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

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RATINGS: 2506   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - MAY 22, 2007
Bottle. Tasted with Jesper from C4 Odense. Sweet fruit and alkohol, very filling. full body, with a nice rocky head.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2007
Pours a deep amber brown color with a tan head. Aroma is malty, spicy, yeasty, with a hint of dried fruit. Flavor is malty, toffee, yeasty, some roastyness, and a light fruit finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBellyOSU (47) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Cloudy, deep amber color, nice fluffy head. Smells very sweet and fruity, I canít detect much of a hop presense with my nose. A very nice beer, malty and sweet fruit tastes to start, finished a little dry, almost like wine, probably because of that ABV.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Willeyone22 (23) - Yardley, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2007
bottle. Aroma of raisins and banana. Very sweet due to the unfermentable sugars, and surprisingly smooth considering the 10.5% alcohol content. Very pleased with this Belgian.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Deep amber chestnut color. Sweet, floral funky nose. Small lacing, off-white almond head. Spectacularly unique flavor and finish. Very smooth for 10.5%.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 9, 2007
Yeasty metallica aroma. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin with noticeable, almost fusel alcohol and some metallic bite. Bittersweet to the core. I was expecting better out of this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerMeDude (28) - USA - MAY 8, 2007
Wow. I was in heaven with this selection. Very flavorful, sweet, and full bodied. Just take a sip, close your eyes and experience all the wonderful dimensions. This stuff had Belgium written all over it and thank god for that! I love Belgian beers and this is one of my absolute favorites.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 8, 2007
Suprisingly good to me...ya, I know itís really sweet - but it seemed to work for this one. Tasted some plums, raisins, and caramel type stuff goin on. Couldnít detect any of the 10.5% and it had a nice smooth palate. Only knock is that any flavor in the aftertaste was gone, gone, gone in seconds. But the mouthfeel was there...much enjoyed. Cheers J!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (975) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 8, 2007
750ml bottle. Nice dark mohogany color with a huge amazing vanilla head. Very nice lacing throughout the entire glass. Aromatic notes of raisins, banana and Beligian malt. Cant believe this is considered a tripel. Shared my bottle with jarspag. Good stuff! I can honestly say I was not expecting this good of a beer that is so commonly seen in our area. Flavor of raisins, caramel, and figs. Palate finishes well, quite smooth and silky. The high alcohol content is quite subtle, very well hidden. I enjoyed this one a lot.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (4677) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Poured a slightly murky brown with red hghlights and a huge white head that left lacing down the entire glass. Aroma is sweet malt with dark fruits and only a hint of alcohol coming through. Flavor is excellent with dark fruit, belgian yeast, and where I would expect some peppery spiciness it instead is a pleasant sweetnes. Great beer overall.


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