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


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RATINGS: 834   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2007
Draft @ The Rake. Hazy yellow / peach colour with white head. Aroma is citrus / malty / with some sweetness. Taste is earthy / sharp / fruity / dusty. Also have this in a bottle although yet to drink it. Looking forward to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Draft at the Blind Tiger. Blond pour with a white head. Aroma of some lemon rind, earthy malt, and yeastiness. The flavor is actually a little bland. I can’t believe I am saying this, but it should have been more sour. The earthy malt was barely tart, and that was pretty much the only thing providing any flavor in this one. Reminded me of a czech lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (7633) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 8.5%?? Surely a typo. Second of two corked and tissue-wrapped 750ml bottles. Had to wrestle with this one on the kitchen floor a bit to get the cork out. Deceptively lagery amber pour billowing with dense rocky foam. Spirals of champagne spritz. Nose of spontaneous dank fizzing sherbet, brie rind, cut lemon, vinegar-sprinkled barrelwood and horseblanket. Saliva-making, fresh and acidic. More of the same in the mouth. Lemony, spritzy, citric and prickling with pithy citrussy hop. (Try saying that after a couple of tulips). Possibly something spiky, grapefruity and N.American like Galena. Less aggressively bitter than on previous showings, but still a beautifully hopped and conditioned strong ale with zesty lambic leanings.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (12308) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Bottle. Aroma of citrus and bitter hop backed by earthy spice notes. Hazy peach color with a decent white head. Medium body with creamy carbonation. The flavor is a bit woody/funky with caramel, spice and hop bitter. Heat arrives quickly. The finish is quite dry, almost astringent, and some medicinal wood and bitter hop are present. Very interesting; very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (12299) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2007
Bottle. Golden / orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet,malt, hop. Flavour is sweet, alcohol, apple, hop, malt. Need more balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1649) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2007
Tap at Pizzeria Paradiso. Blonde pour is thick in body. Aroma is lightly pungent with a lot of interplay; apple, pear, garlic, banana. A shade of cattiness fouling it underneath, but to a weirdly interesting effect. Flavor is quite slick and imposing, but it retains a tight balance in clove, dry grass and champagne qualities. Big sprucy bitterness in wet juniper tones. It seems to want to strike a wild pose but sort of restrains itself on that edge. Almost a heavy palate, though still with plenty of sparkle. Cool, unique stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (15190) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 31, 2007
Bottle. Hazy, golden-orange beer with a small, off-white head. Malt, hops and sweetness in the aroma. The flavor is sweet as well, with pale malt, some alcohol and a dusty, cellary note. Full to medium body. Shared the bottle with someone saying it was unmature, but I disagree. To me it felt fresh and pleasing. (070928)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2007
Hazy yellow/golden amber with huge offwhite head. Lot’s of fruit with a touch of honey, malt and good solid hoppiness. Very nice...
Earlier Rating: 8/14/2006 Total Score: 3.6
Tasted at Vinens Verden.. Fresh and slightly bitter. It is perfekt for the sommer with it’s taste of elderflower and lime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Great head. Great mouthfeel. Bitter lingering finish. Can’t ask for much more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgiskOlklub (962) - Viby J, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. Large off-white head that’s mostly lasting. Cloudy amber colour. Moderate malty with aroma of cereal, and moderate/heavy hoppy aroma. Soft carbonation and moderate long bitter finish. Good

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