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


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RATINGS: 2683   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fantomasus (291) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 8, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 Itís a good beer. Pleasant surprise. I found that the malt flavor hung around a little to long. Not a perfect balance. Those were my original comments scribbled on a cocktail napkin after sampling 4 or 5 other beers. Iím having it at home by itself tonight and decided to re-rate. Pours a deep dark brown w/ an off white head.Aromas of yeasty malt and fruit. The balance is tilted to the malt side which bothers me for some reason. I still enjoy it and will buy again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dkazuk (248) - winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 6, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2008 330ml bottle.
Pours a ruby brown with a humungo bubbly tan head with some staying power. Aroma is a mix of toffee, prunes, yeast, brown sugar and a slightly vinous character. Light prickly bubbles with a smooth oily texture in the mouth. Flavour is quite fruity with some hop character a reprise of that toffee nose. Semi-bitter finish with a long and warm biscuity aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kringlan (20) - Falun, SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2008
Ruby to dark brown in color with a foamy, even lather like, head. Little lace. Aroma is toffee, chocolate, dark fruit (figs, plums), caramel, sweet licorice, possibly orange peel. Carbonated and crispy light to the palate. I was quite perplexed at the first zip as it was so complex and full of flavor. There were hints of dark chocolate, licorice, appleÖ I would further never had guessed at the 10,5% strength. Nice bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - JAN 4, 2008
This one is a full-bodied, full-flavored Belgian ale with a strong taste and hit on the palate. Itís a beer-meal, and because I didnít eat dinner last night it hit the spot. Strong flavors of raisins, toffee, and caramel with a hint of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - JAN 3, 2008
The white bottle threw me off a little. I wasnít expecting such a great beer. It poured and the "thickness" could be seen right away. The malt flavors of carmel, coffee and toffee could be tasted. Only a slight hint of the high alcohol content. One of my new favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Bottle - Nice sweet smell, also scented yeast and a little alchol, some caraml (maybe the color is just making me think that) and maybe some hop. Fruity sweet taste. Thick mouthfeel, but enjoyable, maybe a desert beer to cap off other beers. Maybe an initial alcohol taste that disappears and taken over by the sweetness, some kind of apple or raisen spice. I like it verymuch, maybe to overpowering for some. But i prefer to be overpowered by a quality receipe than overpowered by hops like an IPA. Very good beer! One of my favorite Belguims so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pet3rman (375) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Dark brown pour with big head and some lacing. Aroma is sweet and yeasty with alcohol. Taste is like the aroma. Dark ripe fruit, yeast and alcohol. Surprisingly well balanced for a triple. Will drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
georgekessel (68) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2008
I think I had a bad bottle. Dark chestnut brown in color, HUGE over-foaming cream colored head, fragrant tones of brandy. However the taste was extremely acidic and overwhelmed my palate to the point that I was unable to drink another beer the entire night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jb (2898) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Dark brown with faint orange highlights and a medium thick head with moderate lacing and minimal retention. Very full rich aroma of dark ripe fruit, yeast, bread dough, chocolate and caramel. Equally thick and sharp palate at the start, thins out a bit as you drink it then very light hops at the end. Wonderful. As it warms the alcohol shows up and this becomes like brandy. Dang this is a good 6 pack of beer with 6 different beers from this brewer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown with amber ruby edges; tan head with larger bubbles. Doppelbock, dunkel aroma, roast chocolate, caramelization. Acidic carbonation evident at first sip. Yeast character is present but subdued compared to other Belgian ales. Flavor is deep and complex with some raisin, alcohol, dark crystal, some straw or earth notes. Balanced. Excellent when served at cellar temps, becomes smoother. Very warming. Very excellent brew.

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