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

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RATINGS: 847   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dirkbreedveld (288) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2005 When you open up a bottle, already the hoppy flavours come to wards you. Nice clear golden color. Nice head to, and well presented in a nice goblet. The taste is very sparkling, hoppy, malty all well balanced. Long aftertaste of hoppy bitters. For me one of my favourite tripels. A treasure. As a draught beer it’s cloudy, but still well balanced, and exiting.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (2739) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2005
Hazy orange with a lasting, thick, white cover. Creamy candy aroma with citrus and some wood. Citrusy grapefruit flavour with sweet malt and woody bitterness, finished with obvious noble hops. Good balance of sweet and bitter. Light to medium body with considerable carbonation and a lingering woody bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Pours out cloudy orange/goldish color with minimal but steady head. Aroma saturated with spices, some bananna, other light fruits but they are minimal. Flavor brings out more pepper, the spices are also more present along with the yeastiness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crockett (1032) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2005
Pours hazy golden amber with a medium sized soapy head with a decent amount of lacing. Nose of light grape-alcohol, wheat, cellar-must early on, strawberries, and some pizza dough. Nicely herbal bitter with some sweet malts, balance this one out nicely. Mouthfeel is creamy as it warms. Slight peppery. Faint nut-oils and traces of cocoa with vanilla. Some honey. Not too distinctive but tastey.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pilsnerrogge (2641) - Finspång, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2005
Cloudy orange colour. Large, thick head. Yeasty, fruity banana aroma. Spicy (cloves) flavour with long pine needle bitter finish. The alcohol is shining through a little.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2005
Bottle 33cl
Cloudy light orange. Aroma of honey, vanilla, banana, virginia tobacco. Spicy flavour with notes of cloves. Alcohol dominates the aftertaste with some dry bitterness added.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2005
Thick head on a hazy orange body. Very well balanced, rather fruity, neither too swwet nor too bitter. It is rather complex and a real joy to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3527) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2005
750ml bottle, December 20004 bottle, December 2003 wrapper? Pretty deep gold, great head. Spicy aroma, quite yeasty. Flavor had strong yeast component, a good dose of apricot, and a medicinal, quinine bitterness that dominated all. The comparison to a mix between Duvel and Orval is an apt one, although I enjoyed sipping on this one. Complex and interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
norlem (8) - DENMARK - SEP 4, 2005 does not count
A quite nice belgian triple. Hazy-orange with a neat fluffy head. The dominating tastes are spicy hops, lemon and alcohol. It reminds me of a mixture of an Orval and a Duvel - with the end result being less interesting than the two components.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2494) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2005
nice textured fluffy head, nice bittersweet typical belgian aroma, a little too sweet in the after tast tho. Cloudy amber with trub


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