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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Bottle, courtesy of ArcaneApollo (thanks, man). Pours a cloudy golden amber with a quickly-dissipating white head. Aroma is largely yeast with slight vanilla and lemon notes detected. Taste is very light up front, with heavy malt and alcohol characteristics coming in toward the end. I detected some slight citrus on the end, with detectable alcohol. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 22, 2007
in the bottle at beertopia shelton brothers sample night. pours a rich gold with a thin white head. there’s a touch of ethanol to the nose, but definitely a hefe-like yeasty aroma. a smoothly malty beer but still seems very light. has a great mouth with a really good pepper bite to the tongue, perhaps due to the alcohol heat. A pleasant citrus backwash of grapefuit completes the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daniele (8080) - ITALY - JUL 21, 2007
chiara schima perfetta abbondante e persistente profumi erbacei decisamente amara persisternza finale lunga

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Orange body with minimal head. Malty nose with faint spice. Spicy body with a yeast body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Draft. Aroma: Light malt sweetness, floral and spicy, green grapes, light dusty funk, lemon, some earthy hops. Appearance: Medium gold in color and slightly hazed. White head was full and creamy with great retention. Good lacing. Flavor: Bready malt, belgian yeast, spice and floral, lemon and apples, Dry dusty funk. Some earthy hop notes meld into a balancing bitterness. Dry finish. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Light alcohol warmth in back of mouth. Overall: Interesting but good. Some nice hop characteristics.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Very good. Sort of a cross between a golden tripel and a Belgian dark ale. Lots of good hop flavor and yeast but also green apple malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9684) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2007
Bottle Cafe Le Paix, Poperinge, Belgium 27-06-07. This was described as a dryish and audaciously hoppy pale ale, which was pretty good although nowhere near as hoppy as stablemate XX Bitter. Still good hops on nose and some yeast with hops coming through in the mouth as well. A tidy bitterness that seemed to kick in again 10-20 seconds after the first hoppy flurry, this was one of the main interesting charactersitics of this beer. A very nice beer indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Tap at Toronado. Pours with a hazy copper color. Aromas are quite tart with apple and some yeast, kind of like apple pie. Flavors again more on the tart side, more apple, a bit of yeast and dough. Quite a robust body with alcohol only lingering in the background. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2012 Appears a hazy, medium toned gold with a fluffy, white, 2 finger head of foam that fades to a gentle cap. Scattered lacing is left around the glass. Smell is of mildly tart apple, fresh grain, subtle oak, vanilla, fresh dough, lemongrass, and citrus. Taste is of the aromas with notes of apple pie and a touch of ripe pear. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a light sweetness up front and hints of tartness and bitters rounding it out. There is a light grassiness detected but it is subtle and hardly detracts from the overall enjoyability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 25, 2007
Bottle at the famous Brugs Beertje bar in Brugge (Belgium), a bright gold with a large pillowy white head. A spicy aroma with hops, yeast and pepper. Surprisingly smooth,with crisp dry hops. Refreshing and yum.

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