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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 210
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 17
Gots: 59 | 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: 42 | Hads: 210
Reviews by Greywulfken:
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (782 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of jmasher85
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fair warning: the cage around the cork seems to be glued on, so when you try to pull it off, expect the cork to pop off too.

I tried the 2/14 bottling a year and a half later and while I got this bottle on clearance sale, I gladly would have paid full price. It pours a lovely murky apricot color with a generous amount of foam, and the smell follows suit - lots of yeast and esters that give off a rich apricot and cider apple scent, with a whiff of bubblegum. Sweet, but still beer-y.

Once it hits your palate though, all bets are off, and that sweet fruity scent gets punched down right quick. Rich, woody, and a hint of whiskey make their way into the flavor, as well as some tasty malts and a lovely creamy flavor and texture that comes from the head that just won't quit. At 10% abv, this is a beer that could easily have stepped over the edge but didn't, and we're all the better for it. I'm really excited to try the un-barreled version. (951 characters)

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4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of simoen
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dent309
2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of Fuzzycuffs
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RichardMNixon
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Strong apples flavor complimented by cherry and oak; phenomenal. (64 characters)

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3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of MTLDOG
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (364 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bierleichen
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MontereyBay831
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Sliver
3.14/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Smooth one. Great after taste (29 characters)

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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Gulden Draak Brewmaster's Edition from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
89 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.