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

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RATINGS: 756   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2004
Musty cork aromas waft from my glass as I pour this beer, it reminds me of a moist cellar. The beer is a hazy orange-gold color and it topped by a light tan head. The carbonation is moderate, neither over the top, nor anemic in quantity. As I stick my schnozz into my glass I get some notes of funky farmhouse cheese, as well as a hint of fruity pear aromas. Quite soft, tastes a bit like a Tripel. Some nice soft fruitiness, with pear being the most apparent. Quite a bit cleaner than I was expecting, I was hoping for a bit more complexity out of this brew. As it warms up a bit the fruitiness starts to come to the fore, along with the pear I also get notes of apple. Some slight spiciness is in the fore front of this beer as well; cinnamon, ginger, and clove, and a rather solid vanilla note in the finish. This beer is fairly light, and as it warms up the complexity that I was looking for starts to show up. I am really enjoying this beer right now, though it really needs to be warmed up to maximize its enjoyability.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2004
Orange hazy beer. Sourish aroma with syrup, chocolate and fruity tones. Tone of red meat. Meaty flavor with tone of fresh hops. Dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2397) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Pours a white, two finger-head that goes slowly leaving some lace, pour slowly. Some yeast left in bottle. Cloudy pale, amber color. Very good carbonation. Medium bodied. Nose is fruity and spicey. Starts smooth and sweet, finishes mellow, the high ABV is not noticeable. Mislabeled - 330ml and 8.5% Abv on label actually the paper wrap has 8.0% ABV and $8.80 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 30, 2004
On tap at the Horseshoe Pub. Has a slightly hazy golden color and a small white head. Smell is of carmel malt/some hop/alcohol. Taste is smooth sweet carmel malts/slight alcohol and finishes slightly bitter. Overall a pretty good strong ale that is easy to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2004
750 bottle. Cloudy yellow in color with a fluffy white head. Wheat like aroma. Banana and clove. Malty beer. Enjoyable. Smooth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2004
750 ml bottle. Cloudy yellow, nice fluffy white head. Arome like a wheat beer, clove and banana. Flavor is malty and clove banana again. Smooth and creamy palate. Decent.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUN 26, 2004
Fine beer with a hazy warmgolden color.It has a nice aroma off hops and a fine overall smell.The taste is medium to full and light sweet with a nice fruity touch.In the afthertaste there is a good bitterness.This is a nice and very lively beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 10, 2004
11.2 oz bottle at Toronado. 05.22.04 didn’t get bottling date (I had already been at Toronado for a while). Wow! Caramel sweet, deep wine grape aroma. Cloudy, orange/gold color. Finishes sour, apple, barn, cheese. Lingering aftertaste. Bright and exciting beer! Lots of alcohol. What a treat!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 6, 2004
11.2 oz bottle, April 2003 bottling; ~1 year later: hazy pale gold. Starch white head diminishing quickly, but leaves a thin rim and small central patch. Winey apricot aroma, with plenty of grass, hay and mud. Dry palate with a hint of spice, this one plays like it is going to be funky and tart, but instead melts into a sour malt, that is a slight disappointment from such an amazing brewery. A kick of alcohol keeps this one interesting through the finish, but still lacking any real complexity.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11442) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2004
(750ml bottle, best by 6/08) Cloudy amber topped by medium off-white head. Aroma is herbal, pear, nectarine, light pepper, orange. With just a bit of warming, a rose perfume also appears. Taste is medium sweet, herbal, grapefruit, perfume, wood. Finishes pepper, herbal, moderately dry. Medium body, some acidity. A lot going on with this one, and ulimately, I conclude that in this case, that’s a good thing.


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