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

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RATINGS: 727   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (5368) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2003
Hazy, golden. Fruity aroma with juniper-berry. A pleasant bitterness and palate.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3841) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2003
Bottled. Hazy yellow. Fruity(pear?), hoppy, yeasty nose. Flat body with a fruity, hoppy juniperish flavor. Just a slight bitterness in the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2006 A blond ale in the belgian golden ale spirt. Rich complex character, on the dry side but without drying out any of the belgian complexity. Esters are present as is a pleasant hop character and some subdued curacao flavors linger in the background.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cranesareflying (50) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2003
Opens with a champagne pop, best by 05/04, a dark, golden color with plenty of froth on the head, a tart, leathery aroma, the immediate flavor is sour citrus, with an exclamation on the sour, a taste that is severe, rich, and powerful throughout, with plenty of carbonation, slightly sweet, but dry and bitter on the finish, becoming more palatable in time

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - JUN 18, 2003
This beer has a occer body - hue with a bitter initial flavor and a light body. The beer has a very nasty aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (5477) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAY 16, 2003
Fresh citrussy and wet spongy aromas. Cloudy orange, yeast residue hard to avoid, head retention could be better. The citrussy aromas of a belgian golden ale, some spices. Bitter aftertaste. Seducingly lightbodied and refreshing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAY 14, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2004 Rerate, 750 mL bottle. The quality seems so much higher in the 750s than in the 330s. Bread and what seems to be a chalky flowery hop aroma. Very different hop presence than either the noel or the xx bitter. Fairly bitter, rather light on the tongue, with a caramel sweet touch. Finishes rather dry and hoppy again. The weakest link in the De Ranke line. Most breweries would be lucky to have this be their weakest link.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2003
Sparkling and speckled orange color. The nose is very fruity and yeasty with slight citrus notes. Lightly tart impressions as well. The body is spritzy, but not in a bad way, with a light tartness. Citrusy and yeasty with a sweet maltiness at the end. Comes together well.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (11819) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2003
Light tan, hazy. Aroma of pear, nutmeg, cumin, pepper, very light malt-derived caramel. Vinous (merlot, I think, but I'm not a wine guy) palate. Caramel, chocolate chip cookies, flowery notes. Yeasty, sweet finish. Zippy carbonation normally bothers me, but in this case it really carries the beer over the palate well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2003
Oh yea baby this beer has more stuff floating around in than the Salt River at flood stage? Not sure that’s a great description, but I personally like beers with a lot of dross. The pour an amphibological yellowish-orange color, the head portly in size, frothy in texture and the resultant lace a nice covering of the glass. Yeast, sweet malt, hints of orange peel, and a real treat to the senses with a start that is ambrosial and loaded with malt, top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish has a desirous hop spicy bite, the acidity is spiteful and the aftertaste quite dry and lasts for a least a lustrum, and well worth a sample for the Belgiphiles in the audience.


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