Gulden Draak The Brewmasters Edition

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

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RATINGS: 311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   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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4.2
Kriddie (13) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2017
Deep amber coloured. No head, slight lacing. Oily texture already noticeable whilst pouring. Aroma of honey, walnut and caramel. Slight hint of wood and whisky, although only faint. Very unusual, yet delicious. Taste is very sweet in a good way. Brown sugar, caramel, walnuts, and honey, with a hop bitterness in the aftertaste remeniscent of oranges. Again, the barrel-aging on whisky barrels is only slightly noticeable, the wood and whisky subtly complimenting the taste instead of dominating the brew. Oily texture, full bodied. Modest carbonation, just right. Overall: One of a kind, really. Normally, I’m not a fan of overly sweet beers, but this one pulls it off just right. Although quite unexpected in a beer, the honey, caramel and walnuts remind me a bit of Greek/Turkish Baklava desserts, and that’s a good thing with this one. Full bodied, the texture is very oily and soft on the throat, almost remeniscent of coughing-syrup. The 10.5% ABV makes for a warm afterglow, and the buzz settles in smoothly. Doesn’t knock one off his chair as some beers of the same percentage tend to do. This was a very pleasant suprise, and I will definately pick up this beer once in a while when I feel like reading a book or contemplating.

3.2
ruigo (2948) - PORTUGAL - JUL 18, 2017
75cl bottle. Clear amber with generous off-white head. Brown sugar, alcohol, light wood and spicy. Sweet and boozy.

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vincentvega72 (757) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2017
Mooi helder amberkleurig bier. Fijne parelende witte schuimkraag die snel wegebt tot fijn laagje. Mout, caramel, licht houterig, vleugje whiskey. Heel zacht van smaak. Mooie licht warmende afdronk, licht zoet. Mooi bier.

4.1
thomashoogendam (5) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2017 does not count
Although barrel aged, the whisky/whiskey (type of whisky isn’t specified) hasn’t overpowered. The nose is where the barrel does most of its work, with a small hint in the finish. The nose has honey and redfruit sweetnes, spice, wood and vanilla. Candied orange. Taste; sweet, orangepeel bitterness, dried fruits, all of those awesome Gulden Draak qualities. The alcohol gives it a great punch without overwhelming it. The finish is surprisinly bitter. I mean, not IPA bitter, but citrusy bitterness is a part of it. Wood and vanilla there as well. All in all, a truly great beer. Not sure yet I prefer the standard 9000 Quadrupel over this. Barrel aging is not something I’m always lyric about, and the balance is missing a bit here. But it is a good example of barrelaging done right!

4.7
Zarrach76 (269) - Grenoble, FRANCE - JUN 14, 2017
Je dois avouer que j’attends beaucoup de cette Gulden Draak the Brewmasters edition dont la beauté de la bouteille fait vraiment envie. Bouchon qui saute, le pop de circonstance, la versée cuivrée à la clarté nette et le lit de bulles ivoire, cette dégustation commence comme un rituel dont nous allons voir si la liturgie est au niveau. Le nez nous révèle deux choses principales : un alcool qui tabasse au sens propre, et un côté vieil gniôle avec des notes de fruits macérés dans un bon vieux fût ayant contenu un vin de Bordeaux et du Whisky. Rien que ça ! Je trouve que l’ensemble est d’une noblesse assez unique et ce côté vieilli est une véritable merveille. Les arômes vont du pruneau en passant par la poire, la mirabelle, le sirop d’érable, le miel d’acacia, la noisette, la frangipane, la cassonade, la vanille, la figue, la banane, l’ananas, la pêche de vigne, le réglisse, la violette, le tout confis dans le sucre et l’alcool. Véritablement enchanteur. En bouche, l’impression de vieil alcool est encore renforcée. La première gorgée est sur le fût avec un bois magnifique qui rappelle les grands Lambics, un alcool qui flingue en rehaussant les flaveurs et en tirant sur tout ce qui bouge, une texture très soyeuse, une carbonatation plutôt flatteuse, des levures très nettes et superbes, ainsi que des sucres résiduels en nombre. Le côté Whisky ne rappelle pas les Highlands ni les Islays très en force et tourbés pour une fois, mais plutôt les Speysides ou encore les Whisky Japonais (type Nikka Yoichi) très maltés et aux notes plus rondes et féminines. La seconde salve anesthésie un peu plus la bouche et la langue et va laisser parler le final, porté sur les sucres et les malts, presque trop hélas ce qui déséquilibre l’ensemble. Ce sera d’ailleurs le point noir de la dégustation, je trouve les sucres trop capiteux voir écoeurants sur la longueur. Il me manque aussi un peu de vivacité au palet, mais le taux de sucres est sans doute tellement élevé qu’il ne peut en être autrement. Quel dommage avec ces sucres, les flaveurs de fruits macérés et de bois étant justes exceptionnelles ! Alors je ne vais pas bouder mon plaisir, mais c’est un breuvage à boire en petites quantités pour éviter la lassitude sur la longueur (et la cuite vu comme elle cogne !)... De peu la meilleure note, mais c’est impossible de la mettre... Bouteille 75cl, Boissons du Monde, Saint-Egrève.

3.9
Shark_Pants (743) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2017
750ml bottle, 2016 edition, bottled Mar 2016. Clear amber with voluminous rocky beige head and plenty of cascading bubbles. Sweet caramel aromas mix with big earthy and spicy notes quite invitingly, although no real barrel character detectable on the nose. The taste is quite sweet - candi sugar, pear, apple, spicy and earthy character, perhaps a hint of whisky, light herbal hoppy bitterness. Full bodied, sticky, balanced somewhat by the high carbonation and light acidic tang. Less whisky barrel character than expected but another quality gulden draak offering.

3.8
zoucrew102 (1872) - - JUN 6, 2017
750ml corked bottle. Spicy Belgian yeast aroma with notes of clove, whiskey, vanilla and ripe fruit. Pours cloudy copper colored with a thin, non-retentive white head that also has little retention. Starts with spicy Belgian yeast, ripe fruit and clove flavors. Finishes smooth and a bit dry with boozy whiskey flavor as well as a little bit of vanilla. Very nice rendition of the beer with the whiskey adding nice flavor.

3.7
MartyW (278) - DENMARK - MAY 25, 2017
Bottle. Copper colour with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet with notes of overripe fruits, caramel, vanilla, whiskey and yeast. Flavour the same. Moderate sweet and moderate belgian yeast, not overpowering though. Sweet and bitter finish. Good.

3.6
EvNa (331) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 21, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2017 Bottle. 2016 edition. Color: Amber, tiny off white head. Taste: Malt, yeast, cloves, caramel and alcohol hints. Medium sweet. Some hop, wood and whiskey notes, mainly in the finish. Medium carbonation and medium to full body.

4.2
Lele (556) - Padova, ITALY - MAY 15, 2017
Vintage 2014. Molto buona ma sinceramente mi aspettavo meglio. Sentori fruttati è un po' di caramello e di passito predominanti, ma niente di più. Birra fatta bene, ma abbastanza povera di emozioni ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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