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

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RATINGS: 774   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.


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
steview (1029) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 4, 2004
Trappist glass: fizzy, dark gold body. big, soapy, frothy white head. apricot, yeasty champagne aroma; plain, but inviting. cremey palate, lively. sweet, apricot flavour. slightly peppery, bready, floral. very pleasant aftertaste, ending much dryer and slightly bitter. i sense no acidity nor floaties, as some others do. i think this beer is quite excellent. it's very smooth. and lovely to look at it. great active body, colour, head, and lace. this is a really great and mellow belgian strong. and this is before my next glass, which contained some yeast... nothing much changed, but the body had become murky.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - APR 29, 2004
Dark golden coloured. Fruity aroma. Sweet and fruity flavour of litchi. Dry and bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 29, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2004 Cloudy orange color with smallish off white head. Fruity apricot aroma. Malts, hops and yeast all blend together to make this a pretty damn good balanced strong ale.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Cloudy deep yellow color, thin bubbled head. Alcohol aroma with a bit of light sweet fruit. Full bodied with some carbonation. Decent beer, boring for the style. Also this is from the 330ml bottle (that's 11.2OZ for you USA people), I opened a 750ml of the same beer right before this one and it was horriblely spoiled. I made the mistake of pulling the soaked sour smelling cork out. I should have left that bitch in and returned the bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2004 Murky honey color with medium, lasting head. Yeasty, fruity aroma. Sweetish, fruity flavor with bitter finish. Smooth, sticky palate, slightly alcoholic. A quite nice and an enjoyable strong ale.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2004
On tap. Golden/orange color with white head. Citrusy hop aroma. Spice and fruit flavors. Very smooth. Excellent beer. I could drink this all night....oh wait, I did.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Cloudy orange color, medium white head, long lasting. Aroma of citrus fruit, apricot, some clove and a bit of yeast. Flavor is fruity with some spice and a bit of bitterness at the end. Fuller body, some alcohol warming. Pretty nice overall.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Hazy dark golden color with a mammoth head that settles to a dense cover. Aromas of citrus, roses, salt and pepper. Light sweet start with an appearance of cobwebs mid swallow. Light red wine vinegar as it warms. Fairly dry. The acidic flavors/feel stick long in the finish and does not make this one more inviting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Murky orange color with a large white head. The aroma was very fruity...apricot, peaches, grapes with some musky tones. The flavor was pretty sweet...bubblegum, clove, apricot, and lemon. The feel was crisp with a medium fry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Beautiful hazy apricot color with a creamy white head. Sweet belgian aroma, fruity with some clove and bubblegum. Fairly strong lemon zest flavor, with clove, pepper, nutmeg, and fruit. Very spritzy feel with a pretty dry finish.


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