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

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RATINGS: 775   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.


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 (3271) - 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!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5903) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, 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.

3.6
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9556) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2393) - 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.

3.8
   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.


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