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

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RATINGS: 969   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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3.3
wimpie133 (381) - Brugge, BELGIUM - OCT 25, 2009
Bottle, 33 cl. It looks like nearly all the beers of De Ranke look like: a yellow hazy beer with a medium white head, this one disappearing however. At the first look you can also see this will be a beer with bitterness and so it is. Tha aroma has some hops and malts, also light yeasty. The taste is light sweet at first, with some fruity and spicy taste going to a light bitter finish. For people who find the "XX Bitter" too bitter. But there are also other alternatives within the ’De Ranke’-beers (this beer is very similar to Wevelgemse Tripel)

3.7
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2009
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a decent white head that lasts fairly well and leaves a bit of lace. Aroma is of yeast, honey, pepper and clove with a hint of caramel. Flavour has a nice balance between sweet and bitter and pretty much mirrors the aroma. Medium body with a reasonably long finish, with the bitterness coming out more. This is a good beer, although it doesn’t really stand out in any particular way, it’s pleasant and very easy to drink.

3
sfhodense (4788) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2009
EBF08. Cloudy amber with a white head. Aroma is caramel, light hop and fruity notes. Flavour is caramel, light bitter and lithg fruity notes.

3.8
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2009
Bouteille de 33 cl, rapportée par Claude de Lyon. Arômes de houblon herbal, légère touche de levure et de céréales. Robe blonde et trouble, effervescence moyenne. Bien équilibrée, des céréales légèrement sucrées et une touche de levure sont accompagnées par une bonne dose de houblon herbal aromatique. Finale relativement amère. L’alcool est présent en finale, mais demeure bien intégré. Très bon.

3.3
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Bottle. Pours a nice golden color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is yeasty, bready, and sweet malts. Notes of citrus, dark fruit, caramel, and spices come out. On the palate, it is rather light and refreshing. The flavor brings out a pilsner type quality and it finishes with a small amount of dryness and a little bit of hops. Very balanced.

3.5
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 19, 2009
2009 Bottle - Pours hazy tan with a frothy white head...aroma is yeasty and fruity, straw, with a floral hop finish...flavour is similar, doughy, fruity, malt that is neither dry or sweet, the same belgian hop taste that I can only describe as burnt plastic...lingering malt and bitterness, still pretty tasty...

3.2
jfb (6623) - GERMANY - SEP 11, 2009
(bottle) pours a hazy orange colour with a frothy white head. aroma of grassy hops, earth and lavender, caramel and grainy malts. flavour is the same, lightly fruity, with a dry grainy finish. medium body and carbonation.

4.1
Embrouille (2854) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 9, 2009
Bottled 33cl. Appearance: It pours a surprisingly pale hazy golden beer with a smallish, nicely remaining white head which leaves a pretty lace. Aroma: Strong hoppy nose with sweat, grapefruit, faint horse blanket, coconut, gooseberry, melon, cardamom, yeast and blood orange showing up. Very fruity, deeply inviting and impressive. Flavor and palate: Complex. Fantastic hop profile. Subtle carbonation. Sweet. White bread and melon sneaking in. Nicely peppery on the swallow. Long sweet yeasty finish which is reminiscent of black pepper and cardamom. Overall impression: A wonderful beer.

3.9
LeMat (19) - FRANCE - SEP 5, 2009
Unfiltered beer from Belgium. I bought a 75cl bootle in "Bieres Cultes" in Paris. Let’s talk about the beer : White head, small particules in the body. Very hoppy and malty. A long duration (very long.. :)

3.9
PilsnerPeter (3050) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Bottle: Deep hazy brownish golden with a dense well retained off white head. Fruity yeasty aroma- complex with some honeyish Belgian biscuit malt, prunes, and caramel covered pears. Creamy fluffy body. Has a Belgian biscuit malt character offering a honey note with very soft vanilla and plummy sweetness- pear notes are there with softly spicy phenols and late peppery hop moderate bitterness. Rounded, textured, yet mildly oxidized (must’ve been on the store shelf for a while). A well made and spicy Belgian Strong.


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