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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: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Percy0103 (260) - MEXICO - JUL 6, 2015
Bottle, 750ml. A semi cloudy dark amber beer with a minimal white head. Aroma is kind of fruity with alcohol, caramel, malt and wood. Taste is bitter with a strong alcoholic finish. Medium bodied with considerable carbonation and astringency. Aftertaste is of a very strong Belgian beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sdaniel90 (525) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JUL 6, 2015
Bottle, 75cl. Hazy amber with a frothy to minimal tan head. Musky aromas of toffee, sour fruits, ginger, firewood, cognac. Robust bodied with moderate carbonation. Sweet fruitiness with a fiery bitter character. Rich malt undertone with a heavy whisky finish. Impressive.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
huineman (400) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 29, 2015
Pours dark amber, tan head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, biscuit, cake, bread, butter. Powerful yet silky. Bitter and long finish, with certain sweet notes from the whiskey. Formidable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (4756) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2015
How: Bottle.
Where: From Systembolaget. Had at a tasting 2015-04-18.
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Caramel, dried fruit, whiskey.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, dried fruit, sweet, yeast, raisin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blade86 (893) - Wrocław, POLAND - MAY 22, 2015
reddish color, clear, quite big off-white foam; caramel, alcohol, some fruits, woody notes in aroma; medium bitterness and sourness, slightly sour, fullish body, little bit oily feel, average carbonation, long bitter/dry/tartish finish; Overall: balanced, nice taste and aroma, good looking and good mouthfeel, very good beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkillsFactory (150) - ITALY - MAY 17, 2015
Imbottigliata a Febbraio 2014, ambrata, velata dai lieviti in sospensione, schiuma bianca di media persistenza. Aroma di frutta a polpa gialla (banana, pesca, mango), whisky, leggero miele, zucchero caramellato, leggero lattico. Stesse note al palato, con in aggiunta una nota speziata ed erbacea sul finale, con l'alcol che riscalda la bevuta. Corpo pieno, mediamente carbonata. Niente male, anche se continuo a preferire la Gulden Draak classica.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VDuquerroux (610) - Airvault, FRANCE - MAY 13, 2015
Bottle, 75cL. Home. A golden orange opaque beer with light brown hues ; small white head with a medium retention. Aroma of alcohol, roast, whisky, prune. Medium to heavy sweet ; round ; nice warming background. Full body, silky texture, average carbonation, sweet lasting warming finish. Overall, a great strong belgian ale : delicate aroma, powerful & balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (3148) - BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2015
Whisky barrel aged version of Gulden Draak Quadrupel 9000, from an attractive 75 cl bottle. Irregular and thin, off-white head, dissolving quickly and eventually almost disappearing; lightly hazy orange blonde, near amber colour. Rich and perfumey aroma of gingerbread, whisky, vanilla, apple cake, orange, cognac, banana, cloves, honey, sherry and a phenolic smell of wet paint, though not too disturbing. Sweet, soft fruity onset, banana, peaches and mango, pretty strong carbo, ’deep’ sourish accent, yeasty, caramelly and honeyish malt sweetness, full and rich, cloves-like spiciness, warming alcohol in the end, brandy-like but not burning too much, some earthy hop bitterishness and lingering sweetness. Probably the best Van Steenberge beer I ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (2176) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2015
April 18, 2015. Bottle shared by AndySnow, thanks!
Clear dark amber with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma is caramel, canned peaches, dried fruits, light wood and whiskey notes. Taste is sweet malty and fruity with ripe peaches and raisins and figs. Mediuml bodied, somewhat creamy and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Koskela (388) - Marysville, California, USA - APR 17, 2015
I get a sweetness and slight yeasty and wood aroma from this hazy orangy red brew. The taste is sweet and slightly bitter followed by a nice woody flavor coupled with the warmth o the alcohol. It's full bodied and very well done.

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