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Gulden Draak Vintage | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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3.86/5
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149 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-17-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,715
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
149
pDev:
13.73%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours dark cloudy orange brown with an off white head. Burst out of the bottle and foamed everywhere. Slightly sour dark and light fruit aroma. Taste of dark and light fruit, high carbonation, somewhat sour, but mitigated by a caramel sweetness. Sour finish with light spice and hops. A fleeting metallic aftertaste drops the rating. Tasty, but too carbonated.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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2/5  rDev -48.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle.Westmalle Chalice glass. Enjoyed on feb´12. Dark copper color.Off-white,large size bubbled,froth. Quickly dissipated crown. Sugar, toasted malts & notes of cinnamon to the nose.Flavors are sweet, malty, spicy with very subtle cocoa.Medium body,medium carbonation. Dry finish. Fruity –sweet plum & dark fruits- aftertaste.Nice drinkability.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Paul, 2008 vintage, the little dragon is wearing a Santa hat, odd , OK.

Beer served in a snifter, beer is brown and hazy with a thin brown head, high heavy carbonation, moderate retnetion, no lacing.

Aroma is sweet, raisin, a little oxidized.

Beer is light in body, completely thinned out on the palate by the over the top carbonation, illogically overcarbonated. It is a little sweet with a dryish finish, decent but not great.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From 02/25/12 notes. 750ml bottle shared by Lunch; bless you Paul. 2008 vintage.

a - Pours a dark mahogany color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, raisins, spices, bready malts, grain, light sugar and fruity malts, light caramel malts. PRettynice nose.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, sweet dark fruits, spices, sugar, bready malts. A little too sweet, a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, almost nonexistent. Undercarbonated and a little too sweet.

o - Overall a decent beer, but the taste is a tiny bit too sweet and it was undercabronated. Nose was nice, would try it again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Lunch. Served in a snifter. 2008 vintage.

Pours a medium golden color. Fairly thick with a bit of a white head. Not much lacing. The nose has a bit of sweetness and fruit with a touch of malt in the background. Flavor is fairly similar. Some caramel malt with some brown sugar. Semi sweet and a medium body. Low carbonation. Pretty good.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Gehrig
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the wonderful Crane Alley in downtown Urbana, Illinois.

A thick finger of slightly tan froth tops a burgundy-mahogany body with maraschino cherry trim; good, decorative lacing and head duration. Subtle aromas, with some dried fruit, caramel malt, and berry emerging after some patience.

Good, smooth taste, with lots of whiskey-soaked cherry, some raspberry, caramel and biscuit malt. Active yeast adds a bit of heat and a bite in the finish, but over Vintage is smooth, fruity BSDA. The mouthfeel to me is the best aspect of Vintage, for the creamy smooth texture is complimented by a terrific effervescence. The sweet fruit, with a tart hint, makes for a fine finish.

A solid, flavorful, enjoyable beer that is accessible and fruity without packing a big alcohol punch, Vintage is well worth trying. A better, stronger smell and a somewhat bolder, fuller would make it truly superb but, as it stands, this is yet another fine addition to the outstanding Van Steenberge line of beers.

Certainly recommended.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of homebrew311
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep red, thin layer of head, splotchy lacing

S: lots of candied grape on the nose followed by spicy Belgian yeast, notes of figs

T: things start sweet with lots of grape again, some cherry followed by vanilla and some spicy notes to finish things off. Nice balance.

Mf: medium carbonation, medium body

O: this features nice delicate fruit flavors with a Belgian twist, pretty mild, but considering the abv this drinks very nicely

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of barczar
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the tulip a clear deep amber color with garnet highlights. A 1.5 finger cream head dissipates slowly into a light layer of foam on the surface. The entire upper glass surface is coated in belgian lace.

Candied malt and a tart dark cherry fruit aroma lead the way. Musty dark fruits become pronounced as it warms. Figs, dates, and plums are somewhat subdued in comparison with the tart, almost sweettart candy finish.

Tart dark cherry leads the flavor profile and dominates throughout. Caramel malt supports beneath, with figs surfacing as the beer warms. I took a break from sampling for about a half hour, and the flavor opened up tremendously. Dates, raisins, and caramel sweetness play a much better supporting role. Diacetyl is present, but not offensive. A hint of pepper closes out the profile.

Body is medium to light with more carbonation than anticipated. For the style I expected more viscosity. Alcoholic warmth is evident in the finish, which is fairly bubbly.

Overall, I expected more depth of flavor. The complexity was lacking compared to other belgian strong darks. I much prefer the straight gulden draak. I think the carbonation helped mute subtle flavors that may have been present. Update: let it warm a LOT and flavor improves significantly.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 Release.

A: 1/4" tan coloured head that left a nice lacing over a deep reddish-amber liquid.

S: Sweet dark fruit that is associated with many beers which use Belgian yeast as well as a refreshing citrus smell to it.

T: There is quite a bit of different flavours here including: citrus, pepper, candied apples and figs. The aftertaste is reminiscent of cranberries.

M: Thinner viscosity than expected with a relatively high level of fine carbonation.

O: The thinness and refreshing citrus flavour profile of this beer make it strange for a Christmas seasonal release. I think I would prefer drinking the original Gulden Draak for Christmas and have this during the summer months instead.

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Gulden Draak Vintage from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 149 ratings
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