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

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RATINGS: 837   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
After the first few sips, my impression is this is a fruiter, less funky, farmhouse saison. Refreshing and delicious. Elegant, complex aromas and flavors of tangerine, ripe stonefruit, florals, and Belgium yeast. Super easy to drink, with wonderful carbonation and great mouthfeel. Loved the texture!! Long finish of florals, fruit and yeast. Recommended. Yum! --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dodskenta (91) - Rönninge, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2015
Pours a hazy redish straw color. The nose has notes of sweet malts, yeast, candied sugar, ripe pears, banana, grass, spices. Flavour follows with notes sweet malts, bread dough, yeasts, ripe fruits, hay, bitter finish. Soft but big carbonation with silky texture, full mouthfeel. Great stuff!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gramity (1581) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
Hazy orange color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, yeast, hops, grass, earthy notes, ripe fruits and a bit of pepper. Bitter finish with citrus, yeast, grass, ripe fruits and hops. Excellent belgian strong ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rubin77 (140) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 8, 2015
F: huge white foam. C: very hazy opaque orange golden. A: malt, sourness, citrusy, bready yeast, a hint of banana, sugary. T: very complex taste of citrusy, some bitter hoppy earthiness, wheat, green apple, peppery notes, orange peels, like pine resin, bitter citrusy finish with sweetness joined together, medium to full body, crisp carbonation, very tasty Belgian beer from Carrefour express here in Bruxelles. Worth to taste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamestulloch (2135) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 1, 2015
Bottle from The Beerhive. Hazy golden body with a thin off-white head. Very lively carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma is almost like a Saison - notes of lemon, salt, lime and white bread. Flavour of apple, yeast, straw and coriander. Medium body with a frothy mouthfeel. Sharp fizz. Not particularly complex but lean and easy drinking.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdb84 (325) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2015
Nice golden blond color with dense, lasting head. Gentle carbonation. Aroma: strong bitter fresh malty presence, with sour touch. Malts resemble Pilsener, but denser and more complex. Citrus touch, some hay notes, marzipan notes, gentle booziness. Taste: starts relatively crisp and sour with a pronounced bitterness. Robust. Development is marzipan (mellow), citrus notes also develop alongside a slightly boozy sensation. Just a bit too sweet for my taste. Aftertaste is a bit dry, with a bitter fruitiness. Yeast deposit adds a creamy touch to both the aroma and taste (I think I like it a bit better without the yeast). Not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamTheBarrel (624) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2015
750ml green paper-wrapped bottle, label has a drawing of what I presume is Guldenberg Abbey, poured into a Tulip glass. Appearance is opaque orange with a large beige frothy head, that reduced quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. Aroma of lemon zest, pears, banana and herbs. Flavours of lemon zest, pears, toast, herbs and spices. Taste is light-medium sweet and medium bitter. Palate is medium bodied, soft texture and average carbonation. De Ranke Guldenberg is a good tasty beer with traditional Belgian yeasty flavours, wish it had been just slightly more bitter and a little less sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brandman (2417) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 20, 2015
Cloudy yellow body, white head. Aroma has nice toasty malt and noble hops. Belgian yeast is quite delicious. Flavour is hoppy and bit harsh but really great belgian one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyrmir (4228) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2015
750 ml bottle. Hazy golden with big white head. Aroma yeasty, sweet malt, grass, hay, light alcohol and some banana. Taste is sweet and malty, light boozy, grass, hay with light tart notes in it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HULK777 (496) - - JUN 16, 2015
Aroma of yeast and grain. Some butter also. Semi-sour, semi-bitter taste. Hoppy. Easy to drink for an 8%.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
axl (172) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2015
750ml bottle. Hazy golden with tall white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, bitter hops, citrus, wheat, slight banana, slight booziness and some tart green fruits (mostly apples). Taste has an almost tart and acidic touch to it as well as citrus hops, wheat, yeast and a faint fruitiness. The mouthfeel is light and smooth but with a tart touch and the carbonation is low.cereal,


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