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Dec 13, 2009 05:24 PM

gulden draak beer

The LCBO only has it in a special 6 pack with 5 other Belgian beers. I would like to buy several bottles on its own.

Thanks kindly!

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  1. I had one the other night after it sat in my fridge for about 1.5 yrs. I was afraid to try it, since the other 5 Belgian beers from that sample pack were very disappointing. Boy was that Gulden Draak amazing stuff! I too would love to find more single bottles locally if available.

    BTW, those who love more full bodied/dark amber beers/ales like Maudite, Trois Pistoles, Fuller's Vintage ale (all my current favs), should give this one a try.

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    1. re: Royaljelly

      I don't think you can get this in Ontario outside of the 6 pack of Belgian beers. For others of similar style, I second the recommendation for Maudite and Trois Pistoles from Unibroue.

      Also, there is still some Gouden Carolus Classic at LCBO locations, but it was part of the fall release so the stock probably won't be replenished until possibly next year. I would strongly recommend trying this beer.

      Chimay Blue is also a great dark Belgian beer, but it is only available as part of the Chimay gift pack that also includes the red and white (also good beers, but different styles). It also has a nice Chimay chalice in it, which is up there in my favourite beer glasses.

      1. re: kwjd

        Yes pick up that Chimay pack, great glass. Also another to pick up is the 750ml of Duvel w/ another top notch glass.

        LCBO is really spoiling us w/ all these gift packs.

        1. re: aser

          I agree. The Duvel tulip is possibly the best glass you can get. I bought 2 of the packs just for the glasses.

    2. Gulden Draak kicks arse......the other 5 beers in the sampler pack really are pedestrian in comparison. They all tasted far too similar for my liking.

      It sucks you have to plunk down $17 to get at one beer.

      I would highly recommend the "Historic Ales of Scotland" pack too.

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      1. re: aser

        Thanks for the reco's guys, and I thought I didn't need to step foot into LCBO until the new year, sigh!

        BTW, along the lines of the dark beers, I tried the St. Ambroise Vintage Ale and it's not as good as the Fuller's Vintage ale, so stock up on the Fuller's since I don't know how often it comes out. Has anyone actually let the Vintage ales mature and does it taste better after a few years? Mine doesn't last more than 1-2 months in my fridge.

        1. re: Royaljelly

          I LOVE the St Ambroise Vintage Ale. I enjoy both, but I'd put the St Amroise way above the Fuller's, although they are different styles of beer so it is somewhat comparing apples to oranges (or barley wines to old ales). Both of these are quite different from the list of Belgian strong dark ales mentioned in this thread.

          Also, Fuller's has come out with a new version of the Vintage Ale every year since 1997, so it is probably safe to assume there will be a new version coming out next year. Each version is somewhat different too. I haven't aged any of the Fuller's, but I hear it does improve with age.

          Oh, if you enjoy the Fuller's Vintage, try the Adnams Broadside that just came to the LCBO in their winter release. Also, if you can find it, try the Ola Dubh too, which was aged in Highland Park scotch barrels.

          1. re: kwjd

            I picked up the Highland Park scotch set today, and also saw a Maredsous Belgian Ale Gift Box, anyone try it yet?


            1. re: Royaljelly

              i did last year. didn't love it, but its generally well regarded.

              guulden draak, i think, is sold at bars like Sarah's (on danforth) and Comrades (queen e)

      2. not for home use, but i think you can get it at Rhino.

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        1. re: the communist goldfiish

          Once upon a time, you could also get draak at Smokeless Joe's, but it's been a while.

          aser, I tried the "Historic Ales of Scotland," and my thoughts on each of them were pretty much the same - really neat for the first half, but tired of the tastes of Scottish vegetation by the time I got to the end of it. :) I liked the elderberry one (that one sustained my interest for a full beer) and the heather was really interesting, but grew tired of the gooseberry and scottish pine pretty quickly. I was glad I tried it, but I don't see myself rushing out to buy a bunch of any of those, even if I could.

        2. Well if you need somewhere to get rid of the other five bottle at a reasonable discount then give me a call. This is a different pack to previous years which had two bottles of three different types. I only noticed that after I bought four packs. I like the Piraat as well. One of the cashiers though I was a bit of a nut when I insisted that they be packed in an upright position.

          I also noticed this on-line at the LCB... S.T.V. 7 - Belgian Beer. Has anyone tried it?


          Can I also add Fin du Monde to the Unibroue beers mentioned above.

          In terms of Fuller's, both ESB and London Pride are good bitters, though people disagree about which is the better.

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          1. re: Paulustrious

            S.T.V. 7 - Belgian Beer is not an actual beer, it is in the "Product Knowledge" category. Not sure what STV stands for.

          2. had a Gulden Draak at Castro's last night (the Beach)