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

bottled
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on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2316   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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.


2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
tricpimp (7) - USA - MAR 24, 2006 does not count
UPDATED: APR 6, 2006 Heavy body, thick headed. from looks of the bottle, expected a golden. notes of cloves, licorice. a good brew o enjoy alone!?!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2006
from a 750ml. pours brown with a white head. fruity banana aroma with some spice yeast and qute a bit of alcohol. very sweet flavor with some spice. full bodied but a bit fizzy. long sweet spicy finish. decent beer. i will have to try this one again.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TimE (3261) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 20, 2006
Dark brown color, candy sugar, caramel hit the nose instantly. A little deeper reveals spicies. The mouth starts sweet. WOW, a lot going on, milk chocolate, alcohol, dark cherries, anise, oranges, bananas, toffee, a bit of burnt raisins, with hop balance. Really complex. Syrupy. Warming, inviting complex finish, chocolatey, earthy, woody finish. I cant belive it took me so long to try this. Only, complaint is too sweet (which is saying alot coming from me). One bottle is plenty

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
xjaja (14) - FINLAND - MAR 19, 2006
Voimakkaan makuinen todella hyvä olut. Kannattaa maistaa. Maku on voimakkaan aromikas. Joskin vähän hedelmäinen.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stabatrehab (6) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2006 does not count
A Pavlov’s pop of the cork and it’s Fernando’s "You look marvelous"! Ruby and as dark as I have seen a Belgian. Now the divorce papers... AL-KA-HOL...way upfront and throughout. Dark fruit,bread,toffee,slight mineral to a lil bit of a sticky finish. Give them a couple of tenths for accurate description. A must try again.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wintersdying (49) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 7, 2006
pours medium amber with light creamy head. sweet aroma. malty and slightly yeasty (if it was blind, i’d know it was a belgian is what i mean). nice and bubbly and has a lingering sweetness to it.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
auderale (605) - Minot, Alabama, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Draft. Dark to red brown pour with a sweet malty aroma. Sweet malty flavor with a little more carbonation than I thought. Not too bad......

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2006
rich taste great to sit and sip, every sip goes down and makes me think differntly about it.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Bottle Pours a clear brown with a large frothy light brown head, mostly lasting with decent lacing. Aroma is fruity. Taste is okay with pretty hidden alcohol. Has a decent carbonation and an okay duration. Has a hefty body and a pretty good aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rederic (2983) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2006
Hazy dark mahogany hue, with an atomic mushroom tan-colored head, the nose is one of bready, caramelized malt, toffeish notes, nice sweet dark dried fruits of plums, figs ,dates, burnt brown sugar, chocolatey accent in the aroma, follows through on a full-bodied palate with a sweet caramelized malt, burnt brown sugar, with a good sweet character hidding well the alcoholic strenght, fruity accent of dark dried fruits, molstly figs, dates, raisins and a toffeish note, leading towards a sweet malty side and a tickling acidic finish.


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