Gulden Draak Calvados Barrel Aged

Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Ertvelde, Belgium


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Gulden Draak Barrel Aged Calvados is the second in the series of Gulden Draak Quad barrel aged beers. The brewer ages Gulden Draak Quad 9000 in Calvados (Apple Cider Brandy) barrels for roughly 4-6 months. An ideal length of time for the residual flavors of the barrels to meld with the beer. This is a beer unlike any you’ve ever tasted. Once again Jef Versele from Brewery Van Steenberge produces a gem for all to enjoy. Cheers!

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front222 (8) - - MAR 17, 2018 does not count
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2018 Ещё один, не побоюсь этого слова-ШЕДЕВР от бельгийских пивоваров. Кальвадос и его бочка как в запахе, так и во вкусе присутствует, алкоголя нет по ощущениям совсем, даже легкого намёка в послевкусии. Ну а остальное уже как бы стало привычным-нотки солода и фруктов в запахе и вкусе. Фрукты конечно яблоки, только аромат больше тяготеет к сладким сортам, что ощущается в послевкусии. Это крутейший бельгийский эль, один из эталонов данного стиля. Настоятельно рекомендую

mutz (1160) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 16, 2018
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2018 Grote fles. Donker goudkleurig, mooie kraag die lang blijft liggen, ziet er goed uit. Ruikt alcohol, vanille, sinaasappel. Smaakt gist, sinaasappel, alcohol.

Bosbouw (3064) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2018
Oranje koper kleur met een goede kraag. Ruikt zoet, herfstfruit. Smaakt zoetig, herfstfruit, appel.

hansvf (947) - - MAR 11, 2018
Mooi helder. Inderdaad erg veel appel in de smaak. Zal wel sterk zijn maar na die van net...

Bijl (936) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2018
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2018 Amberkleurig, vrij helder, crèmekleurige schuimkraag en veel koolzuur. Aroma: Moutig, iets zoetig, karamel, iets hout, fruitig, appel, cider en Belgische gist met banaan en bubblegum hinten.  Smaak: Moutig, vrij zoet, karamel, fruitig en in de nasmaak wat droog hout. Wat warmte en alcohol en een fruitige hint van de appel cider brandy. Belgische gist komt er ook tussendoor met banaan en kruidigheid.... peperig en koriander/kruidnagel en beetje scherpte van schil. Verder een vrij zachte bitter en rustig koolzuur. Iets droog in de afdronk maar toch ook wat plakkerig. Prettig bier!

ShivanDragon (4859) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2018
75cl bottle, pours clear orange/golden with a white head. aroma of malts, wood, some green apples, sugar, herbs, soap, yeast, banana, clove, peach, bubblegum. Taste is very soft/smooth, soft but dominant alcoholic flavors, apple peel, alcoholic brandy, caramel, brown sugar, wood, some white pepper, clove, banana and some cinnamon, lots of yeast, bread, biscuitmalts, dough, above average body with a very soft carbonation. however didn't enjoyed this as much as the 'Whisky' variant.

evergreen0199 (3671) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2018
On tap at the 11th Brugge beer Festival, Brugge, Belgium. A golden/orange/amber coloured pour with a medium off white head on top. Sweet, boozy, apple, spice, caramel aroma. Tastes boozy, caramel, apple, spice, sweet. Absolutely delicious Quad, I consumed 3 of these in a row.

slowrunner77 (13603) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 14, 2018
Darker golden pour on tap. Lighter notes of apple brandy, yeast, fruit and wood. Pretty well balanced, though that also means nothing really shines. Solid across the board, though.

nathanvc (921) - Brugge, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2018
At Brugs Bierfestival, 4 February 2018. Cheers to Anke & Pieter!

Clear dark amber with a lasting, frothy, off-white head that leaves lacing. Strong aroma of yeast, caramel, apple & calvados, hops, nuts, malt, marzipan and banana. Tastes medium to heavy fruity sweet and light hoppy bitter; dry, spicy, whisky-like finish with some wood accents. Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Good one, yet I'd always be happier with a regular Gulden Draak.

tderoeck (11092) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 23, 2018
21/XI/17 - on tap @ Horeca Expo (Ghent) - BB: n/a (2017-1929) Thanks to the brewers for today's samples and my Ghent beer posse for sharing the glasses and keeping my liver sane. :p

Clear orange beer, creamy irregular bit yellowish head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: alcohol, very yeasty, banana, sweetish, caramel. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: very yeasty, banana, sweet, alcohol, caramel, Calvados, little bitter, some banana peel. Aftertaste: lots of yeast, alcohol, caramel, some banana, Calvados, sweetish finish. Calvados is very subtle, the barrel is not very noticeable.

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