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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 941   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 Rankes 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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alphadelic (2202) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 8, 2009
A light haze through this yellow-with-a-hint-of-orange Belgian ale. A nice orange and spices hop character dominates the nose with underlying biscuitty, caramel malts. It has a lemony freshness in there too and light golden straw notes. In the mouth it is big and well hopped. It has a fantastic almost savoury biscuit quality with a lightly salted finish. The hops are very apparent in belches :D Hugely drinkable, but definitely not lacking body at all. Interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Pours a cloudy, medium orange. Semi-hoppy and sweet oranges in the aroma with the same flavor but with a tinge of ash. Not what Ive encountered at all in other Belgian Strong Ales, but interesting at least.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (6231) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Pours a golden orange color with a dissapearing white head. The aroma is very nice and interesting. I probably sniffed this one for a solid two minutes. I picked up horseblanket, oranges, spices, caramel, and a touch of overripe fruit. The taste is pretty much the same with horseblanket, spices, caramel, and a little hoppiness in the finish. Not much in the way of sweetness, as it has a vague taste of old oranges. Pretty refreshing though, and interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (17589) - Hjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2009
Bottle. Medium head with medium duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are yeast, malt, fruits and citrus.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - MAY 29, 2009
Bought this on a whim because Im a sucker for these mysterious bottles wrapped in festive paper. Popped open the cap on this big heavy green bottle and I could see the tip starting to foam up a little bit. Grabbed the Tulip glass and out in poured: a lovely electric hazy golden rose amber with a light and tall standing head of suds. Smell was moderate, but could detect some apricots and spice. Taste centered around a malty, hoppy, and slightly fruity feel. Was way less sweet and sugary than I was expecting and the balance was just perfect. The subtle presence of this beer is the highlight and it hit the spot on a rainy Friday night. Would certainly reach for this one again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2009
At RisRas, rhus, DK. Bottled, 200509. Golden with off-white head. Aroma of fruity esters and malt. Flavor is malt, yeast, spices (pepper) and ripe fruit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (9600) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAY 23, 2009
(33cl bottle) Hazy, orange-golden coloured, effervescent hue with a blond frothy head. Light-sweet malty, slightly zesty aroma with notes of grape-fruit and peppery hops. Moderately bitter flavour, medium to full bodied with a well-matured but nevertheless lively carbonation. Soft malt-character, slightly yeasty and fruity taste with a good dash of peppery spicy hops, leading into a moderately dry and bitter finish. Lacks the perfect balance but is still a goody (23.V.09).

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2009
Heavenly looking texture to the head - white, fluffy, stiff, billowy, with a slightly hazed golden body underneath. Unfiltered bottle-conditioned Belgian ale, is there anything better in this world? Such a super stenchy, sharp, funkified nose, with notes of sour cream, crisp pale malts, minerally and peppery Belgian yeast, the lightest touch of alcohol.... man, the aura on this beer is remarkable. Crisp, wet, slick up front, superbly full and frothy across the mid-palate, finishing with equal parts fresh/sharp/bright pale malts and mild funk/pepper/mineral-like yeast. Amazing beer all around.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Parket (586) - Bruges, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2009
bottle, white head, orange colour, citrus, hoppy, grainy, yeasty, fruity. Much less overwhelming bitter than the xx bitter. Medium sweet!

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alassio (94) - USA - APR 9, 2009
Having worked through a raft of purchases from Bierkoning last Saturday, with disappointment about the De Molen line (dense beers with diverse flavors, but murky and with carbonation issues) Guldenberg is the bomb. Bright zesty look and start followed by bracing hops and sourness that develop and change on the palate for about a minute with things like figgy apricot and tree-barky brazil nut and bitter orange shandy popping out. Did I mention the wonderful carbonation?


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