Saturday, July 23, 2011

Gulden Draak Ale

This is from the Brouwerij Van Steenberge in Ertvelde, Belgium.

This beer is a whopping 10.5% ABV.  It pours a dark brown, like very dark tea, with hints of ruby.  It is barely translucent.  It has a massive tower of bubbling, cauldron boiling, foamy head that is light brown in color.  It bubbles down to the consistency of sea foam and leaves thick and sticky lacing of a medium density. The aroma is fruity, dark plums and cherries, spices, and a touch of yeast.  The taste is very fruity, lots of dark cherry, on a base of dark caramel maltiness.  There is an astringent oakiness in the finish.  It drinks intensely flavorful without being heavy in the mouth.  The alcohol provides a subtle warming effect without being overbearing.  This is a really excellent Belgian ale.

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