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


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RATINGS: 858   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (14289) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2013
Bottle shared with Bruce and Leighton at DHVL, 22/03/13. Hazed golden amber with a thin off white head that clears to a film. Nose carries citrus, orchard fruits, floral hops, darker smelling fruits. Taste comprises leafy hops, bitter notes, grass, citrus, peach, apricot, dates. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Ok stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koelschtrinker (14076) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 4, 2011
Wenig alkoholischer, deutlich holziger Antrunk. Hopfige Noten sind dabei eher nebensächlich, außerdem etwas stärker herbe. Im Mittelteil zunehmend bitterer, wenig schokoladig. Zum Ende hefiger, trocken, der Hopfen steht nun im Vordergrund. Ausgewogen, der Alkohol spielt kaum noch eine Rolle. Nett! /9/8/9/5/9

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Hazy golden color with a white head. Sweet sugar and fruit with some mild yeast. Mild citrus notes, some yeast, and a light floral note. Tastes of bread, fruity citrus, and some hints of banana. A bit of pear, mild bitterness, and some floral notes. Just a hint of yeast on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (13903) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2003
Light tan, hazy. Aroma of pear, nutmeg, cumin, pepper, very light malt-derived caramel. Vinous (merlot, I think, but I'm not a wine guy) palate. Caramel, chocolate chip cookies, flowery notes. Yeasty, sweet finish. Zippy carbonation normally bothers me, but in this case it really carries the beer over the palate well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (13462) - DENMARK - AUG 14, 2010
Bottle. Hazy orange/golden with small white head. Flavour is malt, sweet and spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (13324) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2007
Bottle. Golden / orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet,malt, hop. Flavour is sweet, alcohol, apple, hop, malt. Need more balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (12951) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Bottle. Aroma of citrus and bitter hop backed by earthy spice notes. Hazy peach color with a decent white head. Medium body with creamy carbonation. The flavor is a bit woody/funky with caramel, spice and hop bitter. Heat arrives quickly. The finish is quite dry, almost astringent, and some medicinal wood and bitter hop are present. Very interesting; very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12498) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2004
(750ml bottle, best by 6/08) Cloudy amber topped by medium off-white head. Aroma is herbal, pear, nectarine, light pepper, orange. With just a bit of warming, a rose perfume also appears. Taste is medium sweet, herbal, grapefruit, perfume, wood. Finishes pepper, herbal, moderately dry. Medium body, some acidity. A lot going on with this one, and ulimately, I conclude that in this case, that’s a good thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (12406) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured hazy orange color with a medium frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Complex aroma of yeasty and sweet spice. Body was medium with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Flavor was sweet & tart fruit with a medium bittersweet smooth finish of moderate duration. Good, not great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy maze body with an average-sized off-white head. Aroma of apricot, mustiness, and butter. Spicy yeast flavor with a hint of fruit. Soft palate.

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