389. Gulden Draak

389. Gulden Draak

I purchased a bottle of Gulden Draak at Downtown Wine & Spirits. I let this warm to around 55ºF and served it in one of my Ommegang chalices.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Alcohol: 10.50%
Serving: 11.2 oz
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (4.0): Pours a lightly hazy brown with ruby edges. A thin beige head tops the beer and quickly fades to a very persistent layer.

Smell (4.5): Sweet malts, dried fruits, dates, peppery spice, yeast and moderate alcohol.

Taste (4.0): Sweet and bready upfront with notes of dried fruit. There's a slight tartness before the spicy alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Smooth, medium-bodied, creamy, tingly-carbonation.

Drinkability (3.5): The alcohol is pretty strong, but the flavors are very nice.

Overall (4.1): A nice sweet, spicy and strong dark ale.

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