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


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RATINGS: 2463   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
peterstrongale (43) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Intens dark brown coloured beer with creamy off white head. Nose is malty, fruity (figgs) with roasted tones. Taste is rich and generous, it has notes of candi, dry fruits like figgs and plums, but also hints of toasted bread. Aftertaste is slight sweet and a little alcoholic, it ends with a slight roasted bitterness, some alcohol burn and some hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaxxDaddy (413) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2007 11.2 oz. bottle. Poured into my Gulden Draak snifter. Dark red/brown with an ample head. I could hear the fizzing as soon as I uncapped it. Smelled of caramel and berries. Had a nice sweet taste to it, but not too sweet. The mouthfeel was wonderful; so rich and creamy. As it warmed up I got more of a whiff and taste of the alcohol. Certainly to be expected in a brew with 10.5% alcohol. Though it cost a pretty penny at my local beer store, I’m glad I gave it a try. Great stuff, and who doesn’t love the bottle? Re-rate: Definitely not as impressed as I was when I first had this. The flavor isn’t quite as nice as I remember it. At least the palate is still there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 28, 2006
Bottle. Poured a dark bown with a huge head. Nicely carbonated and very creamy. I enjoyed this beer more with each sip and suprisingly I did not find the alcohol too overpowering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aegrus (49) - USA - NOV 28, 2006
Bottle, Tulip Lively carbonation is apparent in this cloudy orange-brown beer. Beige head is thick and fleeting. Aroma brings to mind sweet malts and hops resin. Notes of dates, raisins and caramel with a big malty finish and little bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little sloppy and bouncy. Decent and crisp, but a little light for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle from Achel Duis abbey. Dark, creamy, full, lovely carbonation due to second fermentation. Lively mouthfeel, it just explodes in your mouth. Goes excellently with powerful cheese.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2006
Drank in a trappist glass. Dark brown poor with a thick brown head. Aromas of blackberries, blueberries mostly wild berries. Sweet caramel / toffee, allspice completes the aromas. Perfect everything to the mouthfeel... obviously feel the alcohol @ 10.5%. What you smell is preaty much what you taste. Very creamy mouthfeel, thick fullness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2006
On tap at Sharp Edge Beer Emporium (with fond memories of the 750 I drank last year). Brown body with ruby highlights. Aroma of dark fruits, toffee, caramel and a little yeast. Flavor is a wonderful mixture of fruity and sweet... raisins, pears, toffee, molasses, caramel. The mouthfeel of this beer is absolutely perfect IMO... thick and creamy with a nice warming alcohol presence.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJester (2082) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2006
330 mL really cool bottle from LCBO gift pack. Copper brown with crazy head. Smells like alcohol and pepper - better than it sounds. Brown sugar sweetness is balanced by sour fruit and hoppy bitterness. Alcohol is not obtrusive. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14246) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2006
Bottle at ølbaren. Clear deep red - white head. High hoppy, dark fruits, berries, raisins, ryebread, licorice, high sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
feedmec00kies (49) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2006
dark brown, thick tan head. nice sweet nose: honey, dark fruit, toffee, a bit alcoholic. flavor is nicely balanced, and there’s a rich, malty sweetness with but there’s a nice bit of (fruity?) bitterness (esp. grapefruit pith, unsweetened chocolate) to balance it out.

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