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


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RATINGS: 852   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
A strong blonde ale of about 8.5% alc. by volume that claims vaguely to be an ďabbeyĒ 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 Rankeís XX Bitter). Made in small batches only on the weekends, they are quickly gaining a reputation as the best specialty beers of Belgium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmm1 (132) - Andorra la Vella, ANDORRA - MAR 15, 2008
From 33cl bottle, best before 10/2012. Orange cloudy body with a puffy large head leaving a great lacing. Yeast and malts in the nose, very aromatic. Sweet malts with hints of citrics at first approach. It develops in mouth with a rather bitter hoppy finish. Lacks some complexity in the middle palate. Medium body with a low carbonation that fits well. An extremely nice beer that is close to greatness without really achieving it. Will need to re-rate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (11497) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 10, 2008
330ml bottle (?, Amsterdam)
Orange, healthy creamy head. Nutty aroma, musty mushrooms. Fizzy in the mouth, which is a shame. Big hoppy aroma after swirling. Big malty taste. Excellent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Pours a dark golden color with some cloudiness and a brilliant white head. Nice lacing follows. Sweet hoppy fruit aroma and flavor. Nice and smooth on the tongue. Easy drinking for the alcohol content. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5269) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Bottle. Sweet yeasty aroma, very appealing. Fruity with a tendency to gush a bit. Strong honey and a slight floral note. Cloudy, particulate dark dirty golden body (darker brown by the end of the bottle), still see-through, with a heavily-lacing, rocky off-white head. Slightly sweet initially, but dries out enormously, and by mid-body is bone-dry. Yeast is nice, with some orange and lots of spice. Honey and white and black pepper. Light-medium bitterness with some nice earthy, floral elements. Zest and rind but no pith. Medium-full body and slightly warming. Lots going on here! I donít know that this stands out particularly against other Belgians, but itís dry and soothing. Really, really nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (36243) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2008
33 cL bottle, trade with fonefan, thanks Jan. Pours hazy orange with a white head. Hoppy, light orange fruity and soapy. Mild caramel malt and yeats flavour at first. Hits a solid orange fruity hops note before a mellow yeast flavour blends in. Finish is a blend between yeast flavour and bitter hops. Gains a short soapy mouthfeel before the finish. Rather dry finish compared to a caramel sweet flavour. Nice but again a bit strange cocktail.
Earlier Rating: 1/20/2008 Total Score: 3.2
33 cL botte, thanks to faroeviking. Pours hazy yellow with a huge and dense white head. Mild citrus aroma. Flavour is mild malty, dry and with a solid yeast note. Ends mild towards woody note. Nice yeasty blonde.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (3741) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 27, 2008
bottle at OíDonnellís in Ft Wayne - Pours hazy gold with a big white head. Bready malts, yeast, and hops mix in the mild aroma and as one would expect the flavors are similar. Itís definitely on the hop heavy side for a Belgian ale. It has a lively palate, a medium body, and a dry finish. Itís good and I enjoyed this one more than their XX Bitter, but I still find it below average for the high bar Iíve set previously rating Belgian strong ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palidor19 (3081) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Quite dry in its overall appeal. The flavor of grainy malts and low grassy hops flavors make me think of farmers drinker this after a long day in the field.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
nick76 (4315) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2008
The aroma is funky with yeast, malt, and spices. The appearance is hazy gold with a large head. The flavor is like the aroma with a dry finish. The palate is thin. Overall itís no good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 19, 2008
Bottle bought @ Vinens Verden, Odense. Cloudy orange. White head. Soft fruity aroma with yeast and some bitterness. Good mouthfeel. The flavour has a pleasant sweetness with a good bitterness and ripe fruitiness with some yeast.
Earlier Rating: 1/4/2007 Total Score: 3.6
Guldenberg Blond.Tasted at Copenhagen beer festival 2006. Hazy golden colour. Sweet, lightly fruity aroma, great sweet taste of hops and fruits. Tasted Oktober 7th 2007. Pours an orange colour with a fair head. Sweet toasty aroma with spices, yeast and hops, which also appear in the flavour though more profiund with more tosted malt and spices. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10396) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2008
[Courtesy of faroeviking, session @ yespr] Hazy amber with large head. Aroma is sweet yeasty with coriander and orange peel. Flavor is fruity with yeast, peach, hops and orange peel notes. Ends slightly bitter.

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