enjoyable, also lacks any depth of character.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapez (1514) - Hilleroed, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle. Aroma of fruit, malts and Honey. Clear golden yellew colouer with huge White head. Sweet and fruity flavour which ends up rather dry a bitter - a very nice mix. Wood is hidden in the flavour.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sebilinz (453) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle. Pale amber body with white head. Aroma is fruits with malts. Taste is malts yeast with some bretts. Aftertaste is yeast with some malts and some bitterness. Nice one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalchopz (2216) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2014
SAQ private import in a green wine bottle all wrapped-up with a piece of paper, labeled at 8% ABV. Pours a cloudy golden-amber with lots of tiny particles floating all-around. The beer also flowed-out of the bottle, creating a big foamy white head with good retention and thick patchy lace. Whatever was left in the bottle continued to rise up. Fruity aromas of oranges and other citruses with Belgian Ale yeast. Hints of sugars and mild hops. The grass is stronger in the taste though, overpowering the fruity malts. The yeast blends thing well and adds some tartiness. A decent Belgian strong ale that has more hop bite than most.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Temptation (220) - - MAR 13, 2014
A spicy touch finishes the medium development of this interesting beer, yeasty and hoppy in an unusual way for a Belgian brew. Bitter, with caramel and raw grain hints which round the overall, the sensation is of a compact and a very serious beer. Liked it, a lot.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flying_pig (913) - SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2014
330ml Bottle (£2.89 from Beers of Europe website):
Yeast with touches of spice and a light sourness with light fruits that include some pears, apple and a hint of citrus. The beer seems quite lively on the nose with some further fruits, a little bit of banana and some more spice as well and a few hops towards the end to round things off with.
Orange amber with a finger-sized, bubbly white head that is a solid white colour and settles as a fine, patchy lacing on the surface.
Spice and yeast to start off with along with some fruits typical of the style; some apple, pear and grapes as well. There is some citrus flavours and a touch of sweetness that follows along with some subtle hops and some floral notes.
Smooth and quite dry with a slightly spicy and sweet mouthfeel that goes down easy with the alcohol content pretty well hidden. The body is a light medium and there is a noticeable carbonation to the beer although its not gassy or overdone.

This one was a slight disappointment when compared to the high standards set by previous Belgian strong ales that I’ve tried over the past few years and I was definitely expecting a lot more from this one. Whilst not a bad beer it wasn’t one I particularly enjoyed, nor one I’d pick up again sadly.


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