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

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RATINGS: 754   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marsiblursi (2999) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 (Bottle) Pours hazy orange/amber. Mostly fruits and malt in aroma with apricot and some green herbs. Undertones of honey, citrus, yeast, flowers and maybe some mint. Heavy malty, sweet flavour with a light spicy, bitter finish. Small to medium body. Notes of honey.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2007
(Bottle 33 cl. Hazy golden with some impurities. Dense and stable white head leaving a handsome lacework. Fresh, citrusy aroma hops. Medium body with some sweetish, malty notes and then some rather distinct and refined hops that both leave a solid bitterness and a lightly soapy aroma. Quite delicate. 271206
Earlier Rating: 6/16/2005 Total Score: 3.6
(Bottle 75 cl) Nice, deep golden colour with a tall, gigantic, frothy almost fat head that’s almost impossible to keep down in your glass. Takes a long while before you can get to the beer! Hazy and fruity with some wheaty notes. Long spicy finish. The kind of beer that would probably develop very interestingly if stored. 270997

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20274) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle. Hazy orange colour, big creamy white head, leaves lace. Aroma is yeast, fruit and slight flowery hops. Flavour is raisins, yeast, fruit, hops and some alcohol. Pleasantly balanced and carbonated.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Hansen (6563) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2006
I really don’t like it. First, when I opened it, the head was all over the place, and only half of the beer ended in the bottle, and I didn’t shake it!. The aroma and flavor is unpleasent, bitter, and something like earwax. Colour is dark orange and unclear. Head is real big and white. Mostly lasting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2006
Tap at Mugs Ale House. Very pale straw coloured beer. Spicy and estery with notes of clove, lemon, lemongrass, spicy Saaz hops and a bit of black pepper. Soft wheaty spice character throughout. The tasting notes dictated that this is not a triple, but to me it seems textbook for the style. Lean body, fragrant spicy nose, light peach/apple. Yeasty/hoppy spice with a kiss of tartness. Refreshing flavour with some light bitterness and a dry finish. Tasty brew.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
auderale (605) - Minot, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Poured a hazy orange with a medium sized head. Had a fruity, yet spicy aroma with a slightly bitter hoppy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34595) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2006
Bottle. Golden blond color with a light hazy touch and a small white head. Sweet hoppy aroma, a little peppery touch. Full palate, light bitter finish, dry hoppy near the end.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ha1ag (711) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2006
33cl bottle. murky, dark yellow color. Pours with thick soft creamy head, which laces nicely. Fruity nose, well composed taste and slips easily. perfect

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2006
750 ml bottle corked and capped via my Secret Santa! - Thanks! - Pours amber hazed with a fair creamy tan head that stays well and laces in layers. Aromas of musty basement, some pear, and a little cheese. Flavor is fruity with lots of pear and apple also some corriander there too.and maybe some ginger as well. Palate is crisp and pretty clean actually. Light bodied and easy drinking for a belgian strong.. No sign of the alcohol.. Pretty nice beer overall..

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (3561) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Poured a hazy orange with white head. Smell was a soapy hoppy aroma. Tasted started out bitter but ended sweet malt.


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