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Belgian Stout
Gulden Draak Imperial Stout

Gulden Draak
Imperial Stout

Van Steenberge make some ferociously strong and aggressive beers, and at first glance you would expect this to be another in their well-established stable of beer. My guesses for GD Imperial Stout before tasting it would be an alcohol soaked, aggressively roasted, and/or perhaps syrupy sweet affair - it isn't really any of those things. The beer is surprisingly carbonated for this ABV, and as a result it produces a huge, pitted, mocha head in the GD glass. The aroma is of a sweet, lightly...

Unibroue 30 Anniversaire

30 Anniversaire

My second bottle of this. I was a little disappointed when I saw that this special edition was a stout, since Belgian stouts aren't really a big draw for me, and Unibroue is just so great with BDSAs and BSPAs. Having said that, I soon got over it. On removing the cage and cork there is a good pop with a decent amount of gun smoke. Fairly standard, but what was absolutely astonishing about this beer is the aroma that greets he nose even before pouring. There's a huge, burned licorice whiff...