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

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RATINGS: 900   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10351) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Bottle. Musty lemon peel, biscuit malt, and straw aroma. Golden yellow with nice white head. Lightly sweet lemon, biscuit malt, yeast, and moderately bitter herbal hay flavor. Good body. Pleasant.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
vincentvega72 (344) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 14, 2016
Mooi goudblond licht troebel bier. Bloemig, licht hoppig aroma. Smaken van peer, mout, beetje vanille, brood, zelfs een heel klein beetje caramel. Lekker warme, licht bittere afdronk. Zeer goed uitgebalanceerd bier. Een topproduct.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopverdju (537) - BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2016
Helderblond bier met fijn wandklevend schuim. Geur: Groene hop, grassig, ietwat kazig. Smaak: moutig en bitterig met beetje zwarte peper. Redelijk volmondig. Afdronk: redelijk zacht bitterig. Een aangenaam abdijbier.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (7752) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2016
Bottle. It pours clear golden with a creamy white head. Earthy hoppy and spicy yeasty aroma. Oranges and light citrus. Sweet and dry flavor of spices and hops and malts. Sweetness from the alcohol.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackisle (1912) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2016
Bottle 33cl. Hazy medium golden, lively carbonation, good two finger frothy white head, half-way lasting, thin layer of foam remains all the way, good lacing; complex aroma of pale malts, orange, tangerine, lemon, yeast, candy sugar, spicy notes, floral accents; taste is light sweet and bitter, dry hoppiness, grainy notes, quite spicy but not too sharp, long duration; medium body, smooth creamy texture, dry sweetbitter finish, with mild spicy hop notes and a light alcohol bite; all in all a very aromatic and hoppy Strong Ale, very complex and elegant, very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruigo (2102) - 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 (743) - 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 (2265) - 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 (2209) - 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.


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