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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2317   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rederic (2987) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2008 The commercial description is perfect. Charcoal brown w/ champagne size bubbles. Full, semi creamy froth that reduces to a creamy island. Froth is very clingy. Alcohol is well hidden w/ a touch of sweet malt. Hazed, dark honey brown color. Full nectar. Flavors of stonefruit, grapes, melon, tobacco, honey, bitters, clove spice. Finish is bittered w/ a delayed asprin mechanism. Tingles the lips.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Pours a cloudy brown, with nice white head. Pretty sweet, big caramel sweetness, also nutty, malty, but very sweet and tasted damn good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbrixius (136) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Part of the mixed six pack, I saved this one for last. Very sweet, rich tasting, and would be great for a dessert beer, which by chance is what I consumed it as. The head and thickness weren’t as pronounced as the commercial desription states.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
butterfield (6) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2006 does not count
this realy has everything, dark, complex, gentle nose, but strenght in depth, an absolute power of belgian brewing

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2006
Cloudy brown pours with a tan colored medium head. Aroma is clean and caramelly and very sweet smelling. This beer tastes like candy to me. Very sweet but yet balanced in the end with some well balanced spiciness and bitterness. The alcohol is hardly noticeable due to the high sweetness. Perfect palate: decent carbonation but thick and lasting on the tongue. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beanwiggin (22) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2006
best of the best! truly a wonderful beer. flavorful and pleasurable. this is my favorite is all areas. quite fulfilling and always a good friend. enjoy and appreciate the fine taste of the Draak.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2009 11.2 oz bottle bought in 2001 in SF. It is a slightly hazy orange-brown color wih only a small head. The aroma is pretty strong with a big belgian yeast combined with a huge dark caramel aroma. The flavor has survived quite well, not too much oxidation but we know it tasted a little different at the brewery when we were there in Sept 2000. The alcohol is there still but it has such a nice candi sugar flavor. Delicious beer. Re-rate: Dec 2009: opened the last bottle I have from 2001-not much carbonation left at all but the flavor is pretty intense with raisins, much like a port. Pretty amazing with that much age on it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2006
Bottle. Amber dark color with creamy and small head. Hoppy taste but also very sweet. Dont drink tooo many - or it will knock you straight on your a... (bum).

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivnizub (8927) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - FEB 9, 2006
Bottle: Hazy, ruby to dark amber coloured, smaller creamy beige head; sweetmalty, fruity (raisins), vinous (Port) and quite strong alcoholic nose; alcoholic flavour mainly, sweetmalty and fruity, too, creamy mouthfeel; sweet, vinous finish with some bitterness in the aftertaste. Not unpleasant, but a bit too much alcohol......


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