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


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RATINGS: 2472   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 22, 2007
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a medium bubbly head. Aroma is caramellic, malty with dark fruits, alcoholic, bit yeasty. Flavour is sweet caramellic, roasty maltiness, fruity, alcoholic, well lagered dark fruits, some spices. Sweet malty bit spiced finish. A good Strong Belgian Ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekstedt (5846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2014 Bottle (33 cl) from Systembolaget. Nice appearance, thick head. Fruity, perfumy, and spicy with clear notes of alcohol. Medium bodied, good mouthfeel. A bit too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2007
Dark mahogany coloured beer with a white somewhat soapy head. Aroma of apple, maplesyrup, brown sugar, caramel. Sweet carameltaste. Hints of wood and fruit, like caramelcovered apples. (too) High level of carbonation. Turns alcoholic but not as much as expected from a 10.5% beer. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Had this one in cellar forever, got it on one of my first trades. Aroma fruity,earthen and yeasty. Poured reddish brown with an off white head very foamy at first. Flavor was apple raisin and candi sugar. Palate was full and chewy. Overall very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Pours a reddish amber color, Good Tan head, Slight alcohol notes along with dark fruits. The finish is warm. Very Nice Belgium .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2007
It was a deep, ruby color. The head was foamy, thick, and light tan. The aroma is tart and sweet with several types of fruit scents. Grape and a berry of some sort were distinguishable. It laces well. The palate is shocked at first with a very biting, sharp, and fizzy sensation. After the initial shock, I was able to being to taste the beer’s tart and very slight fruit character. The finish is warm, but a very light warmth at the roof of your mouth rather than the back of your throat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4307) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2007
The bottle looked cool enough for a try. Pours a nice dark reddish amber with a pretty, tan, creamy head. The aroma definitely carries traces of the alcohol, fruit notes, and an earthy aroma. Lets see how she tastes. Hmm, definitely alcohol, hmmm wine taste, it has the dry mature fruit, aged taste that reminds me of a wine. I tend to like the dry fruity belgians so this appeals to me. Not as much of the belgian yeasty taste, more of a crisp warm mouthfeel to it along with the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours a very dark, red tinged, brown with a frothy two finger head. The foam fades slowly to a very thick cap, leaving behind large chucks of foam on the glass. Smell; sweet dark fruits, and chocolate are the dominant aromas with some spicy yeasts. There’s also a bit of alcohol in the nose, and with the fruity notes, lends an almost vinous quality to the beer. Taste; cherries and plums greet the tongue on the initial sips, followed by a little bit of chocolate and caramel. There’s a bit of a floral quality in the middle, and a fairly large alcohol presence in the finish. If it were not for the strong alcohol presence, this beer would be really damn good. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice smooth natural ccarbonation, and due to the alcohol the drinkability takes a significant hit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours a deep brick brown with ruby tones. There is easily 3" of a thick head of clumpy light tan foam. Good lacing. Full of malt, molasses, and raisin in the aroma. Very malty beer, loaded with molasses, raisins, rum, anise, Belgian yeast, and chocolate. The finish has flavors of toffee and rum. Full bodied and full carbonation - excellent mouthfeel. A dryness from roasted grains and a mild spiciness from the yeast and/or hops lingers through the aftertaste. A great beer, and an old standby.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2007
33 cl bottle. I love the shape of the bottles the Belgians use, and the white coated glass makes this one exceptional. These remind me of the "steinies" used by American brewers in the 40’s and 50’s. The beer itself pours a deep brown with a thick, creamy light tan head. Pleasant aroma of caramel, malt, and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is dates, caramel and malt. Very nice, almost chewy mouthfeel, not unlike a piece of toffee melting in your mouth. Quite enjoyable.

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