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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: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (15801) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2016
Draught at Pressklubben, Stockholm. Thanks to that beer guy who gave me a small sample. Golden/copper beer with a nice offwhite/beige head. Yeasty phenolic aroma, fruity, woody, vanilla, spicy notes, some whisky. Yeasty fruity aroma, grassy, citrus, raisins, figs, caramel, warming alcohol. Decent but was hoping for more.

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (4887) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2016
Big cork and cage bottle at Kenny’s 20000 celebration. Thanks to Ken! As ’Gulden Draak The Brewmasters Edition’, 10.5%, dated 05/2015. Dark orange, clear, lightly sparkling, small bubbly off-white head. Aroma is toffee, whisky, some astringent notes, apple, oak. Harsh and astringent nose. Body is light, spritzy carbonation, foamy. Poor body. Taste is light, whisky, woody, raisin sweetness, dry finish. Tastes quite nice, but not the best overall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (3631) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Bottle at Beerville in Belgrade. Thanks Vlada! Rich orange-gold, small bubbly head. A touch of vanilla, lots of alcohol. Typical sweet-alc body, some leather on finish. Quite balanced, a little bland and hot. Not very special. Tasty though.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
freretoc (1376) - Besançon, FRANCE - JAN 28, 2016
Bue en bouteille de 75cl au Kilarney à Besançon, couleur ambrée avec des reflets cuivrés. Peu de mousse et peu d’effervescence. Nez sur la vanille et le bois. En bouche attaque sur la vanille du bourbon continuité sur le grillé très ronde en bouche elle se termine sur une saveur sucrée mais très caramélisée. Vraiment agréable, on ne sent pas du tout l’alcool.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (41314) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2016

Bottle 750ml. corked @ [ madmitch76 - 20K Tasting ] - chriso & Boudicca House, London.

[ As Gulden Draak The Brewmasters Edition ].
Clear medium amber orange color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to heavy yeasty, belgium yeast, alcohol, fruity yeast, phenol, peat - wood notes. Flavor is moderate sweet and light moderate bitter with a long duration, rubber bitter, yeast, ruff, belgium yeast. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20160115]

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DSG (9563) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 26, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting at Max’s place. Thanks Stas. 3rd edition, 01/2015. Hazy deep golden. Aroma of fruity esters, a vanilla note, and alcohol. Sweet flavor with fruity esters, some caramel, and alcohol. Simple and boozy.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borresteijn (5853) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2016
75cl Bottle from drankgigant.nl. 3rd Edition. Clear golden amber - orange colour, white head. Aroma of oak, sweet barley wine maltiness, white fruits, alcohol. Flavour is sweet, malty, syrupy, oak, yeasty, alcohol, peach, pear, alcohol bitter finish. Medium bodied. Expected more tbh.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
teorn88 (5143) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2016
75cl bottle shared at Kenny’s 20K celebrsations @Chriso’s, thanks to Kenny. It pours a clean golden color with medium white head. Aroma is tangy spicy with loads of vanilla. Taste is weird with notes of plastic meat umami. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, meh

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wixie (204) - BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2016
Clear orange liquid, large head. Aroma of fruits and a bit alcohol. Heavy body, average carbonation. Taste is bitter and a bit sweet, alcohol.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (16051) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2016
Bottle at Madmitch 20k tasting. Clear gold lasting white head. Some putty on aroma. Some sweetness. It’s a Belgian strong. Sweet. Some peach esters. OK.


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