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Gulden Draak Vintage - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 11
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-17-2006)
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Photo of koolchas


3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

a 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass...

gulden draak "used" to be my favorite begian strong ale and this brew brought me back to belgian ales.

but, as stated by other member, this vintage ale seemed much lighter than the original.

still a very good choice for style, seems like the brew was lightened up a bit with some spices added. the only positive about it being "lighter" is that you don't get the fullness in the stomach after a few glasses which many winter seasonals will do to you.

one of the easier winter brews i've drank so far, but i was expecting so much more. more flavors, more complexity, just more of everything ....

regardless, still worth a try at least once, but once may be enough for most.

12-21-2007 03:48:15 | More by koolchas
Photo of Risser09


3.88/5  rDev +1%

Served at a tasting from a 750ml bottle - Thanks to yinzer & phatz

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, transparent color with a huge tan head that amasses 2" in height.

Smell: Caramel, Belgian spice, lemon and a mild astringency.

Taste: Creamy molasses, caramel, esters and plenty of spice. Moderate sweetness and roasted hazelnuts round out the finish.

Mouthfeel: Spicy but very creamy. Finishes dry with an alcoholic burn.

Drinkability: This has been my favorite Belgian Christmas beer this year. Much lighter than the ordinary Guldan Draak. Overall, this one was pretty good but not spectacular. Worth a try.

12-20-2007 12:52:45 | More by Risser09
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

12-15-2007 03:26:54 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of joepais


3.05/5  rDev -20.6%

2007 vintage 750 ml bottle poured into my duvel tulip dark ruby red with a big beige head. the cork had wonderful aromas of bread dough and spices which continued to flow from the glass that I poured a hint of spice as well as a sweet fruit aroma The palate on this one is very crisp (carbonated ) but a medium feel to it .Flavors of sweet fruit, spice and bitter hop finish I'll say that the flavors are very mild tho Not what I expected for a winter offering from this company. The regular Gulden Draak is much more pronounced and prehaps better than this one. I dont know where the brewer was going with this one

12-15-2007 02:25:11 | More by joepais
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

12-13-2007 13:07:03 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of largadeer


3.55/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

12-08-2007 02:37:03 | More by largadeer
Photo of oelergud


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
Photo of garbercury


4/5  rDev +4.2%

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...

11-20-2007 01:35:51 | More by garbercury
Photo of Wildman


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

2007 Vintage: This beer poured a clear dark red amber color and formed a huge foamy white head much like a float. It slowly subsided leaving latticed lace. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, spices, candy and hint of alcohol. A flavor of malt, cherry, light chocolate and alcohol. Fairly light compared to the regular, with a slightly sweet, yet sour finish.

11-19-2007 06:33:01 | More by Wildman
Photo of janubio


3.43/5  rDev -10.7%

Amber colour, nice reddish to the light.
Strong head that last for a while leaving a strong lace too.
Aroma is yaesty, flowers and honey, I expected more from this.
Velvety but strong flavour. Mouth is spicy, cherries, fruits and some chocolate.
Strange that it has less alcohol than the usual Gulden Draak.

05-20-2007 21:50:54 | More by janubio
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%

Another decent Belgian, spiced up a bit for Christmas. Dark brown with an overdone head. Candy sugar and spice on the nose. Warm, alcoholic taste with background of spice and fruit. Not much better than a typical Belgian.

Not the best I've had. A little too much alcohol in the taste, and the spices don't seem to be that prominent. Vintage...but from when?

01-09-2007 05:07:40 | More by BDTyre
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Gulden Draak Vintage from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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