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

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RATINGS: 2698   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Pours cloudy light brown with a small head of smaller bubbles. Aroma is sweet dried fruit. yeast and a bit of alcohol. Mouth feel is surprisingly thick for a triple. The flavor is where this ale shines. Multiple fruit flavors dance around the tongue with raisin, apricot and maybe a touch of banana. Rich, sweet bread flavors follow. The alcohol is almost completely hidden besides the nice burn going down your throat. A really great ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RomanW70 (296) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Trappist glass. Pours deep burgandy brown with a frothy head. Aroma of toffee, raisinsm and yeast. Taste of dark fruits, bananas, and yeast. Full mouthfeel. Excellent beer, although the aftertaste has a slight metallic taste to it.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Thick brown pour with some white head. Nice fruity aroma, some hints of cream and milk. Strong alcohol-grainy flavor, but also sweet. Some fruit and grape flavors. Just way too much alcohol taste. Good not great.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
daniellerose7 (119) - new york, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Yum raisins! A sweet and thick Belgian, just how I like ’em! A perfect specimen for my 100th rating! On tap at the BURPCASTLE!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerFanDan17 (1080) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Excellent ale on draft at a local beer bar. Flavors were fruity and creamy and reminiscent of the Belgian Ale style. Very good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40417) - 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.

4.1
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über 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...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7579) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2008
750, corked, baled, and foiled. Man, they really get into the packaging, don’t 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 that’s 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 isn’t exactly a maelstrom of complexity, but it’s 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.
I’d forgotten just how good it was, and have taken it for granted all this time. Great beer.

3.6
   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.


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