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


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RATINGS: 775   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4502) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (11527) - Göteborg, 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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 9, 2004
330 ml bottle. Luminous orange-gold color, entrancingly beautiful with a perfect lasting vanilla-malt head. Orange candy in the nose with whiffs of brown sugar and white pepper, stiffening a little as it warms. Smooth caramel, vanilla, candied lemons and oranges express the huge sweetness in the body; a touch of late sharpness helps to keep from cloying...very full, alcohol barely present. Lovely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Burner (78) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 3, 2004
Gassy, with a sweetish yet at the same time bitter flavour. To me styled like an english ale. Very easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 29, 2004
(750 ml bottle: O’Brien’s in San Diego, CA) After sampling 10 beers at the Wet Hops Festival at O’Brien’s, Tom then poured me a glass of this and told me it was Guldenberg "J". Not sure what the "J" is, but an exhaustive web search only turned up this one Guldenberg from De Ranke, so that’s what I’m rating it as. Most reviews talk about bitterness and tartness, and I don’t get much of either. Are my bitter tastebuds are all worn out from all the wet hopped beers? The flavor is very sweet and malty, lightly spicy and bitter, with some bubblegum. The finish is very sweet. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Sweet, malty nose is also mildly spicy. Well carbonated. Palate is somewhat sticky, rich and sweet. Medium gold color. Off-white head is fairly small and fades to an island in the center of the glass. Not much lacing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Golden, hazy, with a white head. Yeasty aroma, some brie, apricots, fairly sweet, slightly bitter. Relatively dry, light flavor, notes of apricot, oranges, yeast, and a good balance of bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2008 Nearly opaque peach. Fine layer of thick, fluffy white foam. Musty with buttered biscuit, brett, and dried apricot aromas. Anise, flowers, iron, and stinky Brewer’s Gold undertones. Fluffy, tightly spongy carbonation. Less tart than the aroma suggests, with a soured orange rind background and leafy hop flavors. More ensuing, albeit restrained, tartness, yields hints of dried apricot and iron. Sharp gritty dryness intensifies the peppery yeast. Prominent house character soon grabs foothold and couples with notes of musty cellar and richly bitter, funky Brewer’s Gold that squelch the delicate ester spice. Minimal malt flavor lends only a dab of honeyed biscuit sweetness. Also quite musty and astringent from the yeast with a spicy brett-like underlay. Fairly tingly on the tongue after the swallow, as mild hop bitterness remains. Rather delighful, thanks to the gorgeously stinky hop nose and pungent bitterness, not to mention their pleasant yeast character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - OCT 19, 2004
SweetNsour. Dry finish with fruity tones and underlying swetness w/ subtle bitter. From the tap.

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