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


on tap

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RATINGS: 948   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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3fourths (9349) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2009
Heavenly looking texture to the head - white, fluffy, stiff, billowy, with a slightly hazed golden body underneath. Unfiltered bottle-conditioned Belgian ale, is there anything better in this world? Such a super stenchy, sharp, funkified nose, with notes of sour cream, crisp pale malts, minerally and peppery Belgian yeast, the lightest touch of alcohol.... man, the aura on this beer is remarkable. Crisp, wet, slick up front, superbly full and frothy across the mid-palate, finishing with equal parts fresh/sharp/bright pale malts and mild funk/pepper/mineral-like yeast. Amazing beer all around.

Parket (586) - Bruges, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2009
bottle, white head, orange colour, citrus, hoppy, grainy, yeasty, fruity. Much less overwhelming bitter than the ’xx bitter’. Medium sweet!

alassio (96) - USA - APR 9, 2009
Having worked through a raft of purchases from Bierkoning last Saturday, with disappointment about the De Molen line (dense beers with diverse flavors, but murky and with carbonation issues) Guldenberg is the bomb. Bright zesty look and start followed by bracing hops and sourness that develop and change on the palate for about a minute with things like figgy apricot and tree-barky brazil nut and bitter orange shandy popping out. Did I mention the wonderful carbonation?

davhix (38) - Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2009
pale orange color, nice pour with terrific pillow of a head. almost saison-like. nice bitter hoppiness, floral/citrus aroma.

RoyceH (1199) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 25, 2009
Bottle from Take One, Maastricht. Cloudy beer, golden, with a thick fluffy white head that sticks an inch out of the glass. Nose is quite sweet with some graininess. There’s some fresh grassy aroma there too. Mouth is slightly alcoholic, some floral bitterness, apple, orange, sweet biscuity tones all the way through. Quite well lasting on the palate, but still drinkable. Dry bitterness remains well.

BeerandBlues2 (13594) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Bottle. Pours cloudy orange with small particles, large, rocky and creamy white head, mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, hay, straw, grain), average hops (flowers, perfume, grass), heavy yeast (horse blanket, barnyard, earth) with notes of alcohol, grape, pear, apple, cask, and coriander. Medium bodied, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.

sebletitje (10089) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2009
Tap at OTH. Pours golden with whit ehead.Aroma is hoppy, yeasty, sweet floral hops. Taste, grainy, yeasty some candi sugar and a honey like mouthfeel. Found it to be too much on the bitetr hops side.

imdownthepub (14745) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2009
Bottle conditioned, 330ml. Orange amber, fairly flat. Quite a heavy beer with a whisky type malt character, strong with alcohol notes. Some vague spicing with a dry astringent hop to mid bitterness. Pretty reasonable, but just a sipper for me.

fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2009
bottle, pours orange, medium white head, good lacing. Aroma is malty and citris hops. Flavors are sweet malt, orange, candy sugar, and bitter hops in the finish. Slight alcohol burn in the finish. This is good, but a little too sweet for me.

gam (3956) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2009
Nice orange pour good carbonation large frothy head aroma spicy hoppy fruity flavour orange yeast mild citrus peel lemon grapefruit full hop taste touch of clove a simple beer with good tastes finish fruity light toffee and tang.

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