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


on tap

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RATINGS: 941   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 Rankes 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8652) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2008
[1196-20080304] 750mL. Mild grassy hops aroma hints at a field of pine needles nearby. Cloudy, light brown lime body with a long-lasting foamy white head. Bitter hoppy lemon grass flavour is mild. Light-medium body has muted bitterness. Not bad for a prize won at Zythos!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2008
750 ml bottle courtesy Nate. Pours hazy golden with thick, foamy white head, dissipates rather quickly, decent lacing. Nose is malty with slight apple, yeasty notes, lemon, citrus, slight sour. Taste is malty bread with lots of hop bitterness for style. Yeasty spice and fruit notes, apple and pear; mild coriander and clove, some irony/metallic flavors, minerally. Crisp and bitter ending. A Belgian with some hop character/flavor. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Cloudy straw body sitting beneath a huge, frothy white head. The aroma is bready and spicy, with notes of light fruit, coriander, clove, honey, sugar and floral hops. In the mouth is watery and bready, with tea, spice, citric and honey notes. Bubbly, light mouthfeel. A bit too hoppy to match the other flavors, in my opinion. The finish is kinda nasty, with sewer and metallic notes. Overall though, not too bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (4263) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2008
From bottle. Dusty-musty yeasty nose. Light funk and horse blanket. Some coriander or other herb, too. Mild alcohol vapor, estery. Pleasant nose with a bit of butterscotch. Floral hops and tea. Medium amber cloudy topped with a foamy-rocky off-white lacing head. Medium body with medim carbonation. Starts with medium sweet malt, honey, mild Brett-like bitterness. A bit watery. Nice light alcohol taste and yeasty finish. Clean drinking with light buttery finish and dry after.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
probstblueribbon (3790) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2008
33 cl bottle from Bieropholie, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. BB Aug 2012.

App.: Hazy light amber, reasonably tight off-white head, decent lacing. Aroma: Meaty/savoury (uh-oh), some tree fruits, some alcohol, light dried fruits, esters of tropical fruit, lots of apple, some yeast. Palate: Medium+ body, medium effervescence, a touch slick. Flav.: The meat is absent, thankfully; plenty of apple and other tree fruits, light dried fruits, light caramel and tropical fruit esters, fairly present alcohol, a bit of mineral, a bit of yeast; slightly nutty and a touch woody; on swallowing, nutty, off-dry for sure, somewhat bitter and some alcohol.

Not bad. I appreciate the bitterness, but it didnt thrill me otherwise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK54B (1601) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 28, 2008
Draught. Cloudy golden coloured beer. Coriander in the taste. Also quite strong hoppping. Not too sweet. More than average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagobears (461) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2008
#300. Cloudy golden pour into Westvleteren glass with white fluffy head. Nice yeasty aroma with tropical fruits and spices. Some pineapple, herbs, and phenols in the flavor. Has a nice dry bite to it. Sticky lacing throughout. This was a good blind pick from the store.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BarKeeper (3) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 23, 2008 does not count
Guldenberg This one is really impressive. We got it on tap and bottled. I do prefer it on tap, then in bottle 33 cl and I find it a little bit too sweet in large bottle of 75 cl. Its a pleasure to serve it, its sweet aroma shows up directly, The bad point are : At the beginning of the tap, there is no head, and the color is really amber and the liquid really more cloudy that it should be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gueuzeisgod (113) - Graham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2008
750ml bottle, poured with lively carbonation. Lots of lace clinging as the head collapses. Smells yeasty, fruity, mineraly, some sweet spice, some delicate floral hops. Tastes very malty, good underlying bitterness with some residual sugar. Very earthy, tasted cellared, almost casky. Mouthfeel is pillowy at first, then dries out very well at the finish. A bit chalky at the tail end. A fine, fine beer. Reminds me of Moinette, but a slight bit sweeter, even more drinkable. I should do a side by side tasting!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2008
Bottle. Huge bubbly off-white head that really lasted. Excellent display of lacework was left in the glass. Hazy golden color with particles in flow. Aroma of yeast, spice, fruit, mild toasted malt, grainy, apricot, orange, citrus, alcohol. Medium bodied with an average carbonation and mild alcoholic texture. Moderated sweet flavor with mild acidic and bitterness. Sweet light dry and fruity yeasty finish.
Earlier Rating: 1/17/2008 Total Score: 3.4
Can. [Courtesy of faroeviking , another great session @ yespr] Large fizzy off-white head that mostly lasted. Muddy orange colour. Spare lacework. Aroma of coriander, banana, hint of spice, wheat, citrus, grain. Over the palate spice, toasted malt, citrus and fruity notes. Medium bodied with a light alcoholic texture and hint of dryness with an average carbonation. Moderated sweet flavour with light acidic. Sweet and acidic like finish.

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