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


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RATINGS: 837   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pubbe (493) - Højbjerg, DENMARK - APR 25, 2007
Bottle. Clear golden colour with orange hue. Mostly lasting white head. Malt and fruitesters in the rather powerfull aroma. Slightly sweet malt and great hoppyness in the flavor. Dried fruits as well. Dry and a bit alcoholic in the long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - APR 22, 2007
An odd beer. Hazy (unfiltered) with a thin head. Aroma is the best feature of this beer: honey, flowers...like an alpine meadow in a sunny day. Flavor: graham crackers, honey, ice tea, with a definite sourness. Finish was light and watery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2007
Bottle. Hazy orange colour with an off-white head. Nice aroma of grape fruits and a short gust of lambic. Fruity aroma with a taste of apricot. Medium bitterness. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 6, 2007
Tea coloured body, small beige stable head. Aroma of caramel, fruits. Light salty, sweet flavour, light alcohol and citrus with a slightly warming finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 5, 2007
33cl bottle. Cloudy burnt orange color with a thin head. Aroma of caramel and candy apples, with some pear, honeydew melon and floral hops. Some mild alcohol and spice scents (vanilla, nutmeg) down low. Nice sweet toffee malt flavor offset by some light citrus hops. However, there’s a bit of a salty broth flavor (though not quite vegemite) coming up now and then. Medium bodied with some fine carboantion. But for that brothy thing I’d realy love this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 4, 2007
[Bottle from Beermouth tasted with the hop-bros at Jess’ cosy inn.]
Nice hazy look with aromanotes of "strong" fruits. Flavor of bitter fruits ending up in some dry fruitbitter finish.
Earlier Rating: 12/1/2006 Total Score: 3.1
[Bottle at Finn, RISK] Nice friuty and belgianyeasty tripelthing, which is good for its style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10191) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 1, 2007
Golden with a nice head and a good lace. The aroma is very floral and fruity in an almost perfumed way. the mouth feel is rather full. The flavour is sweetish with notes of flower and it’s quite citrussy, actually more like grapefruit. In the finish I also find light notes of caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
boojummy (50) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Pours a hazy deep amber with a creamy, dense white head. Aroma of apples and spice. Taste is quite unexpected! Flavor is tea-like, with delicate hops flavor and bitterness, a like pepper-like kick, and a subdued maltiness in the background. Hop bitterness lingers a bit along with a powerful floral aroma that reminds me of stepping into a florist shop. Hops bitterness is on the level of a mild IPA, including the slight soapy flavor. Carbonation is just right-- enough to add some levity but not to distract. This beer is perfectly balanced. I suspect that this would pair very well with food, esp. red meat. Will drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EHSRanders (1857) - Tjele, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2007
Bottle. Golden hazy colour with medium fading head. Fruity flavor and bitter finish. Lots of carbonation

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Pours gold with a nice well maintained white head. Smells of lemons, wildflowers, pepper, hay, some splashes of nuttiness. Tastes of hay, nuts, spices, and perfumy. Great spicy finish and a tingly palate make this a great beer.

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