Gulden Draak Brewmaster's Edition - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by BradtheGreat7:
4.26/5 rDev +7%
750ml brown bottle with a commemorative Steenberge style wrap covering the entire bottle as usual. Traditional Belgian cork with golden top. Golden colored wrap with old white artwork. Snow White with Black lettering graces the bottom of this fine looking bottling. Poured into a stemmed Belgian tulip glass.
A - murky and tawny look. Butterscotch, golden, yellow/orange/amber caramel colored body. Cloudy with lots of haze. Nice chunks of large sediment sticks together in the bottom of the glass. Bone white head pours very nice with a pillow like texture and taking its time subsiding to a fluffy ring of lace leaving excellent and slow moving stick.
S - light caramel and soft vanilla up front with hints of mild oak. A real butterscotch character to the front of this aroma and makes me wonder exactly what brand barrels were used? Excellent, nonetheless. Dried Banana covered in thick caramel syrup. Ripe pear with hints of clove and sweetened cinnamon spice. Belgian-Draak style yeast. Very unique yet lovely aroma.
T - much like the aroma with dried banana, caramel, sweet vanilla, and a small flavor of oak barrel aged. The softest of butterscotch and a fantastic Belgian style yeast. Nice big shot of clove spice with the tiniest of mild cinnamon sticking to the background. Fruity ripe pear and some light woody tones in the finish. A bit of alcohol in this one, but its faint and if anything plays a role in its smooth flavor.
M - nice sized body with an outstanding texture and thickness. Typical Van Steenberge thickness that's just right down some of the best I've ever experienced. It slings its flavors all over coating the entire mouth as they land. It's like paint balls being blasted at random and sticking to its many targets. Smooth and outstandingly enjoyable.
O - I'm not going to lie and act like I knew anything about this before I poured it into my stemmed tulip. The truth is I knew nothing of this other than it being aged in whiskey barrels. Boy was I shocked to find a much lighter colored Draak than the traditional I had in mind. This is indeed a Belgian strong pale ale with a beautiful colored body and the class that backs its beauty to the finish. Lots of class in this. Maybe not the pounding barrel aged character you'll find in American style brews, but enough to set off a delicious Belgian ale. I'm telling you right now, from the scores I've seen this thing is extremely underrated! This is as golden in quality, creativity, and class as the color of the sleeve wrapped around the bottle. The price wasnt cheap, but the end result was a 1 of a kind Belgian ale I am honored to have experienced.
02-09-2014 01:17:17 | More by BradtheGreat7
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev -0.8%
A: Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a half-finger of white head that fades into a frothy ring with decent lacing.
S: Belgian spices and candy sugar up front with light fruit aromas and sweet breads. There are some oak and white wine-like notes toward the finish.
T: Similar to the aroma, Belgian spices and candy sugar with sweet breads up front. There are some light fruits along with oak and light whiskey flavors towards the lightly boozy finish.
M: Medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer is fairly drinkable considering its abv and barrel aging.
O: An enjoyable beer overall. The barrel flavors and aromas are more subtle than I would like, but it's still a solid beer.
11-20-2013 03:36:50 | More by n2185
3.49/5 rDev -12.3%
Bottle from Brewer's 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.
11-14-2013 06:12:12 | More by JohnGalt1
4.5/5 rDev +13.1%
Quick buyer beware: this is not a barrel-aged edition of the Gulden Draak dark tripel. This is a completely different beer.
A: cloudy medium amber body; frothy sea-foam head - cork popped like champagne and the beer foam was coming out of the bottle right off the bat - caught it all in my snifter (*beer agility*); beer left laces down the glass
S: apple, peach, and pear orchards, candi sugar and holiday sweet spice
T: wet, boozy pale fruits; suggestions of apple pie seasonings and bright and chewy spices; higher notes of vanilla and oak/wood
M: smooth, full, lush, rich, creamy, fuzzy, soft and wet-fruit-sweet
O: a plush and immersive drinking experience. If you dig Belgian tripels and similarly-styled BSPAs, this is a surefire hit. And just in time for the holidays.
12-11-2013 01:45:55 | More by Greywulfken
4.13/5 rDev +3.8%
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy caramal amber with a two finger snow white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of pale malt, light slightly tart fruit, clove and Belgian yeast. Flavor is light stone fruit, sweet caramel malt, white raisins, apple, hints of butterscotch, gets a bit sweet then finishes with drying clove and hop bitterness. Not much wood from the barrels. Medium bodied with light creaminess and peppery carbonation. Although there this little overt evidence of barrel flavors (maybe a hint of vanilla), this is more integrated, sweeter and denser than the standard Gulden Draak and I like what barrel aging has done. It would have been even better with some serious oak flavors, but I like it as it is too. A well made strong pale that is closer in character to a quadrupel.
12-23-2013 04:21:04 | More by LiquidAmber
4.74/5 rDev +19.1%
Its the gulden draak aged in whiskey barrels. At first taste i had it to cold, after lering it warm up the taste was amazing. The whiskey taste was very mild. The brew master saidbhis insperation came from his numerous trips to united states. Hard to go into full dwtail as I finsihed the bottle before I could add the beer to beeradvocate.
11-06-2013 02:24:42 | More by firemanmike109
4.21/5 rDev +5.8%
appearance: Hazy gold. big billowy head on the pour. Much lighter than I remember "regular" Gulden Draak. Pretty nice looking brew though.
smell: Rich, yeasty, fruity, sweet nose. Not getting any whiskey here but a fine nose nonetheless.
taste: Mirrors the nose. Rich, and complex. Some fruit, a hint of aromatic spice. Sweet and rich.
overall: always dug the Draak. A nice addition. The whiskey barrel treatment is subtle for sure. anyway, quite nice.
02-15-2014 23:39:10 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Gulden Draak Brewmaster's Edition from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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