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

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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: firemanmike109 on 11-06-2013)
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 01:17:17 | More by BradtheGreat7
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Smell: Strong yeast with a woody note to it. Strong but dissipates quick. I really like it and can sniff it all drink long.

Taste: Strong yeast with subtle alcohol feel. Comes off a touch sweet that feel almost like scotch with light honey to it. Very good but is missing that gulden draak finish.

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Gulden Draak Brewmaster's Edition from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
89 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.