Gulden Draak Vintage - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.55/5 rDev +18.5%
Reviewed just below room temperature in a tulip glass.
Appearance - Reasonably clear with vaguely visible sediment, warm golden brown color with a little bit of ruby when held to the light.
Smell - Sweeter malty smell that is slightly remniscent of caramel. Overall a pretty clean aroma that implies a hoppy taste.
Taste - Taste confirms the smell; malt is prevalent, but not too strong. Caramel taste isn't as acute as the smell. A slightly cozy spice taste comes through, but subtle to the point that you only notice it from a long sip.
Mouthfeel - The feel of the beer is lighter than expected from the smell, but still on the thicker side. It is quite festively carbonated, but still very smooth.
Drinkability - This beer is very drinkable; it has a fantastic smoothness to it, maybe in part due to the light caramel, that bonds extremely well with the malt and leaves almost no alcohol heat behind.
Definitely comes recommended.
NB - The pressure inside was enough that when I popped the cork, it put a mark in a ceiling tile... more pressure than many champagne bottles I've opened.
01-09-2010 09:15:23 | More by Chronofied
4.53/5 rDev +18%
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.
12-17-2010 05:13:44 | More by crossovert
4.53/5 rDev +18%
An opaque amber that leans more toward brown than red. A head that's beige and frothy and thick that retains throughout.
Hops come through the nose as well as rosemary, plum and a nutty tinge.
A subtlety compared to the fresh bottle. A fruity sweetness comes through the brown sugar flavor in the middle with a welcomed shot of alcohol with a charred base. Takes a turn to effervescent and spicy strawberry. Well defined, not sure if it's a different recipe.
Fine and persistent bubbles.
01-04-2011 06:38:06 | More by pants678
4.5/5 rDev +17.2%
taste- wood, apple, sweet malt, effervescent
clarity- opaque but it pours clear
smell- cedar, apple
body- full, nice finish, quietly complex
appearance- great color, lively carbonation, nice head
overall impression- great tasting beer, 2.4.2.
notes- refermented in the bottle, natural malt sweetness with a hoppy gentle touch, creamy head. could probably be aged another year, easily. 7.5% abv. this review is for a 2007 vintage tasted in 2008
10-17-2009 22:54:30 | More by NorCalYeti
4.5/5 rDev +17.2%
Vintage Ale 2007.
Corked and caged opaque white bottle with a red collar. Gold mystical flying creature wearing a santa hat on the label.
Dark opaque mahogany body. Tan head of small to medium bubbles. Good retention and clumpy lace.
Sweet spiced malt scent with abit of pear. Caramel and brown sugar.
Delicious sweet spiced malty goodness. Strong and robust. Plenty of hops with a mild spiked character. Aftertaste of great malty hoppiness, very well balanced.
Full body, good coating and nice and slick.
Great drinkability. Very nice to see a special belgian with a moderate abv. Warmth is an absolute must for this brew. Drink it cold and you will not enjoy it's many nuances.
11-24-2007 02:10:32 | More by oelergud
4.47/5 rDev +16.4%
Pours dark brown with light brown head.
Nose is filled with apple, figs, raisins, and slight grassy herbal components.
Flavor is raisiny malty sweet, with more fruits that were from the nose - apples, raisins, and yet some figs also.
Full flavored ale. Not as hearty as the standard G.D. but worth trying for sure.
11-19-2008 07:21:11 | More by yemenmocha
4.28/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
12-12-2010 01:57:38 | More by endincolorado
4.25/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
12-22-2012 00:44:26 | More by puboflyons
4.22/5 rDev +9.9%
Pours a rich, but hazy mahogany brown, with a thick frothy tan head that leaves sheets of lacing. Complete lack of yeasty chunks.
Aroma is candy sweet with rum soaked dark fruit. Yeasty and powdery, with a mild musty quality.
Taste is sweet an malty up front. Bready with a mild toasted character. Generous dark fruit - plum and date really stand out; along with orange, apricot, apple, and melon notes. Finish is dry and musty, with lingering yeasty spices and a mild alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, light and drinkable.
A very interesting beer. The fruit aspect is really something to enjoy as each sip brings another flavor. Overall this is a very balanced and drinkable brew.
10-12-2008 19:28:16 | More by Blakaeris
Gulden Draak Vintage from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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