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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: 947   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 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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 27, 2008
bottle at ODonnells in Ft Wayne - Pours hazy gold with a big white head. Bready malts, yeast, and hops mix in the mild aroma and as one would expect the flavors are similar. Its definitely on the hop heavy side for a Belgian ale. It has a lively palate, a medium body, and a dry finish. Its good and I enjoyed this one more than their XX Bitter, but I still find it below average for the high bar Ive set previously rating Belgian strong ales.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palidor19 (3180) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Quite dry in its overall appeal. The flavor of grainy malts and low grassy hops flavors make me think of farmers drinker this after a long day in the field.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
nick76 (4396) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2008
The aroma is funky with yeast, malt, and spices. The appearance is hazy gold with a large head. The flavor is like the aroma with a dry finish. The palate is thin. Overall its no good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10664) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 19, 2008
Bottle bought @ Vinens Verden, Odense. Cloudy orange. White head. Soft fruity aroma with yeast and some bitterness. Good mouthfeel. The flavour has a pleasant sweetness with a good bitterness and ripe fruitiness with some yeast.
Earlier Rating: 1/4/2007 Total Score: 3.6
Guldenberg Blond.Tasted at Copenhagen beer festival 2006. Hazy golden colour. Sweet, lightly fruity aroma, great sweet taste of hops and fruits. Tasted Oktober 7th 2007. Pours an orange colour with a fair head. Sweet toasty aroma with spices, yeast and hops, which also appear in the flavour though more profiund with more tosted malt and spices. Very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10484) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2008
[Courtesy of faroeviking, session @ yespr] Hazy amber with large head. Aroma is sweet yeasty with coriander and orange peel. Flavor is fruity with yeast, peach, hops and orange peel notes. Ends slightly bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evanrail (74) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 12, 2008
33 cl bottle purchased at Pivovarsk klub, Prague. Pours a cloudy gold with a thick, long-lasting white head. The nose has orange and citrus-blossom notes and hints of honey with a light clove-spice touch. In the mouth, an initial sour acidity is followed by a surprisingly bitter barnyard note, a bit of sweet malt and a chalky, bitter bite in the finish. Very well-balanced alcohol for 8.5%. Interesting, unusual, and clearly not your average daily drinker for most of us.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rauchbier (3867) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2007
Tap, at ZBF 2006. Gold, good off white head and gentle condition. Slight spiciness in the nose, gentle sweetness in the mouth with a background chalky yeast note, lingering fruity sweetness in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
LAboozehound (47) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - DEC 17, 2007
From the bottle. Completely not worth the price tag. An above-average beer without much to put it above your average Belgian Tripel. Fruity taste with a hoppy kick. Lots of clove flavor. Very nice on the palate, but I probably would have been more impressed if this bottle had cost about half of what it did.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Pours a hazy brownish-gold with a thin head. Aroma is lightly spiced... ginger on top, banana and clove underneath... nice. Flavor is subdued, but excellent. A nice full body at the start, fading away into spices and light fruits. Reminds me of some of the spiced Smisje beers. Refreshing and pleasant.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Pours a light brown with white head. Has hints of apples, belgian yeast, spices. Finished semi sweet with apple presence on the tongue.


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