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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 986   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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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 (3042) - 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 (11049) - 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.

4.6
whiterabbit (28) - AUSTRALIA - APR 30, 2010
Im trying to rate this from memory as I first tried it last night. Pours a cloudy light colour with white head. A beautiful beer with a palate to savour. Wish I remember more as I dont know how many bottles I will be drinking at $10 a pop.

3.2
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2010
Cloudy, light brown. Barley and orange scent. Slight carbonation. Quite thick. Mouth is oats, barley, earthy and quite bitter. Odd.

4.1
Dorstig (51) - Oegstgeest, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2010
Pours golden copper with a white head. Aroma’s of citrus, yeast, lemon zest, grapefruit. Tast is hoppy, refreshing, almost peppery, Definite presence of the Hallertau hops. The pale malty backbone gives way to a dry hoppy finish. Glorious brew by De Ranke.

3.6
illidurit (2356) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 15, 2010
330 cL bottle poured into a Unibroue goblet. Hazy dull goldenrod color with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma is very yeasty, fresh bread, light esters including pear and apple. Flavor is also very yeasty with some pale malts, mild noble hops, pears, and grains. Moderate astringency and just a little bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Solid but I’d like a fruitier tripel.

3.7
dutchbeerpages (2439) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2010
Great flowery aroma. Appereance is yellow with orange hue. Peach/Lemon flavor to begin with with a strong hoppy/alcoholic finish.


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