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

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RATINGS: 775   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.


2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Pouring from a 750 ml bottle that was labelled as containing 11.2 ounces, this poured a clear golden body with a tall chunky head that laced the glass with sheets of fizz. The aroma is light floral hops and yeast... not very likeable. The taste, however, is pleasant enough, a sweet, lightly spiced malt with a citric acidity and a nice bitter hopping in the finish. Nothing to write home about.

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1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2005
Sweet fruity, citric aroma. Very yeasy and unpleasant. Cloying and artificial. It was for me to finish my glass. No bitterness at all.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2005
Spicy aroma with some malt underneath. Belgian ales are all beautiful. This one is a cloudy washed out brown with a huge fluffy head. Spicy fore with a bubble gum/sugar mid taste that finishes with a lavender/floral finish. Fun to drink and interesting flavor palate. Thanks to Firemoose for this fine specimen.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8954) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
Cloudy hazy orange, with foam pouring insistantly from the first half of the bottle. NIce triple with spices and easy full mouthfeel. Wewll hopped. Hammering alcohol. Thank you very much Phyl21ca.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2005
Out of a bottle. Nice aroma floral hop complex and a hint of caramel. Poured an off gold with a white foamy head,lively in the glass. Taste was hoppy and a bit bitter with just a bit of sweetness then back to the bite. Palate was nicely bodied, finish was long tailed. Overall I really liked this as my first from de Ranke would entice me to try more of their stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
diabel (1609) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUL 18, 2005
Bottle Off-white, creamy head, which diminishes totally. Spare lace. Clear amber body. Nice complex aroma of hops (flowers) and hints of caramel. Lightly sweet, moderately bitter initial flavour. Lightly sweet, heavily bitter finish. Medium to fully bodied. Lively carbonation. This one is a complex, bitter typical De Ranke-ale, but not as bitter as the XX Bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6788) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 18, 2005
This golden/orange ale poured with a huge white head. Fortunately, I used tulip glasses. There was a sweet malty aroma and a correspondingly sweet and malty initial taste with a more bitter finish. The spices were quite noticeable and tasted like orange peel. This was an interesting brew that would likely benefit from a few years of aging.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2005
Beer #12 at Croydon Draught Belgian Beer Festival. Slightly hazy. Orange colour. Orange aroma. Orange flavour. Thankfully, I like oranges. Zesty and yeasty. Very fresh and juicy. Bitter finish. Eminently drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUL 8, 2005
Draught: Hazy gold with a white head. Mild fruity yeasty aroma. Wheat malt flavour, with some nice yeasty spice notes. Mild fruits there too. Medium bodied, quite nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (3375) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 16, 2005
Light amber golden color with a thick white head. Candy sugar, chocolate, dog food and a bit of orange peel in the nose. Starts mildly sweet, relatively flat mouth, oranges, chocolate and some candy sugar. Light dry orangey finish. Kind of reminds me of a want to be Orval.


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