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

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RATINGS: 742   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2006
Bottle. Golden blond color with a light hazy touch and a small white head. Sweet hoppy aroma, a little peppery touch. Full palate, light bitter finish, dry hoppy near the end.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (30631) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2008
33 cL bottle, trade with fonefan, thanks Jan. Pours hazy orange with a white head. Hoppy, light orange fruity and soapy. Mild caramel malt and yeats flavour at first. Hits a solid orange fruity hops note before a mellow yeast flavour blends in. Finish is a blend between yeast flavour and bitter hops. Gains a short soapy mouthfeel before the finish. Rather dry finish compared to a caramel sweet flavour. Nice but again a bit strange cocktail.
Earlier Rating: 1/20/2008 Total Score: 3.2
33 cL botte, thanks to faroeviking. Pours hazy yellow with a huge and dense white head. Mild citrus aroma. Flavour is mild malty, dry and with a solid yeast note. Ends mild towards woody note. Nice yeasty blonde.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29018) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2006
A hazy orange beer with only a rim of white head. The aroma is very lightly malty and hoppy. The flavor is very sweet with some notes of fruits and a bit of hop character. The hop character is not nearly as dominant as in other "green" hopped beers I’ve tried, but they where English, so a totally different style, this ofcourse makes a difference. I think this is just a bit better than the Guldenberg, but I’m not blown away by it.
Earlier Rating: 9/29/2003 Total Score: 2.9
The aroma is sweet malty and hoppy. The color is orange and it has a dense white head. The flavor is very malty sweet - too sweet for my taste and with no bitterness to give it balance. For me this is an average Belgian Strong ale.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2007
(Bottle 33 cl. Hazy golden with some impurities. Dense and stable white head leaving a handsome lacework. Fresh, citrusy aroma hops. Medium body with some sweetish, malty notes and then some rather distinct and refined hops that both leave a solid bitterness and a lightly soapy aroma. Quite delicate. 271206
Earlier Rating: 6/16/2005 Total Score: 3.6
(Bottle 75 cl) Nice, deep golden colour with a tall, gigantic, frothy almost fat head that’s almost impossible to keep down in your glass. Takes a long while before you can get to the beer! Hazy and fruity with some wheaty notes. Long spicy finish. The kind of beer that would probably develop very interestingly if stored. 270997

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (20486) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy yellow coloured with a white head. Aroma of fruits and hops. Flavour of fruits, spices and hops.
Earlier Rating: 6/5/2005 Total Score: 3.8
Bottled. Golden coloured with a white head. Fruity aroma with spicy notes. Fruity flavour with spicy notes. Dry hoppy finish. Well hidden alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20216) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle. Hazy orange colour, big creamy white head, leaves lace. Aroma is yeast, fruit and slight flowery hops. Flavour is raisins, yeast, fruit, hops and some alcohol. Pleasantly balanced and carbonated.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19187) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16245) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2005
Hazy orange colour. White head. Hoppy and a little yeasty aroma. A little spicy aroma aswell. Flavor is hoppy bitterness and citrus, grapefruit. Some yeast flavor aswell. Lomg warming bitter aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14294) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2009
22nd February 2008. Dry amber-blond beer. Slighty fruity, Lingering dry and semi bitter finish.


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