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

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RATINGS: 283   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnGalt1 (1709) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Bottle from Brewers Haven Boise... Paid $13ish... Pours a hazy dark yellow/orange... looks like peach or apricot nectar... not very pleasing... the head is off white and sticks around for quite a while... Not nearly as dark as the standard Gulden Draak. The nose is pretty interesting.. spicy/fruity... apricot and lite clove with a dusting of whiskey and vanilla.. complex but restrained. Lighter whiskey than expected... much more of a BSPA than a BSDA... no dark malt/fruit elements really at all... peach and apricot are the biggest players with a dry vanilla/oak in the background... light clove phenol notes with an even lesser peppery bite. Body is medium/light with a pretty big but expected carbonation.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alrick (75) - 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 (1187) - 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 (820) - 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 (3718) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Moolesen (525) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 28, 2017
Bottle 33cl. Orange with a white foamy head. Not a strong aroma, but some weak hints of orange and trippel style. Sweet and alochol flavours.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (3411) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2017
750 ml bottle. Pours a light clear copper with light head - though a big popping cork... Aromas of dry toffee and malts, sugary raisins, and light oak. Flavors follow same more sugar than whiskey barrels. Subtle barreling and lots of carbonation on the tongue. Nice, and easy to drink, but reminds me of an Innis & Gunn.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alteregoo (1191) - POLAND - JAN 13, 2017
Spora, postrzępiona i szybko opadająca piana. Barwa jasno bursztynowa, klarowna. W aromacie troszkę estrw (brzoskwinka, rodzynki, kandyzowane owoce), troszkę ził, gdzieś daleko w tle odrobina migdałw i wanilii. W smaku podobnie, jest rodzynkowo kandyzowana słodycz, suszone morele, dojrzałe jasne winogrono, przyprawy czy zioła na finiszu, szczypta wanilii, echa dębiny... Niska głogowa goryczka, wysokie, drobne, musujące wysycenie, rozgrzewający alkohol.
Dla mnie piwo o 2 klasy lepsze od podstawowej wersji Gulden Draak, aczkolwiek liczyłem, że będzie ciemne, bardziej quadruplowe, a nie jasne, triplowe... Miałem też nadzieję, że beczka będzie na pierwszym planie (tek jak choćby w T.H.R.E.E ze Struise), w najgorszym razie na planie drugim, a nie trzecim, jak tu...

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fletchfighters (1465) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2017
yeah, a great quad overall and really nice to drink but was unimpressed by this. No barrel in the nose or taste. Really boozy and a lot of sweetness. Like the beer but not this treatment.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
basjansen14 (135) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2017
Donker blonde kleur. Smaak is: rozijnen, licht zurig, alcohol en er is ook wat hout te proeven. Whiskey is niet aanwezig.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HermanW (1069) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2017
Een grote fles. Thuis gedronken. Een lekker biertje. Niet te sterk van smaak.


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