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

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RATINGS: 765   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2007
nice beer pale blonde. smells liek hay pepper and malt. taste reminds of a chouffe brew. malty hoppy spicy. malty but still dries the pallet. some alcohol in the finish.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
profane (40) - ITALY - FEB 15, 2007
Draught. Nice creamy foam. Moisty taste, fizzy in the nose. Very hoppy, also in the long end.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivnizub (8923) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - FEB 10, 2007
Bottle: Hazy, amber coloured, small foamy layer; the aroma is a robust combination of a sweet fruitiness (oranges) and a distinctive peppery hoppiness; very strong sweet-bitter flavour, medium-bodied; orangey-fruity sweetish finish with an increasing aromatic hoppiness in the aftertaste; all in all a bit warming: A spicy, outstanding, well balanced Abdijbier with very pleasant hops..............

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2007
12oz bottle. Poured a murky garnet with a small head that faded slowly. Aromas of candy sugar, beets, orange, yeast, and some alcohol. Fairly hoppy mouthfeel with some raspberry notes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2007
On Tap at the Prince Of Wales, Foxfield 25/11/2006 Fruity and slightly rich aroma. Golden coloured with some sour fruit flavour. Rich on the palate. Crisp lasting malt finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Furseth (1962) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2007
Bottle: Yelow hazy colour,flat head. Aroma of citrus,fruity,yeasty,and a nice hopyness to in the end. Flavor is almost the same,flowery,yeasty,hopy, and has a bit of sweetnes too. This was a typical Belgium blon ale. Medium body, medium finish. Werry nice!!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madsberg (10308) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2007
Bottled. Golden coloured. Unclear. Fluffy off white head. This is a typical belgian ale. Loads of yeast, friuts, sweetness and a light sour grapish touch. Both in flavour and aroma. Is quite dry. Medium bodied. The grape and fruit thing last all through the beer until the end. Very easy to drink. Has some light alcoholwarmth on the lips in the end.
Earlier Rating: 2/25/2006 Total Score: 3.3
Bottled: Golden coloured. Hazy. Off white dense head. Sweetness, yeast, spice and fruit in the aroma. Not as heavy as I like it, but still good. Flavour is on the mild side as well. Distinct alcohol, yeast and fruity and a slightly touch of spice lying under it all. Quite smooth and easy to drink. Is medium bodied and ends on a fruity yeast note. Alcohol difficult to detect.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekstedt (5484) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2011 Bottle (75 cl) from Systembolaget. Pours hazy golden with a thick head. Malty aroma with some spicy phenols, and floral hops. Once in the mouth, the sweetness is quite well balanced with a rich bitterness. Very tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2007
Bright golden-yellow color with a somewhat small (and rapidly fading) white head. Sweet aroma of fresh fruits (apples, pears, pineapple), sweet malts, candy sugar, yeast, and a very slight spiciness. Nice sweet flavors, similar to the aroma, but with some added woody character. A light hoppiness balances out what would be a very sweet and sugary beer. Pretty nice, but perhaps a bit "short lived" in terms of the flavor. I wanted the experience of tasting the beer to last a bit longer, but it finished up very abruptly, leaving almost no aftertaste. This made it very easy to drink (for a beer of 8.5%abv), but not as powerful as I would have hoped...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2007
hazy yellow appearance with nice nose. nice complex flavor of a well balanced triple that has a slightly bitter finish. the only problem is the carbonation was too strong and it effected the mouthfeel of a beer. overall it was very good though


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