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


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RATINGS: 2709   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dchmela (3013) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
obguthr (5717) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BritAlesRule (215) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2008 Wow! BIG smell of Belgian yeast and candy sugar and caramel and it hasn’t come within six inches of my nose yet. Huge rocky head with great retention. A deep dark caramel color as well. A dream of rich toffee malt and slight alcohol on first taste. My GOD that’s good. A sweet fullness and heaven on the tongue. If this calls itself a triple, I’ll buy it, but most won’t... if only every triple could be like this one and the Floreffe. There’s also a bit of sour funk to it, almost trying to do too much, but it works. If I could only take ten beers to a desert island, five drinkers and five sippers, this would be one of my sippers. Can’t believe anyone would consider the Roche 10 over this. Blasphemy!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 22, 2008
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 Dark brown appearance with a delisicious beige foamy head. Rich aroma of raisins, toffee, roasted malt and dried fruits. Powerful taste with well hidden alcohol, candy, raisins, coffe and some fruity flavour. Moderated carbonation. The alcohol warm me up and numbing my palate with a long aftertaste...Strong one, complex one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JimGorePFTN (8) - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA - APR 20, 2008 does not count
Bottle acquired from Brussels distributor via direct-to-home shipment. A great example of the dark brown tripel. Thick, meringue head with staying power. Nose of raisins, toffee, and alcohol. Taste is rich, but surprisingly balanced and crisp, not cloying. Long, warm alcohol finish. This is the brew for fireside chats on a crisp autumn evening.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4809) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2008
Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark brown body with a huge, frothy, off-white head. Smell: Full aroma brings forth notes of dark caramel malt, plums (and prunes), dark candi sugar, and even brown sugar. You can smell that alcohol lurking in there, too, along with a noticeable sourness. Taste: Sugar-infused caramel maltiness. A distinct fruitiness delivers a taste of stewed plums. Dash of brown sugar liqueur, if there was such a thing. Small hint of dried banana chips. Sour yeastiness. Warming finish with lingering tastes of fruit and sugar. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with some chewiness to it. Moderate carbonation. Drinkability: It’s a tripel wrapped in a +2 Cloak of Maltiness. For that, it’s okay, as long you don’t mind the high level of sweetness and glaring alcohol presence.

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