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

bottled
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on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2703   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wacho (52) - Izegem, BELGIUM - MAY 9, 2008
geproeft in ’t Rusteel te Gullegem. Een caramel moutige geur waar de alcoholische prikkeling reeds merkbaar is. Een bitter, zoetzure smaak met de hoofdtoon naar het zoete. het goed mondgevoel heeft ook een zoiete alcoholische nasmaak

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Bottle from State Line L- Poured in a corsendonk glass with a huge foam head, amber chocolate brown pour, nice sticky foam lacing. Aroma of toffee, sweet malts, yeast, wife enjoyed a snip. Creamy on the pallet and a pleasure to just sup and enjoy. The lacing on this was awesome, still have some on the glass at the end. Great mellow ale, perfect blend of alcohol that wont put you on your ass-at least not right away. I’m loving this stuff, even after it warms still a treat. This is what Belgian Ales are all about. Getting more of this real soon!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blackmurder (236) - Whitaker, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2008
I really liked this one, it makes me feel bad for giving it under a 4. It is a really typical Belgian triple with a heavy alcohol hit. I would compare it to the offering of St. Bernardus. It came in a cheesy painted glass bottle though, which was actually really cool looking. The label is cool too, and I bought this one for no reason other than the cool label and my desire for new beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pumpmaster (1355) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2008
11.3 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Fort Lauderdale, FL for $4.79 Very good!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgoy (344) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2008 Graduation weekend in Bloomington. Gulden Draak is a beautiful amber color with and perfectly formed off-white head. The aroma is sweet with raising and other fruit notes. The flavor is full bodied with a great sweet and complex malt and the sweet raisin and caramel flavor make this a perfect beer for any meal.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dchmela (3010) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2008
Bottle courtesy Boboski. Pours a dirty brown mud puddle with a thin white head. Big malty hoppy aroma, but lacking a little balance. Taste is smooth caramel malt, bread and some spicy bitterness. just ok, I think the bottle was a little oxidized.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2008
33cl bottle. Pours a dark, clear brown with brown, ruby, and orange highlights. The head pours medium in size and light tan in color. It is uniform and even with consistently medium-sized bubbles. It quickly fades into a thin ring of uneven spots of bubbles. Some, though not much, lace is left on the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet and fruity with notes of yeast, currants, and molasses. The flavor starts rich and sweet with lots of caramel and subtle spice. There is also some fruitiness at the front of the palate (soft fruit, hints of chocolate and banana). At mid-palate the fruity esters grow, the maltiness is very bready and still has a good bit of caramel and residual sweetness, and the hops emerge - noble, floral hops with a soft bitterness. The finish is full and sweet with spicy hop bitterness that combines with the fruity esters to give impressions of dark fruit and flowers. The finish is also warming, and the potent alcohol becomes apparent after only a few sips. The mouthfeel is very well carbonated and does a great job of hiding the beer’s immense body without feeling spritzy or soda-like. The body is full with ropes of thick, slippery sweetness. Overall, a very nice, malt-forward, strong ale.

2.4
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
obguthr (5653) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2008
Slightly feety smell. Brown with a thick tan head. Syrupy sweet brown sugar and dates. Finishes with weak toffee. Too sweet and begging for a pilsner to clean up the mess on my palate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - APR 25, 2008
Pours out dark, like a dubbel. Big, bold flavor with notes of toffee. The alcohol is well-hidden but the carbonation is a bit much to handle. Overall, a strong meaty beer; something you can sink your teeth into.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aru (105) - Smørum, DENMARK - APR 25, 2008
Uhh I like this beer. The appearance is clear dark with nice ivory form. The flavor is strong with yeast and first impression in mouth is sweet evolving to a complex aftertaste.


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