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

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RATINGS: 2671   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.


3.5
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Goodgrief (1978) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Sept. 2007 - Beer pours dark brown with huge-oh head and minimal lacing. Aroma of candied sugar. Flavor was ultra rich, heavy on brown sugar with a nice smattering of fruity flavors. Nice beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2010 A - Fruity caramel A - Dark, reddish through the light with cream colored head T - Strong, but not overwelming alcohol with nice sweet start and light bitter finish P - Full body with soft carbonation O - A great triple

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Pours cloudy light brown with a small head of smaller bubbles. Aroma is sweet dried fruit. yeast and a bit of alcohol. Mouth feel is surprisingly thick for a triple. The flavor is where this ale shines. Multiple fruit flavors dance around the tongue with raisin, apricot and maybe a touch of banana. Rich, sweet bread flavors follow. The alcohol is almost completely hidden besides the nice burn going down your throat. A really great ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RomanW70 (296) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Trappist glass. Pours deep burgandy brown with a frothy head. Aroma of toffee, raisinsm and yeast. Taste of dark fruits, bananas, and yeast. Full mouthfeel. Excellent beer, although the aftertaste has a slight metallic taste to it.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Thick brown pour with some white head. Nice fruity aroma, some hints of cream and milk. Strong alcohol-grainy flavor, but also sweet. Some fruit and grape flavors. Just way too much alcohol taste. Good not great.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
daniellerose7 (119) - new york, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Yum raisins! A sweet and thick Belgian, just how I like ’em! A perfect specimen for my 100th rating! On tap at the BURPCASTLE!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerFanDan17 (1073) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Excellent ale on draft at a local beer bar. Flavors were fruity and creamy and reminiscent of the Belgian Ale style. Very good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (39955) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2008
33 cL bottle. Pours hazy to murky brown with a lacing tan head. Light earthy aroma with a minor note of caramel. Flavour is extremely sweet and with solid flavour of caramel malt. Dried fruit notes appear just before and into the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lucke13 (91) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Pours a deep dark brown with a huge frothy off white head. Smells of ruit and alcohol. Much sweeter than I would expec for a triple, but the sweetness suits the flavor of plums well. Mouthfeel is great...thick, but not syrupy, and lots of carbonation. This is a very good ale.


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