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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: firemanmike109 on 11-06-2013

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Reviews by bobhits:
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3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy light straw/gold color. A LOT of yeast in this one to the point of being both bright and completely opaque. A nice creamy white head (yeah I said cream) with some lacing.

I swear this smells like an alcoholic apple cider slightly subdued by yeast and some vanilla notes from the oak.

I should have reviewed my notes on Gulden Draak before this review, but I'm getting apple juice, some belgian tripple yeast, a lot of fruit esters, a lot of alcohol and a good bit of vanilla. This is one intense high powered beer.

A lot of alcohol and very acidic beer, almost pushing into sour levels. A lot of me wonders how much bourbon was in this barrel as this almost reminds me more of oak barrel aging with some vanilla extract perhaps added.

I'm not a huge belgian fan, but you know this is nice. The 10.5% is way too noticed. I think a year of age will really help this...or 3. The vanilla notes are a nice help from the bourbon barrel. All and all I like this one but it's nothing special and certainly at 20 bucks a bottle way beyond the cost of benefit ratio I'd like.

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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: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

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3.14/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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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.

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