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Brouwerij Van Steenberge

Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Gulden Draak

Category: English Style Barley Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: Belgium
Alcohol: 10.5%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
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Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Gulden Draak

Category: English Style Barley Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: Belgium
Alcohol: 10.5%
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of cherry preserves on buttered toast, chamomile tea, candied almond, and banana with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, intricate, long candied ginger, baked stone fruit, flaky pastry, and toasted raisin bread finish. A cellarable barley wine with a nice spectrum of malty, complex spicy flavors.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Spicy & Complex, Rich & Heavy & Malty
Aroma Aroma: cherry preserves on buttered toast, chamomile tea, candied almond, and banana
Taste Flavor: candied ginger, baked stone fruit, flaky pastry, and toasted raisin bread
Bitterness Bitterness: Low
Enjoy Enjoy: with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Charcuterie, Creme Brulee, Maytag Blue
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A cellarable barley wine with a nice spectrum of malty, complex spicy flavors.

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English Style Barley Wine

English style barley wines are golden copper to dark brown in color and range from 8-12% in alcohol. They are characterized by extravagant caramel malt flavors and bitter hops that prevent their malt sweetness from being cloying. English versions of this style typically feature rich, complex malt flavors including caramel, toffee and molasses to name a few.

This style ages remarkably well, with aged versions showing oxidized port and sherry-like flavors and aromas that add to the overall complexity. Some examples are vintage dated and can improve with extended bottle age. These powerful brews are classically sold in small "nip" bottles and can be consumed after dinner or with dessert.

The style has become popular among US craft brewers who often produce them as winter specialties. The chocolate and fruit cake flavors in the brews mean they should be paired with chocolate desserts.

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English Style Barley Wine