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


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RATINGS: 2683   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40082) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2008
33 cL bottle. Pours hazy to murky brown with a lacing tan head. Light earthy aroma with a minor note of caramel. Flavour is extremely sweet and with solid flavour of caramel malt. Dried fruit notes appear just before and into the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lucke13 (91) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Pours a deep dark brown with a huge frothy off white head. Smells of ruit and alcohol. Much sweeter than I would expec for a triple, but the sweetness suits the flavor of plums well. Mouthfeel is great...thick, but not syrupy, and lots of carbonation. This is a very good ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2008
beautiful dark orange/brown colored pour with a creamy off white head that lasts to the bottom and sticks to the sides in a pillowy fashion. aroma of caramel, ripe fruit, light yeast and an alcohol sting. the palate is a bit on the sweet side but bearable given the whole package... raisins, alcohol, yeast and a lightly herbal (hops?) burn. medium in body but borderline sticky mouth feel. alcohol cuts through to make it very drinkable...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7534) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2008
750, corked, baled, and foiled. Man, they really get into the packaging, donít they? Looks nice, but a little over the top (yeah, I know, dozens of special releases look even more outlandish).
Anyway, ok--pours a verrrrry dark brown thatís still crystal clear if you get enough light behind it. Thick, creamy, moussy tan head that just goes and goes--you can pour til 2" overflow the top without losing a drop, or you can wait 10 minutes, or something in between.
Nice nose, brown bread and sweet malty goodness, above average intensity but not a room-filler. Medium, creamy body, with some sparse but fairly tingly tiny carb. Nice mouthfeel--not the velvet of a Rochefort 10, but a bit more refreshing for it, so pick your poison on the day.
The mid-palate isnít exactly a maelstrom of complexity, but itís delicious: brown bread, nut, a bit of dark pitted tree fruit. Seems to contain no alcohol at all judging by the tongue, which is astonishing. Mild bready finish. Lovely stuff.
Iíd forgotten just how good it was, and have taken it for granted all this time. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Pours a deep, dark, chocolaty brown with a slight violet or crimson tint. A massive, frothy, cream colored head settles slowly to a small blanket, leaving huge, clumpy, cloud-like lacing on the glass. The aroma is massively sweet, malty, and fruity. Huge notes of dark raisons and prune juice sweeten the already candy-like dark caramel and cream malt base. Nutmeg and clove are present as well, adding spicy depth. The flavor is again intensely sweet. This is basically like a dessert beverage. Concentrated raisons dominate, with figs, plums, and well past ripe bananas each adding their own sugary layer. The thick, syrupy, overly cloying body completes the sugar rush. This is a tasty enough brew, but a few ounces after dinner would be more than enough. Ultimately, its just too sweet for anything other than an occasional few sips.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nomad (18) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2008 Pours a shiny ruby colour with a creamy head subsiding to delicate lace. Strong aroma of dried banana with raisin and plums with alcohol coming through. surprisingly thin in mouth. Serious sweetness, banana, apple and dried fruit. Alcohol well concealed but comes on strong at the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allfreej (555) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Bottled. Pours dark brown, tawny, dense, foamy head, lacy, rocky. Nose is raisins, candy sugar, malt. Flavor is sweer, malty, alcohol, bruity. Finish is mildly hoppy, alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smith4498 (3505) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Poured a deep ruby color with a thick tan head. Aromas of sweet malts, fruits and yeast. Flavor is the same as the aromas - sweet, malty and yeasty. Very nice. It starts off malty and finishes with a slight flavor of hops and a metallic taste. The alcohol is well hidden for a 10.5% beer. Full body with a thick, creamy texture and lively carbonation. I will definately have this one again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10416) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2008
Dark brown with large off white head. Weak sweet aroma overripe fruit notes. Sweet flavor with overripe fruit, yeast and chocolate notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2011 Mahogany colour with a decent frothy head. Rich spicy fruit a malt aroma. Bitter sweet detail with hint of plum. Little spice thrown in. Surprisingly enjoyable considering the strength. Tangy ale, enjoyable. Alcohol kick.

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