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

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RATINGS: 746   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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.


3.7
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (4950) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2006 Malty, peppery apricot aroma. Malty, alcoholic flavor with apple and apricot. Good lacing. Strong, alcoholic Belgian ale lacking somewhat in taste (2.9). Re-rate: Hops, vinegar and mustard in the aroma. Hoppy flavor, flowery, touch of mustard. Oily. A touch (but just a touch) of sweetness. Hopbitter, oily aftertaste. Some peach. Rough but nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2003
Draught @ Moan & Dove Amherst, MA: Dark gold colour. Big white head. Nose of bananas, spices, yeast, light fruit. Very nimble on the palate. Every sip enlightening with pears, bubblegum, band-aid, spices. Light to medium bodied, creamy, nice carbonation, finishing dry and comfortably bitter. This is one of those you could drink all day from the tap. I sure hope another keg is gonna be sent to Amherst!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (4433) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2003
Spicy, typical tripel aroma, bit sour, citrus. cloudy orange golden colour, head doesn't last. Taste is moderate sour, spicy and refreshing, very typical triple. More bitter palate, nice mouthfeel. Good brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2003
Golden orange body topped by a thick dense white head with lots of lace. Sweet yet sour citrus (oranges and lemons) aroma with hint of spiciness. sour citrus flavor with some sweetness and a slight underlying hoppiness. great flavor. relatively smooth for a belgian strong, slightly dry and medium to full bodied.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaymobrown (1649) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2002
Pours with a massive overflowing head. Very tart and citric nose - like berries left to ferment. The body is a light hazy tangerine color. Sour taste and very dry. There is something vaguely organic about this - like hay or grass or moss or something. Not very sweet, and mostly bitter.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2002
Beautifully grassy, yeasty, malty aromas, with some cherry as well. Undistinguished appearance, golden brown with small head which is persistent and adds a creamy quality. Flavor is all of the above with an excellent sour/bitter/malt/mineral balance. Smooth and rustic at the same time. Clean finish with some alcohol presence, not offensively so. Astringency at the level of a sour red ale? I think this one is underrated, its excellent and worth seeking out.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2002
Lots of carbination. A nice tasting spicy fruit flavor with a bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19218) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2002
Amber coloured. Apricot and orange aroma. Medium bodied. Sweet start, some crystalized sugar flavour. Drier finish with some fruitiness and a hint of bitterness.


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