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

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RATINGS: 810   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.


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jspronck (126) - BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2015
Hazy golden color with quickly-disappearing white head. Nice aromas: first nose was floral with notes of grass and citrus, second nose was yeast, flowers and honey. light sweetness in mouth with a long and pleasant honey finish. Nice and strong.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdiBeer (1825) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2015
Aroma: grain, cereal malts, yeast, slight, dry bitters. Appearance: hazy gold, medium, frothy, white head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: turning light sweet but reverts very quickly into bitters, getting quite intense, lively carbonation. Overall: nice Belgian Strong Ale, well-balanced, but not quite in the top league. Bottle from Beers of Europe, Kings Lynn.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (6219) - Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2015
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs; thanks Ferris). EXP: 14/04/17. Looks good; a cloudy apricot with ample white head, a bit of fine sediment, and lively carbonation. Smells yeasty and hoppy with notes of citrus and a strong but pleasant bittersweet backbone. Tastes like it smells with a bit of a damp presence that slightly overtakes the hops. Medium-bodied on the palate. Enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yiannnos (1005) - , CYPRUS - JAN 1, 2015
Hazy golden colour, citrus yeast aromas, medium bodied, slight sweetness, dry finish

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AbouAli (187) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 30, 2014
on tap @Moeder lambic Couleur jaune claire, limpide. Petite mousse disparaît vite, avec un bon lacing. Nez houblon terreux, goût marqué par la levure (un peu belge pas trop fort). Amertume bien cachée, peu de sucre résiduel, bonne rondeur très buvable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Icedwarf (564) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2014
Donker geel bier met weinig schuim. Smaak is sterk bitter hoppig en licht zoet. Lijkt heel erg op een tripel. Gewoon een goed bier blijft lang hangen.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ivic81 (3) - - DEC 18, 2014 does not count
Birra unica nel suo genere, ma la domanda è? Quale è il suo genere? Io ancora non l’ho capito bene ma è una birra che mi piace tanto! Equilibrata, amara, con grande corpo e personalità ma che al contempo si lascia bere con piacere.. un capolavoro!

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleigator (365) - GERMANY - DEC 7, 2014
Pours a glowing golden, slightly hazy color, with a decent head. Shows subtle aromas of slightly sour, funky yeast with floral hints. Taste is selected by dough, smooth yeast, with a subtle faded hop graininess, among spicy cloves, anise and orange peel. The mouthfeel is defined by a slick, well integrated hop bitterness, which shines during the finish, without overwhelming the yeast, while biscuity become more potent.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenclansman (886) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - DEC 2, 2014
Indeed this is not an avarage belgian ale. it is very close to an xxbitter one and simillar belgian "hoppy" beers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
guiroul33 (179) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle 33cl from Malting Pot, @ home. Aroma and taste are quite similar to XX Bitter but it is closer to a classic tripel, with De Ranke bitterness that makes it special. Good stuff.


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