GULDEN DRAAK ALE

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GULDEN DRAAK ALE

Postby turbo_ale » Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:46 pm

Had this beer for the first time and it was a pleasure. This is a Belgium beer by Van Steenberge brewery. It fits in the BJCP category of Belgian Dark Strong Ale, 18E. Comes in at 10.5% ABV, reddish in color, hazy appearance because of the secondary bottle conditioning process. Nice head, glass lacing, a sugary aroma of brown sugar. Flavor was complex, lots going on there, brown sugar, malty sweetness to note a couple. Very smooth, I would add dangerous too.
http://globalbeer.com/belgian-beer/gulden-draak

Jamil Z has a recipe in his book Brewing Classic Styles, this is the all-grain version.

15 lbs Pilsener malt
3 lbs Munich malt 10L
1 lb Aeromatic malt 20L
1 lb CaraMunich malt 60L
1 lb Special B 120L
8 oz Wheat malt
8 oz Melanoidin malt 28L

2.42 oz Hallertau, 4% AA, @ 60 min

WLP540 or Wyeast 1762 or T-58

OG: 1.103
FG: 1.024
ADF: 75%
IBU: 31
SRM: 20
ABV: 10.6%
Pre-boil volume: 7 gallons
Pre-boil gravity: 1.087
Mash: 153F
Boil: 90 min
Ferment: start at 68F slowly raising to 72F last third.
Volumes Co2: 2.5 - 3.0
ON TAP:
1. 1C
2. 4B
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5.
6.
Bottled: Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, 16B, 18B, 18E, 19B, 20, 21A, 23, 27
Fermenting:
Next: 5C

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Re: GULDEN DRAAK ALE

Postby dmtaylor » Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:11 pm

Gulden Draak is my favorite beer on the planet. Just wonderfully complex. A nice sipping beer.
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Re: GULDEN DRAAK ALE

Postby MaltnHopsrGood » Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:50 pm

I had the pleasure of having this beer a few months back and it is amazing! +1 on the dangerous comment as it would be easy to drink a lot of them.
Bottled: Nothing
Keg #1: Nothing
Keg #2: IPA
Keg #3: Hallertau 2-Row SMASH
Keg #4: Hallertau 2-Row SMASH
Fermenting: Nothing
Next On Deck: IPA
Brewed in 2017: 30 gallons
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