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

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RATINGS: 787   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.


3.4
   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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 16, 2007
750ml bottle, though the label say 11.2oz (just might be the biggest 11.2 oz bottle I’ve seen). Pours a very hazy pale orange with a two finger head, that takes forever to fade to a very thick cap. Even at the end there was a good half inch of foam. The lacing that it leaves completely covers the inside of the glass. Smell; starts off a bit musty and a little tart in the aroma. Tropical fruits are present with tangerines, pineapples and grapefruits. There’s also some herbal aromas going on, and a bit of pepper and hay. Taste; starts off with citrus, with lemons and grapefruit, and little bit of tangerine. The pineapples are there as well as bit of bananas. In the middle some caramel, and bready malts come through, followed by the spicy, herbal and grassy hops. The mustiness I noticed on the aroma follows through into the flavor, and only seems to add a bit more depth to the finish. Mouthfeel/Drinkability; the mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a bit of a drying finish, and really damn good drinkability.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 (Bottle) Pours hazy orange/amber. Mostly fruits and malt in aroma with apricot and some green herbs. Undertones of honey, citrus, yeast, flowers and maybe some mint. Heavy malty, sweet flavour with a light spicy, bitter finish. Small to medium body. Notes of honey.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25076) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2007
(Bottle 33 cl. Hazy golden with some impurities. Dense and stable white head leaving a handsome lacework. Fresh, citrusy aroma hops. Medium body with some sweetish, malty notes and then some rather distinct and refined hops that both leave a solid bitterness and a lightly soapy aroma. Quite delicate. 271206
Earlier Rating: 6/16/2005 Total Score: 3.6
(Bottle 75 cl) Nice, deep golden colour with a tall, gigantic, frothy almost fat head that’s almost impossible to keep down in your glass. Takes a long while before you can get to the beer! Hazy and fruity with some wheaty notes. Long spicy finish. The kind of beer that would probably develop very interestingly if stored. 270997

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (21326) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle. Hazy orange colour, big creamy white head, leaves lace. Aroma is yeast, fruit and slight flowery hops. Flavour is raisins, yeast, fruit, hops and some alcohol. Pleasantly balanced and carbonated.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Hansen (7050) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2006
I really don’t like it. First, when I opened it, the head was all over the place, and only half of the beer ended in the bottle, and I didn’t shake it!. The aroma and flavor is unpleasent, bitter, and something like earwax. Colour is dark orange and unclear. Head is real big and white. Mostly lasting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2006
Tap at Mugs Ale House. Very pale straw coloured beer. Spicy and estery with notes of clove, lemon, lemongrass, spicy Saaz hops and a bit of black pepper. Soft wheaty spice character throughout. The tasting notes dictated that this is not a triple, but to me it seems textbook for the style. Lean body, fragrant spicy nose, light peach/apple. Yeasty/hoppy spice with a kiss of tartness. Refreshing flavour with some light bitterness and a dry finish. Tasty brew.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Poured a hazy orange with a medium sized head. Had a fruity, yet spicy aroma with a slightly bitter hoppy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (36929) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2006
Bottle. Golden blond color with a light hazy touch and a small white head. Sweet hoppy aroma, a little peppery touch. Full palate, light bitter finish, dry hoppy near the end.


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