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

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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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3.6
oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2010
Shared this one w/ SkyCop32. Picked up at Maruhn Getränke in Darmstadt. Pours a medium golden amber. Aromas of orange, caramel, and some spice. Flavors are sour, orange, grapefruit and other spice.

3.9
trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Bottle from Bottleworks. Pours a nice honey amber, with a thick, off-white head. Really delicious aroma. Apple cider, honey, champagne, and Belgian yeast cover a moderate hop bill. The flavor isn’t as sweet as the aroma lets on - it’s a little more bready and dry, with mild citrus rind and the yeast showing through. Crisp, with a flavor that really lingers - this is really tasty stuff!

3.4
Pinball (12643) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2010
cloudy dark yellow, smooth lacing offwhite creamy head. yeasty sweet yellow fruity aroma, well balanced and blended mild aroma. flavor is yeasty, dough, malty sweetness, balanced, hoppy, not the usual yellow fruity flavor, but a more dry flavor, dough and flour is prominent. A bit strange, but good anyways.

3.8
armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 11, 2010
0,75 l bottle with a paper wrapper, bought in BeerTempel, Bruxelles.
Pored hazy gold with a medium white, creamy head that diminishes slowly to a delicious lacing one. Sourish and floral aroma with resinous hop, citrusses and grapefruit because of it, some caramel, malt. Medium body with a malty-honey flavor, but after a while the hop explodes on the palate and it is dominates the flavor. Fine, powerful hop with resin, citrusses and grapefruit. Like an IPA... Dry bitter aftertaste. Nice one from the side of the hoppy beers...

3.7
Nekronos (4248) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 6, 2010
ABsolutely good, some weeks without trying something this fine in Belgian styles. I like thecoriander features and the orange peel aromas.

2.8
kp (10880) - 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 (4883) - 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 (1609) - 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 (2831) - 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.


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