Thursday, February 5, 2015

Gulden Draak: The Brewmaster's Edition

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by the agency representing Global Beer Network, the US importer of Gulden Draak Brewmaster's Edition (among dozens of Belgian beers). They wanted to know if I was interested in checking out this whiskey barrel-aged version of Gulden Draak crafted by Bouwerij Van Steenberge's Brewmaster Jef Versele. Of course I said yes.

The beer was packaged in a corked and caged wine-sized bottle, nicely presented in a gold full bottle wrap. A story on the back says the inspiration came from Versele's trips to the US and his respect for the Craft Beer Culture. The Brewmaster's Edition was brewed as a tribute to Versele's grandfather Jozef Van Steenberge and the brewery's 230th birthday. Date Bottled: 02/2014. 10.5% alcohol.

Fruity aroma, apples and oranges, with plenty of yeast and some toffee sweetness. Very creamy texture, fine bubbles. Super smooth! Fruity sweet orange, tangerine, and apple flavors come first, followed by some cotton candy and toffee sweetness. Lightly spicy throughout. Pretty sweet though the alcohol in the whiskey finish of every sip did tone that down a bit.

Very nice flavors. Loved the creaminess. And the alcohol was a welcome balance to the sweetness, while not getting whiskey all up in your face and ruining the experience. Overall, a little too sweet, but nonetheless enjoyable.

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