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

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RATINGS: 742   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.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Emmaneul (16) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2006
Bottle 0,33l. Golden. Some alcohol, some butter, hop and candy aroma’s. Sweet taste, soft carbonation, full body and a finish that’s everlasting harsh/bitter with some sweetness in the end. This beer lacks subtlety. Not as good as some might say...

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (3719) - - NOV 11, 2006
fruity, pineapple, pear, apple aroma. cloudy gold with a small filmy head. suspended yeast in glass. lots of toffee, butter, marshmallow flavors. quite nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2006
11.2oz, notched at best before March AND July 2009, I guess it doesn’t really matter which it was. Pours a cloudy red orange with a one finger light yellowish white head. Aroma has some spicy citrusy Belgian hops, yeast, and a slight artificial orange stale candy that some Belgian styles have--which I don’t like at all--though this is pretty faint. A little dusty with a slight alcohol presence. The taste has that orangey taste a little stronger which does distract a little bit from the rest of the beer. This is a fairly hoppy brew, though bitterness never gets too high, most likely balanced from the fake orangey sweetness. Dry finish, slightly warming and alcoholic. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Pretty good, despite the crappy "fake orange"--I don’t really know how else to describe it.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2006
The color of liquid honey (well, honey is sorta liquidly already, but you know what I mean). Spicy aroma with an appley citrus-ness to it. Clovey taste with more citrus packed in there. Very dry aftertaste, to the point where I need a more refreshing beer to chase this one with.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MiP (13478) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2006
Bottle, 8.5%. Refreshing acidic aroma. Cloudy golden colour, small white head. The flavour is a bit rough, but pleasantly so. Fruity and yeasty. Typically Belgian. Dry finish.
Earlier Rating: 4/10/2005 Total Score: 2.9
Golden colour. Very mild, slight sweet flavour. Low carbonation and creamy mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2006
Crisp baked green apples with pork chop breading and spicy hop pie in the nose. hazy light gold w/ white short sponge. hayseed dry white wine, coriander sour apple, fine lactic-bacterial leading into finish, on warming, vanilla note opens up. dry, moderately fizzy palate, crisp, lasting finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
A very musty looking dark golden lemony yellow with a firm fuzzy froth of medium stature thats a nice powdery white. Resides to a nice skim and fluffy collaring. Lacing is fast and drippy with only a minimal amount sticking in a few spots and strings. Aroma is partially dry with a grassy herbalness of hops and yeast and soft underlay of dull lemon candy. Taste is fairly smooth and favors a somewhat softer approach in its strength as its pretty mellow in mood as it sifts across the palate with a middling lemony grassyness, a small herbal spice, and a lofted, yet rounded bready yeasty dryness. Sweetness of slight candied sugars tend to keep some nice centering flavors. Feel is pretty full in the front, not quite as malty as I would like, but the yeast and carbonation is firm and lively with a somewhat smooth sweetness. The dryness from yeast and hops is fairly evident and really stretches the palate out with flour/herbal touches. A nice drinkin’ Triple. Its not quite as bold in the flavor and complexity department, but its nice enough to enjoy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Slightly hazy amber body with a small white head. Sweet rum soaked fruit aroma with some caramel. Sweet fruit and caramel flavor with lots of candi sugar.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haukur (1259) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 30, 2006
33 cl bottle into a tulip glass.clear orange color, small but firm head. Delightful aroma, very citrusy and orangy, maltiness, slight coriander. Good mouthfeel, acidic finish. Crafty brew

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bart (2941) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2006
Gold blond coloured, with a light hazy touch and a small white head. Sweet hoppy aroma, with a little peppery touch. Full palate, light bitter finish, somewhat more dry hoppy near the end. very good one.


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