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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9836) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2008 2008-03-04. Hazy yellow body with a modest white head and lacing. (3+) Bizarre first aroma quickly evolves to citrusy, pine needle something. Light notes of yeast. Light spicy citrus in the flavour, dry lemon seed finish. Pale malts and ephemeral impressions of I don’t know what in the middle. Average palate is soft and pleasant on the tongue. 7/3+/7/3/15 - 3.6
Bottle won by Mabel at Zythos, shared at our hostel in Brussels <P>June 2007. Hazy golden amber with a moderate fluffy white head. Aroma has a floral, yeasty, musty/dusty character with underlying notes of dandelions and muted fruit. Unique flavour is not at all white I anticipated – perhaps it should have been, since it echoes the dusty and dry tone of the aroma. The impression of dandelion returns with a more lemony character in the flavour, accented by touches of grass or straw. It recalls ambiguous memories of Fantome. Average palate. Very interesting. 7/4/8/3/15 - 3.7 Tasting at HogTownHarry’s

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2007
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and jerc, my bottle. Hazy amber, average white head diminishes to a small drool. Dry - DRY! - aroma, dusty, musty - like an abandoned house or a used bookshop, some fruity malt emerges after a bit, and soft floral hops dominates after a bit. Taste is similar, sweeter, not as musty, floral/bitter finish. Light slick body, softly astringent, weakly carbonated, has a quick finish but a lingering background musty aftertaste. Very interesting, but the aroma is the highlight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Apple and yeast nose. Slightly hoppy, somewhat tart, malt sweetness. Citrusy too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2007 Bottle. Nose is yeasty esters, lighter fruit notes of peaches, banana, cherries. Opaque cloudy pale orange with a bit head. Spicey sweetness, lots of hop presence with hints of aforementioned fruits. Orange peel dryness, generally a lot of citrus. Very Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oberabcbbsok (691) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2007
A very nice and hoppy beer had it on draft as well as from bottle. Very balanced and a good combination of taste. As well some bitterness as something sweet

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2007
Robe blonde dorée très claire surmontée d’une mousse blanche qui s’estompe. Arômes de prunes, de levures, de sucre et de blé. Saveurs de levures, de prunes, de pain, d’alcool et de céréales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Avatar (84) - Gliwice, POLAND - MAY 26, 2007
0,33 bottle. Dark yellow with low white head. Medium carbonation but feel fizzy and the roof of your mouth. Taste is bit salt and bit sour, but any of flavours become before others. Some sweetness. Some yeast. Some bitter finish. But i didn’t feel hops that much. All very, very well balanced. Really positive about this one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Hazy golden color with fizzy white head. Floral aroma. Bright lively palate. Taste of yeast, nectar, honey with a pungent finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jerre (3223) - Waregem, BELGIUM - MAY 16, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. von tap @ ’t Kruiske. Dark golden color, white head. Aroma little sweet: honey ? little oranges, Medium body. Taste much hops including a bitter finish. Good brew !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stouby (4437) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2007
Bottle at the Copenhagen Beer Festival 2007. Golden with a white head. Trepel-like, but having a more hoppier taste. Smoth and round, strong in alcohol.

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