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

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RATINGS: 2244   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Pours a nice cloudy brown color witha large off white head. Aroma is sweet with nice hint of brown sugar. Flavors is also w\sweet and this beer is thick.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2073) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2005
i really liked this one. nose is sweet, malty and just smells like an awesome beer. taste is very sweet, unusual for a belgian strong. almost like drinking candy. an unusual belgian strong that i would recommend to anyone that is wanting to try something that taste different but is not offensive. good brew.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (3154) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2005
Pour is a very cloudy, murky brown with a huge tan head. Aroma is a winey and thick brown sugar. Flavor is just heavey and very sweet. The alcohol burns your mouth before you can find distinctive flavors. Over all smells great taste....not so much. This is one brew that has way to much alcohol. I was waiting a long time to try this and i must admit im kinda disapointed.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2005 Pours dark brown with a large tan head. A big citrus and alcohol aroma hit me as soon as I opened the bottle. In the glass the smell is weaker, and is complemented by raisins and candy sugar. The flavor begins with some Belgian yeast and sweet fruit notes, then turns horrifically spicy, then settles back down to a maplesque sweetness. The finish is overpowering hot alcohol. I found it hard to keep in my mouth for longer than two seconds, not because of a particularly bad taste (though that’s in there, too), but because of the alcohol. That problem becomes less of one after half the glass is gone.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brettpace (176) - New York City, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2005
This is a great beer, got a glass in front of me right now. A little pricey at 3.49 for 11.5 ounces. The alcohol flavor is well hidden compared to some other strong ales I have tasted and doesnt knock your socks off, especially for 10.5%, I like that. Also, the flavor is pretty tasty, nice and sweet. Im seriously thinking about pouring this over some pancakes. One of the better beers I have had. Decent purchase, bang for buck.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2005
Sweet, sweet malt with dried fruit/raisins/dates/maple syrup/caramel/toffee/and brown sugar. Way big alcohol presence, inducing pleasant shivers with each sip. Very good but seems a tad bit overated to my mind.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (4781) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2005
They were not kidding about that ABV. Those Belgians know how to brew for a party. Actually it is a very good beer. Great aroma with lots of fruit evident. Plenty of apricots. It is also an attractive beer. You have to like the thick, rich head. The taste is advertised as "complex." This was not as true as hoped but to some extent it was. Again, sweet fruit seemed to dominate and I will give them the toffee flavors. Quite nice. Add just a little bitterness and this is a well rounded beer.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
UnsofistaCat (234) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2005
This beer sucked. I know that, all and all, the rating of beer is so subjective, that it sometimes borders on ridiculous. In a way, many of us use this site to log our beer drinking experiences. What could be an average beer on one day is a terrible beer on another due to simple mood. That all being said, this beer is nowhere near worth its cash. Decent looking with two-inch fizzy head. Brown/amber. Sniff of a decent Belgian: apple butter, wine and flowers. The taste is simply not that complex. Heavy and sweet, it doesn’t real dance upon the taste buds as I expected it should. Maple taste laced with a little wine flavor and then that’s it. The finish was uncomplex. I will not spend my hard earned cash on this one again. Booo!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
electricpork (4) - USA - OCT 7, 2005 does not count
Tried this beer for the first time tonight over dinner. Very pleasantly surprised. The beer starts with gentle hits of apple and cherry surrounded by a distinct punch of alcohol, and finishes smoothly with flavors reminiscent of caramel or brown sugar.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TaktikMTL (5628) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2005
Bouteille blanche opaque de 750 ml obtenue via les Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de caramel, de fruits et d’alcool. Apparence: Couleur brune ambrée voilée. Moyen col mousseux. Aucune bulle. Fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel légèrement brûlé, d’alcool et d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture liquoreuse. (Rating #306)


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