Beer Tasting: Gulden Draak and Bornem Dubbel

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I'm lying at home with a broken leg and I can hardly move. My wife served me and brought me two beers. Only now, when I am helpless and need help for every activity, I realize that health is the greatest wealth, fuck money and all that...

Well, today I have two Belgian, small beers. Here we call small beers the ones in the 0.33 l bottle. But, not everything is as it seems ...

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Gulden Draak Classic

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It's brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge, Evergem, Belgium. Bottle, 0.33 l, alcohol 10.5% ABV.
Ugh, it's pretty strong beer. Belgian strong dark ale, which means that is a high fermentation beer with secondary fermentation and should be tasted as an aperitif or dessert.


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Dark amber color, clear, high foam. Not much going on in the aroma, I taste the sweetness and feel caramel, some banana, and spices - all not very intense. I don't feel any hop bitterness, neither at the beginning nor in the aftertaste. But it is dense and strong, even drinkable I would dare say. There is distinct alcohol after a few sips. :)


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I admit I couldn't drink it every day, as I'm used to with lager. I agree that it's more of a dessert or an aperitif, so something special... I should have it in the fridge, at least one, as an example of a dessert beer.

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Ok, just one short beer truth before next ... beer ... :)


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Bornem Dubbel

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Brewed by the same brewery as the first one, Brouwerij Van Steenberge. Bottle, 0.33 l, alcohol 7.2% ABV. Dubbel style, also known as Trappist Dubbel, means that's a strong, malty, complex ale with rich malty flavors and solid alcohol.


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The beer is dark red in color, clear, very rich, long-lasting foam. The first sip has quite intense aromas, bananas and spices dominate, followed by caramel in the background. No bitterness, only sweetness of the malt. Maybe some hint of hops, but very discreet. Alcohol does not feel like the first beer.

It's acceptable beer, certainly different from the lagers and pilsners we drink here, but interesting.
Ugh... I think I'll have to drink some lager to dilute this alcohol :)

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The Flaming Lips - Lay Lady Lay

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Yeah, I used to love those big bold belgians, but now don't always want to suck one of those down, Much easier to slam a few DIPAs that hide the booze (but not always the best idea)

You are quite right, I think. I prefer to taste a couple of lagers or pilsners and have no problems the next day, but you have to be careful here ... just like with some double IPAs ... 😎🍻

Oh, I know that feeling the next day quite well at times - they just taste so good

Hope the leg is mending up well and the beers are dulling the pain 🍻

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