De Ranke Guldenberg (330ml Bottle)
A strong blonde ale of about 8. 5% 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 colour 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.
Pours a cloudy, medium orange. Semi-hoppy and sweet oranges in the aroma with the same flavor but with a tinge of ash. Not what I’ve encountered at all in other Belgian Strong Ales, but interesting at least.
Belgian Strong Ale
Belgian Strong Ales can vary from pale to dark brown in color, darker ales may be colored with dark candy sugar. Hop flavor can range from low to high, while hop aroma is low. The beers are medium to full-bodied and have a high alcoholic character. Types of beers included here include tripels, dubbels and ultra-strong abbey ales.