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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 963   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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3.7
Bullit (4637) - Burgos, SPAIN - APR 26, 2008
Aroma has yeast and citrus. Flavour has spices and fruits. Alcohol makes a glowing glow. Nice beer.

2.8
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2008
3-21-08 bottle shared at tasting
Thick cloudy yellow orange with a soapy white head. Smell is floral and has some hints of grass in there. A sweet lemon flavor that is slightly watery but has that nice tart bite to it in the finish.

3.4
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - APR 16, 2008
Huge white head on a hazy straw appearance. Nose hit by a weak peppery, apple, pear nose. Yeasty. Little flowery. Very dry toward a bitter end.

3.5
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - APR 15, 2008
Tap at Blind Tiger. Pours with a nice firm white head. Spicy banana esters in the nose, warm muddy malts. A bit of pudding. Flavor is very spicy up front, mild malts in the middle, a touch boozy in the finish.

3.6
Svesse (8601) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 7, 2008
(Bottle, Akkurat, Stockholm, 4 April 2008) Golden amber colour with frothy, brief, white head. Fruity, spicy, fairly dry nose with notes of caramel and citrus. Fruity, fairly dry taste with spices, apricots and orange. Nicely balanced, but wouldn’t suffer from a little more bite.

3.6
DSG (14838) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 1, 2008
(3/2/08) Draught sample at Zythos Bier Festival 2008 in Sint Niklaas. Slightly hazy golden with a collapsing white head. Aroma of hops, fruits and a bit of yeast. Flavor starts a bit sweet with apples and some caramel and continues dry and hoppy with hints of grapefruit. Medium-bodied. Good stuff.

2.6
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2008
bottle shared at tasting. Thanks!
Pours a ligh hazy orange with a malty smell that is fresh and bright. Taste is dusty, well balanced and tame. Maltiness is moderate and the hops are perhaps slighlty more prominant actually. Somewhat dry. Decent beer.

3.5
Blom (843) - Sorø, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2008
Hazy yellow with a fine head. Yeasty aroma, and a sweet and floral flavour that reminds me of La Trappe trippel with yeast, spice and a grapelike finish. A nice one!

4.3
Cobra (1100) - - MAR 19, 2008
750 ml green champagne bottle. No freshness date seen. Paper wrapper on bottle. 11.2 oz. label on a 750 ml size bottle. Collector’s item? Anyway, crowned & corked. Poured out a hazy yellow color, with a humongous white head. Overflowed in my chalice. Aromas are of sour apples, citrus rind, sugars. Flavors are of tannic apple skins, fruity esters, citrus, sweet malts, slight yeast bite as well. Thick mouthfeel, rich & oily. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavors and aromas, but it sneaks up on you in a hurry. Decent take on the style overall.

3.6
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2008
On tap at Ebenezer’s. Crazy lacing that looked like thick high-atmosphere clouds. Not the cumulus clouds, the wispy ones way up there... Anyway. Aroma strong in white/green grape and apple. Flavor and body pretty light, got some bubble gum, light fruits, spices present but not overpowering. The light body wasn’t really thin though, and this also made it quite gulpable. Was shocked to see it was 8.5%, but I guess I should have learned by now never to be surprised by those crafty Belgians. I thought of it as a nice session brew as I was drinking it...but I guess I’ll amend that to nice way to start an afternoon.


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