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Gulden Draak Smoked

Started by Viv, December 11, 2022, 10:27:15 AM

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Quadruple ( Gulden Draak ), brewed using an ancient traditional method of drying malt by smoking, from van Steenberge, with an ABV of 10.5%. New brew for me.

Pours a deep ruby burgundy with a huge creamy frothy head. Excellent lacing.

Smokey malty aroma.

It's full bodied, and perfectly carbonated with a smooth and creamy velvety soft and luxurious mouthfeel and taste. Complex, balanced and with great depth of flavour, and you get the quadruple profile with the smokiness which works really well, giving it another layer or dimension. There's plenty of malts, hops, caramel, chocolate, honey, dates, raisins, coffee, and bready malts. Sweetest when cold and develops a vinous
quality as it warms along with a dry and slightly bitter long finish. Delicious brew, another winner from this great brewery; I wonder how many other brewers are now going to try this method.......?




Hi Viv,
That's truely an amazing beer here !!
It's the Germans who have invented the "rauchbieren", just because it wasn't possible in Germany to add additional ingredients for more flavors. Reinheitsgebot.
With smoking the malts, they actually found a solution to still add a different flavor, without adding that Xtra ingredient to malts, hops, water and yeast. Smoking malts isn't that easy, as they can easily burn, but in those old German times, they used piping hot boulders for that purpose.

>> and develops a vinous quality.

All the Gulden Draak varieties have that winy appearance, that's because an extra wine yeast (Bordeaux) is used with the bottle refermentation!


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