The Twelve Beers of Christmas- VI

Great Ale, Great Bottle

The familiar painted white bottle of Gulden Draak takes on a different look for a short time every year.  In December the Belgian brewery, Brouwerij Van Steenberge, puts out it’s vintage ale.  Like it’s year round counterpart the beer is a dark ale, although it comes in at a relatively sedate 7.5% abv (fully 3% lighter than the everyday model).  This does not diminish the flavor one iota.

The beer is a murky dark brown with a persistent, foamy, tan head.  The scent is sweet chocolate, fruit and vague hints of spice.  Wonderful complex flavors: orange peel, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and more spices.  It gives a warming sensation in the mouth, and finishes sweet: molasses and orange zest last longest.  Tastes like Belgian Christmas.
This is a great seasonal sip, and I love the iconic bottle- even though I can still not figure out what the creature is on the front label.
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2 Responses to The Twelve Beers of Christmas- VI

  1. Cat says:

    Isn’t it meant to be a dragon? “Gulden Draak” means “Golden Dragon.”

  2. beergeekblog says:

    The name does in fact mean “Golden Dragon”, but the figure on the bottle is different for the Vintage Ale. Maybe its a Christmas Dragon.

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