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


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RATINGS: 727   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2008 Nearly opaque peach. Fine layer of thick, fluffy white foam. Musty with buttered biscuit, brett, and dried apricot aromas. Anise, flowers, iron, and stinky Brewer’s Gold undertones. Fluffy, tightly spongy carbonation. Less tart than the aroma suggests, with a soured orange rind background and leafy hop flavors. More ensuing, albeit restrained, tartness, yields hints of dried apricot and iron. Sharp gritty dryness intensifies the peppery yeast. Prominent house character soon grabs foothold and couples with notes of musty cellar and richly bitter, funky Brewer’s Gold that squelch the delicate ester spice. Minimal malt flavor lends only a dab of honeyed biscuit sweetness. Also quite musty and astringent from the yeast with a spicy brett-like underlay. Fairly tingly on the tongue after the swallow, as mild hop bitterness remains. Rather delighful, thanks to the gorgeously stinky hop nose and pungent bitterness, not to mention their pleasant yeast character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fly (1394) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - OCT 19, 2004
SweetNsour. Dry finish with fruity tones and underlying swetness w/ subtle bitter. From the tap.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
Pours a cloudy amber honey colour with a medium head. Musty peach and fantastic light spice aroma. Extremely smooth and thich mouthfeel. Delicious taste I can’t begin to describe. Definatly one of the best I’ve had

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy maze body with an average-sized off-white head. Aroma of apricot, mustiness, and butter. Spicy yeast flavor with a hint of fruit. Soft palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
arhythmt (69) - USA - SEP 28, 2004
Delicious beer; I had it first in Amsterdam and I drank three bottles before I knew it...good stuff. Cloudy gold color, medium size off-white/yellow head. I was surprised by the slightly murky look at first, but the taste was terrific: smooth, slightly hoppy but with the Belgian character coming through, nice finish. Almost like a Belgian Mac and Jack’s amber, but better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 10, 2004
Strange yeasty/olive nose. Thick and very cloying mouthfeel. Lots of Dough, yeast, wheat and some more olive. Finishes like George Clinton.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Bottle. Amber, hazy, big head. Thick fruits in the aroma including peaches and nectarines, and some prominent alcohol. Very nice followthrough into the flavor...for some reason I wrote down "thick mouthfeel laden with delicious mouthfeel". I think that’s pretty damn good. Some tart to it, and a bit cognac-like. This really knocked me out as a third round, especially having still been on East coast time while hanging with Grant in NoCal. I thought this was damn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Cloudy amber-tan body, topped by a small but dense white head. Glass lacing is excellent. The aroma is quite fruity:peach, citrus, and some apricot. The flavor is decent but no spectacular. Sweet candi sugar up-front, then some fruit and yeast. Fizzy carbonation givens this one a lively mouth-feel. Medium bodied. Not bad but there are much better to be had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2004
Bottle at spuyten duyvil. This was immediately my first pick after seeing to my great sadness that they were out of BBB Babillard. Gentle light amber, small foamy white cover. Great enticing aroma, very flowery and spicy (rose petals, bubble gum, hay, grass, lemon, mango, sage, pepper). Saison-like (more in fact) refreshing citric acidity and bitterness. Citrusy hops, honey ish tender malt, absolutely rocking flavor balance. Incredibly soft body with studied throughout carbonation. Tasty art in a bottle. Okay, I’m a big fan of XX bitter and their kriek, so I love De Ranke and had high expectations from this one, but it is even better. De Ranke can do no wrong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2004
Bottle@Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen. Yeasty, dry and citric, full mouthfeel, with some warming alcohol in the finish, full, soft palate, very nice.

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