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

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RATINGS: 226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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3.5
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 21, 2006
On top of this hazelnut coloured beer is a rich and lasting, creamy tan head. Spicy yeasty aroma. Fruity flavours with chocolate. Raisins, some underlying sourness as well as good bitterness and dry yeastiness keeps the sweetness in balance. Alcoholic, almost port-like.Good carbonation, good body. A very well-made Christmas beer.

3.3
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Very dark brown with a good lasting tan head. Sweet and slightly alcoholic aroma with dark fruits and malt and some yeasty hints. Has a strong biding spicyness to it if you sniff hard. Flavor is not as exciting, more one-dimensional dominated by sweet malt and a warming alcoholic tone. It’s not bad, just not very exciting. A good plain Belgian ale.

3.4
larsga (7539) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2006
Big, tan, creamy fine-laced head; hazy dark red-brown body. Vague aroma of burnt caramel and bread, maybe some syrup as well. Harmonic taste of bread, paradise seeds, and some caramel. Not that much taste, really. Bitter aftertaste. Oily mouthfeel. Good, but quite boring. Had enormous expectations for this, as I’m a big GD fan. Maybe it needs to be stored for some years? If so, why make it look like a Christmas beer? Weird.

3.5
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Dark brownish with a tint of red. Presumably clear and filtered with a tall, creamy and rather stable head. Vinous, slightly tart aroma. Quite dry - especially in comparison with the original version. Roasted, malty flavour with marked notes of licorice. Perhaps also a wee touch of Balsamico. 281205

3.5
JorisPPattyn (9982) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2005
Dark opaque brown beer with reddish highlights; huge amberish tinted head, leaving textbook lace. Rich, fruity (plums and other dark ripe fruit) nose, and alcohol. Sweet-sourish, dark malted ale, with a wheat-like finish, getting near sickly sweet. Extremely thick, syrupy MF, alcohol impression is way above the 7.5%. Syrupy, but rich beer. Why the "vintage" is lower in ABV than the "usual", only VS know.

3
oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2005
Bottled. Ruby red colour, beige head. Plummy malty aroma. Flavour of malts, hops and some plummy sweet hints. Not that special.

3.3
sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2006 (Bottled) Very hazy, dark ruby red color with a huge, foamy, tanned. head. Strong, sweet and grainy-malty aroma of dried fruit (apricot, papaya), licorice-anisey hints and alcohol. The flavor is acidic, grainy-malty, dried-fruity, spicy and vegetably-papery, with some hops. Medium-bodied, ultra-foamy-carbonated palate. There’s something in this, that just doesn’t feel right to me. (Bottled, rated 12/3/2005, was 6-4-6-4-13=3.3) Dark reddish brown with a medium, foamy and tight head. Slightly metallic, syrupy-grainy-malty aroma with raisins. Somewhat alcoholic, malty and syrupy flavor with medium-hoppy, grainy-malty finish. Medium-bodied, lightly fizzy-carbonated palate. Quite a disappointment.

2.3
Mads Langtved (2243) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2005
Bottled. Dark brown appearance. Huge creamy, white head. Very sweet and finish is very yeasty. I like the normal Draak more, (or more correctly, it displeases me less). Lacks some of the classic Christmas spices.

3.1
MiP (15667) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2005
Bottle. OK fruity aroma. Spicy flavour with a malty, dryish finish.

3.3
TBone (17528) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 20, 2005
Bottled (BB 09/2008)
Nut brown, small creamy head. Fruity, plums in the nose. Suprisingly light, doesn’t show much alcohol. Fruity, yeasty, balanced but lacks a good malt character. Some sugars in the finish. Not very Christmasy and down from regular Gulden Draak.


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