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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2670   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bosskie (716) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2008
Dark rewd brown beer with a creamy somewhat brownish head. Opaque. Fruity, creamy almost milk chocolate-like aroma. Bit too alcoholic. Sweety, salty sour aroma. Dry palate with a bitter-sweet base and hints of coffee, pure chocolate and cherries. Rather bitter aftertaste and a bit too alcoholic. This beer warms your guts up as if it were some kind of liquor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Defreni (2970) - Husum, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2008
Flaske. Mørk filtreret øl. Nok snarere sort men ikke uigennemtrængelig. Duften er diskret og ikke nogen antydning af alkohol, som tilgengæld slår igennem i smagen der nærmer sig sake. Mundfylden er tør og minder helt utroligt om champagne hvilket er godt i betragtning af at alkoholen ellers ikke er maskeret. Spændende øl der dog mangler lidt.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgort (56) - San Clemente, California, USA - MAR 19, 2008
poured dark brown with a large off-white head. sweet aroma of apples, candy/ bubblegum (similar to a wheat beer). taste sweet with candy flavor and oranges (not hoppy but sweet) with a strong alcohol aftertaste. The beer had good carbonation with a warming from the alcohol. Overall I enjoyed this beer. Drink it with a seasoned steak and 2 yr. aged cheddar cheese.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2008
On tap at Sharp Edge. Pours a really dark amber brown color. A small light beige head. Just a touch of dark malts and fruit in the nose, but has the light alcohol, yeast, and apple of a tripel. Flavor is a little brown sugar thrown in with caramel, toffee, and alcohol. A nice creamy body with a blend of hoppy and alcohol bitterness left on the tongue.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3775) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2008
Brown, immense loose tan head.Rich malt alcohol nose. Effervescent malt base ,dark fruit, medium alcohol heat

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joshcook83 (8) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2008 does not count
nice dark brown color. very malty flavor. i wasn’t expecting something so dark from a triple.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2009 On tap at the Oldsmar Tap House (FL) on 3/15/08. Pours a dark brown to black with a one-finger tannish head. Aroma: caramel, toffee, coffee, malt, dark ripe fruits, hints of grape and raisin. Flavor: sweet, alcohol, nutmeg, strong, malty lingering finish. Great belgian ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (13255) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 16, 2008
330ml bottle (Kaisla, Helskink)
Dark red, huge fluffy head. Massive malty and slightly alcoholic aroma. Similar taste, but very sweet - and actual sugar sweetness at that. Slight hint of raisins, but that’s not what provides the sweetness. Alcohol present, but not too intrusive. Quite fizzy in the mouth. I’m sure I’ve had better.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ScoWRee (411) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a thick tan foamy head. Aroma of,yeast malt and dark fruit. Taste of raisans, plums, carmel. a touch of alcohol is present. Nice carbination. A very nice B.S.A.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
330 ml bottle. Pours dark, hazy amber. Pretty frothy, creamy head depending on how you pour. Aroma is sweet with strawberries, bananas and alcohol. Body follows suit with some spice, syrup and sugar. This is much better as it warms to room temperature, but the alcohol is ever-present no matter what the temperature is. For the price I will find much more enjoyable belgians.


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