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

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RATINGS: 2519   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (2320) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Pours a deep red/brown with an impressive tan head. Has a sweet aroma. Berries are most prominent, followed by banana, caramel and malts. Starts out sweet with a spicey background. Moves to some malt and wine notes. Body is a little over-carbonated, but still enjoyable. A good find at the corner liquor/sake shop.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Willin8 (55) - Massapequa, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Deep red pour with nice head. Aroma is berries, banana, and slight cherry. Mouthfeel is wet yet with crisp alcohol finish. Flavor is berry, cherries. Banana notes more evident in finish. Thoroughly enjoyed drinking this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Poured a nice nearly opaque brown with a solid clumpy head. The nose is of caramel, smoke and berries. The flavor starts with sweet caramel and char. Then slaps you with a harsh but nice sting of alcohol. Sour fruits come next, that dissolve into a dry, juicy flavor, almost cidery. Hints of alcohol follow the fruit and finish vinious with a silky smooth mouthfeel. This is incredibly complex. The ABV is at 10.5% but is well hidden. This is a truly great beer that everyone should try.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Great beer. loved the white bottle. Gorgeously dark bron. Smells like alcohol and goes down sweet. iím down.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - FEB 4, 2007
very tasty. Deep red, khaki head. Sweet maltiness with intense hops. Sweet and bitter combo is well balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (12643) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 4, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, caramel. Flavour is alcohol, caramel, sweet, cellar notes, spices.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 3, 2007
(330 ml bottle via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=2 target=blank>OhioDad, thanks Scott!, cellared for 11 mos. after trade) Great - tasty and complex...Pours very murky slightly reddish brown. One finger of biege head recedes to a nice covering layer. Aroma is wonderful - stewed fruits, brown sugar and strong, yeasty red wine. Mouthfeel smooth and heavy. Lots of lightly prickly carbonation. Little bit sticky at end. Flavor of brown sugar, sweet, boozy, sugary red wine and stewed dark fruit. Kind of hot but didnít detract. Great. Reminded me alot of Ommegang but a notch better.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Had this one in a Belgian 6 pack sampler. Very F####ing glad I grabbed it. This is one of my favorite ones. Very powerfull smell and flavor. Pours a little darker than most orange/amber color. Very appealing smell. The flavor in this one is top notch, just a great brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
millysdaddy (67) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2007
750 ml. bottle. Pours dark ruby red with an off-white head and nice lacing. Aromas of caramel, raisin and apple. The caramel and raisin are featured in the flavor with a noticable roasted maltiness. The beer also has a very full and creamy body. Itís a tad on the sweet side for my personal taste but quite enjoyable nonetheless.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RaphaelN (195) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2009 Bottle at St. Veronus. Incredible beer! I was recommended this as an alternative since all the Rocheforts were out. Very large head which made this gem look gorgeous in the tulip. Aroma was fairly pleasant and fruity, but rather faint. The flavour on this thing is gorgeous! It tastes to me like a hot-rodded Chimay Bleu. This is exactly what Chimay is missing. Taste is of molasses, brown sugar, plums and caramel. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. One of the best belgians I have had.


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