Gulden Draak Vintage - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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86
very good

140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 16
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-17-2006)
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Paul, 2008 vintage, the little dragon is wearing a Santa hat, odd , OK.

Beer served in a snifter, beer is brown and hazy with a thin brown head, high heavy carbonation, moderate retnetion, no lacing.

Aroma is sweet, raisin, a little oxidized.

Beer is light in body, completely thinned out on the palate by the over the top carbonation, illogically overcarbonated. It is a little sweet with a dryish finish, decent but not great.

Photo of mdfb79
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From 02/25/12 notes. 750ml bottle shared by Lunch; bless you Paul. 2008 vintage.

a - Pours a dark mahogany color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, raisins, spices, bready malts, grain, light sugar and fruity malts, light caramel malts. PRettynice nose.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, sweet dark fruits, spices, sugar, bready malts. A little too sweet, a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, almost nonexistent. Undercarbonated and a little too sweet.

o - Overall a decent beer, but the taste is a tiny bit too sweet and it was undercabronated. Nose was nice, would try it again.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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 Antnyd82
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Stoutsman
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Gehrig
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the wonderful Crane Alley in downtown Urbana, Illinois.

A thick finger of slightly tan froth tops a burgundy-mahogany body with maraschino cherry trim; good, decorative lacing and head duration. Subtle aromas, with some dried fruit, caramel malt, and berry emerging after some patience.

Good, smooth taste, with lots of whiskey-soaked cherry, some raspberry, caramel and biscuit malt. Active yeast adds a bit of heat and a bite in the finish, but over Vintage is smooth, fruity BSDA. The mouthfeel to me is the best aspect of Vintage, for the creamy smooth texture is complimented by a terrific effervescence. The sweet fruit, with a tart hint, makes for a fine finish.

A solid, flavorful, enjoyable beer that is accessible and fruity without packing a big alcohol punch, Vintage is well worth trying. A better, stronger smell and a somewhat bolder, fuller would make it truly superb but, as it stands, this is yet another fine addition to the outstanding Van Steenberge line of beers.

Certainly recommended.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of homebrew311
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep red, thin layer of head, splotchy lacing

S: lots of candied grape on the nose followed by spicy Belgian yeast, notes of figs

T: things start sweet with lots of grape again, some cherry followed by vanilla and some spicy notes to finish things off. Nice balance.

Mf: medium carbonation, medium body

O: this features nice delicate fruit flavors with a Belgian twist, pretty mild, but considering the abv this drinks very nicely

Photo of jrenn
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of barczar
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the tulip a clear deep amber color with garnet highlights. A 1.5 finger cream head dissipates slowly into a light layer of foam on the surface. The entire upper glass surface is coated in belgian lace.

Candied malt and a tart dark cherry fruit aroma lead the way. Musty dark fruits become pronounced as it warms. Figs, dates, and plums are somewhat subdued in comparison with the tart, almost sweettart candy finish.

Tart dark cherry leads the flavor profile and dominates throughout. Caramel malt supports beneath, with figs surfacing as the beer warms. I took a break from sampling for about a half hour, and the flavor opened up tremendously. Dates, raisins, and caramel sweetness play a much better supporting role. Diacetyl is present, but not offensive. A hint of pepper closes out the profile.

Body is medium to light with more carbonation than anticipated. For the style I expected more viscosity. Alcoholic warmth is evident in the finish, which is fairly bubbly.

Overall, I expected more depth of flavor. The complexity was lacking compared to other belgian strong darks. I much prefer the straight gulden draak. I think the carbonation helped mute subtle flavors that may have been present. Update: let it warm a LOT and flavor improves significantly.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 Release.

A: 1/4" tan coloured head that left a nice lacing over a deep reddish-amber liquid.

S: Sweet dark fruit that is associated with many beers which use Belgian yeast as well as a refreshing citrus smell to it.

T: There is quite a bit of different flavours here including: citrus, pepper, candied apples and figs. The aftertaste is reminiscent of cranberries.

M: Thinner viscosity than expected with a relatively high level of fine carbonation.

O: The thinness and refreshing citrus flavour profile of this beer make it strange for a Christmas seasonal release. I think I would prefer drinking the original Gulden Draak for Christmas and have this during the summer months instead.

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark, hazy amber with a puffy, creamy tan head.

S: Aromas of candy sugar, caramel, and cider apples are present on the nose. The smell is somewhere between a dubbel and a typical strong dark ale.

T: Slick on the palate with notes of toffee, caramel, cider apples, cream, candy sugar, and earthy hops. The finish is mellow and warming with apple, caramel, and cream flavors.

M: Medium to full bodied and slick with adequate carbonation. Not bad.

O: This is a solid Belgian strong dark ale. I'm not sure I'd go out of my way for it again, but it's worth a try.

Photo of MarcatGSB
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008 poured from 750ml C&C bottle into DFH Signature glass.

Appearance: Bit of a gusher, and with that comes a huge frothy white head on top of a mahogany colored body. The head stays around for a rather long time, with some nice lacing slowly moving down the glass. Post thought: The last glass has a wonderful cyclone of thick beige froth. Very attractive.

Smell: Sweet esthery notes project out of the glass. Big sweet plum nose with some candied sugar and spice. A bit of alcohol sits at the back of the nose, nothing overpowering.

Taste: Some grape flavor coming through. The malt shines. Big notes of fruit, some bread, hardly any hop bitterness, just sweet malt and spices.

Mouth: Sticky sweet character. The carbonation is just right despite being a gusher. The caramel sweet body stays with you until revealing a bit of alcohol and metallic sensation.

Drink and overall: Pretty solid BSDA. Seems like it was at a good stage of it's life, unfortunately I did no have the chance to try it fresh. A different beast than it's brother, which I thought was appealing.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, unknown age,

A: Pours a deep red umber with a medium white head, spotty lace.

S: A Belgian malt bomb of esters and sugar. Very appealing and distinct.

T: Quite malty, but well balanced. Caramel, sweet estery malt with a hop presence that's understated but provides backbone. Tasty BSDA.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth though a tad thin at times, very light carbonation.

O: Another classic from the Gulden Draak family, glad I finally got to try it.

Gulden Draak Vintage from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.