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

bottled
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on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2422   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stefano (1891) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2006
Pours a rusty brown with thin, beige head. The aroma is pretty strong. Flavour is quite sweet and malty with some spices and a light hoppy finish. Alcoholís quite strong and prominent. Somewhat harsh aftertaste. Medium bodied. This is a little sweet for my liking and the alcohol could be much more subtle

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 28, 2006
11.2 fl oz bottle obtained at Florianís in Auburn as part of a variety 6-pack. Murky brown body with light tan head thatís a couple fingers thick. Smells yeasty, fruity (dates? plums?) and roasty. Tastes roasty, fruity, somewhat chocolatey maybe? Complex and unique certainly. The only dark tripel I know of, so Iím not sure what to compare it to. Rather pleasant and tasty. Good for anyone who like dubbels or maybe stouts.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 28, 2006
Chesnut brown with a thick head. Malty aroma some alcohol as well, belgian yeast. The flavour follows suit with the aroma. Not a bad belgian strong ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holdwine (1101) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2006
Cool bottle. I like their commercial description, so Iíll go with that. Iíll add that the one chink is the carbonation, but its intensity doesnít diminish the true enjoyment you get when sipping this puppy. Besides I have always loved dragons....

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Crazy white but shaped like Duvel bottle. Pours a cloudy coffee brown with a quickly dissipating tan head. Smells like, well, a Belgian (orchard fruit, rotten malt), but with a bit of caramel. Tastes like a Belgian, again, with a bit of caramel. Doesnít really feel like a Belgian though, thinner and with more carbonation than usual. Aftertaste is like a Belgian too. Am I the only one that is getting tired of plain Jane Belgian beers. I mean they are all well made and good, but man, they are all really starting to taste the same to me. I think I need a Belgian break.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (1858) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Dark opaque brown with huge fluffy tan head. Aroma is spicy and slightly sourdough bready. Bit of grape soda in the taste, owing in part to the vigorous carbonation. $3.50/11.2oz

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighlanderOne (1046) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Poured from bottle - Belgian sampler. Got out my fluted glass for this one. Smells like french toast - nice. Deep mahogany color with tan, persistent head. I taste raisin, cocoa, vanilla, fig, brown sugar, and, of course, alcohol. Mellowed nicely as it warmed, and finished amazingly well. Another great Belgian ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomthompson89 (1924) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
Dark brown nice flavour great nose mocka toffee had at Joes and also in christmas gift pack at the lcbo

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tranquillity (1433) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2006
0,75l bottle at Kaisla, Helsinki. The aroma is simply fantastic. A fresh citrusy, zesty feeling with some darker tones like plum. The colour is dark brown, with medium head. The taste is absolutely superb, a tingling mix of orange and even some smoke! Wow!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaegerMonster (13) - Willowbrook, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2006
The good people at Samís said this was a good dessert beer, although itís nowhere near as sweet, or by contrast bitter, as I expected. Nice brown color with a sprightly head, itís hard to figure out all the flavors before the secondary alcohol taste hits. You can tell thereís a lot of tasty things going on in this beer, but maybe if the alcohol content wasnít so high and prevailant it might be easier to track...though that might defeat the purpose. Sort of a hung jury on this one.


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