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


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RATINGS: 859   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 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ericnixon (742) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2006
The color of liquid honey (well, honey is sorta liquidly already, but you know what I mean). Spicy aroma with an appley citrus-ness to it. Clovey taste with more citrus packed in there. Very dry aftertaste, to the point where I need a more refreshing beer to chase this one with.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MiP (14563) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2006
Bottle, 8.5%. Refreshing acidic aroma. Cloudy golden colour, small white head. The flavour is a bit rough, but pleasantly so. Fruity and yeasty. Typically Belgian. Dry finish.
Earlier Rating: 4/10/2005 Total Score: 2.9
Golden colour. Very mild, slight sweet flavour. Low carbonation and creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2006
Crisp baked green apples with pork chop breading and spicy hop pie in the nose. hazy light gold w/ white short sponge. hayseed dry white wine, coriander sour apple, fine lactic-bacterial leading into finish, on warming, vanilla note opens up. dry, moderately fizzy palate, crisp, lasting finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
A very musty looking dark golden lemony yellow with a firm fuzzy froth of medium stature thats a nice powdery white. Resides to a nice skim and fluffy collaring. Lacing is fast and drippy with only a minimal amount sticking in a few spots and strings. Aroma is partially dry with a grassy herbalness of hops and yeast and soft underlay of dull lemon candy. Taste is fairly smooth and favors a somewhat softer approach in its strength as its pretty mellow in mood as it sifts across the palate with a middling lemony grassyness, a small herbal spice, and a lofted, yet rounded bready yeasty dryness. Sweetness of slight candied sugars tend to keep some nice centering flavors. Feel is pretty full in the front, not quite as malty as I would like, but the yeast and carbonation is firm and lively with a somewhat smooth sweetness. The dryness from yeast and hops is fairly evident and really stretches the palate out with flour/herbal touches. A nice drinkin’ Triple. Its not quite as bold in the flavor and complexity department, but its nice enough to enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Slightly hazy amber body with a small white head. Sweet rum soaked fruit aroma with some caramel. Sweet fruit and caramel flavor with lots of candi sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haukur (1517) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 30, 2006
33 cl bottle into a tulip glass.clear orange color, small but firm head. Delightful aroma, very citrusy and orangy, maltiness, slight coriander. Good mouthfeel, acidic finish. Crafty brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2006
Gold blond coloured, with a light hazy touch and a small white head. Sweet hoppy aroma, with a little peppery touch. Full palate, light bitter finish, somewhat more dry hoppy near the end. very good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5021) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Best before 7/2010. Pours a hazy amber into a tulip. Fluffy micro head leaves sheet lacing as it recedes. Lemon aromas. Upfront caramel with a bitter sour finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrikb (1260) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2006
I drank this together with the Guldenberg, my notes are a bit like a comparison between the two. Looks the same; The nose is quite a bit fresher, same malty notes, same aromas of fresh apple and pear, but in this one a huge amount of freshly cut grass and green asparagus backs it up; The bodies are very similar, but this one is again a bit fresher, it is also a bit more bitter and a bit more acidy, this one is not as flat as the Guldenberg, but still to flat though; They finishes very similar, but this one again a bit fresher: walnut peel (green), peel of fresh young apples, is a little more bitter as well. (The Guldenberg is from Nov. 2005 and the Vinens Verden – version from Marts 2006)
Earlier Rating: 9/18/2006 Total Score: 3.7
Dark golden hazy body, with a huge white head; Very pleasant super balanced soft nose of green fruits: ripe apples and in particular pear, the alcohol gives a slight warmth, a little fresh acidity gives freshness as notes of ripe grapefruit; Quite flat body, balanced with lots of fill; It finishes long, with a very pleasant bitterness appearing after some time, aromas becomes warmer with different malts and a lemony acidy freshness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4781) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Pureed peach color, big stiff white head. Stewed fruit aroma with a bit of vinegar. Medium bitterness, light sweetness, yeasty, Sour fruitiness. Alcohol bitter on the backend. Toasted grain flavors. Overall, technically decent but unpleasantly bitter.

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