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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: 922   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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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3801) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Bottle, bottled 12/2007. Pours a cloudy light orange with a huge, thick, foamy and creamy white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of skunk and stale wheat. Flavor of stale wheat initially with some light spices, light fruits, sweetness, yeast, bread, mustiness. Light mouthfeel, spritzy. I suspect this may have been a damaged bottle (I’ve had it on tap as well and it wasn’t skunky/stale wheaty at all), but it did improve as it warmed and I think I made a fair assessment of it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2765) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Draft @ Redlight. Bright clear pure gold. Heavy lacing. Aroma has doughy malts, some spicy hop. Flavor is pretty sweet, low on carbonation. A little doughy yeastiness for complexity, followed by a surprisingly bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MuttyD (93) - Cambridge, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Orange/amber color with thinwhite head. Apples, yeast, and citrus in the nose. Flavor is of apples, caramel, other ripe fruits, and alcohol. Dry finish, slightly sour.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Foggy deep orange with a big fluffy white head that lasts. Thick lacing. Nose is of grain and yeast with some fruity notes. Taste is predominantly fruity with notes of citrus, grapes, and apple. An apple-like tartness is a subtle but noticeable note in the taste. Dry finish with that same understated tartness. Not at all bad, and not awesome either.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13762) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured hazy orange color with a medium frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Complex aroma of yeasty and sweet spice. Body was medium with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Flavor was sweet & tart fruit with a medium bittersweet smooth finish of moderate duration. Good, not great beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 27, 2008
330ml bottle. Pours a rich amber with a firm white head. Spicy aroma of clove and coriander with some malt. Lovely delicate light toffee flavour, which is allowed to flourish as the alcohol is very well hidden. Pretty smooth too. A good Belgian ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 26, 2008
33cl, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex, balanced, cloudy, rocky head, very good brew

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Bottled. Pours honey and orange with a white head. Aroma is dry floral hops with some barn hay in the there. Flavor is dry and herbacious. Dry finish. A pretty herbal tasting brew with some hints of mint.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GRM (3808) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2008
Brown bottle, 33 cl, bottled in August 2007, best before August 2012, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savoured on July 7 2008; eye: copper, lightly hazy, good effervescence, voluminous white head that turns into a blanket, good lacing; nose: yeast, lights spices, coriander, light grain, light floral, light pine; mouth: iron, yeast, grain, light honey, light pine, alcohol, a bit sour, finale in bitter hops with a hing of citrus, lightly sweet, mildly bitter, medium body, creamy texture, rather carbonated, light astringency; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 33 cl, embouteillée en août 2007, meilleure avant août 2012, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savourée le 7 juillet 2008; œil : cuivrée, légèrement voilée, bonne effervescence, mousse blanche volumineuse et crémeuse qui se transforme en un tapis, bonne dentelle; nez : levure, léger épices, coriandre, léger miel, léger grain, léger floral, léger pin; bouche : fer, levure, grain, léger miel, léger pin, alcool, un p’tit côté sure, finale en houblon amérisant avec une pointe de zeste de citron, légèrement sucrée, moyennement amère, corps moyen, texture crémeuse, plutôt carbonatée, légère astringence; en résumé : correct

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Thanks to Nate for sharing. Pours a hazy golden color with a thick foamy head that disappears before too long. Nose of some ozone and a very sweet light malt. Honey, some grainyness, and a slight floral hop. Pretty bitey flavor. A little sweet honey, but very pilsy with just a mild fruit fruity, yet flowery, hop flavor. Maybe a little bit of jasmine? The flavor is pretty light, but hits you with a nice bitter at the end.


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