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

bottled
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RATINGS: 970   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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4.2
cracklefish (108) - Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Draft. Poured a murky golden orange with a white head that stuck and laced very well. Nose is citrus and earth with a spry tartness that somehow comes across in the aroma. The flavors opens with a subtle and soft malt character that moves into a delicious earthy and floral citrus flavor. The balance is incredible and the yeast creates this doughy body that holds the flavors very well. The finish is bitter but not harsh. Overall this beer has plenty of character that keeps it interesting and lively. The flavor is super well crafted and has the welcome subtle complexity of a fine belgian. The hops left a bad aftertaste I noticed on my way home but it was worth it!

4.2
Sten (758) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JUN 7, 2010
Hazy orange coloured beer with a nice white head. From the moment you open the bottle, there is a very fresh, fruity aroma. Flavour very fruity with a perfect dry - bitter finish. A perfect brew to enjoy on a warm summers eve. (Bottle 33cl)

3.7
teorn88 (8066) - Rimini, ITALY - JUN 5, 2010
33cl bottle. Pours a cloudy orange color with a medium white head. Meidum lasting foam. Aroma is hoppy with citrus notes.Taste is again citrus flavor sorrounded by belgian spiciness. Not full bodied and easy drinkable.

3.5
hawthorne00 (4118) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2010
Orange with some floating bits. A coat of white head. Aroma of peach, dried apricot, white pepper and grass with a little dough and earth. Taste is spicy with very restrained mellow stone fruit sweetness and quite a bit of drying hop bitterness and orange zest at the finish. Good, but a little lacking in yeasty intrigue.

3.9
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1120) - FINLAND - MAY 30, 2010
Bottle. Hazy orange colour with a medium-sized white head. Malt, yeast and spices in the nose. Sweetish malt flavour with notes of spicy yeast and hops. Finish is quite bitter, medium body and smooth mouthfeel. Very tasty.

4
SamGamgee (2585) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAY 23, 2010
33cl bottle. Blond with a touch of haze and a medium white head. Dusty yeast, orange marmalade, and a touch of spicy hops in the aroma. The flavor is well balanced between a bready malt sweetness and firm hop bitterness, though the hops aren’t close to the force of xx bitter. Still, a pleasantly fruity and hoppy blond abbey-style ale. I get the same sort of character as xx bitter on the nose, but a touch sweeter and without the sharp barnyard note. Mostly clean but a touch dusty and doughy. Medium bodied with ample carbonation that is a touch much at first. Tasty stuff, and has a character that you don’t see too much out of Belgian stuff over here.

3.9
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Had this on draft at Dilly Deli Cafe in Cincinnati when Peanut the beer manager mentioned it was the only quarter barrel in Ohio -- that was enough to persuade me away from the Triple Karmeliet that was also on tap. Served in a snifter glass. Cloudy, golden, yeasty with a small head that although receded quickly, produced some nice lacing. Fruity and floral aroma. Orange flavor initially with some wheat and coriander spices present. Very nice hoppy grapefruit finish. Lite to medium bodied, good carbonation levels. Very smooth and easy to drink, yet satisfying. Alcohol hidden well. Paired nicely with my dinner of a spicy pasta dish.

3.3
jonno (2915) - JAPAN - MAY 8, 2010
Very farmlike tripel. Unusual grassy hop nose. In the mouth smooth and alcoholic, with dried fuit finish. Nice, but not a style that blows me away.

3.7
dcschiller (2211) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2010
(11.2 oz bottle). Pours a dark orange/apricot color with white head. Aroma of dried fruit (apricot), some raisin and a little bit musty. Quite sweet-almost like candy. Getting some licorice/peppery flavors now in the finish. It’s a pretty interesting beer. Not a session beer though. I like it, but probably only one bottle at a session.

3.9
daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Brownish pour. Aroma of dried fruits, alcohol, caramel and some spicy hops. Flavor is a bit sweet, some boozy heat, and dried fruit. Hops are around but not with much of a punch. Good brew.


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