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


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RATINGS: 912   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 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 (9579) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 20, 2007
Draft. Amber beer with a whitish head. Malt7y, bubblegum, estery aroma and flavor. Lingering malt with some metallic notes, spice, and yeast. medium body - maybe a bit thin. Don’t bother.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (3185) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2007
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, tupalev & jerc - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Hazy deep golden with a wisp of a head. Aroma is like an old used bookstore - sounds weird, but it was really nice! A hint of lemon in there as well. Flavour is similar to the aroma, really interesting and tough to describe. Definitely some floral and lemon notes in there, lots of mustiness, some yeast in the finish - just really good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 12, 2007
11.2 oz bottle, bottled April 04. Pours a golden honey color with a surprisingly tiny head that does not stick around. Primary aroma is honey and it smells excellent. Sweet, fruity, a bit syrupy but in a good way. Apples. No hop character present anymore. Taste is sweet, tingly honey with some fruitiness behind and a crisp dry finish. Really excellent beer which has matured very nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2007
Bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & jerc -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy orange-copper with an average size diminishing white head. Aroma: Whoa, that’s a weird one! An odd sweet malty/spicy combo with some light sourness, fruit and Belgian yeast. Flavour of Belgian yeast, sweet and malty, light spices, citrus and a bitter finish. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Average bodied. Doesn’t knock my socks off but it’s good.

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