kraddel (8738) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 18, 2017
Bottle. Labeled as Gulden Draak Vintage 2009. no idea wether this is than released in 2009, or 2009 and kept, later to be released as ’vintage 2009’ ???carefully poured, with yeastsediment left in the bottle. no flakes, to my surprise! Pours clear, dark ambercopper / brown. Small white head. Smell is oxidation. 100 % oxidation, but not very intense scent. Taste is oxidation, dark Sugar ( still tasting like Sugar !) and of course the familliar Portorization. not a lot of other things going on. Medium to low body, medium carbo. Nothing truly offensive here, but just an oxidized beer without too much depth or complexity to make it a great old beer. Jenner707 (82) - DENMARK - OCT 24, 2016
Pours orange golden color, with a Small White head in the conors. The aroma is dominated by friuts, soo is the sent. The taste has hints of caramel and whisky. And a bitter sweet end sulawang (1187) - - FEB 13, 2016
Visual: Pours dark mahogany brown, minimal head, a thin layer of micro retention, scattered slow micro streams.
Nose: dark fruit cake, molasses, sweet caramel malts. (lvl-8)-pungency
Attack: crisp, fizzy-tingly
Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, integrated background sourness, (MAIN) cola, bright fruity berry-molasses mixture, nutmeg, thick sweet toasted barley malt
Finish: a bit of alcoholic heat, sweet barley grainy malt finish.
Summary: Another winner like their original Gulden Draak (B+). Great balance and superbly sippable. Bornyensis (321) - BELGIUM - DEC 5, 2015
Een zeer kruidige drank, iets beter dan de gewone versie. Ideaal voor op de Kerstmarkt. Shark_Pants (764) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2015
BB date of 9 Sep 2012. It’s a gusher. Pours ruby red with huge mocha head that recedes to a thin layer after about 3 minutes. The aroma is somewhat like an English barleywine - sweet malt and candi sugar, preserved cherries, raisins, booze. The taste matches the aroma, with the cherry flavour particularly prominent. Very sweet and almost medicinal up front before drying out and finishing with a very light bitterness. Some oxidation. Light to medium bodied, especially compared to the original Gulden Draak, lightly acidic and sticky. Not quite as good as the original version.
jb (3345) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2015
On tap at Tap and Mallet. Quite good, not great.
Dark brown with faint orange highlights and a medium thick head with moderate lacing and minimal retention. Very full rich aroma of dark ripe fruit, yeast, bread dough. Palate is thick, sticky, sweet, full of plums. Alcohol well hidden.
Some medicinal notes detract. 77ships (10770) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2014
750 ml. Bottle sampled @ O.B.E.R. Kestbierfestival 2014. (Thx!) 2009 Vintage. Reddish dark brown, tanned head on the side. Nose is warming, wood, varnish, paint, oxidation / cherry,… Taste is bitter leaves, varnish, paint, leaves, BE yeast,.. Carbonation is way too high & I am tasting paint, varnish etc. disappointing. Travlr (25787) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Dark brown with a lively tan head. Roasted aroma, tastes of alcohol and malt. Should age well. Alengrin (5629) - BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2014
Lighter winter version of the classic Gulden Draak since 2005, with a malty, yeasty and spicy (coriander) character, but less sweet than the regular; caramel and nutty malts, dryish taste with some candied fruits, bitterish finish. Basically a downtuned version of their regular Gulden Draak - and in that sense equally purposeless as e.g. Duvel Groen. Never understood why Van Steenberge came up with this in the first place. But not a bad Belgian ale, generally speaking.
andrewje41 (4156) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Draft pour at Special Brews. Pours a dark red color. A very unique aroma full of spices which hooked me right away. Flavor is full of spices with small hints of fruit throughout. Raisins, dates, a little cherry, all backed with some pepper. I can honestly say I have never had a beer quite like this one. This beer goes full circle with sweet fruit to peppery spice, and finishes very refreshing. Gets better as it goes to. Very much impressed by this beer. Might have to look in to their other beers now. Solid.