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

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RATINGS: 819   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Pours a clouded gold amber with a minimal white head. Nose is sugary sweet with some hops and citrus. Flavor starts off as fairly bitter but smooths out as it goes on. Though as you go on there seems to be a more bitter aftertaste that hits you in the back of the mouth. Feel is very smooth. Nice silky texture with a good level of bubble to back it up. Drinkable, yes. I can’t classify this as a stellar brew, but it is still good. De Ranke does another good job here and I am glad to try it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Draft at Redlight. Cloudy burnt orange color. Fluffy white head that settles to a thin film after a few minutes. Nice, delicate lace noted all the way down the glass. Aroma was of citrus hops, banana, honey, and flowers. Very unique smell for the style, and quite unexpected. Likewise, the flavor isn’t your typical tripel by any means. I picked up alot of citrus and honey, with ample hoppy bitterness and some toasted caramel. I honestly mistook this beer for a bitter, as that is what its characteristics most resemble, in my opinion. Still, I can see how it is considered to be a tripel, with the sweet fruity foreground. Smooth, medium body with a clean finish. The alcohol is undetectable at 8.5%. Very nice beer, and a unique blend of two very distinct styles.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
canary dog (685) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Cloudy amber but nice brussels lace. A mostly malty brew with an indirect hoppiness and alcohol finish; although pretty smooth. It looks like an Abbey, but it tastes more like an ESB. I probably wouldn’t try it again because of its price.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2007
From a paper wrapped 750 ml. capped corked green bottle, a short blurb and best before date (04.2011) on the paper wrapper, also states that bottling date is five years prior to the best before date, sampled in a tulip glass. Sediment is visible in the bottle. A cloudy orange hued golden appearance, frothy, rocky white head that slowly settled into a thin sudsy lacing, small amount of laced sticking. The carbonation is very active, plentiful supply of tiny micro bubbles. Different smelling from most tripel ales I’ve tried, honey covered grains, mellow spices, hints of woody herbs, a light tropical fruitiness, different, but appealing. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, crisp, dry and delicious tasting, sour citrus and sweet tropical fruits, dry spices and clove, the alcohol meshes with the malts for a low temperature warmth in the palate, dry spicy, herbal hops that have a soft bitterness near the end, dry spicy, fruity finish. Dry, dry, dry, I think this is easily the driest tripel I’ve had the pleasure to try, it’s a smooth dryness that leaves your mouth watering, wanting more, a great Belgian tripel ale.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (8203) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2007
(Bottle, thanks motelpogo!) Cloudy orange color, fluffy white head. Hoppy fruity apricot scent. Fruity apple and malty taste.
Earlier Rating: 11/26/2006 Total Score: 2.9
(33 cl bottle at The Rover, Göteborg) Sour scent, also yeast and alcohol, and sweets. Very sweet and almond taste. Low bitterness. Shady orange color, no head.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2007
On draft. Slightly cloudy orange color with not much of a head to speak of. The aroma was somewhat muddled, with some light spices coming out and some earthy hops that added some accent. The taste was much the same. Some light spice as in a traditional tripel, a good helping of malt, and a finish that’s a little floral. Overall, good, if not very distinct.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - AUG 4, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2007 Straordinaria esperienza al pub del Duca, dopo la favolosa Kriek dello stesso birrificio, questa la verso con lentezza e un gran sorriso sulle labbra aspettandomi qualcosa di veramente speciale. Colore piuttosto chiaro, schiuma vivace, ampia ma subito pronta a svanire; l’aroma è spettacolare e indescrivibile: quindici minuti solo ad annusarla, aroma luppolato ed erbaceo, arancia e pane appena lievitato, e qualche fiore che non riesco a identificare, secco e inebriante, sembra che abbracci d’un colpo il salso profumo di mare alle mie spalle. Corpo vivace e leggiadro, sapore indescrivibile; i 33cl più avvincenti della mia vita. Top.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2007
Pours a slightly hazy orange/gold color with a small little white head. Smells of some citrus fruit, definite hops, but with a strong malt backbone. The taste is more fruity then anything, but with a little spiciness that gave it some character. Nothing overly exciting about this brew, but nothing wrong with it either. fruity little finish to it, that ends with some bitter spices. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2007
Fuzzy golden color with a a bushy white head. Hoppy, sour notes and flavor. Hints of orange and peach. Like a Sour Patch Kid. Finished with a prevalent hoppy presence.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JUL 31, 2007
Soft initial taste and velvety texture. However there was not much flavour. Drink this one warm or all of it will be lost.


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