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

bottled
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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 960   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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2.8
kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2010

Date: January 05, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: cloudy yellow, big white head, layers of lace
Aroma: light spicy malt aroma
Flavor: dry and spicy flavor, dry pale malt, nice and mellow spicy phenols, touch of sweetness shows up to balance the spicyness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

3.6
RichardGretton (4770) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2010
Bottle. Vibrant orangey brown beer with a strong white head. The aroma is deeply bitter and spiced, and the flavour is very bitter and quite heavily spiced. Overall a fairly average Belgian beer, quite strong tasting but not very vibrant.

3.6
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2010
33cl bottle $3.99 at the local. I really didn’t know what to expect from this but it was good. Cloudy orange yellow with good head and lacing. The smell was kind of like a tripel or belgian pale, a little spice. The flavor was smooth but a little yeasty and very easy to drink. I’m not sure I’d buy this on the reg but De Ranke beers are interesting enough that I’d liek to try them all. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 02-09-2010 03:53:05

3.3
beernbourbon (1600) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Bottle. Pour is hazy golden with a large white head. Aroma is dry hop, light hay, malt, and a touch of bread. Flavor is also pretty dry with a light floral hop character, light malt, some champagne-like notes, and a touch of yeast in the finish. Solid but not overwhelming.

3.6
Muggus69 (2659) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2010
Bottled in a tirade capped Champagne. Always love these Belgian ales hand wrapped in tissue paper, makes the beer seem like some sort of gift! Pours perfectly into my Duvel glass; huge white creamy, vibrant pale gold body that’s uniformly hazy. Nose packed full of spice; white pepper, clove, hard green herbs; zesty lemon in the mix (hops?), ripe apricot fruit, doughy yeast with subtle funky lactic/hard cheese note. Carbonation is not as high as I was anticipating. Quite dry and lean for a beer of this strength. Body is somewhat hop driven; dried leaf, lemon rind, pine needle, combine with sweet stonefruit esters, peppery phenolics, and a firm bitterness, much higher than most Belgians. Different sort of Belgian strong blond, probably lacking a bit in yeast derived character, but enjoyable nonetheless.

3.5
leaparsons (10696) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2010
Bottle. Cloudy gold with a large foam. Aromas are grain and pear with brown sugar and spices. Yeasty with citrus and caramel. Flavours are sweet toffee with herbal notes and citrus. Yeasty, spicy and malty on the finish. Good.

4.3
KyotoLefty (10603) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 28, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2010 75cl bottle. Cloudy golden color, very bubbly with a medium sized head. Fruity aroma with pilsner malts, honey, grassy, piny hops and lemon. Big and sweet flavor with cereals, rich malt, honey, lemon and other citrus fruits. Nicely hopped. Grassy, with a strong bitter finish of hops and alcohol. Oily, smooth palate. Rounded and rich. A great beer. Then again, it’s de Ranke.

3.9
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2010
Slight hazy, brown with golden glow, pour, small creamy head. Deep hoppy aroma with lemon, quite bitter and fresh. Full fresh and bitter hops flavour, followed by deep sour hops, lemon and spices. Bitter is better.

2.9
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - JAN 22, 2010
pours hazy golden yellow with thin fizzy white head. aroma is apple, yeast, sugar, and tons of spice. drinks with massive spice notes that blot out any other real flavors. some apple and sugars picked up but mostly over bearing spice. this one is not for me.

3.1
zepepinho (22) - Montevideo, URUGUAY - JAN 13, 2010
botella comprada en spain. aromas a malta y un poco de alcohol presente, notas de madera, algo de manteca (diacetilo?), pero minimo...algo avinada en aroma, sobre todo en botella. color amarillo palido, buena espuma, buen encaje, buena retencion y buena carbonatacion, tanto en espuma como en liquido. lo curioso fue que al servir era mas clara que con el paso del tiempo, no creo que haya chill haze, pork tampoco estaba fria, no lo se, curioso.... en sabor, algo amargante al principio y acentuado al final, alto sabor en alcohol, pero no molesto. notas de madera, especia, frutos secos, y algo avinada tambien. secante al final!! completa e interesante, buena para tomar en travesias de montaña!!


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