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

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RATINGS: 818   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2007
A very nice and hoppy beer had it on draft as well as from bottle. Very balanced and a good combination of taste. As well some bitterness as something sweet

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2007
Robe blonde dorée très claire surmontée d’une mousse blanche qui s’estompe. Arômes de prunes, de levures, de sucre et de blé. Saveurs de levures, de prunes, de pain, d’alcool et de céréales.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Avatar (84) - Gliwice, POLAND - MAY 26, 2007
0,33 bottle. Dark yellow with low white head. Medium carbonation but feel fizzy and the roof of your mouth. Taste is bit salt and bit sour, but any of flavours become before others. Some sweetness. Some yeast. Some bitter finish. But i didn’t feel hops that much. All very, very well balanced. Really positive about this one

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Hazy golden color with fizzy white head. Floral aroma. Bright lively palate. Taste of yeast, nectar, honey with a pungent finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jerre (2835) - Waregem, BELGIUM - MAY 16, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. von tap @ ’t Kruiske. Dark golden color, white head. Aroma little sweet: honey ? little oranges, Medium body. Taste much hops including a bitter finish. Good brew !

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stouby (3928) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2007
Bottle at the Copenhagen Beer Festival 2007. Golden with a white head. Trepel-like, but having a more hoppier taste. Smoth and round, strong in alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5069) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 5, 2007
75 cl bottle. Cloudy orange with a huge white head, leaving nice lacing. Spicy, fruity and herbal hops aroma as well as sweet malts. Herbal flavours together with sweet malts. Special.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2007
pours very hazy amber color. very malty aroma with some fruitiness. Noticable hops flavor with malt and fruit flavors as well. totally unfamilier with the beer but very enjoyable...thanks biggcb

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Pours a transparent dark golden bronze with a frothy, wispy-lacing cream-colored head. Aroma of sweet candi sugar and caramel malt with a touch of light fruity esters, some floral earthiness, and bready yeast. Body starts somewhat thin and airy with lots of sweet malt sugars and subtle light fruity complexity. Finishes clean, hiding the alcohol well. A decent Belgian strong ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5060) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2007
Bottle courtesy of thewolf: Poured a light cloudy golden color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of Brett is dominating with some Belgian malt and ester notes. Taste is also dominated by sour notes from what appears to be Brett as well as a subtle spices mix and a refreshing slightly hoppy ending. Body is quite full with no noticeable filtration and alcohol was not discernable. Another great beer from De Ranke and I would wish they would distribute more widely.
Earlier Rating: 3/29/2005 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy orangy color ale with a huge head with perfect retention. Aroma is quite funky with the yeast signature readily noticeable. Carbonation is good and body is quite full. Taste is dominated by the yeast at the beginning and then some spices, which are hard to distinguish with a funky finish. Another fine funky gem from de Ranke.


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