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

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RATINGS: 757   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
legion242 (2170) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2005
Hazy golden; fluffy head; dry grassy nose. Lots of grassiness on the tongue. Good spice. A nice departure form the XX Bitter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5220) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Bottle. Lot number 000039 with a best before date of 12/08. Pours clouded amber with a foamy white head. Nose is fruity and largely floral like a flower bed in early spring. Light yeasty notes and and bread with some mustiness abound. Very odd aroma to me. Sort of a Belgian Strong blended with a saison or lighter gueuze. Taste is very fruity and yeasty. Dry throughout but has some light cobwebby notes and dank basement. More flowery notes and light hop bitterness. Seemingly runs the gamut on flavors. Light spiciness lingers throughout. Light barnyardy notes come through at times as well. Body is lighter and has plently of foamy carbonation to it. The dryness leaks through around the edges and at the end. Finish is light spice, yeast, cobwebs, mild mustiness, damp basement and pollinating flowers. Wow, what a nice surprise!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Bright gold that is slightly cloudy with a larger white head. The aroma is funky apples with some cranberries and pears. The taste is a bready apple with some dusty cherries. Finishes with some nutmeg. This has both barnyard and fruit. Nothing subtle here. This is in your face with the dry and funky body. Fairly refreshing.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2005
thin one finger head golden color. sweet with a hint of hops. has a kind of dusty smell to it. overall quite nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Pours ahazy amber hue with a nice tan head. Aromas of old fruit and spice. Flavors of light hops, a little funk and a wonderful finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2466) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Large, rocky, white head with good retention and a bit of spotty lacing left behind. Hazy straw color with a light orange hue. Juicy, fruity nose, nicely hopped. Faint bubblegum notes with a hint of yeast also. Med/light body, lightly effervescent. Hops up front, laid back fruityness, with a light toasty malt backing. Lightly acidic with faint citric notes. Finish is dry, spicey, nice bite.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 Goldish blonde, with a charming little ring of lace. One whiff and I asked myself "Is this a tripel or a lambic?" Funky, murky, musky and dusty, with a side order of piney hops! That horseblanket/tobacco pouch aroma too, not bad! Sweet, maple syrup like start, with a nutty, then corky middle and long bitter finish. Indeed, not bad at all...

Sampled on tap at Moan & Dove: Not as funky on the nose, but looked a lot nicer and was smoother coming down. But I liked the bottle version better.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Medium amber color and a bit hazy. Spicy flavors throughout - some sugar, nutmeg and caramel. A bit yeasty too. Very very easy to drink - this Belgian has a lot going for it.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 The Lure:
Piney green hops sparkle through the dry haystack. Minty illusions scent the mind and a little alcohol spikes it.

The Festivities:
Dry white grapes prickled by pine needles, dumbed down though by the highly prickly mouthfeel. Citrus fruit whisper within the strong spicy hop bitterness; elegance is definitely within reach even though this is quite the Farmhouse Tripel.

Transcendence:
A barnyard of souvenirs is always interesting to rummage through.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (2916) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2006 Aroma:Hopy and spicy.... Appearance:Hazy gold small head.. Gout:,honey,herbal hops,alcohol....


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