Gulden Draak from the Belgian brewery Van Steenberge has long been known in our market. I first wrote about it back in 2009. Plus, from time to time I’ve tasted different nibbles like Gulden Draak Brewmasters Edition. Regular Gulden Draak is probably good, but not outstanding representative of the Belgian school (although, in 2009 it seemed divine!), but the various releases from them are miraculously good.
Recently, at Lambic restaurant I had a chance to taste Gulden Draak Calvados Barrel Aged (thanks to Ivan and Eugene for the treat!). Aged in Calvados barrels for 4-6 months. This beer is also for sale at RusBir on Varshavka. Not cheap of course, but it’s worth it!
Gulden Draak Calvados Barrel Aged (Belgium, Ertvelde) – 10.5% alk. In the flavor you can clearly hear Calvados. Calvados, not apples. A little alcoholic, but not unpleasant. The taste is dry, but with a good malt tone. In the aftertaste, a little barrel, all the same calvados tones, but closer to fresh apple and a little caramel.
Despite the 10.5% alcohol, drinks very well. An excellent beer! A+ rating.