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

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RATINGS: 774   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crockett (1012) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2005
Pours hazy golden amber with a medium sized soapy head with a decent amount of lacing. Nose of light grape-alcohol, wheat, cellar-must early on, strawberries, and some pizza dough. Nicely herbal bitter with some sweet malts, balance this one out nicely. Mouthfeel is creamy as it warms. Slight peppery. Faint nut-oils and traces of cocoa with vanilla. Some honey. Not too distinctive but tastey.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pilsnerrogge (2536) - Finspång, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2005
Cloudy orange colour. Large, thick head. Yeasty, fruity banana aroma. Spicy (cloves) flavour with long pine needle bitter finish. The alcohol is shining through a little.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2005
Bottle 33cl
Cloudy light orange. Aroma of honey, vanilla, banana, virginia tobacco. Spicy flavour with notes of cloves. Alcohol dominates the aftertaste with some dry bitterness added.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2005
Thick head on a hazy orange body. Very well balanced, rather fruity, neither too swwet nor too bitter. It is rather complex and a real joy to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3365) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2005
750ml bottle, December 20004 bottle, December 2003 wrapper? Pretty deep gold, great head. Spicy aroma, quite yeasty. Flavor had strong yeast component, a good dose of apricot, and a medicinal, quinine bitterness that dominated all. The comparison to a mix between Duvel and Orval is an apt one, although I enjoyed sipping on this one. Complex and interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
norlem (8) - DENMARK - SEP 4, 2005 does not count
A quite nice belgian triple. Hazy-orange with a neat fluffy head. The dominating tastes are spicy hops, lemon and alcohol. It reminds me of a mixture of an Orval and a Duvel - with the end result being less interesting than the two components.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2294) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2005
nice textured fluffy head, nice bittersweet typical belgian aroma, a little too sweet in the after tast tho. Cloudy amber with trub

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2005
A Mes rate: Hoppy and sweet. Rather dark for a blonde or beer of this type. Alcohol is hidden well. Zero lace and the head vanishes almost instantly. Yeasty and with a fair lick of spice and orange, I found this much better on tap than I did from a bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2005
I asked the bartender for a blond tripel with spicy taste. This was what I got. Full yellow color w/ hints toward plae orange with nice foam. Aroma reminded me of Duvel without alcohol and lager beer. Dry, slightly hoppy, a little spicyness, a little belgian bittersourness (tannic?) but all in all, too mild for me, this is the kind of beer you need to siniff realy hard and drink realy slow to appreciate. A disappointment as I was looking for flavour, not an easy way to get drunk. But the little flavour there was I liked pretty much.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Pouring from a 750 ml bottle that was labelled as containing 11.2 ounces, this poured a clear golden body with a tall chunky head that laced the glass with sheets of fizz. The aroma is light floral hops and yeast... not very likeable. The taste, however, is pleasant enough, a sweet, lightly spiced malt with a citric acidity and a nice bitter hopping in the finish. Nothing to write home about.

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