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

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RATINGS: 780   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (13895) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 Bottle (Vinens Verden) - shared with Mette. Golden - white head. Orange / Grape / citrus hopped. Light malty - light bitter. Bitter aftertaste.
Earlier Rating: 8/13/2006 Total Score: 3.4
Draught ´(Guldenberg) at "Chr. Firtal" in Odense. Orange - white head. Aroma: Flowery, malty, orange, well hopped. Taste: Citrus, bitter hop, malty, yeast, dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bobaidan (517) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Pours cloudy orange/ amber with a big head that dissipates pretty quickly. Aroma is citrus, a bit of hops and spice. Flavor is of spice, citrus and a bready yeast presence. Hop and alcohol flavors are present, but not pronounced. Leaves a pleasant bready flavor in the mouth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Poured a golden to amber color with a nice initial head with good retention. Lacing was solid but typical for a Belgian. Aroma was of yeast, coriander, pepper, and light citrus. Tangerines came out mid-glass. The flavor was citrus (slight sour), yeast, coriander and other spices, pepper, tangerines, and a minty note. Mouthfeel was moderate and amply carbonated. This came across like a saison and was darned enjoyable in the summer on vacation!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (21730) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy yellow coloured with a white head. Aroma of fruits and hops. Flavour of fruits, spices and hops.
Earlier Rating: 6/5/2005 Total Score: 3.8
Bottled. Golden coloured with a white head. Fruity aroma with spicy notes. Fruity flavour with spicy notes. Dry hoppy finish. Well hidden alcohol.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2006
Bottle thanx to Henrikb. Golden colour with a big white head. Fruity, hoppy, light yeasty aroma and a sweet fruity taste. Medium body with a sweet finish.
Earlier Rating: 4/3/2005 Total Score: 3.8
Zythos Beer Festival, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium 2005. Cloudy golden colour with a big white head. Spicy grassy yeasty aroma and a very bitter taste. Medium body and a very bitter finish. 6-3-6-3-14 RE-RATE Draught. Hazy orange colour with a big white head. Yeasty, fruity aroma and a sweet hoppy, fruity, yeasty taste. Medium body with a bitter dry light ´sweet finish. 6-4-7-4-17

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2006
bottle. yellow color. corn aroma. quite fresh. bit sweet. typical pilsner.
Earlier Rating: 8/12/2006 Total Score: 3.2
bottle. pale yellow color. honey sweet. goes down easy. bit spicy and dry.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3277) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2006
Pours a clear golden with nice white head and lacings. Sweet and slightly sour. Very much like Guldenberg, just fresher. Very similar, but better.
Earlier Rating: 7/19/2006 Total Score: 3.5
Pours a clear golden with nice white head and lacings. Nice and mild sweetness. Slightly spiced. Dry finish. hides alcohol very well. Quite trippelish. Good and very easygoing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Blue and white paper wrapper, peeled that off capped with a cork inside. Pop the cork and it starts to smoke, we pass it around sniffing the smoke and the head starts to rise passed the top, don’t be alarmed i saved it from hitting the ground. The pour is amazing orange\copper body underneath a large quickly rising off-white head with good retention. The aroma is heavenly, citrus, hops, belgian spices, sweetness, and fruit. The flavor is slightly hoppy, sweet, loads of citrus, slight fruit, smooth, and well balanced. Good healthy body, great brew.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2006
Bottle. Clear golden in colour with a white head. Easy drinkable. Mild sweetness and slighyly spicy and also a slightly dry.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUL 11, 2006
Bottle, 33cl. A very discreet label for a very good beer. Hazy orange topped by a medium off-white head. Some residue in the end. Aroma isn’t very intense: some notes of fruits, specially of orange and litchis. Flavour is great, strong and not as sweet as others belgian strong ales. Spicy and yeasty, this beer is really pleasant, with the dry finish and small bitterness giving it the right balance. Lovely beer!


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