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

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RATINGS: 912   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A strong blonde ale of about 8% 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.
Previously 8.5% abv.


ALLOVATE's rating

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2894) - Perth, - NOV 16, 2012
Simple, unassuming label, check, small brown bottle, check, grandish ale that bears no resemblance whatsoever to any Tripel I’ve tried, check. New or just been hidden away from me for many years, this is a celebratory explosion of all the simple things melded to make one smile. It pours with so much life. Cloudy as the yeast goes in; a misty deep orange with the finest of carbonation streaming slowly towards a mountainous bleach white crown. The head is well held and settles a good two inches with half that out the lip of the chalice. Laces wickedly. Piercing, all alerting nose has lots of plump fruit reminiscent of cantaloupe, peach and honeydew with edging herbal elderflower and lavender. Similar biting and gripping ripe and underripe fruit on the palate. Bitter fruit end, vinous and dry with a piney, floral and earthy flow. Beautifully balanced and harmonious with its back drop of clean malts. Firm body made lighter by the effervescence. This is lipsmackingly good stuff. Vinous, hoppy, fruity, refreshing and scarily shielding of that alcohol. A wonderful non Tripel!! (33cL, BBE 04/15, Cellarbrations Carlisle)


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tjeerd (247) - GERMANY - SEP 17, 2016
Full mouthfeel is the first thing i would mention. No specific aroma, nothing special in the appearance. Round finish, long aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grumbo (1340) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle from Beautiful Beers in Bury St Edmunds and split at the EU themed 2nd Ipswich bottle share. Pours a hazy golden colour, with a small white head. Aroma of toffee, citrus, fruit and grain. Medium sweetness and bitterness. Medium bodied, oily texture, average carbonation. Fruitiness and alcohol comes through more in finish. Very drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (4232) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2016
750ml bottle. Restobieres, Brussels. Bright gold. Light haze. Thin, blotchy, dense, white head. Nose has honeyed yeast. Light, spicy hop leaf. Some sweet grain. Taste is yeasty and sweet. Some leafy bitterness. Medium body. Foamy and soft. Gets more bitter as it goes, leaving that yeasty sweetness behind.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markoijelena (2322) - Belgrade, SERBIA - SEP 13, 2016
Draft 0.25l at Butchers Tears Brewpub Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 07.07.2016. Taste with Zlotta. Pour it hazy golden color with medium white head. Aroma little bit metallic and rusty, pretty yeasty on the back. Taste sweet apples, spices, metallic, sweet at the end, after taste alcohol. Nice Belgian feel.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MetalNHopHead (1418) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 10, 2016
De Ranke’s take on the blonde-colored Abbey Ale is about as Belgian as you could damn well want. Gold-colored and with a long-lasting head. Floral, grassy, yeasty, and lightly spicy aromas. Bread, earth, and stone fruit flavors. Bright, lively texture. No heat or flavoring from alcohol phenols. A fairly high amount of lingering hop bitterness on the finish. Guldenberg is a fantastic choice for summer patio drinking. While it’s only my second brew from De Ranke, I’m excited about about what they have to offer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TEJA (2420) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2016
Big and lasting white head. Clear solid golden color. Very typical Belgian yeast aroma. Dry and niece malty taste. Soft yeast carracter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nico_Southside (2) - PARIS, FRANCE - SEP 3, 2016 does not count
Belle robe, attaque ronde en bouche, on sent bien le houblon, je la conseille.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (671) - Kiel, GERMANY - AUG 11, 2016
Hammerbier. Extrem tripellastig, kräftig gehopft und wahrhaft fett. Hab die 8,5% Fassung vernascht. Im CAFE DU SPUYT in Amsterdam. Vom Hahn.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (3458) - Hirakata, JAPAN - AUG 11, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2016 Tap at Korinbo Jibiruba in Kanazawa. Nose of yeast,honey, and sharp stone fruit. Light hazy gold color with a creamy white head. Yeast, pale malt, light caramel, a cherry-like sweetness in late mid palate, and a pleasant rich balanced finish. Medium-heavy body. Very rich but balanced. Good, but not the best from De Ranke.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OllieBBommel (1462) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2016
Bottle@home. Appearance: clear golden with white head. Aroma: malt, hops. Taste:malt, bitter. Palate: medium body, medium carbonation. Overall: nice.


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