Gulden Draak Vintage | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-17-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.56/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed just below room temperature in a tulip glass.

Appearance - Reasonably clear with vaguely visible sediment, warm golden brown color with a little bit of ruby when held to the light.

Smell - Sweeter malty smell that is slightly remniscent of caramel. Overall a pretty clean aroma that implies a hoppy taste.

Taste - Taste confirms the smell; malt is prevalent, but not too strong. Caramel taste isn't as acute as the smell. A slightly cozy spice taste comes through, but subtle to the point that you only notice it from a long sip.

Mouthfeel - The feel of the beer is lighter than expected from the smell, but still on the thicker side. It is quite festively carbonated, but still very smooth.

Drinkability - This beer is very drinkable; it has a fantastic smoothness to it, maybe in part due to the light caramel, that bonds extremely well with the malt and leaves almost no alcohol heat behind.

Definitely comes recommended.

NB - The pressure inside was enough that when I popped the cork, it put a mark in a ceiling tile... more pressure than many champagne bottles I've opened.

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4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2007 Vintage.

750ml white coated, red foiled, corked, and caged bottle.

It pours a nice brown/plum with a hint of ruby. It has nice clarity and a big foamy tan head. The ehad sticks for a bit and recedes to some excellent lacing.

The smell is intoxicating, just sweet, dark bread, simple but just enchanting.

The flavor is amazing. It has perhaps a bit more of a spicy/herbal note than the regular gulden. It is definitely lighter, but more complex. There is a huge toffee presence, and some barleywine-like flavors. This is almost like a light Belgian dark barleywine. There is a nice hit of fermented dark fruits and a pinch of alcohol. The malt is traditional and bready, providing a hearty base.

The mouthfeel is right on, it has a full body, but a decent carbonation level.

Just an outstanding beer. I would consider buying another one to age for even longer for sure.

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4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An opaque amber that leans more toward brown than red. A head that's beige and frothy and thick that retains throughout.

Hops come through the nose as well as rosemary, plum and a nutty tinge.

A subtlety compared to the fresh bottle. A fruity sweetness comes through the brown sugar flavor in the middle with a welcomed shot of alcohol with a charred base. Takes a turn to effervescent and spicy strawberry. Well defined, not sure if it's a different recipe.

Fine and persistent bubbles.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

taste- wood, apple, sweet malt, effervescent

color- brown-ruby

clarity- opaque but it pours clear

smell- cedar, apple

body- full, nice finish, quietly complex

appearance- great color, lively carbonation, nice head

overall impression- great tasting beer, 2.4.2.

notes- refermented in the bottle, natural malt sweetness with a hoppy gentle touch, creamy head. could probably be aged another year, easily. 7.5% abv. this review is for a 2007 vintage tasted in 2008

glassware: tulip

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage Ale 2007.
Corked and caged opaque white bottle with a red collar. Gold mystical flying creature wearing a santa hat on the label.
Dark opaque mahogany body. Tan head of small to medium bubbles. Good retention and clumpy lace.
Sweet spiced malt scent with abit of pear. Caramel and brown sugar.
Delicious sweet spiced malty goodness. Strong and robust. Plenty of hops with a mild spiked character. Aftertaste of great malty hoppiness, very well balanced.
Full body, good coating and nice and slick.
Great drinkability. Very nice to see a special belgian with a moderate abv. Warmth is an absolute must for this brew. Drink it cold and you will not enjoy it's many nuances.


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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with light brown head.

Nose is filled with apple, figs, raisins, and slight grassy herbal components.

Flavor is raisiny malty sweet, with more fruits that were from the nose - apples, raisins, and yet some figs also.

Full flavored ale. Not as hearty as the standard G.D. but worth trying for sure.

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4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

* 2009 vintage. Consumed in a 500ml official GuldenDraak glass

A - It has a dark stained redwood color. Fluffy yeasty beige head. A bit cloudy but not overly so. There is a pleasant archipelago of lacing around my tulip glass 4.5

S - faint fruity malty smells. Strawberry tart and pancake syrup. Improves with warming. 4

T - It's initially sweet lacking the alcohol burn of regular Draak. But also lacking the complexity of regular Draak. Aftertaste slightly bitter from hops. And as it warms slightly figgy. Want more complexity. 4

M - A bit too loose. Sugary, a kind of fuzzy fizzy syrup. Still very nice. 3.5

D - I want to have this 2009 in one year and test it again. It's very good but original is better. Normal Draak is Nirvana at the beginning and just good at the end. This beer is pretty good from start to finish. A must try. 4.5

(REVISITED Aug 2015, opened up a saved bottle of 2009 vintage 5 years later)
A - cloudy cedar brown. Low quickly evaporate head. 3.75

S - sour stone fruits. Fig dates. Molasses. Brown sugar. Starchy brothy smells.4.5

T - sweet subtle finish. Fantastic aftertaste. Subtle initial tastes. Sugary sweet. Malty but unspecified. Abbey yeast flavor. 4.25

M - touch of the abv burn on the back of the tongue. Highly silky and smooth. Needs more fizz. 4

D - yummy. Great. Highly enjoyable treat. 5

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper with some lighter highlights, a huge, fizzy, off-white head that settles with an audible quickness like soda.

Aroma is of roast, spice, and some interesting herbal notes in back- along with a sweetness reminiscent of apple.

Flavor also has a nice appley flavor like a good cider, along with a very nice yeasty spice, and some roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a very fizzy carbonation.

A tasty offering with a moderately high abv. Price tag is a bit high, but why not spend the extra couple of bucks? After all, it is the holiday season.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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