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

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RATINGS: 993   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.

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3.8
bonkiedeaap (889) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 22, 2018
Bottle from de Caigny Dranken in Essen, Belgium. The beer is clear golden colored and has a large and stable head, with very good carbonation. The aroma is malty, fruity and very yeasty, with notes of caramel, grass, citrus, grapes, Belgian yeast and bitter spices. The taste is light to medium sweet and full bodied with sweet malts, oranges, citrus and goes to hoppy and bitter, with yeast and spices. The finish is bitter, light dry and a little alcoholic. Good brew!

3.8
GoufCustom (2402) - HONG KONG - MAR 29, 2018


330ml bottle bought at HKBWEX in Mong Kok.

Looks:Translucent golden honey colour with a thick ring of dirt-like yeast sediments; One finger head with crumpety white foam which lasts for 4 minutes; Excellent sticky lacing with active slight carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant and sweet malt, with strong pineapples, mangoes, light peaches, vanilla, bubblegum, floral, sugar, spices, bread, strong Bel yeast, lemon and light grass.

Taste: Close to medium sweet Pils malt, with citrus, yellow fruits, pepper, floral, moderate sugar, spices, resins, dry biscuits, Bel yeast, lemon and strong bitter grassy hops.

Body: Full body. Very slick and oozy palate.

Mouth Feel: Very good Pils maltyness in a thick, slightly creamy background. Massive Hallertau hops with penetrating bitterness I've never experienced! Bel yeasty mixed well with citrus and strong yellow fruits hops. Light flowery with fair sweetness. Peppery spicy oozy, with lemon to round. Very solid!

Hoppiness: Floral, spices, lemon and light grass in nose. Citrus, yellow fruits, pepper, floral, spices, resins, lemon and strong grass in taste; Bitterness is potently strong for a lasting, high astringent bitter-sweet full malty finish.

After Taste: Dry. Spicy oozy and strong bitter to mouth.

Comments: If anyone longs for a massively-hopped strong Belgian, then this is it. It has good bits of everything - good looks and head, full maltyness, Bel yeasty fruitness, and massive Hallertau spice and bitterness. Yet, I wish they dry-hop something more exotic, says 3Cs other than Hallertau, to give this one a real kick. Very good but not quite the best, definitely worth a try!

3.9
Cunningham (8818) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2018
Hazy deep golden color with a fine thick white head. Looks good and inviting. Nice intensity in the aroma with a fine Belgian profile. Pleasant carbonation level and a fine balanced sweetness. Pleasant and easy to drink. Dangerously easy maybe. Wheat, Belgian yeast, floral, fruity and some banana.
[Bottle from a trade with Finn]

3.5
andrepintado (3841) - Porto, PORTUGAL - MAR 24, 2018
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2018 Bottle at armazém da cerveja. Hazy gold. Thin white head. Medium bitterness. Medium body. Aroma and flavour is honey, yeast, malt, pineapple, fruity.

3.4
ozzy70 (1430) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 11, 2018
Sample from bottle at Extreme Beer Fest, Ralston Arena. Poured hazy golden, white head. Aroma of yeast, fruit, orange. Taste was mild sweet, yeast, spice, hoppy, orange, fruit.

3.6
Trolle (114) - - MAR 9, 2018
Flaske; 0.33l. Gylden øl med pænt skum. Rigtig god balance mellem bitterhed og sødme. God bund i smagen med klassisk belgisk smag. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
guilhermesm (4) - - FEB 28, 2018 does not count
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2018 Levemente amarga, cor ambar, espuma leve, presente, mas não fica por muito tempo, muito boa.

3.3
djoeye (5544) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 27, 2018
Aroma; grassy fruity hops, floral malts, yeast, dough, grass, fruit. Look; off white okay head, almost clear golden body. Taste; yeasty malts, fermented fruit, dough, grass, nut, grain, hops, and finishes yeasty doughy floral, and nicely lingering. Feel; good body, okay co2. Overall; good belgobrew. Big thanks to Finn. [btl.33cl abv8% Brought by Finn, T @ PivotekaH7 26/2-2018] 6373'14

3.4
culchiem (4389) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 17, 2018
Bottle from Belgibeer. Hazy yellow with a full head. Aroma of yeast and biscuit. Flavour is spicy fruit, caramel and herb, quite spicy finish.

4.5
julesxxl (867) - FRANCE - FEB 6, 2018
(abricot, nez parterre fleuri & pear, amer-sec violent (dry hop), s’harmo-soyeuïse, pear-fruitise, puissant, maîtrise)


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