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

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RATINGS: 761   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Bottle. Amber, hazy, big head. Thick fruits in the aroma including peaches and nectarines, and some prominent alcohol. Very nice followthrough into the flavor...for some reason I wrote down "thick mouthfeel laden with delicious mouthfeel". I think that’s pretty damn good. Some tart to it, and a bit cognac-like. This really knocked me out as a third round, especially having still been on East coast time while hanging with Grant in NoCal. I thought this was damn good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Cloudy amber-tan body, topped by a small but dense white head. Glass lacing is excellent. The aroma is quite fruity:peach, citrus, and some apricot. The flavor is decent but no spectacular. Sweet candi sugar up-front, then some fruit and yeast. Fizzy carbonation givens this one a lively mouth-feel. Medium bodied. Not bad but there are much better to be had.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6128) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2004
Bottle at spuyten duyvil. This was immediately my first pick after seeing to my great sadness that they were out of BBB Babillard. Gentle light amber, small foamy white cover. Great enticing aroma, very flowery and spicy (rose petals, bubble gum, hay, grass, lemon, mango, sage, pepper). Saison-like (more in fact) refreshing citric acidity and bitterness. Citrusy hops, honey ish tender malt, absolutely rocking flavor balance. Incredibly soft body with studied throughout carbonation. Tasty art in a bottle. Okay, I’m a big fan of XX bitter and their kriek, so I love De Ranke and had high expectations from this one, but it is even better. De Ranke can do no wrong.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2004
Bottle@Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen. Yeasty, dry and citric, full mouthfeel, with some warming alcohol in the finish, full, soft palate, very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2004
Bizarro - dark golden, seemingly bitter straw and haylike as Orval then bammo with the big carbonation and a little abbey double dark fruit. Hmmm, what to make of this? Very nice presentation, nice body.

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 (2403) - 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.


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