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


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RATINGS: 2291   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beanwiggin (22) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2006
best of the best! truly a wonderful beer. flavorful and pleasurable. this is my favorite is all areas. quite fulfilling and always a good friend. enjoy and appreciate the fine taste of the Draak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2009 11.2 oz bottle bought in 2001 in SF. It is a slightly hazy orange-brown color wih only a small head. The aroma is pretty strong with a big belgian yeast combined with a huge dark caramel aroma. The flavor has survived quite well, not too much oxidation but we know it tasted a little different at the brewery when we were there in Sept 2000. The alcohol is there still but it has such a nice candi sugar flavor. Delicious beer. Re-rate: Dec 2009: opened the last bottle I have from 2001-not much carbonation left at all but the flavor is pretty intense with raisins, much like a port. Pretty amazing with that much age on it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2006
Bottle. Amber dark color with creamy and small head. Hoppy taste but also very sweet. Dont drink tooo many - or it will knock you straight on your a... (bum).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivnizub (8853) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - FEB 9, 2006
Bottle: Hazy, ruby to dark amber coloured, smaller creamy beige head; sweetmalty, fruity (raisins), vinous (Port) and quite strong alcoholic nose; alcoholic flavour mainly, sweetmalty and fruity, too, creamy mouthfeel; sweet, vinous finish with some bitterness in the aftertaste. Not unpleasant, but a bit too much alcohol......

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zeswaft (1370) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2006
I bought this at a ratty liquor store that has zero turnover. This beer has to be at least a year old. Possibly a few. I bought it because it was in this inpenetrable white glass. Needless to say I was scared. It doesn’t smell or taste like it’s spoiled. It doesn’t taste like it’s benefitted from any aging. Overwhelming scent and flavor of alcohol. Pours out opaque light brown with mostly diminishing head. There is a slight oak flavor, and a little belgian yeast. Finish is long lasting alcohol. Quite possible one of the worst BSA’s I’ve ever had. Not sure about my feelings on the shape of the bottle. I definitely couldn’t think a more generic and cheap looking graphics. I think I spent almost $5 on this little bottle. Gayyyy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AHouse (18) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Very dark in colour, sweet aroma with a smooth lite taste. Got it from the tap with a good amount of head that stuck around for a while. It had a real nice kick to it and left a subtle taste of alcohol, which is nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mumpu (46) - USA - JAN 30, 2006
Strong carbonation, odd start with hints of malt sweetness, restrained hops, prominent alcohol finish with spicy overtones that feel out of place.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sregnar35 (972) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2006 Excellent belgian ale. Very representative of a dark, sweet ale. Thick lasting head was very appealing, as was the dark brown color. Flavor was strong alcohol, with a great sugary sweet taste. Perfect carbonation really helped this beer to excel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - JAN 28, 2006
Had this on tap at the Sharp Edge for $4...pretty good buy. A dark rich brown color with a huge mocha colored head. I couldn’t smell it very well because of the smoke in the bar. Taste was actually very malty and had a lot of sour fruit notes in it. IT also had some sweet caramel flavors going to it. It was very thick and smooth...remarkably easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Dark, hazy orangish-brown pour with a creamy full tan head. Roasted malt and coffee aromas with a touch of hoppiness. Full flavor with a strong alcohol presence that is welcomed in this particular instance. Finish is a little harsh at first, but a spicy raisin residue at the end is most enjoyable.

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