Gulden Draak Barrel Aged Calvados | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
4.26/5
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38 Ratings
Gulden Draak Barrel Aged CalvadosGulden Draak Barrel Aged Calvados
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium
vansteenberge.com

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Lucular on 11-07-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
38
pDev:
5.87%
 
 
Wants:
1
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10
Trade:
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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of wisrarebeer
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper-orange body with minimal head and good lace that stuck around. The aroma is comprised of candi sugar along with dark fruits in addition to some wood and apple notes. Medium to heavy bodied beer that is a little boozy but not much with a woody smoothness, not vinous but more of a cider-like sweetness combining with some dark fruits and candi sugar, and has some obvious malt heft to give it balance and preventing it from being watery/sharp. Strong beer that I liked although not my first choice for a Belgian.

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Photo of Kutrati
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Radcpa
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dactrius
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmilyko
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 19.71 (Including tax and discount)/750 mL cork and cage bottle ($ 0.776/oz) from Spec’s, DeZavala, San Antonio, TX. Reviewed 10/6/18.
Undated bottle. On shelf in store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 60 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Orange, slight haze.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.2 cm, controlled center pour), off-white, low density froth, good retention, slowly diminishing to an irregular frothy ring and a heaped partial layer with some thick fragments of lacing.
Lacing – Good. Wide bands of tiny to large bubbles with holes.
First pour – Dark yellow, clear.
Aroma – 3 – Very weak fruitiness. No yeast, no apple, no barrel.
Flavor – 4.25 – Begins with a fruitiness that is distinctly not apple. Seems a bit smoother than regular Gulden Draak. No alcohol (10.5% ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 4 – Full, creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4 - I am disappointed in the weak nose. Otherwise, I think this is a Strong Dark Ale, not a Quadrupel as stated on BA. Either way, it’s not worth double the price of Gulden Draak.

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Photo of videofrog
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bshefftz
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As other reviewers noted, it's very orange - doesn't look like a quad, and I'd say splits the difference between a tripel and a quad. I liked the tangy apple aroma. Just hints of the barrel flavor. A fine, balanced beer that I'm unable to compare accurately to the base beer since it's been too long since I've had one.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Playing Avernum 3. Surprisingly well hidden 10.5% abv and smoothness on the sip. Nice marmalade notes but didnt find any odd notes attributable to the calvados

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Released at Systembolaget, Sweden May 4 - 2018.

Clear amber beer with a huge, fluffy, creamy white head that stays forever!

Nose: Ripe apples, belgian yeast, banana, almond, cherry, peach, red berries, raisin, plum, toffee and calvados barrels. The nose is absolutely amazing!
Taste: Candied sugar, raisin, calvados, apple, pear, peach, orange, alcohol, oak, clove and plum.
Mouth: Medium body. Dry. Very light carbonated. Soft and smooth. Bitter ending.
Pretty light body and suprisingly easy drinking for that ABV! Really good!

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopBelT
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of desint
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of archero
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snaotheus
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2018-03-08
750ml bottle served in a large snifter. Can't find a date.

Pours a dark amber with a moderately small head and a lot of carbonation. Moderately hazy. Smell is apple liquor, yeast, maybe apple cider.

Taste is where the quad comes in, and things get interesting. Not much banana flavor, but a hint of clove, more yeast. Apple is quite noticeable, but not overpowering. Surprisingly crisp tasting.

Mouthfeel is very dry and surprisingly light. Overall, good beer, and very interesting.

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Photo of 98green
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap. I’m not a Belgian expert by any means, but this was very nice. Candi sugar dominates for me, with apple notes in the background. Nice alcohol burn in the finish. One is plenty but this is a good desert beer for sure

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Photo of impending
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephens101
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reddish-orange with a tall and unbroken tan froth.

Smell is mostly sweet with bubblegum, cherry, black grape, grain and maybe even some green apple.

Apple, some booze, faint vanilla and wood float smooth across the tongue. There are flourishes of other light fruits as well as burnt sugar in the finish.

Body is medium to heavy. Carbonation is lively and plentiful.

I have always loved the base beer, and this one takes it up a notch. Wonderful.

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Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is about the most orange beer ever, a dark shade with a fine grained pile of foam in the Gulden Draak tulip. It's really sweet with that distinctive Belgian candy taste. So rich it's like a dessert.

The unique fruity weirdness is quite powerful, not to mention the heat and the yeasty flavors. Finally it tastes like apple pie, minus the spice, and the brandy long into the aftertaste. A unique and delicious barrel aged brew. On tap at Public House in La Jolla

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Photo of grover37
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hunter
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Lovely clear, reddish copper ale. Decent head of dense bubbles, some tracing.
Smell: Subtle, clean notes of candi sugar, holiday spices like cinnamon and nutmeg
Taste: Crisp apple steeped in booze, grassy hops, sweet malt. The aftertaste is more complex, with raisins and malt.
Feel: Surprisingly light for a beer with 10.4% ABV. Clean finish, no residual flavors.
Overall: Very good ale, will seek this one out again.

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: deep gold color, tons of carbonation, big fluffy head, nice lacing
S: apples, wikelike aromas, Belgian yeast, fruit
T: apples, candied sugar, Belgian yeast
F: tons of mouthfeel, slightly boozy
O: this tastes like a Tripel, not a Quad as listed

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Photo of WormGod
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VashonGuy
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gulden Draak Calvados pours a clear copper, with a nice head, and lacing that lasts forever. The taste is apples, raisins, and plenty of the apple brandy, along with some wood. It's lighter bodied than I expected. It's been a couple of years since I've had the base Gulden Draak, but I remembered it as darker and heavier than this beer, so the light mouthfeel surprised me just a bit. Regardless of exactly how it relates to basic Gulden Draak (one of my favorite BDSAs), this is a great beer.

Serving: on tap

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Gulden Draak Barrel Aged Calvados from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 38 ratings