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

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RATINGS: 885   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgiskOlklub (1025) - Viby J, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. Large off-white head that’s mostly lasting. Cloudy amber colour. Moderate malty with aroma of cereal, and moderate/heavy hoppy aroma. Soft carbonation and moderate long bitter finish. Good

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 7, 2007
bottled, big thanks to henrikb for bringing this to plzen. hazy orange with a lingering fluffy head. aroma of cheesecake and vanilla custard. plenty of nicely soft and sweet flavours - lemon meringue, apple peel, white grape and then with a good dose of bitterness. very nice indeed

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (7627) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2007
330ml bottle. Coudy orange colour with a big, off-white head. Aroma of spice, yeast and grassy hops. The flavour had some sweet malt, herbs and a long hoppy finish. Very good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BenRod (48) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Hazy, unfilteres appearance from the tap. White head, golden in color. Light, clean flavor w/good hop level. balanced and tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2007
On tap @ Le Poechenellekelder, Brusells. Really liked this beer. Thanks to the waiter for the reccomendation. Sweet, cloudy, yeasty. Slight bitterness followed by fruityness. Nice mouthfeel. One of my favorite I had inEurope.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (8413) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2007
Bottle. High fluffy but long lasting white head. Hazy light yellow body. Sweet and malty aroma with a good deal of alcohol as well. Far more pleasant and smooth and round than expected. Mild and fruity with just a hint of the alcohol. Pleasant surprise. Low carbonation and a long and dry hoppy aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Pours a clouded gold amber with a minimal white head. Nose is sugary sweet with some hops and citrus. Flavor starts off as fairly bitter but smooths out as it goes on. Though as you go on there seems to be a more bitter aftertaste that hits you in the back of the mouth. Feel is very smooth. Nice silky texture with a good level of bubble to back it up. Drinkable, yes. I can’t classify this as a stellar brew, but it is still good. De Ranke does another good job here and I am glad to try it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Draft at Redlight. Cloudy burnt orange color. Fluffy white head that settles to a thin film after a few minutes. Nice, delicate lace noted all the way down the glass. Aroma was of citrus hops, banana, honey, and flowers. Very unique smell for the style, and quite unexpected. Likewise, the flavor isn’t your typical tripel by any means. I picked up alot of citrus and honey, with ample hoppy bitterness and some toasted caramel. I honestly mistook this beer for a bitter, as that is what its characteristics most resemble, in my opinion. Still, I can see how it is considered to be a tripel, with the sweet fruity foreground. Smooth, medium body with a clean finish. The alcohol is undetectable at 8.5%. Very nice beer, and a unique blend of two very distinct styles.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
canary dog (726) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Cloudy amber but nice brussels lace. A mostly malty brew with an indirect hoppiness and alcohol finish; although pretty smooth. It looks like an Abbey, but it tastes more like an ESB. I probably wouldn’t try it again because of its price.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2007
From a paper wrapped 750 ml. capped corked green bottle, a short blurb and best before date (04.2011) on the paper wrapper, also states that bottling date is five years prior to the best before date, sampled in a tulip glass. Sediment is visible in the bottle. A cloudy orange hued golden appearance, frothy, rocky white head that slowly settled into a thin sudsy lacing, small amount of laced sticking. The carbonation is very active, plentiful supply of tiny micro bubbles. Different smelling from most tripel ales I’ve tried, honey covered grains, mellow spices, hints of woody herbs, a light tropical fruitiness, different, but appealing. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, crisp, dry and delicious tasting, sour citrus and sweet tropical fruits, dry spices and clove, the alcohol meshes with the malts for a low temperature warmth in the palate, dry spicy, herbal hops that have a soft bitterness near the end, dry spicy, fruity finish. Dry, dry, dry, I think this is easily the driest tripel I’ve had the pleasure to try, it’s a smooth dryness that leaves your mouth watering, wanting more, a great Belgian tripel ale.


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