sulawang (964) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Visual: Pours dark mahogany brown, minimal head, a thin layer of micro retention, scattered slow micro streams.
Nose: dark fruit cake, molasses, sweet caramel malts. (lvl-8)-pungency
Attack: crisp, fizzy-tingly
Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, integrated background sourness, (MAIN) cola, bright fruity berry-molasses mixture, nutmeg, thick sweet toasted barley malt
Finish: a bit of alcoholic heat, sweet barley grainy malt finish.
Summary: Another winner like their original Gulden Draak (B+). Great balance and superbly sippable.
Bornyensis (321) - BELGIUM - DEC 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Een zeer kruidige drank, iets beter dan de gewone versie. Ideaal voor op de Kerstmarkt.
Shark_Pants (578) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
BB date of 9 Sep 2012. It’s a gusher. Pours ruby red with huge mocha head that recedes to a thin layer after about 3 minutes. The aroma is somewhat like an English barleywine - sweet malt and candi sugar, preserved cherries, raisins, booze. The taste matches the aroma, with the cherry flavour particularly prominent. Very sweet and almost medicinal up front before drying out and finishing with a very light bitterness. Some oxidation. Light to medium bodied, especially compared to the original Gulden Draak, lightly acidic and sticky. Not quite as good as the original version.
jb (2817) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Tap and Mallet. Quite good, not great.
Dark brown with faint orange highlights and a medium thick head with moderate lacing and minimal retention. Very full rich aroma of dark ripe fruit, yeast, bread dough. Palate is thick, sticky, sweet, full of plums. Alcohol well hidden.
Some medicinal notes detract.
77ships (7251) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml. Bottle sampled @ O.B.E.R. Kestbierfestival 2014. (Thx!) 2009 Vintage. Reddish dark brown, tanned head on the side. Nose is warming, wood, varnish, paint, oxidation / cherry,… Taste is bitter leaves, varnish, paint, leaves, BE yeast,.. Carbonation is way too high & I am tasting paint, varnish etc. disappointing.
Travlr (20257) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a lively tan head. Roasted aroma, tastes of alcohol and malt. Should age well.
Alengrin (4212) - BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lighter winter version of the classic Gulden Draak since 2005, with a malty, yeasty and spicy (coriander) character, but less sweet than the regular; caramel and nutty malts, dryish taste with some candied fruits, bitterish finish. Basically a downtuned version of their regular Gulden Draak - and in that sense equally purposeless as e.g. Duvel Groen. Never understood why Van Steenberge came up with this in the first place. But not a bad Belgian ale, generally speaking.
andrewje41 (2611) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft pour at Special Brews. Pours a dark red color. A very unique aroma full of spices which hooked me right away. Flavor is full of spices with small hints of fruit throughout. Raisins, dates, a little cherry, all backed with some pepper. I can honestly say I have never had a beer quite like this one. This beer goes full circle with sweet fruit to peppery spice, and finishes very refreshing. Gets better as it goes to. Very much impressed by this beer. Might have to look in to their other beers now. Solid.
OldMrCrow (2339) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle vintage 2010 tasted January 27 2014.
Pours into my Gulden Draak tulip, brown with surprisingly red highlights and a frothy tan head. Aroma of mulled spices and belgian yeast, grassy hops and cola. Cobwebby basement. Dark fruit. The flavor is only modestly sweet, again the spices, ginger and anise, plus a bit of pepper and a diet cola and pear-skin finish. Very much like a dubbel. Aggressively carbonated, additional bubbles springing to life in the mouth. This one doesn’t particularly stand out from the crowd of good Belgian strong ales, but it is perfectly nice beer, comparably low alcohol, and capable of maintaining interest all the way through a 750 tonight.
villevav (385) - FINLAND - OCT 14, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tuoksussa anista, lakritsaa. Maussa makeaa alkoholimaisuutta, lakritsia ja mausteita. Liian makea ja alkoholinen.