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


on tap


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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (7307) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2006
Big, tan, creamy fine-laced head; hazy dark red-brown body. Vague aroma of burnt caramel and bread, maybe some syrup as well. Harmonic taste of bread, paradise seeds, and some caramel. Not that much taste, really. Bitter aftertaste. Oily mouthfeel. Good, but quite boring. Had enormous expectations for this, as I’m a big GD fan. Maybe it needs to be stored for some years? If so, why make it look like a Christmas beer? Weird.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Dark brownish with a tint of red. Presumably clear and filtered with a tall, creamy and rather stable head. Vinous, slightly tart aroma. Quite dry - especially in comparison with the original version. Roasted, malty flavour with marked notes of licorice. Perhaps also a wee touch of Balsamico. 281205

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9504) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (25449) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4707) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiP (15296) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2005
Bottle. OK fruity aroma. Spicy flavour with a malty, dryish finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (16191) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Hansen (8435) - 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.

   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.

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