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


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RATINGS: 912   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 4, 2007
[Bottle from Beermouth tasted with the hop-bros at Jess’ cosy inn.]
Nice hazy look with aromanotes of "strong" fruits. Flavor of bitter fruits ending up in some dry fruitbitter finish.
Earlier Rating: 12/1/2006 Total Score: 3.1
[Bottle at Finn, RISK] Nice friuty and belgianyeasty tripelthing, which is good for its style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10214) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 1, 2007
Golden with a nice head and a good lace. The aroma is very floral and fruity in an almost perfumed way. the mouth feel is rather full. The flavour is sweetish with notes of flower and it’s quite citrussy, actually more like grapefruit. In the finish I also find light notes of caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
boojummy (50) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Pours a hazy deep amber with a creamy, dense white head. Aroma of apples and spice. Taste is quite unexpected! Flavor is tea-like, with delicate hops flavor and bitterness, a like pepper-like kick, and a subdued maltiness in the background. Hop bitterness lingers a bit along with a powerful floral aroma that reminds me of stepping into a florist shop. Hops bitterness is on the level of a mild IPA, including the slight soapy flavor. Carbonation is just right-- enough to add some levity but not to distract. This beer is perfectly balanced. I suspect that this would pair very well with food, esp. red meat. Will drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EHSRanders (2006) - Tjele, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2007
Bottle. Golden hazy colour with medium fading head. Fruity flavor and bitter finish. Lots of carbonation

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Pours gold with a nice well maintained white head. Smells of lemons, wildflowers, pepper, hay, some splashes of nuttiness. Tastes of hay, nuts, spices, and perfumy. Great spicy finish and a tingly palate make this a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeinDahlem (1454) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 21, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2007 Opaque dark gold, no lasting head, faint aroma of oranges, honey. Touch of sweetness melts into powerful hops throughout, including a lastingly bitter finish. Nice, full body abd refreshing. Liked this beer much more on the second go-round.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2007
Hazy golden, fierce carbonation, great off-white rocky persistent head. Floral, hoppy aroma. Sweet, honey-like malty notes in the background. Taste starts out nicely hoppy, and finishes with a complex malt profile. Overall very dry, but well balanced. Good mouthfeel, quite substantial, with surprisingly little carbonation. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2007
nice beer pale blonde. smells liek hay pepper and malt. taste reminds of a chouffe brew. malty hoppy spicy. malty but still dries the pallet. some alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
profane (40) - ITALY - FEB 15, 2007
Draught. Nice creamy foam. Moisty taste, fizzy in the nose. Very hoppy, also in the long end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivnizub (10139) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - FEB 10, 2007
Bottle: Hazy, amber coloured, small foamy layer; the aroma is a robust combination of a sweet fruitiness (oranges) and a distinctive peppery hoppiness; very strong sweet-bitter flavour, medium-bodied; orangey-fruity sweetish finish with an increasing aromatic hoppiness in the aftertaste; all in all a bit warming: A spicy, outstanding, well balanced Abdijbier with very pleasant hops..............

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