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


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RATINGS: 800   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 12, 2005
33cL bottle. Deep golden color with cream head and lacing. Nice sour malt flavor with bubblegum fruit and spice notes, there is also a short bitter hop bite at the end. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
schuimkroaat (424) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAY 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2006 The notes above are for a 75 cl bottle, brewed September 2005, tasted on 12th October 2005. Rest see below. A very lively sparkling, pretty abundant and lasting head for this strength. Strong hoppy aroma. Round malty taste with a tart component with hints of grapefruit. Some alcohol and an explosion of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Mellow, smooth palate. 33 cl bottle, bottled March 2005. Darkish amber, hazy, light sparkling, frothy head (3). An unassertive malty odour, revealing ’rubber candies’ and nuts (6). An initially sweetish-sourish flavour with a hint of liquorice, followed by a good bitterness (7). Somewhat astringent and dry on the palate, hoppy aftertaste(3). (Overall impression 13, total score 3.2.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2005
75cl bottled 7-2002. Cloudy dark golden color with a diminishing head. Strong aromas of fruit, malt, hops, spices and burnt sugar. Lively mouthfeel and medium bodied. Rich flavors here, lots of hops, sugary malt, fruit and caramel. Bitter finish. Overall very good. Rich in flavor and alcohol is undetected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7083) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 18, 2005
This golden/orange ale poured with a huge white head. Fortunately, I used tulip glasses. There was a sweet malty aroma and a correspondingly sweet and malty initial taste with a more bitter finish. The spices were quite noticeable and tasted like orange peel. This was an interesting brew that would likely benefit from a few years of aging.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
diabel (1619) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUL 18, 2005
Bottle Off-white, creamy head, which diminishes totally. Spare lace. Clear amber body. Nice complex aroma of hops (flowers) and hints of caramel. Lightly sweet, moderately bitter initial flavour. Lightly sweet, heavily bitter finish. Medium to fully bodied. Lively carbonation. This one is a complex, bitter typical De Ranke-ale, but not as bitter as the XX Bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUL 8, 2005
Draught: Hazy gold with a white head. Mild fruity yeasty aroma. Wheat malt flavour, with some nice yeasty spice notes. Mild fruits there too. Medium bodied, quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2005 Bronze avec des reflets brun pâle. Belle mousse moyennement persistante adhérant pleinement au paroi du verre. Caramel et houblon plutôt cireux comme premières arômes Des notes florales, épicées viennent ensuite nous surprendre agréablement; cumin, gingembre ainsi qu’une note de curaçao. Profil plutôt malté en bouche, le sucre brun, sucre de canne sont omniprésent. Une touche de houblon mi floral, mi épicé (saaz ?) vient faire une tentative de nous changer les idées du sucre, sans succès. Finale sèche faiblement amérisante. Trop sucré à mon goût.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (3620) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 16, 2005
Light amber golden color with a thick white head. Candy sugar, chocolate, dog food and a bit of orange peel in the nose. Starts mildly sweet, relatively flat mouth, oranges, chocolate and some candy sugar. Light dry orangey finish. Kind of reminds me of a want to be Orval.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2005
Beer #12 at Croydon Draught Belgian Beer Festival. Slightly hazy. Orange colour. Orange aroma. Orange flavour. Thankfully, I like oranges. Zesty and yeasty. Very fresh and juicy. Bitter finish. Eminently drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 24, 2005
ZBF 2005. Pours a hazy golden with a white head. Aroma is fresh and spicy. Taste is fruity and yeasty

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