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

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RATINGS: 913   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A strong blonde ale of about 8% 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.
Previously 8.5% abv.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Defreni (2997) - Husum, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2008
Flaske. Orange uigennemsigtig øl. Med abdij stående udenpå flasken er det tydeligvis et forsøg på en trippel. Et vellykket forsøg I might add. Udmærket frugt i duften men en kende for sød til min smag, og selvom der står at den skal være tør, er den det desværre ikke, hvilket ellers ville have gjort det til en superøl. Men fin fin og bestemt værd at drikke.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 5, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2009 On tap at Novare Res. Oh yeah, this is what i’m talking about! Golden color, light head, but what a flavor this packs in. Totally surprised by this one! It’s hoppy, bitter and blonde, with a decent alcohol content for a blonde.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stefano (1965) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2008
Pours a somewhat hazy amber color with a thin head. Aroma is fruity, malty and surprisingly fresh. Sweet flavour, light alcohol and citrus with a slightly warming finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rederic (3256) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2008
Cloudy honey gold hue, with a white head, yeasty, fruity, grainy pale malt nose with some honeyish, mild citrusy accents in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, bready dough character, with some honeyed pale malts, a bit grainy also, with a flowery hop citrusy note and some grapefruit, lemony accents, leading towards a fruity, warmth, hop bittering finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2008
Orange, amber colored brew. Fruity, sweet aroma, some spices. Flavor is sweet, balanced fruity flavor and malts. Very nice hopbitterness in the end. Nice flavor, especially the bitterness! Good build up of the flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
illkarate (115) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2008
11.2 oz. Pours a deep orange with a nice off-white head. Decent aroma. A bit sweet, with tastes of plum, raisins, apricots... a bit of hay and honey and a nicely balanced suite of spices. Nice mouthfeel and a surprisingly dry finish. Way better than I expected, and at 8.5%, it definitely packs a punch although the alcohol is well hidden. Good stuff!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - SEP 25, 2008
Sampled at EBF2008. Pours an unclear yellow beer with a white head. The aroma is fresh and has fruity notes. The flavor os malty, sweetness anf fruits. The mouthfeel is sweet and bold. Nice beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (7297) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 23, 2008
Medium white head does not last. Hazyish golden body. Fruity sharpish peppery aroma with mango tea aroma. Intense dry-sweet peppery fruity taste with chalky mango notes. Fizzy mouthfeel. Dry sharp wooden fruity aftertaste. Not bad. (0.1l taster bottled at EBF ’08.)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2008
33 cl bottle. Poured a dark amber color. Very malty and very sweet nose. Lots of carbonation, and a very sweet taste. Flavor is dominated by honey and malt, with a nice bitter finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - SEP 15, 2008
Golden colored beer with a lasting white head. Hoppy aroma with notes of fruitiness. Flavor is more spicy ending with a nice hop bitterness. I like this beer a lot.


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