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

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179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 39
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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Reviews by BradtheGreat7:
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4.27/5  rDev +7%
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.

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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

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip. Thick amber color with 1 finger of cream colored head. Good lacing. Smelled sweet, dark raisins, malty, great smell. Taste was a bit too sweet, raisins and spices, sugar and a little boozy. Had a nice finish though with malt and yeasty. Avg mouthfeel pretty smooth. I enjoyed this beer, slightly too sweet for my taste but it was a nice beer.

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

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Smooth one. Great after taste

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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

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

Photo of puboflyons
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 750 ml. corked, caged dated 02/2014. Sampled on New Years Eve 2014.

It pours an attractive looking medium amber-copper with a faint haze. A big cream-colored foamy head that sticks around.

The Belgian candied sugar and roasted malts are highly evident in the aroma with a slight whiff of whiskey barrels but no booze considering it is 10.5%.

Medium to full body although a slight carbonated, acidic feel but easy to work around.

Again, overly sweet Belgian candied sugars, juicy roasted malts, and a little wood in the flavor. Mild bitterness and somewhat dry. $20 per bottle though? I could have bought a couple regular Gulden Draaks at that price.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml caged and corked bottle, bottled 08/2013. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a cloudy orange/amber color with about a couple inch frothy off-white head that stayed around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like caramel malt, whiskey, vanilla, dried fruit, and some oak. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some apricots, golden raisins, apples and cloves. The whiskey flavor is subtle, it's definitely there but not overpowering. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and has high carbonation. It has a bit too much carbonation for me, but it doesn't hurt the drinkability of this beer too much. Not sure if I waited too long to drink this, but overall I liked it. Certainly worth a try if you come across a bottle.

Photo of Hendrick24
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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Gulden Draak Brewmaster's Edition from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
89 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.