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


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RATINGS: 811   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 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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5025) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2007
Bottle. Pours a somewhat hazy amber color with a thin head. Aroma is fruity, malty and surprisingly good amount of hops. Taste is similar - good bit of hops, malts and fruits. Medium bodied. I had not expectations of this beer and was very pleased. Very tasty and drinkable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pubbe (493) - Højbjerg, DENMARK - APR 25, 2007
Bottle. Clear golden colour with orange hue. Mostly lasting white head. Malt and fruitesters in the rather powerfull aroma. Slightly sweet malt and great hoppyness in the flavor. Dried fruits as well. Dry and a bit alcoholic in the long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - APR 22, 2007
An odd beer. Hazy (unfiltered) with a thin head. Aroma is the best feature of this beer: honey, flowers...like an alpine meadow in a sunny day. Flavor: graham crackers, honey, ice tea, with a definite sourness. Finish was light and watery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2007
Bottle. Hazy orange colour with an off-white head. Nice aroma of grape fruits and a short gust of lambic. Fruity aroma with a taste of apricot. Medium bitterness. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 6, 2007
Tea coloured body, small beige stable head. Aroma of caramel, fruits. Light salty, sweet flavour, light alcohol and citrus with a slightly warming finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 5, 2007
33cl bottle. Cloudy burnt orange color with a thin head. Aroma of caramel and candy apples, with some pear, honeydew melon and floral hops. Some mild alcohol and spice scents (vanilla, nutmeg) down low. Nice sweet toffee malt flavor offset by some light citrus hops. However, there’s a bit of a salty broth flavor (though not quite vegemite) coming up now and then. Medium bodied with some fine carboantion. But for that brothy thing I’d realy love this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 4, 2007
[Bottle from Beermouth tasted with the hop-bros at Jess’ cosy inn.]
Nice hazy look with aromanotes of "strong" fruits. Flavor of bitter fruits ending up in some dry fruitbitter finish.
Earlier Rating: 12/1/2006 Total Score: 3.1
[Bottle at Finn, RISK] Nice friuty and belgianyeasty tripelthing, which is good for its style.

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