Brouwerij De Ranke Guldenberg® Bière D’Abbaye (8%)

GuldenbergThere’s a hell of a lot of apple skins in this beer.
I might be dissing a stone classic here, but I’m not overly keen on this.
It’s the big harsh alcohol burn on the back of my tongue that’s stripping away quite a lot of flavour.
The aroma is gassy flowers and spiced pears, and the malts are nice.
All sticky runny honey and warm French bread.
The hops are earthy, flower stems and resinous sapling wood.
And all of that would be OK if it weren’t for the alcoholic lump hammer that bashes this beer into a bruised pulp.
Oh well, you can’t win ’em all.

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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One Response to Brouwerij De Ranke Guldenberg® Bière D’Abbaye (8%)

  1. John Clarke says:

    Well you are dissing a classic, yes, but it’s horses for courses isn’t it? For what it’s worth De Ranke are a very highly regarded Belgian brewery who generally make excellent beer even if they may not (apparently) be to everyone’s taste. Having tried more or less the whole range I personally think they’re pretty damn good.

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