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Gulden Draak The Brewmasters Edition

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

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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
italarican (1436) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2014
Bottle shared at the Foothills bottle share... thanks for setting it up, Mike! Didn’t really get the whiskey here. It’s more of a standard but balanced and nice tripel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6719) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 14, 2014
Bottle. Murky amber beer with a dark cream head. Yeast and light fruity/estery aroma. Fruity/estery flavor with yeast and light whiskey. Medium bodied. Fruity esters linger with malt, yeast, light spice, and light whiskey.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (3613) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Pours murky orange with a medium sized white head. The aroma has bananas, heavy malt, caramel and a hint of oak. The body is full and rich with a touch of roughness to it and flowing gentle carbonation. The flavor starts very malty with caramel, vanilla, light oak, Belgian abbey smooth yeastiness and some alcohol warmth. The finish has more abv, but its warm and not burning. There’s also some fruitiness that sneaks in. For being aged in whiskey barrels, I’m sure not getting any whiskey notes, but there is some vanilla and oak that may be coming from there. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (1707) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Barrel aging adds smoothness to this beer, taking some of the rough edges off. Medium amber with foamy head, dried fruit and some sweetness mix well with a solid malt backbone. Nicely done and really enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5575) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2014
750 from somewhere. Pours a very cloudy orange color with a large though dissipating white head. Sweet grainy nose, almost wheat-like in that there’s some husky sourness, oak. Hmm. Not getting a ton of bourbon. Super yeasty bright citrus beer, robust Belgian Ale, a bit of bourbon and sweetness in the finish. Heat. Very good. Pretty fresh and lively.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2203) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Pours a hazy orange grey color. Notes of apricots, candi sugar, vanilla, banana, and toffee. Supple mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2215) - Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 8/1/2013. Pours very hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger foamy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big peach, pear, apple, apricot, orange peel, candi sugar, honey, bread, herbal, clove, light pepper, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big pear, apricot, orange peel, peach, apple, honey, bread, candi sugar, clove, light pepper, light vanilla/oak, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of pear, apple, apricot, orange peel, honey, bread, candi sugar, herbal, light clove, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of malt, candi sugar, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with light barrel flavor character and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian Strong pale ale. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast ester and malt flavors with light barrel presence; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (5372) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
750mL bottle, pours an opaque dark orange with a small white head. Aroma brings out stone fruits, light whiskey, and some light spice. Flavour brings out stone fruits, dry caramel, and perfectly accentuated whiskey barrel characteristics. The barrel aging really enhances the base beer here, offering just enough whiskey notes without dominating the base beer. Excellent.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oRos (1006) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours yellow with white head. Big banana ester yeast taste with some oak in the end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6022) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle from City Beer. Pours cloudy golden with an attractive be3ige3 head and a fruity aroma. There is a fruit and light malt flavor with a hint of bourbon and some oak. No banana ester detectable.


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