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

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RATINGS: 2506   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2007
nice dark brown appearance with a solid tan head. nice nose of figs. flavor is excellent, very sweet and malty with a warm alcohol finish. very good

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Sweet malt and light spices make up the aroma which comes from a mahogany body. Medium to full palate. Lots of malt in the flavor with light spices. Dry and bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - MAR 30, 2007
wow excellent beer, very smooth, nice dark red color with good head, sweet looking bottle too

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Very dark red body. Well retained and constantly shifting head, tall but compact. Sweet and simple aroma of grainy malts, rich caramel, pineapple and lesser other tropical fruits, heaping globs of candy sugar, alcohol unrestrained, raisins, apple pie and clove. Flavor is nothing like the aroma. Sugar tastes burned upon a stove, alcohol is intense and lingering, warming from start to finish. Chewy malts interplay nicely with sweet fruitiness. This is indeed a very slow sipper, gloriously decadent. How is this so sweet without ever becoming cloying, I’ve wondered in the past. Finishes with moderate grassy hoppiness and a spoonful of sugar. Palate is full and nonsensically sticky, but I love it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HooperX (13) - Decatur, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2007
this is probably the most metalsome beer i’ve ever tried. it comes in glass bottles, but they’re frosted with a faux-ceramic covering. The logo is black and has a big shiny gold dragon on it. This seriously looks like something a wizard should be quaffing before a fierce battle. Plus, its name means "Golden Dragon" in Belgianese. This beer’s packaging is the equivalent of a Dio album cover. The beer itself is a super-strong Belgian Triple. Tastes almost sickly sweet, in a good way. Very strong, with a bit of a burn on the way down. It smells like candy and caramel, with a fruity kind of taste. It tastes, more or less, like a pretty good Belgian Ale. Strong and badass and tasty. Just like a MIGHTY GOLDEN DRAGON. Recommended.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
omhper (21288) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 25, 2007
Bottled at Pressklubben, Stockholm. Lightly hazy amber, minimal head. Syrupy caramel that simmers in a pudding of pineaple jam. Extremely sweet. Medium bodied with thick syrupy mouthfeel. Some burnt sugar. Nuances just drown in a sea of sweetness. Not good at all.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunsho (134) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 23, 2007
dark brown with a golden head, very spicy and complex, had difficulties deciphering flavors. very heavy palate.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Lots of spices in the aroma.Pours a brownish red with a medium light tan head.Lots of spices in the flavor.Medium mouthfeel with a spiced finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
robinvboyer (3532) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2007
wasn’t a big fan of this, I must say he best park was the bottle. I foudn it VERY boozy, and it overpowered most of the flavour. maybe an off bottle, but not very enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nightfall (1306) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAR 12, 2007
Dark red color with huge head. Sweet aromas , raisin chocolate, berries. Sweet flavours of red fruit , sugar , some hops. A very good dessert beer.


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