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: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
MMR (752) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2017
A great surprise by the Gulden Draak. Pours a golden glass of beer and is a great aromatic beer. Has hints of whisky and caramel, I loved it!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emelie (66) - rebro, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2017
Brnstensorange, som en solnedgng, ngot oklar. Doft: st, jst, multivitaminjuice, honung, grddkola, kvalmigt st. Smak: Apelsin, grddkola, jst, tyvrr fr st fr min smak.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TtV (435) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2017
Bottle 33cl. Amber coloured with a medium off white head. Sweet aroma with brown sugar and malts. The taste is bittersweet and develops into a sweeter experience with a warm glow of alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gehbe (387) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - MAR 5, 2017
Bottle. Clear light amber with a big frothy white head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, spices, malt and baguette, hints of zest. Strong sweetness backed up by medium sourness and a touch of bitterness. High carbonation, medium to full body. Quite nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (6406) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2017
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass: Cloudy amber body. Creamy head. Nose of malts, cream, caramel, light honey, light vanilla, sweet alcohol tint... Flavour of caramelised apples, cinnamon, malts, honey, caramel, light wood ish tints, sweet bitter... Aftertaste is light some malts, warmth, caramel, light fruity and some bitters with a tanine edge. Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, good medium bodied. Very decent, yet hardly a trace of whiskey barrel aging. But it seems to be softer a lot than the regular version...

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Teran (317) - Belgrade, SERBIA - FEB 21, 2017
Big bottle, light hazy red orange colour with medium white-beige top. Medium bitterness and moderate sweetness. Raw sugar, oak wood soaked with whiskey, butterscotch, resin and raisins, some caramel. Spicy, oliy with excellent carbonation. Full body, crisp and sharp delight.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alrick (105) - FRANCE - FEB 21, 2017
Moins savoureuse que sa brune grande soeur, lensemble demeure trs buvable

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TychoJames (1219) - rebro, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2017
Flaska systembolaget 75 cl. Halvklar orange kulr. Doft av pple och jrn och lite knck. Ganska st smak med spannml, jst och pple.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Samuel214 (880) - SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2017
Flaska frn 2015, drygt 2 r gammal. 3rd edition. Provning med Nerikes lsllskap. Klar orange med halv finger hgt vitt skum. Fruktig i doften med tropisk frukt och lite kartong. Inte mycket till whiskytoner. Medium till stor kropp, balanserar mellan rund och torr. St, fruktig och sockrig i smaken. Vrmande alkohol men inte s mycket av whiskyn. Lite vl st och inte s mycket annat. Gillar vanliga GD bttre. Osker p om denna gjort sig bra av lagring.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bartlebier (3771) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - FEB 3, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2017 33cl bb08/2018 from Gulden Draak sampler 6-pack introduced at new brewing room opening 2017. - Basically: Piraat-like orange and orangeat introduced in Gulden Draaks colour and flavour profile dumb down this new sugary Tripel with Weizenbock characteristics. - Fizzy clear orange pour. Sugary booze in the nose: basically Perrier-in jected apricot liqueur, touch of apple Calvados and almond. More almond cake amidst the boozy refined sugars in taste, wood & whisky surface mainly as superficial almond here. Decent dryness, only mildly sticky. - Still: I really cant see much merit in these sugar-amped abv bombs anymore, - they make me cry for an all-malt approach and temporary Reinheits-Sharia for Belgian destillers calling themselves brewers... Also: why is the "Brewmaster" edition of Gulden Draak Dark ale now closer to their pedestrian Piraat strong blond? - - Update 30mins later: upon pouring the yeast or at least the chunkier bottom part, a certain creaminess is added, making this a bitter orange peel-forward heavy tripel of sorts with a heavy herbal hop finish and some refined almond notes. Still a slightly pointless exercise in Calvados booziness.


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