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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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3.5
leaparsons (10919) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2010
Bottle. Cloudy gold with a large foam. Aromas are grain and pear with brown sugar and spices. Yeasty with citrus and caramel. Flavours are sweet toffee with herbal notes and citrus. Yeasty, spicy and malty on the finish. Good.

4.3
KyotoLefty (10949) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 28, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2010 75cl bottle. Cloudy golden color, very bubbly with a medium sized head. Fruity aroma with pilsner malts, honey, grassy, piny hops and lemon. Big and sweet flavor with cereals, rich malt, honey, lemon and other citrus fruits. Nicely hopped. Grassy, with a strong bitter finish of hops and alcohol. Oily, smooth palate. Rounded and rich. A great beer. Then again, it’s de Ranke.

3.9
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2010
Slight hazy, brown with golden glow, pour, small creamy head. Deep hoppy aroma with lemon, quite bitter and fresh. Full fresh and bitter hops flavour, followed by deep sour hops, lemon and spices. Bitter is better.

2.9
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - JAN 22, 2010
pours hazy golden yellow with thin fizzy white head. aroma is apple, yeast, sugar, and tons of spice. drinks with massive spice notes that blot out any other real flavors. some apple and sugars picked up but mostly over bearing spice. this one is not for me.

3.1
zepepinho (23) - Montevideo, URUGUAY - JAN 13, 2010
botella comprada en spain. aromas a malta y un poco de alcohol presente, notas de madera, algo de manteca (diacetilo?), pero minimo...algo avinada en aroma, sobre todo en botella. color amarillo palido, buena espuma, buen encaje, buena retencion y buena carbonatacion, tanto en espuma como en liquido. lo curioso fue que al servir era mas clara que con el paso del tiempo, no creo que haya chill haze, pork tampoco estaba fria, no lo se, curioso.... en sabor, algo amargante al principio y acentuado al final, alto sabor en alcohol, pero no molesto. notas de madera, especia, frutos secos, y algo avinada tambien. secante al final!! completa e interesante, buena para tomar en travesias de montaña!!

3.6
hayduke (5752) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 8, 2010
This was from a bottle that came in a paper bag and looked like a champagne bottle with a cap covering a wine bottle style cork that had to be removed with a corkscrew. Appeared to be about 750 ml, though oddly enough the front of the bottle said 11.2 ounces, which appears to be a printing error. The beer itself poured cloudy gold with a big foamy white head and very sticky lacing rings. The nose displayed an acidic sourness, with aromas of yeasts and fruit. The mouthfeel was fairly bold with a solid, robust body. Flavors are very typical Belgian, with some malts flavor and some unusual nuances probably from the yeast. The finish is quite dry. A very interesting beer full of unique flavors that while not my favorite Belgian by a long-shot was quite drinkable.

3.9
Jade (435) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2009
Cloudy amber colour when poured. Light aroma. Sweet flavour, heavily hopped. Bitter after taste. Very nice beer!

3.3
Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2010 Bottle at home. Pours a clear golden color with a small white creamy head and some floaties. Spicy citrus aroma with pepper. Flavor is slightly sweet and quite bitter, most notably in the finish. Creamy texture and above average carbonation.

3.8
pompelmoes (89) - BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2009
Warm-golden in colour with big white head on top. Aroma is fruity with hints of yeast and yoyhurt. also touches of malts, cereals and honey. Taste is malty with touches of caramel and some underlaying fruits.

4
jimmiec (122) - Louisiana, USA - DEC 9, 2009
750-ml bottle, Marcello’s Lafayette, LA - Aroma: floral, grapefruit, lemon (hop), spicy (hop/yeast), sweet (malt); Appearance: pale-golden color, hazy, off-white head, some laces; Flavor: sweet, salty (malt), bitter (hop), spicy, orange, lemon, hints of honey (yeast); Mouthfeel: medium bodied, creamy texture, high-fizzy carbonation, long-dry finish; Overall: a wonderful beer with strong and balanced hop, malt, and yeast aroma and flavored beer. I can just image how tremendous this beer would be from a keg.


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