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


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RATINGS: 770   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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5873) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Bottled, this poured deep golden with a bright white head. I found the aroma to be musty and pungent. The first tastes were yeasty and earthy with a glint of honey and a slight hoppy bitterness in the finish. For some reason I anticipated a tartness that never came to fruition, but this was enjoyable enough.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Pours orange with a huge white head. Very yeasty and peppery nose. Strangely peaty, too, like a watered-down Islay Scotch; the peat calms down after a few minutes (I think it’s the hop aroma before it settles into a nice orange and earth smell). There’s sweetness in the background which manifests itself as a floral honey. The flavor is initially yeasty, but soon settles into a stale smokiness against a background of honey. The finish is lightly hoppy. The mouthfeel could stand to be thicker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9387) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2006
Bottle... Murky, orange ale with a mid-sized, frothy, white head. The fruity nose is of apricot and orange. Sweet, malty flavor with notes of fuzzy fruit, toffee and citrus. Medium to full-bodied and creamy with lively carbonation. Finishes herbal and very dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2382) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2006 (Dec 2003 vintage) Thin dense head which reduces quickly but has plenty of carbonation to keep a thin sheen of bubbles dancing on the surface. Fruity (lemon, pineapple and grapefruit). Little bit of yeast. Color is a hazy but bright golden orange. Bitter and hoppy with a little bit of fruit. Mostly grapefruit. Actually pretty bitter. Little yeast and grass. Bit dry. Finish is dry and bitter with a lingering hops presence. This is an ok belgian but not anything special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aventinus (8) - Soest, NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2006 does not count
330 ml bottle. Strong fruit and hops aroma after opening the bottle. Strong carbonation, firm head. Reminds me of Val Dieu Tripel, though this one is more bitter, I like the Val Dieu better. Nice hoppy, citrus and grapefruit. Bit too yeasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11260) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2009 Hazy yellow with a lasting white head. Fruity aroma of citrus, apple and banana. Quite bitter for a Belgian, even a hint of grapefruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 30, 2006
Best by July 20, 2010. Hazy orange/gold. Huge, dense, explosive, off white head settles rather quickly. Nice lacing. Musty aroma with a touch of vomit (not unpleasant, but not pleasant, either), leather, horse blanket, yeast and some grains. Reads like a saison description. The flavor eludes any vomit notes, maintains the others, and adds spices, some toasty malt in the first half, and a strong hop presence in the second half. Dry, musty, yeasty finish. Full, balanced body. Great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 29, 2006
On tap at "Den Tatoverede Enke", Copenhagen late friday night. I simply asked for something "blond, fruity, and bitter" which was exactly what I got! Very nice stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3360) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2006 750ml-Unfiltered orangish pour w/ a good size white head.Aroma is very citrusy. A taste of malt followed by grassy and alcohol taste. Overall a good tasting belgium beer even though it had the alcohol taste at the end it is not overpowering for 8%ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5656) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2006
Cork and Bottle Liquors, Baton Rouge, La. - 750 ml paper wrapped corked bottle. Dark, murky orange pour with a slightly off white clingy head that leaves sticky lacing. Aroma is different with some ripening vegetable notes, a hint of citrus. Flavor is a bit muttled. Pick up hints of nectarines, caramel, ripening vegetables. Just does not meld together well. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Slightly underwhelmed.

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