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

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RATINGS: 2189   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2005
33cl btl. i’ve had this beer a few times, in belgium, and in the states. it’s a good deal darker than most belgian triples, and has a taste to match. this beer has a moderate, tan head, has the appearance of coffe almost. this beer does not yield a significant release of gasses, and it is smooth and strong. coffe, plums, other dark fruit, roasted nuts, and sweet malts. the alcohol is nicely hidden, but the burn is there. this beer is complex smells like it tastes, with a bit of tangy citrus and cranberry with little effervescence. almost overwhelmingly exciting flavor. don’t drink too many of these in a row. cheers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1572) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2005
330ml belgian "stubby" bottle..1 year 3 months old. Poured an opaque brandy-red color. Tight mocha cap, soft carbonation. Nose is tart-sweet like mulled apple wine with rasins and some mustiness with light chocolate tones. Viscous body, vinous character....Wonderfully complex flavor substantial malt spine mingles with plumbs, figs, cocoa, tangerene peal bitters. Finishes wet and very brandy like in character. Warming. A great Belgian warming ale with substantial complexity.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALLOVATE (2281) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2005
Ale on the big scale is this one, almost like downing a full mud cake, soaked in Cognac. Tasted from the bottle at the Belgian Beer Café, Perth, and poured into it’s own tulip glass. A big fluffy sandy-beige head formed atop an opaque auburn-brown body, and left rings down the glass. Rich and intense malt and burnt sugar aroma. Sweet, with dried fruit esters, like plums and raisins, and a spicy alcohol bite, that gave a necessary smoothness and warmth. Treacly thick and sickly, dessert style, sweet in the mouth (all in a good way). Husky, yet smooth, with caramel, burnt toffee, Munich-malt, sherry notes, ’Kopiko’ candi flavours, and a breaded yeastiness. Spicy peppery phenols of yeast and alcohol, again balanced the aggressively malty sweet flavours, of this big ’beer’. Very long malt and warming alcohol swallow (seemed to carry it’s alcohol well). A unique, stand alone beer, that is rich and complex. Lovely!!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - APR 22, 2005
Bottle. Poured with a large, thick, foamy white head and lots of carbonation in the beer. Murky brown in color. Very sweet and fruity aroma. Taste is very similar to the smell with a hint of malts in the finish. Smooth, very fine carbonation like a good champagne.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (1808) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 14, 2005
Draught@ Sharp Edge Creekhouse: They had this listed on the menu as a "Barleywine" which is obviously wrong. This pours a cloudy, reddish brown color. It had a fairly large off-white head. This was a very nice beer. The aroma has notes of yeast, alcohol, caramel, fruits, and probably a lot of other things. It is very rich. The taste follows suit. This is a wonderful variation of a Tripel. Full bodied and smooth.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 12, 2005
Brown malts, grain, dark fruits, toffee and brown sugar in the aroma. Opaque dark brown body with a reddish cast is topped by a generous, pillowy, fine-bubbled and lasting cover of light brown head that leaves some lace. Some woody tones to the generally sweet and rounded flavour with leafy, herbal hop character and a fairly pronounced bitterness towards the finish that lasts on the aftertaste. Thick and full-bodied with strong carbonation that awakens the tongue and makes the tastebuds receptive. Tulip glass, allowed to warm from fridge temp. Bottle (Half Time, Mar. 2005).

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - APR 7, 2005
Gulden Draak is an interesting bird among the 10%+ superheavyweights of the Belgian beer scene. It tastes more of coffee than toffee--a bit less sweet and more bitter than other beers of its girth. Still, it’s got considerable flavor depth and a deep, varied bouquet. Oh, and the bottle’s great--worth keeping after the tippling.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Myklanjlo (3) - California, USA - APR 6, 2005 does not count
11.2 fl.oz. bottle. Pours a ruby brown, moderately dark and slightly cloudy. Bottle-conditioning is immediately present with a strong "hiss" as the cap is removed. Bubbles are fine and plentiful, producing a creamy, two-finger head with incredible retention. The aroma is fairly sweet, smelling of dark candi sugar, Belgian yeast, well-present alcohol, and notes of rich, dark fruit, like an aged saison. Alcohol is immediately present on the palate, asserted by the pronounced effervescense of the conditioning, but quickly changes to an almost cloying, syrupy sweetness with a significant bite of bitterness. It finishes on the back of the tongue with faint hints of dark chocolate and candied figs. All in all, I found this to be an interesting ale for the style. The high alcohol content, however, disrupts the balance of this beer and detracts from both the palate and mouthfeel, which is a disappointment considering the impressive appearance and aroma of this Belgian strong ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2005
Dark brown colour. Beige thick rounded head. Hoppy, fruity nose. Flavour from cranberry. Extremely rounded. Smooth palate with excellent bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - APR 3, 2005
33 cL bottle Pours dark ruby with a small head that sticks around and leaves a great lacing in it’s wake. Aroma is rather weak, especially when compared to other Belgians. Sweet and musty. Flavor starts off spicy (corriander and cloves) with a small alcohol bite in the background (you’d never guess the 10.5%) Let this one warm, and the flavor really blooms. Candi sugars, raisin, fig, prune (and probably other dried fruits) By the end of the glass, it becomes very sweet. It finishes like silk, very smooth, sweet, maybe a little bitter and dry. This one can be dangerous, it’s very drinkable and goes down easy ... that 10.5% will sneak up on you. It surprised me, it’s pretty good.


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