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

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RATINGS: 761   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.


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 (7811) - 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 (2926) - 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....

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 21, 2005
Farmy, woody, incense, nutmeg, cork, mild melon fruitiness and pine in the nose. Opaque tan-gold with decent white head that recedes to ring. Pine, caramel, ashes, burnt wood, light citrus-lemon, spicy incence, pleasant doughy yeast and a muted pear character. Medium body with strong effervescence. Very complex and enjoyable. Bottle sampled at the Voyager par des Papilles group tasting Feb-05.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2005
Pours a hazy orangy blonde color with a thin head. Excellent dusty aroma with hay, horse blanket and fruits. Excellent flavor of hay, horse blanket and as the beer warmed up I tasted spruce resin. Light to medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Wow, that’s a very good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Dark Cloudy Honey Coloring with Big White Frothy Head. Belgian Yeast Aroma. Lightly Spicy..Coriander in Particular..Fruity-Apple..Lightly Dry and Hoppy...Crisp Ending...Making for a Very Nice Belgian Strong.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4400) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Orange color with a large head. Malty aroma and taste with some hints of fruit and spice in the taste. Pretty standard.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (10534) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2005
Hazy golden, nice white head. Great malty aroma, fruity from orange, peach and plums. Some vanilla. Malty fruity flavor with spicy notes.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Fluffy, slightly rolling head. Slightly yeasty, ton of brettanomyces in the aroma. Honey, moss, somehow spine-tingling. Unripe banana and dry leaves in the finish


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