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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2192   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TBone (11941) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2005
Bottled (BB 06/2007)
Dark portwine-like ruby color, big cloudy, tanned head, lace. Caramelly, a bit roasted aroma with some hayish hoppyness. Carbonated crisp mouthfeel. Toffeeish, liquerish, caramelly but not overly sweet as alcohol cuts sweetness nicely. Some hoppy notes in the finish. Long warming bitter aftertaste. Maybe not the most complex Belgian strong ale but this is really delicious!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4356) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 29, 2005
A fine looking beer, even if it is brown and not golden. A nicely flavored, aromatic head leads to a crisp, gritty hoppy flavor. The Begian qualities and spices are definitely evident, but the alcohol is excellently hidden. Finally, a smooth finish lets me call this an extraodrinary beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Poured a dark effervescent mahogany with a fizzy light tan head that dissipated completely. Aroma of sweet licorice and molasses. Taste is sweet grapes, molasses, licorice, spices, and a touch of fruit with a somewhat dry clean finish. Both the alcohol and the carbonation are very aggressive in this beer, which strikes me as its most distinctive feature. Perhaps its name is derived from the sensation of belching alcohol-fueled fire... something that actually made the beer more fun to drink. Not nearly as elegant as the world’s best Belgians, but fun and tasty nonetheless.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 28, 2005
Deep hazy brown amber with a sour cherry and caramel aroma. Tons of flavour, sweet caramel, alcohol. Bit too sweet for my liking.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKBeer (1168) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 25, 2005
330 ml bottle. Red brown colour with a huge, mostly lasting, frothy, rocky, and bubbly head. Yeasty, milk chocolate, caramel, orange peel, and dusty aroma. Caramel, vinous, and light chocolate flavours with a lightly roasty and alcohol bitter finish. Medium to full bodied, light alcohol burn.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10100) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Bottle. Poured a reddish/brown hue with a moderate light brown head that diminished slowly. Full aroma of sweet fruit and alcohol. Medium to full body with smooth texture. Full flavor of fruit, caramel with a solid alcohol bite at the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3666) - - AUG 20, 2005
dark reddish brown with tan head. excellent lacing. aroma of dark fruits and candy. alcohol is also up front in aroma. big and complex. plums, toffee, candy and alcohol in flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
can8ianben (1286) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2005
Good stuff! This one has loads of deep malty goodness, sweet grain. But it is also triple fermented for that edgy spicyness and punch that you just don’t find in too many beers. It has a nice aroma that I could smell for hours. Good stuff!!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dragonlady (1) - CANADA - AUG 15, 2005 does not count
This is a unique and flavourful beer, rarely available in Ontario, but worth grabbing when you can get it

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 15, 2005
If only all beer was bottled in such a beautiful container.. and tasted so good. Head that seems to last forever in the bottle I tried, and even the head carries the intesne flavor of this brew. The alcohol content is there but seemed to be pretty well masked by the flavor. Very enjoyable flavors helped by the strong thickness of it. Next time I’ll have to get the big huge bottle.. yum.


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