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

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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #43
Ranked #4,614
4.07 | pDev: 9.58%
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Gulden Draak Brewmaster's EditionGulden Draak Brewmaster's Edition
Notes: To celebrate the 230th birthday of the brewery, a Belgian strong dark ale aged in Whiskey barrels from Brouwerij Van Steenberge.
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Reviews by stortore:
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4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. 2017 edition, bottled April 2017, had 8/17/19. Also had on tap.

Pours a tawny gold color, lightly hazy, with a one and a half inch foamy head with great retention and lots of foamy lacing. Aromas of Belgian yeast, spices- coriander for one, malt, whiskey, wheat, some oak, light vanilla, some peppercorn, light funk as it warms. The flavor is similar- Belgian yeast, whiskey, malt, spices, wheat, some vanilla and oak. Smooth, a good medium body, well carbonated.

This has a fairly unique flavor profile, and the whiskey barrels really enhance the solid base. Very enjoyable and well worth a purchase.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
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 ryanpj
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of BdM
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of puboflyons
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 750 ml. corked, caged dated 02/2014. Sampled on New Years Eve 2014.

It pours an attractive looking medium amber-copper with a faint haze. A big cream-colored foamy head that sticks around.

The Belgian candied sugar and roasted malts are highly evident in the aroma with a slight whiff of whiskey barrels but no booze considering it is 10.5%.

Medium to full body although a slight carbonated, acidic feel but easy to work around.

Again, overly sweet Belgian candied sugars, juicy roasted malts, and a little wood in the flavor. Mild bitterness and somewhat dry. $20 per bottle though? I could have bought a couple regular Gulden Draaks at that price.

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Photo of CoreyC
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

two year old 750 ml bottle
A - light color (as compared to regular GD) fizzy quickly fading head
S - light pleasant
T - very little BA effect, nice flavor, but surprisingly light as compared to to regular GD
F - smooth
O - a nice beer, but I prefer regular GD, no real benefit from the BA

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Heeenrik
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrk829
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of double2chin
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of josanguapo
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. At end of year dinner. Good but I prefer the normal version. The whisky taste isnt overwhelming but hides the greatness of the original. It isnt dark as is classified in Beeradvocate. Avg 3.7

25 March 2018. 33 cl. 2017 edition. From tercertiempocervezas. In Gulden Draak glass. Watching 3 Anuncios en las Afueras. The soft whisky notes, although not overwhelming and lower than I remembered, fattens it and make it a bit unidimensional, taking too much protagonism. Abv very well hidden

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Photo of caddyguy
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of MispeledStalion
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atone315
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of pollocwr
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of nldubin
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TonyLema1
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 years old
L: orange, with a thick billowing head, lots of carbonation
S: fruit and booze
T: sweet, dark fruits, booze
F: good mouthfeel, coats the tongue
O: great sipper, recommend

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Photo of Zet
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Like its regular cousin, the brewmaster version is a fine example of a alcohol-drenched (no perojative here, it's the balanced and warming kind) BSDA. It does not offer anything spectacular on top of the original however. The "matured in whisky-barrels-thing" is pretty latent. Therefore I doubt this beer really deserves its spot on the shelves.

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Photo of red94tt
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ccg
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 Brewmaster's edition, opened June, 2016.

Look: Cloudy light orange, kind of like a New England-style IPA. Half of finger of fizzy head appears when poured but dissipates quickly. Medium legs, no lacing, minimal head retention. 3.75

Smell: Bread, brown sugar, and lemon candy. Very tiny hint of oak and vanilla. 3.75

Taste: Fairly similar to the smell, but with a little bit sour on the finish with a strangely strong bite to it.

Feel: Smooth and slick with just enough carbonation to keep it interesting. 4.0

Overall: It's an enjoyable Belgian-style beer, but I can't say that the whisky-barrel aging really added much, or that it was even particularly noticeable. If you like this style, stick with the base Gulden Draak. 3.75

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Photo of thecheapies
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It looks a quite cloudy, butterscotch dark amber. I gave the head a few minutes to settle, and it still lasts proudly with etching lace as it falls. Peaked at about an inch-and-a-half. Soft, supple little coarse bubbles. Obviously, light for a Strong Dark.

Familiar Belgian yeast and candi sugar notes remind me of the Gulden Draak Quad, but there's a subtle hint of candied fruit and nuttiness. The whiskey is really shy in the nose, but it could be a contributor to a gently sweet oakiness. There's notes of dried apricot and golden raisin and hints of palm oil. It's not a simple nose, because it's not very direct, but it's not obviously showy. Really yeasty with what seems to be the same strain used in all Gulden Draak ales, which gives way to most of the complexities. Just a paler malt and nuances of spices and honey.

The yeast and golden fruits hit first with notes of apricot and soft pineapple, but there's some butteriness and a hint of toasted coconut that points right at the spent barrel. Somewhat sweet with nutty yeast notes to complement sugary malts. No real hop flavor that surfaces. Spicy notes start with some bold alcohol and Belgian yeast bite. Clove, maybe, and hints of pepperiness; but all thrown down by canned fruit syrup. Stone fruits, more than before, in the finish with hints of fleshy orange pulp and nectarine. The whiskey note is very subtle, but noticeable. The flavors do more closely resemble those of a dark ale than a pale. A perfectly slow-drinking warmer on a frigid late-November evening with a solid body of gold. Nice and hearty, yet smooth, with that creamy fizz of a well-executed bottle-conditioned Belgian ale. Golden raisin and white cherry, too. Better than the quad, in my opinion. Great weight to the body. A real treat for the season, and I'm more than happy to enjoy this release.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light Amber color. Aroma is Belgian yeast and light over ripe bananas. Flavor is clean and smooth. Notes of Belgian yeast, over ripe bananas. Has a nice feel and overall really nice.

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Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As with other reviews-be careful when opening!as soon as you remove the cap that cork is going to pop! This is very similar to regular draak, i didnt notice the barrel aging much until it warmed slightly, its still excellent but there doesn't seem to be a huge difference between the regular and this,especially not at an inflated your cash, buy the regular draak.

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