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

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RATINGS: 873   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10406) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2008
[Courtesy of faroeviking, session @ yespr] Hazy amber with large head. Aroma is sweet yeasty with coriander and orange peel. Flavor is fruity with yeast, peach, hops and orange peel notes. Ends slightly bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evanrail (57) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 12, 2008
33 cl bottle purchased at Pivovarský klub, Prague. Pours a cloudy gold with a thick, long-lasting white head. The nose has orange and citrus-blossom notes and hints of honey with a light clove-spice touch. In the mouth, an initial sour acidity is followed by a surprisingly bitter barnyard note, a bit of sweet malt and a chalky, bitter bite in the finish. Very well-balanced alcohol for 8.5%. Interesting, unusual, and clearly not your average daily drinker for most of us.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rauchbier (3709) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2007
Tap, at ZBF 2006. Gold, good off white head and gentle condition. Slight spiciness in the nose, gentle sweetness in the mouth with a background chalky yeast note, lingering fruity sweetness in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
LAboozehound (47) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - DEC 17, 2007
From the bottle. Completely not worth the price tag. An above-average beer without much to put it above your average Belgian Tripel. Fruity taste with a hoppy kick. Lots of clove flavor. Very nice on the palate, but I probably would have been more impressed if this bottle had cost about half of what it did.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Pours a hazy brownish-gold with a thin head. Aroma is lightly spiced... ginger on top, banana and clove underneath... nice. Flavor is subdued, but excellent. A nice full body at the start, fading away into spices and light fruits. Reminds me of some of the spiced Smisje beers. Refreshing and pleasant.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Pours a light brown with white head. Has hints of apples, belgian yeast, spices. Finished semi sweet with apple presence on the tongue.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wim (3393) - Weelde, BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2007
cloudy yellow coloured body with a average white head a spicy fruity aroma a nice fruity spicy taste and a bitter hoppy finich

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KnutAlbert (6440) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 25, 2007
Bottle from Bier Tempel. Full body, orange, peaches, some yeast (in a pleasant way). Very fruity. Sweet, but not sticky.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Bottle best by sept 2011. Murky, medium copper color with an almlost white head 5/5 Bright banana and strawberry aromas mix with a pronounced bread note. Sweet, malty flavor with pear and fruit notes. Dry with a slight yeast astringency.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2007
Draft @ The Rake. Hazy yellow / peach colour with white head. Aroma is citrus / malty / with some sweetness. Taste is earthy / sharp / fruity / dusty. Also have this in a bottle although yet to drink it. Looking forward to it.


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