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Gulpener Gladiator Robuust Bier - Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.

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BA SCORE
75
okay

15 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 15
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-28-2002)
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Photo of Mora2000
2.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this 500ml can. 10 percent beer in a can, awesome. Not sure about this being an English Barleywine, I would guess it is more of a strong lager of some sort. There is really nothing barleywine-like about it.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is corn with some grainy notes. The flavor is grain, citrus and grassy hops. The alcohol is almost completely hidden, which is surprising. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of RuudJH
2.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden to orange colour, thin head, very minor carbonation.
First smell is banana. Then alcohol hits your nose, and a little bit malt and yeast.
Hops with alcohol burn is the main taste, aftertaste is unpleasant bitter. Overall, the drink lacks any interesting notes.
I didn't finish the 50 cl can.

RuudJH, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of Paddez
2.83/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big fan of Dutch beers in general but I felt obliged to pick this one up when I saw this one in an Albert Heyn in Amsterdam.

Poors a clear, applejuice-colored brew with a thin head that disappears rather quickly and leaves behind almost no lacing at all.
The smell contains some hints of malts and raisins but is mainly just medicinal. The taste starts off okay but is soon overpowered by a strong acidic taste of alcohol and medicins.
Bad carbonation and mediocre overall mouthfeel. The drinkabillity is so-so.

Wasn't completely horrible but I'd certainly not recommend it. I'm not going to give it another try either. I'll stick to Belgian beers for a while before seeking out another Dutch one.

Paddez, Nov 11, 2004
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 30cl bottle best before the end of Dec 2007, so drank just in time!

Big beer (10%) so poured into a big glass, my lovely 'Judus' one.

Looks good, dark golden amber colour with a full white head bubbles rising up to replenish it, sadly the head began to leave before I started drinking, not so good.

It's a strong lager (not an English Barleywine) so I wasn't expecting a huge aroma, I wasn't dissappointed. There are hints of sweet malts and biscuits but they have only been captured because of the glass I used.

The alcohol hits you straight away but hops, yeast and a dry hay taste are in there too, Scottish shortcake biscuits (good quality, made with real butter) are somehow in the flavour as well.

All the flavours stay, the alcohol obviously stays the longest, but for such a strong lager it isn't metalic or tinny towards the end.

One of the better 'head banging' lagers I have tried over the years.

BlackHaddock, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of Douberd
3.33/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml can. Nice dark golden yellow colour, and a fraothy two finger head which lasts for a reasonable amount of time. Aroma is of malts, and it's by smell that the high ABV makes its presence known for the first time. The second time is when you have had a sip, and it's even more obviously there. Other than that, the taste is bitter, with a fruity aftertaste. Medium thickness in bidy, reasonable levels of carbonation.

Douberd, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Absumaster
2.88/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is the first running-off from the Gulpener pilsner, so it is a high gravity pils, at least that is what I've heard.

Appearance is like a pilsner, bright and golden with a small head with some big bubbles.

Smell is slightly malty and despite it's 10% alcohol no real alcohol smell. Not much going on in the smell.

Taste is very bland, it is malty, but that is just about it. A clean yeast profile and not much bitterness. Even the alcohol is hidden. Mouthfeel is sticky and sweet.

Another one of those beer that I don't understand who buys this stuff!

Absumaster, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of Paracatu
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

Paracatu, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of John
2.03/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Well, out of a couple dozen or so beers that I carried home with me from a recent trip to Europe, this is the only dud. Not at all anything I was expecting. Poured a syrupy, clear gold color. No head to speak of. Aroma is all ethanol. The taste is thick, sweet and alcoholic...not much else. Though I tried, I could not find any redeeming qualities to this beer. It's kind of like a cheap malt liquor on steriods. Glad I only bought one 30cL. bottle.

John, Aug 28, 2002
Photo of Exiled
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of svanet01
3/5  rDev +2.4%

svanet01, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well, my notes and review is done, but I must say I was a little surprised with the previous reviews. Oh well, here we go:

Crystal clear soft golden yellow, just a minimal white head – expected with this high octane (10%) brew. Sad that no yeasties were on the bottom.

Hints of Belgium yeast and malt in the aroma. The taste was a smorgasbord of flavors; heavy on the malt, sugar cane and a touch of coriander bite. The alcohol is noticeable, along with a covering of phenolics.

Full bodied, a sweetish English style BW – a clear-cut sipper. But I’d have no problem with a few more.

A very fresh brew, thanks to my great son, “studying” overseas in Amsterdam - whom brought this for the unique chance to enjoy direct from the brewer.

Vancer, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of bird_soul
2/5  rDev -31.7%

bird_soul, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of rekel
3/5  rDev +2.4%

rekel, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of BarryNL
2.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a perfectly bright amber, the head is minimal for a Dutch beer. There is little aroma - malty with little complexity. The taste is similar - pale malts, clean with no detectable esters. Mouthfeel is good and suggests more body than the flavour supports. It's an inoffensive and easily drinkable beer though personally, if I'm drinking something that's 10% alcohol I'm looking for something I can savour every drop of rather than knock back.

This is (so the label says) brewed by Grolsch and is not a huge leap from their own brand "Kanon" beer, though this is certainly more balanced and not dominated by alcohol like the Kanon. Still, it doesn't have the strength of flavour to balance it's alcohol and you're still left with the slight impression that someone's spiked your drink with vodka.

BarryNL, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of wl0307
3.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a 300ml slim brown bottle, BB 11/2008, served only lightly chilled in Gulden Draak's branded tulip-shaped goblet.

A: pours a burnished dark golden hue with 100% clarity, semi-lively fine fizziness, topped with a 1cm thick off-white frothy head to last.
S: deeply bready-malty, grainy and lightly honey-ish comes the main theme, more in line with a German Maibock or very strong lager, while a very faint strawberry-ish fruitiness and floral German hops come on the second layer, to render a rough balance overall.
T: syrupy and fruity on the malty side of flavour, but gradually turning dry-ish and bitter as the hop components catch up. During the flavour evolution, a clear trace of sweet orangey-citric, green apple-ly and floral flavour of hops serves to underpin the whole flavour profile. Simple, but not simplistic for the overall taste.
M&D: the feel of alc. is not that "up in the face" but apparent enough, while the whole flavour profile shows a healthy balance b/w the syrupy pale malts and hops. Besides, the mild carbonation and clean palate are a plus to the enjoyment of the overall rich malt profile. Overall, not bad - and this is NOT a (English) Barley Wine, mind you.

wl0307, Jun 28, 2009
Gulpener Gladiator Robuust Bier from Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.
75 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.