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


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RATINGS: 885   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (4378) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Poured a hazy orange with white head. Smell was a soapy hoppy aroma. Tasted started out bitter but ended sweet malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tranquillity (1701) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2006
Bottle at the Rover in Göteborg with Gnoff. Grape aroma, a bit like in a good lambic. Half-hazy orange colour, no foam. Crisp taste, cherry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2006
aroma is sweet candied sugar and a bit of hops. pours golden with pretty decent head. Flavor is balanced, but harsh and kind of strange... sweet, but and well hoped, but not pleasant. I tried to like this beer, but its just not a great brew. reminds me a lot of duvel. I happen to be drinking one right now... but this beer is much less pleasant with harsh flavors, a peculiar sweetness and hoppiness. not recomended, but its still not the worst thing I’ve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Emmaneul (16) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2006
Bottle 0,33l. Golden. Some alcohol, some butter, hop and candy aroma’s. Sweet taste, soft carbonation, full body and a finish that’s everlasting harsh/bitter with some sweetness in the end. This beer lacks subtlety. Not as good as some might say...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 11, 2006
fruity, pineapple, pear, apple aroma. cloudy gold with a small filmy head. suspended yeast in glass. lots of toffee, butter, marshmallow flavors. quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2006
11.2oz, notched at best before March AND July 2009, I guess it doesn’t really matter which it was. Pours a cloudy red orange with a one finger light yellowish white head. Aroma has some spicy citrusy Belgian hops, yeast, and a slight artificial orange stale candy that some Belgian styles have--which I don’t like at all--though this is pretty faint. A little dusty with a slight alcohol presence. The taste has that orangey taste a little stronger which does distract a little bit from the rest of the beer. This is a fairly hoppy brew, though bitterness never gets too high, most likely balanced from the fake orangey sweetness. Dry finish, slightly warming and alcoholic. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Pretty good, despite the crappy "fake orange"--I don’t really know how else to describe it.

   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 (14738) - Sřnderborg, 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.

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