crossovert (13078) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
750ml white coated, red foiled, corked, and caged bottle.
It pours a nice brown/plum with a hint of ruby. It has nice clarity and a big foamy tan head. The ehad sticks for a bit and recedes to some excellent lacing.
The smell is intoxicating, just sweet, dark bread, simple but just enchanting.
The flavor is amazing. It has perhaps a bit more of a spicy/herbal note than the regular gulden. It is definitely lighter, but more complex. There is a huge toffee presence, and some barleywine-like flavors. This is almost like a light Belgian dark barleywine. There is a nice hit of fermented dark fruits and a pinch of alcohol. The malt is traditional and bready, providing a hearty base.
The mouthfeel is right on, it has a full body, but a decent carbonation level.
Just an outstanding beer. I would consider buying another one to age for even longer for sure.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-17-2010 05:13:44 mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2009
2008 vintage. Dark brown with a fluffy beige head. Aroma- Belgian yeast, nutmeg, dark berry. Taste- raisins, cocoa, dark fruits, plums in particular, pomegranate, sweet and spicy malts. Finish is sweet, spicy, creamy. Ridiculously good. NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Vintage 2008. Pours a hazy dark copper into the glass with a nice head. Lots of malt and dried fruit, touches of raisin, brown sugar, yeast, and dough on the nose. So complex. Wonderful flavor but it is a bit less robust than the regular Golden Draak which was a little surprising to me. Very good beer, I prefer the regular Golden Draak to this but it is still exceptional. DarkMagus (542) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Monstrous tan head, very dark brownish-red color. Aroma of sour dried fruits (raisin, apple, cherry). Vinegar-like sour fruit flavor with a sweet malty background. Very complex and interesting. Difficult to describe. Mouthfeel is initially very soft and velvety, but finishes very dry and astringent. No trace of alcohol. It seems to have some Gueuze-like characteristics. Pretty amazing stuff, I wish it were more accessible. oberabcbbsok (692) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2007
Normaly christmas beers are stronger then the normal brews. Only Gulden draak is an exception. A very nice and complex beer, well ballanced and good tasting. Also hard to smell. A beer everyone should try
Jerre (3652) - Waregem, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2009
From tap @ Nijlens beerfestivals last saturday.
A dark brown with reddish shine color and a beige head.
Aroma fruity, malts, spice.
Medium body. Taste is very good,
love this beer more than the regular gulden draak. Malts, sweet, some spice.
Very good ! puboflyons (3438) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 21, 2012
2009 Vintage. From a bottle stamped 31H1-14:02. I am drinking this at 45 degrees 3 years after it was released. It pours a beautiful looking dark brown with a simmering, silky beige head and slightly cloudy. The aroma is vibrant with sweet malts, dark fruits, toffee, caramel, butterscotch, and the vaguest hop note. The body is so smooth, creamy, and bold. The taste begins a tad sweet with loads of caramel, licorice, and spice. The bitterness is mild. After 3 years this has mellowed to a fine beer. liinis (1773) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2008
Very rich in flavor with spices and hops. brown and clear with a off-white head. ChainGangGuy (4895) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2009
Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, dark reddish-brown body with a tall, foamy, khaki-colored head.
Smell: Sweet-smelling, pleasantly fruity nose with notes of toasted caramel, similarly toasted grains, plump plums, and, lastly, a few cloves.
Taste: Flavors of toasted dark caramel and dark candi sugar deliver a moderate amount of sweetness (and rightly so). Splash of plum wine. ¼ teaspoon of freshly-ground, peppery spices. Little zip of booze. Touch of fruit and toasted grains on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation.
Drinkability: Though I was initially taken aback at this being a relatively light beer when compared to the standard stalwart, Gulden Draak, I ultimately found it to be exceedingly more drinkable and more enjoyable than the original. Gerbeer (3785) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2012
2011 Vintage. 330 ml bottle. Purchased at 16th St. Pours reddish amber with light head. Malty nose with fruity notes. Caramel and wine flavors. Slightly sweet. Lower in alcohol that the standard Draak but still rich in flavor. A very good beer.