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


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RATINGS: 2555   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 22, 2007
11.2 bottle. Served in a Duvel tulip @ 49į. Huge four fingered head. Darker than I expected at a reddish amber. Dark fruits, yeast, lemon, and vanilla aroma. Initial taste is raisins, plums, yeast and vanilla followed by brown sugar, warming alcohol, dark fruits. FInish is lingering alcohol and bitterness. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksigty (107) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2007
LOVED this beer. It bites you and then licks the wound. A cloudy reddish hue with a tremendous head an aroma. Tastes almost like a barley wine. Not very bitter but actually sweet with a caramel and hop finish. Interesting bottle design.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wim (3279) - Weelde, BELGIUM - JUL 22, 2007
dark red brown coloured body with a large off white head a caramel fruity aroma and a nice caramel fruity taste with a nice sweet finich

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgianBeerGal (3500) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2008 33cL bottle. A nice, rather dark quad but a little too sweet for my taste. Very full body, but not heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Beer courtesy of KingG, when I bought a couple of bottles from South Bay Liquors. Thanks Joey! Pour with no head, and small amount of medium bubbles appear when I swirl. Aroma is a little bit of that butter maltiness that I like, but also a small hint of sour? Color is the deepest of ambers. The bottle is cool and good for keeping he light out, but I canít detect any sediment. The initial taste is a little rough. I donít get the same sweetness that others sense, but the body is certainly thick. The alchohol makes itís presence known, reducing drinkability. Is there some acidity?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
patty26 (95) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2007
Sweet malty smell. Reminds me of a cider. Tastes sweet and fruity, with a hint of honey. A good tripel but nothing exceptional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Acariya (13) - Rhode Island, USA - JUL 20, 2007
Thick and Creamy head. The aroma is very complex. Fig, malts from what I can tell.. Much more to it Im sure.. Beautiful amber color.. looks to have some density to it. Very sweet taste. Goes down very well for a 10.5%, although my throat has definitely gotten much warmer since drinking it..
And who can beat the artwork? I feel badass to even hold it in my hands.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Beautiful amber pour with a thick creamy head. Aroma of caramel and malt. Taste is sweet that mask the strong alcohol content. A little too sweet for my palate but still an outstanding brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2007
750 mL. Pours a deep reddish chestnut brown with a thin dark tan head. Strong, sweet Belgian malt aroma with a hint of savory spices. Taste is pretty sweet as well, but here we have a too strong of a sweetness, which really takes over. This brews lacks a higher level of complexity that top-tier Belgian Strongs have. Still a quality brewm though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2007
Pours a deep brown with a creamy, off-white head. Aroma is fig, malt, and candy sugar. Taste is roughly the same, with some nice complexities in the taste. An excellent beer, and a pleasant surprise. Didnít realize it was so alcoholic until after the fact; itís well-hidden.

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