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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: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (2910) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2015
(Gulden Draak The Brewmasters Edition) Corked and caged bottle, 750 ml, served into a small tulip. ABV 10.5%, bottled 2/14 so it’s a bit more than one year old. Gulden Draak was one of my first high ABV beers when I started rating, easily available and pretty tasty. Opens with a loud pop. Orange coloured body, a bit cloudy. Tall and thick head, mostly white, good retention. Spots of lacing every here and there on the glass. Aroma of peach, apricot, some yeast, no aroma of whiskey here, more fruity notes, some berries. The barrel aging is notable on the taste though. Indeed, whiskey flavour, alcohol, faint wood, sugars, fruity notes. Medium thin body, high carbonation. Too early maybe? It is a bit harsh, and I’d like something more on the aroma, but in any case it is tasty and drinks nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (2442) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 30, 2015
Sample at Essen Kerstbierfestival 2014, shared with Mathieu87. Found back notes that where lost. APPEARANCE: brown beer, small stable beige head. NOSE: some oak, malty, some alcohol. TASTE: malty, quite heavy, some oak, whiskey is there as well

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (1202) - California, USA - MAR 23, 2015
A nice whiskey barrel aged version of gulden draak. Pours a beautiful bright cloudy orange with a tan head. Smells of banana, apple and strawberry. Taste is quite sweet in the Belgium spectrum, but not tart. Lots of Apple and banana, and just a slight amount of whiskey in the finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (8500) - Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Draft. Amber pour, slightly hazed. Aroma is caramel, clove, apples and pears. Flavor is wine poached pears, caramel, and vanilla. Decadent and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (33597) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2015
From tap. Cloudy orange with a small off white head. Toasted malty. Toasted and fruity and carmelish. Bitter and slight herbal. Toasted and fruity finish. Bitter and dry berbla finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7134) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 17, 2015
Bouteille 75cl, BB 23/07/2017. Orangée, col fin blanc-cassé. Arôme offre pas mal de belles notes de whisky avec un bouquet très belge et mainte fois revu. Cela n’en déplaise, l’arôme reste agréable avec une impression de boisé, léger pomme caramélisée et un fin bouquet fleuri houblonné. Palais sur une effervescence assez haute avec pas mal, ici encore, de ce profil de levure belge. Retrouve un malté caramel et pâle qui est agréable et un boisé qui confère à la bière cette belle vertu whisky. Fine note houblonné tirant vers des tons nobles, pointe liquoreuse qui accentue les 11%. N’étant pas spécialement un fan de VanSteenberge, j’admets que cette bière est une belle découverte.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (3080) - FINLAND - MAR 10, 2015
Bottle. Orange with a darkish hue, hazy. Fruity oak- aged nose. Dried apricots, dried pineapples, slight buttery cream corny soft malty. And a sort of dark overtune. Whiskey sure, but almost bourbundy with all the fruityness. Full bodied, quite soft, round. Lots of sweets, belgy yeasty malty. Med long finish, really tasty though. The BA isn’t overpowering or aggressive, kind of nicely melted together. The high abv isn’t bothering either, so pretty nicely done. Smooth, tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gEUS (1323) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2015
750 ml bottle at home. Pours a little cloudy dark orange with a decent off-white head. High alcoholic aroma, with lots of brown Sugar notes, some peach, nice whisky scents as well. Medium body, very sweet, some honey evolution (a year old), nice carbonation, but a tad too high on the alcohol. Taste is a lot of maltiness, honey; dissolved powder Sugar... nice aftertaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BobEvers (317) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 24, 2015
fles 75cl klleur: amber, mooie dikke schuimkraag geur: mout, zoete banaan, maar ook alcohol smaak: vrij zoet; bitter en scherp, wiskey; maar tegelijk proef je alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (4440) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2015
8th Feb 2015: on tap in The Trappist, Brugge. One of the beers I chose to be in my flight. Very impressed with this, smooth, mellow and far too easy to drink for such a strong ABV brew. Dark golden amber look with a thin wisp and collar for a head. Boozy, malty and fairly sweet in the nose and taste with some woody, spirit notes showing in the taste towards the end of each lovely sip.

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