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


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RATINGS: 900   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
A strong blonde ale of about 8% 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.
Previously 8.5% abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (6292) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2013 (Re-rate, draught at Pikkulintu, 20130309) The beer poured golden and almost clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had farmohouse, fruitiness, Belgian style yeast and malts. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were fruitiness, honey, farmhouse, sweetness, grass, malts and bitterness. Aftertaste was fruity, sweet and bitter. A good and slightly funky Belgian brew.

(Draught at Pikkulintu on 2008-04-11) Hazy yellow. Fruity nose.Dry and fruity at first. After warming up, softens a bit and becomes sweeter. Nice. Old rating: 7-3-8-3-14=3.5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11986) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2008
Bottle. [thank you, dedollewaitor]
Pours deep amber orange with a fine, creamy, yet rather fizzy off-white head. Aroma is great, lots of chewy malts, yeast, pine-like hops, good caramel. Nice creamy mouthfeel with lots of tiny bottles. Flavour is wonderful, very dry, nice malt balance with an affirmative bitterness. This is one nice, bitter Belgian :o)
Earlier Rating: 2/3/2007 Total Score: 3.5
Bottle courtesy of beermouth. Pours a hazy deep yellow, bordering on orange. A fine, slightly thicker than film, head stays on the beer. Aroma has flowers, fruits, yeast and a soft sulfuric note. Taste is typical Belgian, sweet, slightly fruity sour, quite dry. A slight bitterness at the end. Not vinious, but warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
borisz (407) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2008
Bottle, 33CL. Blond ale nice beer. Great head. Nice to drink not very special bud good to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mirjukka (752) - LOHJA, FINLAND - MAY 3, 2008
draught at Gallows Bird Espoo 300408 Color:hazy dark yellow nice lace Taste: bit sweet and more sourness dash of coriander nicely in balance. I can’t taste high alcohol level at all. Bit dangerous

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2008
Draught at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Hazy golden color with thick creamy head. Dry hops, exotic fruits and phenols in the aroma. Sweetish flavor with honey, fairly sharp phenols, grapefruity dry hops, raspberry and firm bitterness. Fairly pleasant, but phenols are too sharp. Much hoppier on draught than from bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - APR 30, 2008
Bottle, from Noel Cuveliers, Abele, also at Dickies’ Grillhouse in Brugge. (Just Traci and me left in the place, chatting with the owner. Very cool.) Light orange pour with just a little haze, lots of glass-coating coarse white head. The aroma is just exactly the smell of a fresh-cut field of alfalfa hay. Lavender sweet flavor with a touch of herbal bitterness, dry finish with carbonation that gives the impression of creaminess. Not quite as dramatic as the XX Bitter, but a very fine, well-crafted beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8148) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2008
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick white head. The aroma is yeast and apricot. The taste is also a fairly dry, yeasty, and fruity flavor with some apricot. Not a bad beer at all. A soft palate and fairly dry. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bullit (4389) - Burgos, SPAIN - APR 26, 2008
Aroma has yeast and citrus. Flavour has spices and fruits. Alcohol makes a glowing glow. Nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2008
3-21-08 bottle shared at tasting
Thick cloudy yellow orange with a soapy white head. Smell is floral and has some hints of grass in there. A sweet lemon flavor that is slightly watery but has that nice tart bite to it in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - APR 16, 2008
Huge white head on a hazy straw appearance. Nose hit by a weak peppery, apple, pear nose. Yeasty. Little flowery. Very dry toward a bitter end.

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