Gulden Draak Vintage 2010

It’s been a long weekend. I had a death in the family earlier in the week, plus I had the flu before that. So, I’ve fallen behind on my reviews. I do have a few others to post, but I figured I would do a new review while I scream at the television while watching the Mets-Phillies game tonight. I would love to know how Lee has the bases loaded and has walked 2 batters while still in the top of the first? I think it’s a conspiracy to get my blood pressure up, personally.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Gulden Draak is named after the golden dragon at the top of the belfry in Ghent…[which is] a city and a municipality located in the Flemish region of Belgium. It is the capital and biggest city of the East Flanders province. The city started as a settlement at the confluence of the Rivers Scheldt and Lys and in the Middle Ages became one of the largest and richest cities of northern Europe. Today it is a busy city with a port and a university.”

Random: For the first time in awhile, when I went out this weekend, I drank vodka instead of beer. I think I needed a brief change of pace. Back to the beer tonight…

The brew poured a dark brown color with copious amounts of fluffy off white head. As it dissipated, it left lots of lacing on the glass. Due to the color, it was almost impossible to determine how much carbonation was on the brew. The nose had some caramel malts, brown sugar and also a bit of raisin to it. The taste first surprised me with the amount of carbonation in it. It almost took away from the spicy caramel malt and toffee that was present. A bit of Belgian yeast also came through on the brew. The finish was quick and there was a bit of spice and yeast. Although it wasn’t hard to drink this bomber, it wasn’t nearly as good as I expected. This was not a beer I would rush back to have.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

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