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

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RATINGS: 813   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2540) - 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)


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (1287) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 1, 2015
0,33L bottle (from SIP, Tallinn). Pours golden with huge off-white head. The head stays. Aroma is fresh fruits, citrus, Belgian yeast. Flavor is sweet and bitter, fresh fruits, citrus, yeast, malt. Finish is sweet and dry bitter. Alcohol is well covered. Overall: very nice brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielecamo (706) - ITALY - APR 29, 2015
In bottiglia da 33cl. Aroma erbaceo, speziato, pepato, crosta di pane, molto pulito, fragrante ed intenso. Al palato corpo rotondo, alcool che si sente, riscalda la bevuta senza disturbarla e poi di nuovo sapori intensi e piacevoli di crosta di pane, floreale, erbaceo, leggero pepato. Una bevuta appagante

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
echudy (38) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 25, 2015
Your average Belgian in scent and taste. Strong offering, good flavors and what you'd expect from a good Belgian beer

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdixon77 (1410) - Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2015
Old rating. Murky brown. Malty, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, some dark fruit. Good, not spectacular.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (8937) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 19, 2015
Many thanks to Finn for a 330ml bottle, 8 % abv. Huge chalk white head with fair duration and decent lacing. Shiny golden body. Smell of fruit and candi sugar. Flavoured with pears, sweet ripe banana, orange and caramel, lightly spiced. Mid-dry sweet fruity ending, not overly sweet though. Foamy in the mouth. Could not spot the strong alcohol. Nice and tasty (Tromsø 19.04.2015).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1898) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
Best before 11/2016. Pours a hazy golden with floating particles and a medium white head that leaves nice lacing. Nose is of fruits, light candi sugar and slightly oxidized. Taste is lightly sweet, lightly bitter and not too boozy. Flavors of fruits, cereals and light pepper. Body is medium, carbonation medium. Ripe and well-aged, nice!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mtu71 (209) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 18, 2015
Bottle. Big white head lasts long. Misty amber. Hoppy, malty and floral aroma. Strong, rich malts, bready. Smooth bubbles, thick palate.

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2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Toomio (312) - Joensuu, FINLAND - APR 14, 2015
Olipa kyllä aika paha kalja. Liikaa viinaa. Hyi, miten olikin kitkerä litku. Ei. Ei vaan.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lello4ever (204) - ITALY - APR 10, 2015
Ottima e complessa questa ale belga dal colore giallo scuro-ambra. Un bell’equilibrio tra dolce del malto e amaro del luppolo che fa capolino subito dopo aver bevuto e "sporca" questa birra che all’apparenza può sembrare una tipica belga d’abbazia ma non lo è affatto.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kerenmk (3050) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 7, 2015
Bottle shared at a tasting at troubles’ place. Thanks . Hazy orange-amber. Sweet, honey aroma, very sweet and a little oxidized taste, dominant honey in the mouth. Smooth, medium body, sweet and heavy finish. Overly sweet and too heavy for me.


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