Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ertvelde, Belgium


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RATINGS: 141   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnGalt1 (772) - , Idaho, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Bottle from Brewer’s Haven Boise... Paid $13ish... Pours a hazy dark yellow/orange... looks like peach or apricot nectar... not very pleasing... the head is off white and sticks around for quite a while... Not nearly as dark as the standard Gulden Draak. The nose is pretty interesting.. spicy/fruity... apricot and lite clove with a dusting of whiskey and vanilla.. complex but restrained. Lighter whiskey than expected... much more of a BSPA than a BSDA... no dark malt/fruit elements really at all... peach and apricot are the biggest players with a dry vanilla/oak in the background... light clove phenol notes with an even lesser peppery bite. Body is medium/light with a pretty big but expected carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
huineman (395) - 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 (4740) - 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 (890) - 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 (148) - 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 (608) - 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 (3122) - 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 (2172) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Batavi (123) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - APR 4, 2015
Uitgeschonken in origineel nieuw drakenei glas. Blond amberkleurig bier met dichte maar bescheiden beige schuimkraag, iets lager dan bij de Gulden Draak Quadrupel 9000. Wat ook anders is zijn de zwevende deeltjes in het glas, alsof deze variant ook een hogere densiteit heeft. Verfijnde aroma's van rozijnen en specerijen met een zweem van whisky. Intens en krachtig smaakpallet met tonen van gedroogd fruit als rozijnen, pruimen en vijgen, ook eikenhout met de licht zurige houtige en stevige alcoholische tonen van inderdaad whisky! Afdronk is lang en bitter zoet met verwarmende alcoholische tonen. Werkelijk weer een Belgisch bier meesterwerk, nu van brouwerij van Steenberge. Ik hoop dat ze dit bier een plaats geven in het vaste assortiment als jaarlijks terugkerende speciale batch van Brouwerij van Steenberge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBaboon (1747) - FINLAND - APR 4, 2015
Pours gold with white head. Aroma is fruity, woody and sweet. Aroma is oak, sweet and fruity.

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