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


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RATINGS: 872   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2007
12oz bottle. Poured a murky garnet with a small head that faded slowly. Aromas of candy sugar, beets, orange, yeast, and some alcohol. Fairly hoppy mouthfeel with some raspberry notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9170) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2007
On Tap at the Prince Of Wales, Foxfield 25/11/2006 Fruity and slightly rich aroma. Golden coloured with some sour fruit flavour. Rich on the palate. Crisp lasting malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Furseth (2045) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2007
Bottle: Yelow hazy colour,flat head. Aroma of citrus,fruity,yeasty,and a nice hopyness to in the end. Flavor is almost the same,flowery,yeasty,hopy, and has a bit of sweetnes too. This was a typical Belgium blon ale. Medium body, medium finish. Werry nice!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madsberg (11163) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2007
Bottled. Golden coloured. Unclear. Fluffy off white head. This is a typical belgian ale. Loads of yeast, friuts, sweetness and a light sour grapish touch. Both in flavour and aroma. Is quite dry. Medium bodied. The grape and fruit thing last all through the beer until the end. Very easy to drink. Has some light alcoholwarmth on the lips in the end.
Earlier Rating: 2/25/2006 Total Score: 3.3
Bottled: Golden coloured. Hazy. Off white dense head. Sweetness, yeast, spice and fruit in the aroma. Not as heavy as I like it, but still good. Flavour is on the mild side as well. Distinct alcohol, yeast and fruity and a slightly touch of spice lying under it all. Quite smooth and easy to drink. Is medium bodied and ends on a fruity yeast note. Alcohol difficult to detect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekstedt (6232) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2011 Bottle (75 cl) from Systembolaget. Pours hazy golden with a thick head. Malty aroma with some spicy phenols, and floral hops. Once in the mouth, the sweetness is quite well balanced with a rich bitterness. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkMagus (486) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2007
Bright golden-yellow color with a somewhat small (and rapidly fading) white head. Sweet aroma of fresh fruits (apples, pears, pineapple), sweet malts, candy sugar, yeast, and a very slight spiciness. Nice sweet flavors, similar to the aroma, but with some added woody character. A light hoppiness balances out what would be a very sweet and sugary beer. Pretty nice, but perhaps a bit "short lived" in terms of the flavor. I wanted the experience of tasting the beer to last a bit longer, but it finished up very abruptly, leaving almost no aftertaste. This made it very easy to drink (for a beer of 8.5%abv), but not as powerful as I would have hoped...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2007
hazy yellow appearance with nice nose. nice complex flavor of a well balanced triple that has a slightly bitter finish. the only problem is the carbonation was too strong and it effected the mouthfeel of a beer. overall it was very good though

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 16, 2007
750ml bottle, though the label say 11.2oz (just might be the biggest 11.2 oz bottle I’ve seen). Pours a very hazy pale orange with a two finger head, that takes forever to fade to a very thick cap. Even at the end there was a good half inch of foam. The lacing that it leaves completely covers the inside of the glass. Smell; starts off a bit musty and a little tart in the aroma. Tropical fruits are present with tangerines, pineapples and grapefruits. There’s also some herbal aromas going on, and a bit of pepper and hay. Taste; starts off with citrus, with lemons and grapefruit, and little bit of tangerine. The pineapples are there as well as bit of bananas. In the middle some caramel, and bready malts come through, followed by the spicy, herbal and grassy hops. The mustiness I noticed on the aroma follows through into the flavor, and only seems to add a bit more depth to the finish. Mouthfeel/Drinkability; the mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a bit of a drying finish, and really damn good drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marsiblursi (3070) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 (Bottle) Pours hazy orange/amber. Mostly fruits and malt in aroma with apricot and some green herbs. Undertones of honey, citrus, yeast, flowers and maybe some mint. Heavy malty, sweet flavour with a light spicy, bitter finish. Small to medium body. Notes of honey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25068) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2007
(Bottle 33 cl. Hazy golden with some impurities. Dense and stable white head leaving a handsome lacework. Fresh, citrusy aroma hops. Medium body with some sweetish, malty notes and then some rather distinct and refined hops that both leave a solid bitterness and a lightly soapy aroma. Quite delicate. 271206
Earlier Rating: 6/16/2005 Total Score: 3.6
(Bottle 75 cl) Nice, deep golden colour with a tall, gigantic, frothy almost fat head that’s almost impossible to keep down in your glass. Takes a long while before you can get to the beer! Hazy and fruity with some wheaty notes. Long spicy finish. The kind of beer that would probably develop very interestingly if stored. 270997

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