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


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RATINGS: 2552   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Deep amber chestnut color. Sweet, floral funky nose. Small lacing, off-white almond head. Spectacularly unique flavor and finish. Very smooth for 10.5%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 9, 2007
Yeasty metallica aroma. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin with noticeable, almost fusel alcohol and some metallic bite. Bittersweet to the core. I was expecting better out of this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerMeDude (28) - USA - MAY 8, 2007
Wow. I was in heaven with this selection. Very flavorful, sweet, and full bodied. Just take a sip, close your eyes and experience all the wonderful dimensions. This stuff had Belgium written all over it and thank god for that! I love Belgian beers and this is one of my absolute favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 8, 2007
Suprisingly good to me...ya, I know it’s really sweet - but it seemed to work for this one. Tasted some plums, raisins, and caramel type stuff goin on. Couldn’t detect any of the 10.5% and it had a nice smooth palate. Only knock is that any flavor in the aftertaste was gone, gone, gone in seconds. But the mouthfeel was there...much enjoyed. Cheers J!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (986) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 8, 2007
750ml bottle. Nice dark mohogany color with a huge amazing vanilla head. Very nice lacing throughout the entire glass. Aromatic notes of raisins, banana and Beligian malt. Cant believe this is considered a tripel. Shared my bottle with jarspag. Good stuff! I can honestly say I was not expecting this good of a beer that is so commonly seen in our area. Flavor of raisins, caramel, and figs. Palate finishes well, quite smooth and silky. The high alcohol content is quite subtle, very well hidden. I enjoyed this one a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (4956) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Poured a slightly murky brown with red hghlights and a huge white head that left lacing down the entire glass. Aroma is sweet malt with dark fruits and only a hint of alcohol coming through. Flavor is excellent with dark fruit, belgian yeast, and where I would expect some peppery spiciness it instead is a pleasant sweetnes. Great beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10190) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2007
Dark brown with a huge, nice and lasting head. The aroma is malty with lots of dark fruit, nuts and alcohol. The mouthfeel is oily and full. The flavour is sweet with notes of alcohol, dark fruits (figs, raisins and more) and the finish is rahter dry. The overall impression is rather heavy, but nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (4379) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2008 330 ml. Pours dark brown-red, with a huge bubbly, fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is brandy and raisins. Taste is mostly alcohol with some spicy hops and dark fruit-gum sweetness mixed in. Palate is dry, very tongue-tingling and medium-bodied. Quality brew, but I prefer the alcohol not so "revealed" in a beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2007 One of my favoured beers. A very nice dark ale. Although it is 10,5 % you do not taste the alcohol of this good bodied bier. A must for every beer lover

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8788) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2007
330cl bottle. Medium dark brown colored body with a toasty tan colored head. Lovely soft peppery brown sugar yeast nose, creamy and full texture, smooth and chewy. Lightly peppery brown sugar and cream flavor, heavy with the yeast esters, some toffee, vanilla and wood. A wonderful Belgian ale.

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