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


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RATINGS: 2683   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deft (84) - SWEDEN - APR 9, 2008
Blind at Dugges 080329. Hazy red/amber, low tan head. Fruit, red berries, alcohol in aroma. Very bitter, high acidity, grapes. Thick, spritzy. Alcohol in aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - APR 8, 2008
UPDATED: APR 9, 2008 On tap at the Brick Store. Very dark brown pour with a large, fluffy white head that lasts. Malty nose with some dark fruit: figs, raisins, sugary sweet. Spicy, peppery, fruity flavor with a vinous alcohol presence. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
liinis (1767) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 7, 2008
Now this is one of super beers. having this much alc. and you don’t notice it, it has to be a master beer. citrus fruits yeast sweet cream.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - APR 4, 2008
Dark malty aroma, light mustiness.Dark reddish brown with rich foamy head. Roasted malt, rasins, dates, light citrus, some caramel. I didn’t notice much in the way of alcoholic flavors. A bit dryish on the finish. Light smokiness. Farily even palate, not too thick not too thin. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2008
Pours a deep reddish-brown with a nice sustaining tan head, unexpected look for a triple style belgian. One whiff of the nose though brings you back to the nice spiciness of triple ales. Spices, citrus, and alcohol mingle and burn in your nose. The mouthfeel is creamy with little carbonation felt despite the bubbling on the glass. The taste is spicy and earthy at the back of the tongue, a slight dry finish of alcohol but well masked for the high % abv. Very filling beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Furseth (2080) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2008
Bottle: Hazy red colour, with a creamy head. Aroma of hops, lots of fruitynes. Flavor is fruity, yeasty and a nice fruity/alcy smouth mouth feeling.Nice medium fruity finish. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2008
Bottle from The Bottle Stop in Bramhall. Hmm I’m getting nail varnish in the nose...dammit woman. My house is too small and I can hardly go and ask her to sit in the garden. So that’s all I can smell unfortunately. Strong, sweet, sugary. Not bad but there are better triples, nice for a change though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Draught @ BrickStore Pub Classic aroma of belgian ale. Pours brown/red and looks thick, the head is immense and creamy, in fact if you put your finger and scoop some out, it’s like whipped cream consistency. The taste is malty, biscuit, maybe some ’cream soda’ . Felt thinner than I expected... a fine belgian no doubt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (3298) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2008
Hazy redish brown with a thick off-white head. Fruity and spicy tones. Malt, sweet fruits and high carbonation and some alchohol sweetness. Full body with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrStitch (137) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Draft. Reddish brown in color with a small tan head. Aroma was filled with malt and dark fruits. Taste was much of the same with a nice smooth aftertaste. Overall this was a very enjoyable beer that I will be having again and recommending to friends.

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