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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: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BobEvers (312) - 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 (4391) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MonsterMagnet (384) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle 75cl. Pours amber/red with an off white head. Didnít take proper tasting notes. Very sweet, liquid marzipan with dry-ish wood and whisky notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2815) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Draft at Olympic. From notes. Loads of banana, some nice whisky notes. A slight hint of marzipan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hamirubi (103) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - FEB 17, 2015
Drank at the Bruges Beer Fest 2015, 15 cl. Iím a fan of the ínormalí Gulden Draak beer: strong, dark, sweet. This one has an amber look, with almost no foam. A feable appearance, but a decent taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RexTalionis (2788) - FINLAND - FEB 15, 2015
Bottle. Pours darker amber in color with a fluffy off-white head. Dried fruits, some apple, christmas spices and notes of peat in aroma. Sweet malty notes and damp garden ripe fruityness in taste. Wooden whiskey barrel notes are evident later on. More here than meets the eye, or mouth in this case. Sweet, vanilla boozy finish, nice though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElManana (650) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle at Brugs Bierfestival. I must say Iím a fan of the regular Gulden Draak, I do think however that the alcohol comes through too much in the regular vversion. With this one however, the alchool taste is replaced by the nice Whisky-flavours, that blend in. Iím in love with this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (4552) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 8, 2015
Thanks! Sampled 750 ml. bottle@ BBF 2014. Finally got to try this one, thx! After missing having it run out on me on me several times @ Essen Kerstbierfestival. Dark amber, little white head. Nose is huge vanilla, sugar, oak, lots of sugar & basic vanilla sweetness. Taste is lots of sugar, vanilla, herbs, basic caramel malt, lightly metallic, bit thin. Nice but a bit too metallic & touch thin. Still pretty enjoyable. Later that evening I got to try a homebrew Eisbock version of this beer which was +/- 21 % ABV. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosskie (474) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2015
Opaque orange reddish beer. Nice creamy head. Nice carbonation. Bubble columns. Citric wooden smell, dark fruit, bit rotten, touch of alcohol. Hints of coriander and maybe some basilicum. Cheese, strawberries. Leather and subtle peatiness. Taste is full. Bitter watery with a subtle sour sweetness. Leather and some metal. beautiful balance. Whisky barrel-aging often goes over the top, but this one is elegant and subtle, truly an expression of the gulden draak smaak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marko (4108) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 25, 2015
Thanks to the guys who split this 0.75 with me! Dark amber colour (surprisingly light really). Lovely sweet malty aroma with tons of banana, whiskey evident but not overwhelming. Sweet taste, banana + whiskey, marzipan? Straightforwardly malty... but not too sweet. Damn nice.

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