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

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RATINGS: 952   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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NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2008
Orange, amber colored brew. Fruity, sweet aroma, some spices. Flavor is sweet, balanced fruity flavor and malts. Very nice hopbitterness in the end. Nice flavor, especially the bitterness! Good build up of the flavors.

3.7
illkarate (115) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2008
11.2 oz. Pours a deep orange with a nice off-white head. Decent aroma. A bit sweet, with tastes of plum, raisins, apricots... a bit of hay and honey and a nicely balanced suite of spices. Nice mouthfeel and a surprisingly dry finish. Way better than I expected, and at 8.5%, it definitely packs a punch although the alcohol is well hidden. Good stuff!

2.9
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - SEP 25, 2008
Sampled at EBF2008. Pours an unclear yellow beer with a white head. The aroma is fresh and has fruity notes. The flavor os malty, sweetness anf fruits. The mouthfeel is sweet and bold. Nice beer.

3.2
larsga (7608) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 23, 2008
Medium white head does not last. Hazyish golden body. Fruity sharpish peppery aroma with mango tea aroma. Intense dry-sweet peppery fruity taste with chalky mango notes. Fizzy mouthfeel. Dry sharp wooden fruity aftertaste. Not bad. (0.1l taster bottled at EBF ’08.)

3.5
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2008
33 cl bottle. Poured a dark amber color. Very malty and very sweet nose. Lots of carbonation, and a very sweet taste. Flavor is dominated by honey and malt, with a nice bitter finish.

4.4
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - SEP 15, 2008
Golden colored beer with a lasting white head. Hoppy aroma with notes of fruitiness. Flavor is more spicy ending with a nice hop bitterness. I like this beer a lot.

3.7
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 12, 2008
On tap @ redlight redlight. Golden with a fluffy head that fades fast. On the nose, floral, light spicy hops, yeasty and indistinct fruits. Sweet with spicy/earthy hops fruity. A mellow bitter finish, a little dry. Light to medium mouthfeel. No hints of the 8.5% here. Quite good.

4.7
Reelingsilk (22) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 8, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 I love this beer, it’s one of my favorite Belgians. The color is beautiful glowing amber. The nose is enchanting, fruity and almost honeylike. Flavours abundantly fruity, with impressions of sour apples, sweet pears and juicy peaches. There’s sourness and sweetness in there, and yet there’s also the spicy bitter touch of the hops. The alcohol is well masked, there’s no burn at all. With its pleasantly tickly bubbles, and perfect mouthfeel, this beer is just heavenly.

3.2
Ratman197 (15121) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Bottle poured a hazy golden yellow with a lasting white head. Aromas of straw, light citrus and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a smooth lightly dry finish. Flavors of straw, apple, pear and light spice with a smooth dry lingering bittrer finish.

3.1
Pyrozoid (361) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 1, 2008
(Dégusté avec french tickler) Une biere de couleur ambré-caramel, avec un mince collet un peu collant. Arome de sucre brun, un peu fleural, miel, et un peu d’oranges. Saveur d’épices, miel, alcohol et gingembre.


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