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


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RATINGS: 2428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Gulden Draak comes in a really cool bottle with a dragon on the side.The beer itself is dark-reddish with a small head to it.Aromas are of toffee,malt and caramel.The taste is sweet and reminds me of some barley wines I have tried before.This is an excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2006
330ml bottle. Pours dark amber with a huge off-white head. Aroma of dark fruit, lots of malt, and some molasses. No hops to speak of in this one, but that’s not a bad thing. Taste roughly follows aroma, but there is an odd aftertaste. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
troysworktable (109) - Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2006
11.2 ounce bottle. One of my new favorites. This is great stuff. An average size, light brown head on the pour. The color a muddy brown that glows chestnut around the edges. It smells of molasses with hints of dried dark fruits: raisins and prunes. Maybe even a very subtle whiff of cherry? The flavor nicely matches the aroma. It is sweet and malty, with only the slightest hint of bitterness. The flavor lingers. The body is full, somewhat thick and oily, something that tickles the tongue a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2006
Pours a fairly murky brown with a bubbly off-white head, showing good retention and lace. Sweet malty caramel aroma, a little dusty and yeasty too. Decent full body, flavours of spice fruit and caramel, some light yeast too... the finish is warming and pretty sweet. Pretty solid, loved the alcohol spice in the finish too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Gulden Draak 11.2 oz bottle Soft pour in a tulip glass Unknown bottling, marked 30CD 11:22, slain 12/06 Poured a muddy ruddy brown with a huge fully lasting yellowish brown head with good lacing. Smelt of strong candy corn, cotton candy, sucre d’orge, candied pineapple, fruitcake. Taste was upfront strong to harsh sweet malt and fruitcake and moderate bitter spruce, light orange sourness followed by a strong bitter moss and mushrooms yeastiness and dark roasted malt, and sweet candied oranges and fruitcake with some light bitter grass hops and dry sherry or brandy tones on a long finish. Palate was medium to full bodied, soft and creamy, lively carbonation, strong astringency and light alcoholic wafts. Overall, a generally cloying and sweet beer, but a wonderful look, smell and great taste. Better when warmish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
peterstrongale (43) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Intens dark brown coloured beer with creamy off white head. Nose is malty, fruity (figgs) with roasted tones. Taste is rich and generous, it has notes of candi, dry fruits like figgs and plums, but also hints of toasted bread. Aftertaste is slight sweet and a little alcoholic, it ends with a slight roasted bitterness, some alcohol burn and some hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaxxDaddy (413) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2007 11.2 oz. bottle. Poured into my Gulden Draak snifter. Dark red/brown with an ample head. I could hear the fizzing as soon as I uncapped it. Smelled of caramel and berries. Had a nice sweet taste to it, but not too sweet. The mouthfeel was wonderful; so rich and creamy. As it warmed up I got more of a whiff and taste of the alcohol. Certainly to be expected in a brew with 10.5% alcohol. Though it cost a pretty penny at my local beer store, I’m glad I gave it a try. Great stuff, and who doesn’t love the bottle? Re-rate: Definitely not as impressed as I was when I first had this. The flavor isn’t quite as nice as I remember it. At least the palate is still there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 28, 2006
Bottle. Poured a dark bown with a huge head. Nicely carbonated and very creamy. I enjoyed this beer more with each sip and suprisingly I did not find the alcohol too overpowering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aegrus (49) - USA - NOV 28, 2006
Bottle, Tulip Lively carbonation is apparent in this cloudy orange-brown beer. Beige head is thick and fleeting. Aroma brings to mind sweet malts and hops resin. Notes of dates, raisins and caramel with a big malty finish and little bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little sloppy and bouncy. Decent and crisp, but a little light for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle from Achel Duis abbey. Dark, creamy, full, lovely carbonation due to second fermentation. Lively mouthfeel, it just explodes in your mouth. Goes excellently with powerful cheese.

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