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

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RATINGS: 2631   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackOut (43) - East End, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2007
Interesting taste, kinda sour, lots of cherries but not the kriek way. I was good, very filling, after having it i wasn’t sure if i want another one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - DEC 6, 2007
Pours a dark dark amber, with a nice big froathy sicky head. Aroma is sweet, with notes of berry, and caramel most prominent. Flavour is sweet, with lots of berry goodness, and like the the aroma promises a little bit of caramel. The beer is a touch unbalanced with only a little hop bitterness at the end, but I like the flavour so much I didn’t mind. The beer gets better as it warms up.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Meatwad (26) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Appearence: Big head, great retention but the carbonation was not obscene. Beautiful, golden red color Taste: Oaky, cherry, sweet flavor, but you can still taste the hops. You can taste a lot of alcohol too and the fruity, sweet, alcohol taste makes it seem like a cross between wine and beer. This stuff was great, though. I may have to re-rate this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Bottle, just like in the image. Pours dark brown with nice off whitehead. Complex taste which is hard to accurately recollect on. Roasted buttery notes with hints of alcohol. Sugary sweet with yeast and toffee - yet hops are noticeable. I hope to have more of this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Pours dark brown with off white head. The aroma is sugar sweet with a touch of berries. The flavor is sweet but with some bitterness. The alcohol is very present. You need to like sweet belgian beers for this.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bontus (739) - Flanders, BELGIUM - NOV 25, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 Bottle. Pours dark brown, dark golden with a ruby shade and a small beige head. Immediate candy like scent. Aroma’s of sweet fruit, candy, wine & (burnt) sugar. Predominantly sweet flavors, bit of bitterness in the nose. Quite a complex tasting experience after all. The palate packs a bunch of punch, one in the mouth, one in the stomach and one in the head.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CIPS514 (77) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2007
I was really drunk by the time I came around to this one. But I remember the color being great and the taste was, at the time and under the conditions, amazing.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MagnusVMagnum (48) - USA - NOV 20, 2007
This is one of those Belgiums which reminds me so much of OTHER Belgiums. I love Belgium beer, but many all remind me of one of the first ones I tried (Delirium Tremens and Nocturnum). This one is somewhere in that vicinity, which is both good and bad. Great tasting, but I’d like to find some more Belgium beers that have their own distinct flavor instead of variations on a beer I already know and love. Price is similar to Delirium, but I do like the 10.5% alcohol level better than 8.5%, so perhaps I’ll be revisiting this one again regardless.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
QuelqueChose (3) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 18, 2007 does not count
Sweet malt and esters overwhelm the aroma with a slight phenolic in the background. The ruby golden colour of this beer maintained a caramel head. On tasting the beer it had a big brown sugar, almost ’worty’ taste. The alcohol was prevalent with buttery notes that arise after it warms past cellar temperature. It was cloying to the pallet which higher levels of carbonation would have helped.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2007
The pour is a nice golden brown, with plenty of head. The nose is complex, and even greater so with a little bit of breathing. It caramel, dried fruits and many spices to be extremely well balanced triple. The favor, like the aroma is complex and quite great, hints of dried fruit, belgian candy sugar, yeast. The overall experience hides it’s alcohol content better that the legendary Scaldis brand, and is a true pleasure to drink. Will be drinking this again, and maybe quite often.


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