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


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RATINGS: 754   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 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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (5614) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heykevin (1274) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (12352) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2003
Pours a very cloudy, orangish light amber color with a medium sized, lingering white head. The aroma strongly fruity with touches of grapefruit and yeast. Medium body with medium carbonation, the flavor is smooth and ver refreshing with touches of spice and citrus fruits. The finish is lingering sweet with malts and banana. I think I need to move to Belgium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2003
Blond beer with a small head. The aroma is sweet hop and some fruit. Slightly sweet start. Spicy bitter taste with a long bitter aftertaste. A fresh and well balanced beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5043) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 8, 2003
Slightly hazy golden color, thick creamy foam. Cheesy, spicy aroma. Citrus taste, spicy, watery sirupy. Lasting palate, slightly alcoholic.

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