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Gulden Draak The Brewmasters Edition

Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ertvelde, Belgium


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RATINGS: 251   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Our brewmaster, Jef Versele, crafted this exclusive Gulden Draak Brewmasters Edition as a tribute to his grandfather Jozef Van Steenberge and the 230th birthday of the brewery. His inspiration came from his numerous trips to the United States and his deepest respect for the craft beer culture. This exclusive Gulden Draak combines the technology and the craftsmenship of the traditional brewing process. By letting the beer mature on whiskey barrels it gives it a distinctive and gental finish that you have never tasted before.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bergstaden (2458) - Røros, NORWAY - OCT 17, 2016
Hazy light amber with off white head - Malt aroma with some yeasty hints with some boozy notes - Malt body with wood and boozy flavours - The malt and wood goes into the finish with hot alcohol - A littel to alcohol hot, but still nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (10244) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 14, 2016
amber/brown pour. it’s been too long to compare head to head with regular ol Draak, and that was a bottle where this is on tap. That said, this was pretty alcohol forward. Bread and spice, but without much sweetness the 10% showed WAY too much. Nice enough, but flawed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hamilton_w (249) - - SEP 12, 2016
Sweet malt aroma, some floral notes. Big head, hazy amber to brown. Sweet, obvious alcohol notes. Medium to full body, long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rami_pl (2055) - Warszawa, POLAND - SEP 5, 2016
Na szybko. Butla 0.75 rozlana 01/2015, Piwo powstalo po tym, jak piwowar z Van Steenberge pojechal do hameryka i zobaczyl te nowoczesne techniki wlewania piwa do beczek po destylacie i postanowil polaczyc dwa swiaty - nudnej belgii i destylowanej rewolucji... Kto tam bierze kase za marketing?

po odkreceniu drucika korek sam pierdyknal w sufit, ale gushingu prktycznie nie bylo. Piwo lekko metne, o barwie ktora okreslaja chyba jako amber (taka herbatka z kilkoma kroplami cytryny), z fajowa, gesta i dosc trwala piana.

Aromaty bardzo intensywne, glownie owoce, roznorakie, kandyzowane, suszone, w cukrze, morele, rodzynki, brzoskwinie, figi... ten kierunek. Tez ewidentnie czuc ta whiskey, ale tak slodkawo jakos, nawet milo. do tego tez sa dosc ewidentne banany, troche przyprawowosci. w uscie gesto, lepko, ciezko, niewysokie wysycenie, sporo alkoholu slodycz rownowazacego, beczkowych jakichs cudow niewidow a la drewno czy wanilia prawie ze nie ma (zanim sie ktos przypieprzy: "prawie ze nie ma" to znaczy, ze jest, tylko niewiele: glownie wanilia i moze ciut kokosa jakiegs na jakimstam trzecim planie).

zaluje, ze nie mam mozliwosci wypicia razem z tradycyjnym, nie beczkowym gulden draakiem, bo roznice niewatpliwie sa, ale oba piwo wysmienite. Jakims tam drobnym wskazaniem pewnie gdybym musial wybrac, wybralbym tego bez beczki, zwyklego. Choc ten BA w sumie ciekawszy, ale jednak ciut za duzo tego whiski w nim jak na moje delikutasne podniebienie tudziez zmeczony zyciem nos. Ale ewidentnie klasa piwo, z calkiem milym efektem wow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fkoolen (999) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 2, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2016 75cl, 2015 ed. whisky barrel aged. Interesting orange amber colour, offwhite foamy head. Nose is a bit sour, vanilla, malty. Taste is more balanced with Belgian triple sweet malty and yeasty notes, dried fruits, ripe apples, lightly milky sour and whisky-ish, alcohol burn in the end. Well balanced, but not too complex: quite artificial/chemical actually. Good body, low-medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (10658) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2016
750 ml bottle. BB 13/08/2018. Thanks Timo P! Clear deep golden color with a small light tan head. Yeast, sweet malt, apple, fruits and mild whiskey sweetness in the aroma. The flavor is yeast, dryish malt, sweetness and mild whiskey. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (9375) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2016
75 cl bottle @ Timo A. BBE 13.08.2018.
Pours clear golden color with a small head. Aroma is malty, some yeast, spices, wood, some alcohol. Flavor is dry malty, woody, alcohol, whisky is quite subtle, some spices. Alcohol is strong here, no surprise, decent overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mithe (1552) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 13, 2016
(tap 0,2l @ JBM (Brno))
Aroma: Strong, woody, light smoke, vanilla.
Appearance: Clear golden color. Medium, white head.
Taste: Strong, alcohol, sweet, spicy, light woody, vanilla.
Palate: Medium-full body. Sticky texture. Warm finish.
Overall: Great. Woody, complex, strong, tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
erickok (5453) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2016
Very sweet malts, lots of wood. Cloying body, alcohol. Hazy and dirty looks. Quite a fail to be honest... (on tap during Hapje Tapje)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yves (2851) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2016
Shared with wim and bart at bart’s place. Clear blond colored beer with small white head and no carbonation. Alcoholic malty aroma. Full sparkling palate. finish is sweet alcoholic bitter sweet.

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