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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: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MatthijsE (123) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2014
750ml Bottle @ home. Pour is a cloudy orange with a nice lively head..Nose is nice orange, yeast, vanilla, wet oak, hop, spice, banana, bourbon.Taste is nice dry oak, vanilla, orange, mango, whisky, stone fruit, hidden alcohol, dry, floral.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9467) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Dark yellow gold color. Nice white head. Nice toffee burst, belgian yeast, dates, honey, golden raisins, oak. Rich and full bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6265) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2014
750, corked and baled. Pours a cloudy dark gold with a dense and fizzy white head. Mild nose of caramel sweetness with some soft fruit notes, a bit of vanilla, a little oak. Very subdued, even after it warms. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Just as soft and easy-drinking as the regular Draak, but more dimensional and interesting. More inviting. Some caramel, honey, oak, and vanilla on the mid palate. Mild soft sweetish finish. Quite nice for sure.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjik83 (661) - - DEC 26, 2014
75cl fles via 8 Zaligheden, Maastricht Alcoholpercentage van 10,5% Uitgeschonken in blanco bokaal Uiterlijk: oranje/amber kleurig met kleine schuimkraag Aroma en smaak: Belgisch gist, zoet, fruitig als abrikoos, kandijsuiker, eiken licht in de nasmaak Conclusie: lekker dan de normale editie, zal niet erg lang op eikenvaten gerijpt hebben ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olsvammel (3578) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Fruity smell with a hint of oak. Taste of dried fruit, vanilla and cherries. Not boozy but it has an alcoholic warmth. Easy to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjansen1310 (48) - Soest, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2014
From a 0,75 cl bottle. Looks real festive. Delivers as promised. A whisky tasting beer. A perfect opener for some whisky tasting afterwards. Could have scored higher if the taste was lasting longer and if the taste was a bit more diversive. Still it I?d definitely recommend it to anyone! booyah!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (6575) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark orange amber colour with a small thick head. Aroma of sweet apricot, wood and caramel sweetness. Flavour of strong sweet malts, sweet bourbon, bread, some wooden tartness and earth. Medium bodied. Alcohol feels and warms. Bourbon is there, but it’s quite subtle. Good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (8409) - Hasborn, GERMANY - DEC 21, 2014
Sampled @ O.B.E.R. Kerstbierfestival 2014, Essen.
Dunkel bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit einer geringen beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr malzig, hefig, reife Früchte, holzig. Geschmack sehr malzig, fruchtig, holzig, reifes Obst, leicht alkoholisch.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (453) - HUNGARY - DEC 21, 2014
Opálos borostyánszínénél festeni sem lehetne szebbet, s az efféle testnek kijáró habtakaró sem maradhat el a vizuális élmény teljesebbé tétele érdekében. A jól ismert, alapverzió által örökérvényűvé tett aromákat is örömmel üdvözölhetjük, a komplexitás bugyrai között itt-ott felfedezhetővé válik egy férfias vonalvezetésű, érett illatszerkezet is, így az aszalt sárgabarackos, szilvás és mazsolás, likőrrel töltött tejcsokoládé és krémes marcipán szövevényébe elegánsan vegyül egy karakteres, testesebb alkoholokat idéző, fahordós jellemvonás is. Íze szikrázóan egyedi, természetesen a normál Gulden Draak karakterisztikáját követő módon, az érlelés adta többlet itt is a likőrszerű édességfolyam és aszalványfergeteg adta határokon belül, a sejtelmesen megcsillanó, száraz lecsengésű, ír whiskey-t idéző, enyhén vaníliás fuvallatban keresendő. Úgy sejtem, az érlelés csodákra lenne képes ezzel a palackkal, az ízek egy leheletnyit nyersek még, minél érettebb állapotában látnánk hozzá az elfogyasztásához, annál nagyobb élményekkel ajándékozna meg minket. Ez természetesen mit sem von le szinte semmihez sem fogható értékéből, felejthetetlen élmény minden egyes kortya.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2294) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Aroma is on the mild side but I do pick up caramel malt yEast whiskey and a bit of fruit. Appearance's nothing special with a large sudsy light tan head, no lace and an orange amber clear color. Flavor is like aroma with very good balance between bitter sweet and tart. Great palate. A bit boozy but that goes with this beer and goes nicely. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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