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Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ertvelde, Belgium

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RATINGS: 2293   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Gulden Draak is a high fermentation beer with secondary fermentation. For the secondary fermentation, wine yeast is used. The white bottle, the black banner, the golden dragon and the red letters, constitute a stylish result that has no equal among the many Belgian special beers. Gulden Draak can be drunk as an aperitif or dessert, or whenever you have the time to sit back and relax. But this barley wine is also perfect with and in stews, especially the Ghent variety. It is also a plus in sauces for red meat, such as a bordelaise. It is particularly suited as a dessert beer, especially in combination with dark chocolate.


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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2012
Really top notch. Spice and malt aromas with notes of caramel and bread tinged with dark fruit. Deep brown with a cream foam head. Sweet with spice and malt notes not a lot of bitterness. The beer is full bodied with lively active carbonation and a warm finish.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kordestanchi (42) - - SEP 20, 2014
Brownish belgian strong ale with cloudy thin head. Smells fruity with sweet palate of candy and caramel

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
rotaman14 (41) - Falkensee, Brandenburg, GERMANY - SEP 20, 2014
Braunfarben, mit einer braunen Schaumkrone. Beeren, Rosinen, Zucker im Geruch. Unangenehm alkoholisch-metallischer Geschmack. Ich mag dieses Bier ganz und gar nicht.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
giorgos_gtc (95) - GREECE - SEP 17, 2014
Bottle. Medium brown red cloudy body.Avrage white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt. The flavour is sweet, caramel malt, and some fruits fruits. Medium body.and average beer and foam.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tayeth (225) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 16, 2014
Angenehm karamelliges Aroma. Geschmack dann malzig und süß mit ausgewogenen Anklängen von Vanille, Tabak und roten Beeren. Köstlich!

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
gueuze (357) - - SEP 16, 2014
Geruch leicht säuerlich, karamellig, süßlich. Im Geschmack dann Klebstoffnoten, die auch im Abgang bleiben. Mpf.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AntoineGRD (35) - - SEP 12, 2014
Robe d'un noir opaque Arômes prononcés de malts torréfiés et de cacao Saveurs puissantes de malts torréfiés, amertume persistante

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkmagus82 (1283) - - SEP 8, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-27-13- Poured from bottle into a snifter Appearance- The beer pours from the bottle as a dark brown colored brew with ruby highlights shining through the body when held up to the light. Upon pouring there is a thick and billowy cream colored head with a great level of retention. Over time the head slowly fades leaving a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell- The aroma is big of dark fruits of prune, raisin, and cherry mixed with a nice brown bready malt aromas. These two smells are complimented with some other sweet smells of caramel and toffee as well as some aromas of a boozy spiced rummy aroma. Taste – The taste begins with a big shot of the dark fruit that was detected in the nose. Cherry, raisin, and date are all present upfront, mixing with a malty flavor as well as more sweet flavors of a buttery toffee and caramel. At this point the brew is quite sweet , with the flavors then joined by a moderately strong boozy flavor. This alcohol flavor grows stronger and stronger as the flavor advances taking on more rum like characteristics as the taste moves toward the end. With a yeasty and Belgian spice flavor joining the group of tastes late in the game a warming and moderately sweet dark spiced fruit taste is left on the tongue. Mouthfeel-The body of the brew is on the thick and creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather high overall. The thickness, mixed with the alcohol flavors make for the nice warming quality of the beer, while the carbonation actually helped keep it on the more drinkable and exciting side and complimented nicely the fruit flavors of the brew. Overall – Strong dark fruit flavors with a good balance in warming boozy flavors, yeasty flavors and spice. A nice slow sipping Belgian strong dark,; great for a relaxing evening on a cool night.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rgf001 (148) - München, GERMANY - SEP 8, 2014
Looks good! Translucid amber with champagne-like bubbles. Head dissipates after a few seconds but a lace in the edges remains. Smell is typical of hops found in other trappist ales. Sweeter than other Belgian tripples and quads. No off flavors. Good but not great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Flanfl (91) - USA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle. Nice brown red cloudy body. Good white head. Aroma of dark chocolate and sweet caramel malt. The flavour is sweet, caramel malt, chocolate and dried fruits. Medium body. It´s a nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1199) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2014
330mL bottle BB 12/12/15 Pale bronze body, some clarity about, forms a big dense white head that hangs around. Good nose on it; earthy dark candy sugar, nuttiness, hint of dark chocolate with yeasty notes of dark plum, raisin, clove & black pepper. Full body, rich but not overly so for a beer this big. Smooth slightly syrupy texture with creamy carbonation. Palate delivers a good hit of sweetness upfront, with notes of burnt caramel, dark brown sugar, leading onto dark plum & berry esters, slightly porty dried fruit undertones, lingering peppery phenolics with a moderate bitterness and warming booze. Very nice, been meaning to try it (again) for many a year, worth the wait.


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