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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%
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.


3.6
   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 (3551) - 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 (6651) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Draft at the Blind Tiger. Blond pour with a white head. Aroma of some lemon rind, earthy malt, and yeastiness. The flavor is actually a little bland. I can’t believe I am saying this, but it should have been more sour. The earthy malt was barely tart, and that was pretty much the only thing providing any flavor in this one. Reminded me of a czech lager.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 8.5%?? Surely a typo. Second of two corked and tissue-wrapped 750ml bottles. Had to wrestle with this one on the kitchen floor a bit to get the cork out. Deceptively lagery amber pour billowing with dense rocky foam. Spirals of champagne spritz. Nose of spontaneous dank fizzing sherbet, brie rind, cut lemon, vinegar-sprinkled barrelwood and horseblanket. Saliva-making, fresh and acidic. More of the same in the mouth. Lemony, spritzy, citric and prickling with pithy citrussy hop. (Try saying that after a couple of tulips). Possibly something spiky, grapefruity and N.American like Galena. Less aggressively bitter than on previous showings, but still a beautifully hopped and conditioned strong ale with zesty lambic leanings.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (13854) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Bottle. Aroma of citrus and bitter hop backed by earthy spice notes. Hazy peach color with a decent white head. Medium body with creamy carbonation. The flavor is a bit woody/funky with caramel, spice and hop bitter. Heat arrives quickly. The finish is quite dry, almost astringent, and some medicinal wood and bitter hop are present. Very interesting; very tasty.


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