Gulden Draak Vintage - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 17
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-17-2006

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Reviews by MCDuhamel:
Photo of MCDuhamel
2.49/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a chalice at around 50F.

Pours a beautiful tight head that follows the beer down the glass; lots of lacing. The beer is a deep ruby, nicely clear, with small bubbles rising quickly to the surface. The nose is of malt and earth, with a spicy note. On the tongue, though, the first impression is of a bloody penny; a strong metallic and blood-like character stays with the beer. That overpowers the remaining flavors, which are of malt, some red fruit, and clove. The mouthfeel is comparatively light, about what one would expect for the style but nothing unusual. In quantity, that metallic/bloody character makes it hard to keep going.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish brown with great clarity and a substantial tan head that retains nicely.

Dried fruit aromas; raisin, prune with a bready, spicy yeast background.

Flavors of dark dried fruit, a faint caramel note, light alcohol, and a dry finish with a hoppy gently touch.

It has a creamy body but a wasn't crazy about the carbonation, seemed to be nearing on too much. It gets quite a bit better the more it warms but it could definately be more enjoyable. I hoped for more considering the power of their non-vintage ale.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2007 Vintage , served in a goblet. A medium brown color with a thick tan head. It had a dark fruit aroma (cherry, mostly), some caramel, a little spice. The mildly spiced aroma translated into a very spicy taste, which I thought was a little bit on the sharp side and not that enjoyable. The fruit and caramel took a back seat to the spices. An OK beer, but I won't be looking for another.

Photo of magictrokini
2.92/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ehh. Pours rich brown with some cloudiness. Uncontrollable off-white head that explodes out of the glass, then gets rocky as it slowly fades. Nice aroma of spice, caramel, sandalwood, dried fruits, and sweet bread. Then it goes downhiil, fast. Weak, watery mouthfeel. Taste of raisins, caramel malt, dirty yeast, overly spiced cookie dough. Problem is all of these tastes are weak and flat.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Im not sure whats going on here, but this winter beer feels weaker than the original Gulden draak. The beer is highly carbonated and pours slightly clearer than the original. It is very similar in taste to that of the original but a little more spice flavor. It reminds me of the difference between Maudite and Seigneuriale. I prefer the original, but we'll see which one is better after a few years.

Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml opens with a resounding pop!

Pours a super bubbly caramel/garnet with 3+ fingers of sand colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Bananas, dark fruit, white pepper & cloves (not much)

T: Bananas, appleskins,a touch of caramel & oaky dryness up front. A bit of booze sneaks in as this warms along with apricot, candi sugar, & more apple skin, plus just a touch of toastyness. finishes dry with slight phenol flavor, then much green apple peels & dark candi sugar; almost pulled a 4.0, some age should help the cause

MF: Medium bodied with fairly lively/too much carbonation

Drinks okay, a bit too carbonated & flavors aren't really meshing for me. Probably would be better with a a year+ minimum aging; at least I have a base-line for it now

Photo of bashiba
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was an 07 Corked 750 version. Lots of pressure on this one, I thought the cork was going to bust through my ceiling.

Poured a very clear dark amber with some nice Mahogany highlights. The head was huge and thick and a bit sticky.

Smell was mild with hints of dark sweet fruit, banana, yeast, vanilla, and a bit of cedar and oak.

The flavor is very sweet and fruity with a big banana rush up front, some nice clove, vanilla, and nutmeg come through with a very yeasty finish along with some long lasting woody qualities.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with lots of carbonation and just a touch of heat.

Good Drinkability for this solid belgian Dubbel.

Photo of Kinsman
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle of the 2009 Vintage.

Ruby reddish-brown body makes up a small portion in the bottom of my chalice, below a massive rocky khaki-colored head that sits about four fingers thick in the glass and a bit more rising above the glass. Slowly this dies down a bit, leaving a foamy lace behind.

Aroma is fully of sweet and spicy notes, with a strong presence of sugar and molasses. A bit of a clove like spice note also makes an appearance, before a more fruity and estery note takes over.

While I was initially taken a bit back with the original Gulden Draak by a heavy alcohol presence, the vintage ale provides a much more approachable beer from the get-go. The taste is not nearly as sweet as the aroma would suggest, but its still very malt forward. Spice flavors are much more apparent here, with a lot more clove and maybe something else I can't quite put my tongue on.

Mouthfeel is very lively with carbonation but otherwise, a solid medium body.

Drinkability is much higher for the vintage ale than flagship Gulden Draak. Both a great beers, but each are very unique, with this one being much lighter and more approachable.

Photo of puboflyons
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage. From a bottle stamped 31H1-14:02. Sampled on December 21, 2012.

The pour is a handsome looking brown with a silky, delicate beige head that lingers ion top of the beer for the entire session.

The aroma is full of the Belgian esters one hopes for when sampling these beers. Notes f sweet Belgian malts, dark fruit, butterscotch, toffee and the slightest hint of hops. But all in all the sensations are mellow thanks to 3 years of cellaring.

The body is better than medium but it is so smooth and creamy.

The taste is alive with barley malts that make me think of an aged barleywine with a good dose of caramel, licorice, and a dash of spice. The hop bitterness at the end is mellow and subtle. I wish I could have more beers like this.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a super huge light brown color head with great retention and perfect lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with nice Belgian malt and notes a dry hops and a peppery yeast. Taste is also dominated by sweet creamy malt which are well balanced with candi sugar and a spicy and peppery yeasty finish. Body is quite full with great carbonation and very light alcoholic ester are noticeable. Well done and a very good example of Belgian ale.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big '09 750.

The wife bought this for me at Brewforia... thanks babe! Been working all day and then came home and worked for the wife.. a fair trade I guess... poured into my Delirium goblet.

Foamy lite tan head.. has pretty good retention and okay lacing.. the brew is pretty clear cola brown.

Nose features the traditional dark fruit esters... raisins... mild fig.. but the rich maltiness really only shows as it warms up significantly..

Flavor has a nice wave of caramel that moves with the abundant bubbles into the dark fruits... finish is lingering with a carbonic bite to it... phenols have a peppery element..

a bit too carbonated even for the style.. and that lends to the sorta acidic element on the end...

good beer... I may get another to hang on to...


Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours dark cloudy orange brown with an off white head. Burst out of the bottle and foamed everywhere. Slightly sour dark and light fruit aroma. Taste of dark and light fruit, high carbonation, somewhat sour, but mitigated by a caramel sweetness. Sour finish with light spice and hops. A fleeting metallic aftertaste drops the rating. Tasty, but too carbonated.

Photo of largadeer
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Chestnut-colored with faint translucency and about an inch and a half of head upon first pour. It looks great, especially compared to most dubbels.

Smell - Brown sugar, black cherries and a bit of spice.

Taste & mouthfeel - Caramel, roasted nuts, maraschino cherries. Lightly spiced with moderate sweetness. Medium-bodied; smooth, silky texture. Pretty light on the palate overall; it's extremely easy to drink despite the rather high ABV.

Notes - This isn't merely a spiced holiday version of Gulden Draak, it's an entirely different beer brewed in the Belgian dubbel style. Quite a bit lighter than the regular Gulden Draak, but still very good.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perhaps a bit smoother than the regular Gulden Draak, some of the sharpness scaled back. Belgian candy sugar predominates in the malt. Yeast notes are a bit muted, and the alcohol lends a distinctive black peppper bite at the finish. An interesting nightcap.

Photo of endincolorado
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper with some lighter highlights, a huge, fizzy, off-white head that settles with an audible quickness like soda.

Aroma is of roast, spice, and some interesting herbal notes in back- along with a sweetness reminiscent of apple.

Flavor also has a nice appley flavor like a good cider, along with a very nice yeasty spice, and some roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a very fizzy carbonation.

A tasty offering with a moderately high abv. Price tag is a bit high, but why not spend the extra couple of bucks? After all, it is the holiday season.

Photo of Tdizzle
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage cellared in my closet for over a year. 7.5% ABV.

A- Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Chimay chalice, this beer pours a murky brownish-red color with a dense, tan colored head that settles to a thick layer, leaving sticky blankets of lacing behind.

S- Belgian yeast and Belgian candi sugar with dark fruits in the background. Spices, lemon zest and orange peel too. The aroma is heavier on the spice notes and could use a heftier yeast and malt backing.

T- Besides the expected flavors of spicy Belgian yeast and sweet, bready malts, this beer is pretty bland. The finish is tasteless, save for a slight metallic bitterness.

M- Full-bodied and a bit creamy with a good amount of prickly carbonation bubbles.

D- This beer is easy to drink, but the lack of flavor doesn't make me want to explore it any further than my initial pour.

4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle.Westmalle Chalice glass. Enjoyed on feb´12. Dark copper color.Off-white,large size bubbled,froth. Quickly dissipated crown. Sugar, toasted malts & notes of cinnamon to the nose.Flavors are sweet, malty, spicy with very subtle cocoa.Medium body,medium carbonation. Dry finish. Fruity –sweet plum & dark fruits- aftertaste.Nice drinkability.

Photo of claspada
2.08/5  rDev -46%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap @ Rattle h Hum NYC

Pours a beautiful light head, nice light lacing as well. The beer is a deep reddish brown with average carbonation for the style. The nose is of malt and earth, with a Belgian yeasty note. Taste starts well with malt and light hops but then quickly and unfortunately changes to this metallic and mediciny mess. Light mouthfeel. Second sip is even worse as I cannot get past that initial off flavor which lingers on the tounge. Had to order another beer to wash out the taste. DO yourself a favor and skip this one.

Photo of Yesac
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml 2008 Vintage poured into chalice.

A- dark brown/ruby red color, decent sized tan head.

S- Sweet nose consists of sweet fruits, some slight sourness up front with the fruit, slight caramel, Belgian yeast. Faint overall aroma.

T- Toned down from the regular Gulden Draak. Light sweet fruits, carmelized sugar, toasty malt finish. Some warming from the 7.5%.

M- highly carbonated, light bodied, slightly dry on the palate.

D- Slightly to high on the carbonation. Very sweet and overall a lighter version of the regular Gulden Draak in all aspects. Certainly a great representation of a winter brew however.

Photo of Nick3
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Dark mohagany color pours a thick 4 finger head that fades away after a few minutes. Nose is molasses, candied sugar, and dark fruit. Beer is very drinkable, so much softer and more mellow than it's more common bretheren. Beer is sweet, but not overly sweet with hints of vanilla. It's a nice change up from the standard GD.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Lunch. Served in a snifter. 2008 vintage.

Pours a medium golden color. Fairly thick with a bit of a white head. Not much lacing. The nose has a bit of sweetness and fruit with a touch of malt in the background. Flavor is fairly similar. Some caramel malt with some brown sugar. Semi sweet and a medium body. Low carbonation. Pretty good.

Photo of garbercury
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Vintage Beer and Wine for the opportunity for another holiday Belgian!

A---Ruby red, a little bit of lacing, two finger head that disappated quickly.

S---Light and fruity, nice.

T---Fruity tones, cherries? Not too bad, not quite to the standard of the regular Gulden Draak but tasty

M---Silky feel, not bad at all.

D---I think this beer needs to age. Of course, like any Belgian in my cabinet i could not wait. It needed time and probably would get much better as time progresses. Still a nice treat if you enjoy the best beers in the world, the Belgian ones...

Photo of waldoiverson
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml into us pint

A: amber brown with offwhite head that left quickly

S: almond, alcohol, cherry and coconut

T: Like a porto, strong cherry and alcohol

M: Strong carbonation helped clean palate

D: a bit heavy for common drinking but pretty nice

Photo of charlzm
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed January 25th, 2011 at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe in Sierra Madre, CA.

Beer presents a clear, caramel color with deep red highlights. A two-finger meringue-like head floats atop the beer.

Aroma is dominated by sweet, dark malt. Brown sugar and plums also noted.

Flavor is more or less like the aroma with the added bonus of having a freshly-baked dark bread character. Almost no bitterness.

The finish is surprisingly clean, considering all the bready malts floating around.

The smallish glass I was served was just enough; any more and it would have ruined my appetite!

Photo of crossovert
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2007 Vintage.

750ml white coated, red foiled, corked, and caged bottle.

It pours a nice brown/plum with a hint of ruby. It has nice clarity and a big foamy tan head. The ehad sticks for a bit and recedes to some excellent lacing.

The smell is intoxicating, just sweet, dark bread, simple but just enchanting.

The flavor is amazing. It has perhaps a bit more of a spicy/herbal note than the regular gulden. It is definitely lighter, but more complex. There is a huge toffee presence, and some barleywine-like flavors. This is almost like a light Belgian dark barleywine. There is a nice hit of fermented dark fruits and a pinch of alcohol. The malt is traditional and bready, providing a hearty base.

The mouthfeel is right on, it has a full body, but a decent carbonation level.

Just an outstanding beer. I would consider buying another one to age for even longer for sure.

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Gulden Draak Vintage from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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