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: 304   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartyW (175) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EvNa (269) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wekker84 (2300) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2017
Bottle a amber colored beer with a white head aroma malts caramel almond oak spicy dried fruits fruits oak and spicy flavor malts spicy caramel almond oak spicy dried fruits and alcohol

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PeatyPete (1036) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2017
Orange copper colour with off-white head. Aroma is spicy, clove. Taste is warm, soft with a good balance. Light seeet with a hint of wood and whisky. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBHansen (911) - Kge, DENMARK - APR 23, 2017
Bootle @ Hugos w friends/Boilermaker. Appearance: pours clear amber with massive off-white soapy head and lacing. aroma/taste: brown sugar, alcohol, light wood, reds berries and spicy notes. palette: strong yeasty aroma, sparkling carbonation, medium to full body, average to notable sweetness, somewhat balanced by a medium bitterness, average to long duration and an oily texture. Overall: Quite good strong ale with barrel notes.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teddybearontap (14) - - APR 21, 2017
Appearance - warm and inviting golden color leaning more towards orange rather than yellow, with a nice big, foamy, pillowy head. Really pretty. Aroma - mostly the Belgian yeasty esthers leaning towards banana, clove, honey. It made me nervous as that banana-ness is my least favorite thing about the Belgians. I was pleasantly surprised, however. Taste - candy sugar, but not overly-caramelly. More of a honey than caramel, actually. Belgian yeasty esthers are there, but are way more subdued in their typical banana-hard-candy-ness that I was dreading. Definitely has some vanilla notes from the barrels which is a welcome addition as it really tempers the Belgian banana-y/clove-y esthers into something I can actually stand, indeed: into something which I actually surprisingly enjoyed. There is some alcohol in the mouth, but luckily not in that terpentine-y, pure-alcohol sense. Rather it had more of a cognac-vibe (probably from the barrel-aging), something which I definitely appreciated. Palate - thick, but not overly syrupy. A pleasant alcohol warmth, and does not burn in the throat. Overall - though I am not a fan of Gulden Draak, nor of Belgian beers that have that banana/clove-y character, this is a very welcome exception that I am going to attribute to the vanilla and the cognac vibes that I got from the barrel. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I actually really, really enjoyed this. And I would definitely buy it again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiery_1 (887) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 13, 2017
750ml bottle @ Alexs. Pours a hazy amber orange colour. Nose is caramel malt, biscuits, and some Belgian yeast. Flavour is upfront some metallic raisins, this profile is diminished quickly by a classic belgium maltyness with some raisons and sugar. Im really not getting much if any whiskey barrels. Nice mouthfeel and carbonation and overall this is rather smooth for the abv.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerplace (1535) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 13, 2017
750ml bottle at Alexs. Bottled in March 2016. Aroma is fruity and malty. Same taste. Too malty and sweet without any barrel aging process evidence. Meh.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (20298) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 13, 2017
Corked, bottled 03/2016, from The Gull, North Vancouver
Cloudy golden color with generous head. Mellow aroma, some honey, delicate vanilla, and a hint of whiskey and cork. Lean but strong body, moderately sweet, with delicate blond malts, and some whiskey; a bit stale in the final.
Good.


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