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

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RATINGS: 770   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.


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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2003
Best before April 2008. Clear golden amber with a thick, off-white head that quickly disappeared. Spicy, sweet nose of white grapes, cereal, sweet apples, peaches, wood, brandy, assorted spices, floral perfume and honey. The nose sort of reminds me of Apis Jadwiga. On its best day, the body is moderately full, but often it leans toward the thin side. The sweetness perceived in the nose is evident in the flavor; however, many other things are going on as well. Strong spiciness, both from actual spices and from hops, seek to balance the sweetness. At times it seems sweet, at other times it's very dry. Another interesting concoction from Brouwerij De Ranke. Maybe not their best, but definitely worth trying.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (15060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2012
2012-06-20, draught at Moeder Lambic, Fontainas, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Hazy golden color, with huge creamy head. The aroma is dry and very spicy, cloves. The mouthfeel is quite dry, but smooth as well; it has a complex and wonderful flavor of spicy malt, with quite bold bitterness.
An excellent Belgian beer, fresh and with character.

2010-12-27, old bottle, bb 2005-04, 8-5-7-4-15=39
Beautiful color, orange-amber, hazy, with a generous head. The aroma is initially fruity, not showing signs of age, then some yeast spiceness appears. The body is lean, there is some malt and spice flavor, but also a moderate sourness, that in this case adds some complexity; the final is well bitter, with light astringency. Interesting, changed over the years, but not old.

2008-03-22, bottle, 8-5-8-4-15=40
Wonderful amber color, nice perlage, big creamy head. Straightforward Strong Belgian Ale, well executed, with a round mouthfeel, some malt flavor, Belgian yeast character and a strong bitterness.

2007-12-13, bottle, 8-4-7-3-15=37
The aroma is quite fruity and Belgian, mellow. Malty flavor, with a Belgian yeast touch/astringency.

2003-12-13, bottle, 8-5-8-4-15=40
Gold color; persistent head. Malty and woody aroma. Quite sweet, malty with a sharp wood character, a bit sour. Palate rather simple.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hotstuff (4229) - Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2003
The appearance was that of an average sized head, ivory, creamy and smooth with fine-medium sized bubbles that were mostly lasting.The body was uncarbonated, yeasty and cloudy with a pale orange hue.The nose was malty, sweet and fruity with a bitter and hoppy flavor.The palate was tingly, bitter and medium bodied.There was sparse lacing with this beer. This Belgian was just so-so in my opinion and not one that I would particulary highly recommend.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (4968) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 11, 2003
This brew poured a large head of fine to medium sized off-white colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a minimal lace and a semi-hazy light orange brown colored body behind. The aroma was mildly doughy and malted while the mouthfeel was smooth yet full of alcohol bite. The flavor was sweet malts and vinuous dough.


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