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Gulden Draak Brewmaster's Edition - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 14
Gots: 40 | FT: 4
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: firemanmike109 on 11-06-2013

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Photo of Fastwalker19
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bierleichen
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of J-Bonestradamus
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rand
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Winston3737
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 10Crumra
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of djrn2
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gr0g
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle dated 02/2014. Amber in color with a good, persistent head. Excellent retention and lace formation. Yeasty, fruity, and sweet on the nose. A bit of clove and ripe banana. Fruity esters that yield notes ranging from ripe red apple to darker fruits. Inhale deeply and you get a slight whiff of oak, but it's pretty faint. Actually not as pleasantly aromatic as regular Gulden Draak.

As far as the taste goes, malty sweetness gives way to an oaky, slightly boozy finish. The barrel character is subdued and not in-your-face, which I consider a good thing. On the other hand, it seems like the overall flavor profile is less robust than the Gulden Draak we all know and love. There's more apparent bitterness while fruity esters are masked.

I really like Gulden Draak but this barrel-aged version, while still a very good beer, is not as good as the standard stuff. Much more expensive, too.

Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of clayrock81
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a orange tinted copper body with one finger head which left lace ring. Aroma consists of some Belgian yeast, a little bit of booze and candi sugar and some dark fruits as prunes and figs are really coming through. The yeast gives beer a real smooth, fuller body, the candi sugar adds sweetness to a bevy of fruit flavors that fall in both the tropical and dark fruit categories (toffee, raisins, pear), there is some spicy clove, booze and breadiness/woodiness as well. Beer packs a well-liked punch thanks to high ABV and balances everything. A little bit of a hit on the wallet but worth trying one time.

Photo of leitmotif
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PittSlovak
2.49/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

For a special special edition, I was disappointed in this version of Gulden Draak. It's lacking in malt flavor and has a strong alcohol flavor. I'd rather have the regular version than the Brewmaster's Edition.

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of coolandy007
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lupercmda
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WynnO
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jessealmlie
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fishguyac
4.77/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bschinelli
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap served in a chalice.
A-Brought in the glass a slightly hazy, burnt orange brew, with no head, just some light cream colored bubbles on patterns on the top of the beer and a ring around the glass.
S-Apples and burnt candy predominant, with some caramel malt as it warms.
T-Just like it smells, with some spiciness like white pepper. Very sweet actually, with no heat from the alcohol.
M-Light, with a little peppery feel at the back of the throat. Could almost see this on ice with a straw.
O-A well made quad, another winner.

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4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bcsteve89
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmoen
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of craft4mike
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brotherloco
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Gulden Draak Brewmaster's Edition from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
89 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.