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


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RATINGS: 916   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (9594) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2015 First ratings
Initial Rating Date: 8/6/2007
Bottle, thanks motelpogo!
Cloudy orange color, fluffy white head. Hoppy fruity apricot scent. Fruity apple and malty taste.
Earlier Rating: 11/26/2006 Total Score: 2.9
33 cl bottle at The Rover, Göteborg
Sour scent, also yeast and alcohol, and sweets. Very sweet and almond taste. Low bitterness. Shady orange color, no head.

At Villagio Della Birra 2015.
Hazy golden color, white small head. Sweet, fruity scent. Sweet, fruity taste. Herbal, fruity aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2007
On draft. Slightly cloudy orange color with not much of a head to speak of. The aroma was somewhat muddled, with some light spices coming out and some earthy hops that added some accent. The taste was much the same. Some light spice as in a traditional tripel, a good helping of malt, and a finish that’s a little floral. Overall, good, if not very distinct.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - AUG 4, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2007 Straordinaria esperienza al pub del Duca, dopo la favolosa Kriek dello stesso birrificio, questa la verso con lentezza e un gran sorriso sulle labbra aspettandomi qualcosa di veramente speciale. Colore piuttosto chiaro, schiuma vivace, ampia ma subito pronta a svanire; l’aroma è spettacolare e indescrivibile: quindici minuti solo ad annusarla, aroma luppolato ed erbaceo, arancia e pane appena lievitato, e qualche fiore che non riesco a identificare, secco e inebriante, sembra che abbracci d’un colpo il salso profumo di mare alle mie spalle. Corpo vivace e leggiadro, sapore indescrivibile; i 33cl più avvincenti della mia vita. Top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2007
Pours a slightly hazy orange/gold color with a small little white head. Smells of some citrus fruit, definite hops, but with a strong malt backbone. The taste is more fruity then anything, but with a little spiciness that gave it some character. Nothing overly exciting about this brew, but nothing wrong with it either. fruity little finish to it, that ends with some bitter spices. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2007
Fuzzy golden color with a a bushy white head. Hoppy, sour notes and flavor. Hints of orange and peach. Like a Sour Patch Kid. Finished with a prevalent hoppy presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JUL 31, 2007
Soft initial taste and velvety texture. However there was not much flavour. Drink this one warm or all of it will be lost.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2007
draft... Very floral aroma, hops, with a nice sweetness that i can’t really identify. Pours golden orange with a thick white head. Very nice and refreshing beer, very floral with a good sharp bitterness, with a balancing sweetness. The aftertaste reminds me of that classic Fantome aftertaste, maybe its the floral flavor that is similar. What a great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FrankJohansen (3617) - Sabro, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2007
Bottle. Hazy golden colour with a huge mostly lasting white head. Rich fruity aroma with spicy / bitter notes. Lasting finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (13286) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2007
Bottle. Creamy wg´hite excellent fully lasting head. Yellow colour. Moderate malty and heavy hoppy aroma. Powerfull bitter flavor. Average finish. Creamy påalate. Nice beer.

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