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

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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8391) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2005
Dark opaque brown beer with reddish highlights; huge amberish tinted head, leaving textbook lace. Rich, fruity (plums and other dark ripe fruit) nose, and alcohol. Sweet-sourish, dark malted ale, with a wheat-like finish, getting near sickly sweet. Extremely thick, syrupy MF, alcohol impression is way above the 7.5%. Syrupy, but rich beer. Why the "vintage" is lower in ABV than the "usual", only VS know.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (22398) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2005
Bottled. Ruby red colour, beige head. Plummy malty aroma. Flavour of malts, hops and some plummy sweet hints. Not that special.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2006 (Bottled) Very hazy, dark ruby red color with a huge, foamy, tanned. head. Strong, sweet and grainy-malty aroma of dried fruit (apricot, papaya), licorice-anisey hints and alcohol. The flavor is acidic, grainy-malty, dried-fruity, spicy and vegetably-papery, with some hops. Medium-bodied, ultra-foamy-carbonated palate. There’s something in this, that just doesn’t feel right to me. (Bottled, rated 12/3/2005, was 6-4-6-4-13=3.3) Dark reddish brown with a medium, foamy and tight head. Slightly metallic, syrupy-grainy-malty aroma with raisins. Somewhat alcoholic, malty and syrupy flavor with medium-hoppy, grainy-malty finish. Medium-bodied, lightly fizzy-carbonated palate. Quite a disappointment.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2005
Bottled. Dark brown appearance. Huge creamy, white head. Very sweet and finish is very yeasty. I like the normal Draak more, (or more correctly, it displeases me less). Lacks some of the classic Christmas spices.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiP (14439) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2005
Bottle. OK fruity aroma. Spicy flavour with a malty, dryish finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (13818) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 20, 2005
Bottled (BB 09/2008)
Nut brown, small creamy head. Fruity, plums in the nose. Suprisingly light, doesn’t show much alcohol. Fruity, yeasty, balanced but lacks a good malt character. Some sugars in the finish. Not very Christmasy and down from regular Gulden Draak.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Hansen (7443) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2005
I don’t know if I have got a bad bottle. Aroma was a bit sour and unpleasent and same goes for the flavor. Looks fine, dark and with a big head.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2005
Deep reddish colour with a big dense tan head. Malty, fruity sweet aroma with a spicy touch. Sweet dark fruit flavor with a touch of anise.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2005
Bottle. Red brown colour with a baige head. Dark fruits, spicy aroma and a sweet dark fruits taste. Medium body and a light alcoholic finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown with small, short lasting head. Sweet, candy/wine gum, fruity tartness, lightly spicy. Medium body. Nice enough though sometimes one can wonder; "what is the point of this beer?"


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