Gulden Draak Brewmaster's Edition | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Gulden Draak Brewmaster's EditionGulden Draak Brewmaster's Edition

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
To celebrate the 230th birthday of the brewery, a Belgian strong dark ale aged in Whiskey barrels from Brouwerij Van Steenberge.

Added by firemanmike109 on 11-06-2013

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Reviews by BradtheGreat7:
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4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml brown bottle with a commemorative Steenberge style wrap covering the entire bottle as usual. Traditional Belgian cork with golden top. Golden colored wrap with old white artwork. Snow White with Black lettering graces the bottom of this fine looking bottling. Poured into a stemmed Belgian tulip glass.

A - murky and tawny look. Butterscotch, golden, yellow/orange/amber caramel colored body. Cloudy with lots of haze. Nice chunks of large sediment sticks together in the bottom of the glass. Bone white head pours very nice with a pillow like texture and taking its time subsiding to a fluffy ring of lace leaving excellent and slow moving stick.

S - light caramel and soft vanilla up front with hints of mild oak. A real butterscotch character to the front of this aroma and makes me wonder exactly what brand barrels were used? Excellent, nonetheless. Dried Banana covered in thick caramel syrup. Ripe pear with hints of clove and sweetened cinnamon spice. Belgian-Draak style yeast. Very unique yet lovely aroma.

T - much like the aroma with dried banana, caramel, sweet vanilla, and a small flavor of oak barrel aged. The softest of butterscotch and a fantastic Belgian style yeast. Nice big shot of clove spice with the tiniest of mild cinnamon sticking to the background. Fruity ripe pear and some light woody tones in the finish. A bit of alcohol in this one, but its faint and if anything plays a role in its smooth flavor.

M - nice sized body with an outstanding texture and thickness. Typical Van Steenberge thickness that's just right down some of the best I've ever experienced. It slings its flavors all over coating the entire mouth as they land. It's like paint balls being blasted at random and sticking to its many targets. Smooth and outstandingly enjoyable.

O - I'm not going to lie and act like I knew anything about this before I poured it into my stemmed tulip. The truth is I knew nothing of this other than it being aged in whiskey barrels. Boy was I shocked to find a much lighter colored Draak than the traditional I had in mind. This is indeed a Belgian strong pale ale with a beautiful colored body and the class that backs its beauty to the finish. Lots of class in this. Maybe not the pounding barrel aged character you'll find in American style brews, but enough to set off a delicious Belgian ale. I'm telling you right now, from the scores I've seen this thing is extremely underrated! This is as golden in quality, creativity, and class as the color of the sleeve wrapped around the bottle. The price wasnt cheap, but the end result was a 1 of a kind Belgian ale I am honored to have experienced.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fair warning: the cage around the cork seems to be glued on, so when you try to pull it off, expect the cork to pop off too.

I tried the 2/14 bottling a year and a half later and while I got this bottle on clearance sale, I gladly would have paid full price. It pours a lovely murky apricot color with a generous amount of foam, and the smell follows suit - lots of yeast and esters that give off a rich apricot and cider apple scent, with a whiff of bubblegum. Sweet, but still beer-y.

Once it hits your palate though, all bets are off, and that sweet fruity scent gets punched down right quick. Rich, woody, and a hint of whiskey make their way into the flavor, as well as some tasty malts and a lovely creamy flavor and texture that comes from the head that just won't quit. At 10% abv, this is a beer that could easily have stepped over the edge but didn't, and we're all the better for it. I'm really excited to try the un-barreled version.

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Photo of Beerswag
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of stephenlee
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of simoen
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Trapist007
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml into a tulip glass
Vintage: 2013

APPEARANCE: The beer pours out golden brown, yielding a thick, medium, creamy tan head with moderate retention. The head slowly fades away. It has a transparent golden brown body with light/medium carbonation, with light lacing.

SMELL: There are lots of dark fruits, burnt Belgian candy sugar, spice, malt, light oak, toffee, and light whiskey notes.

TASTE: Is dark fruity, spicy, with rich Belgian ale flavors that give way to sweet, caramel whiskey notes. The whiskey is not up front, nor is it over powering like one may suspect. it Is sophisticated and sutle. it marries very well with the rest of the flavors. This beer is flavorful with air of snobbiness.

PALATE: With a medium body and light carbonation. It's light on the palate with a a very light hint of whiskey. There is no heat. It goes down very smooth.

OVERALL: Great beer! It is what one expects from a Belgian with a welcome twist. This is a great example of a very good Belgian ale. This beer is easy to recommend...

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Photo of dent309
2/5  rDev -50.6%

Photo of Fuzzycuffs
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RobertH50
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of JMS1512
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RichardMNixon
4.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Strong apples flavor complimented by cherry and oak; phenomenal.

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Photo of tux_alin
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of joeseppy
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown pour. Aroma is gorgeous bourbon with hints of malt. Taste is rich. Dark fruit soaked in oaky bourbon. Toffee and spice. Very lush. Lucky enough to find this on tap. Good stuff!

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Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SomethingClever
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MTLDOG
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip. Thick amber color with 1 finger of cream colored head. Good lacing. Smelled sweet, dark raisins, malty, great smell. Taste was a bit too sweet, raisins and spices, sugar and a little boozy. Had a nice finish though with malt and yeasty. Avg mouthfeel pretty smooth. I enjoyed this beer, slightly too sweet for my taste but it was a nice beer.

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Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. It was a solid offering.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bierleichen
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Gulden Draak Brewmaster's Edition from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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