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


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RATINGS: 2393   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 16/20
ogivlado (6065) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 23, 2006
Bottled(750ml). –dark red-brown coloured, pale brown head, malty nose, sweet and very fruity (plums, berries, maybe apple and cinnamon) aroma with chocolate notes, sweet finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerio (48) - USA - JUL 21, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 The bottle is like a samurai/medieval wet dream. Whiffs of caramelized onions and butterscotch, alcohol is barely detectable in the nose. Tastes of good iced coffee, raisins, prunes, and warm alcohol. Truly riding the "Night Train" with this boozy shit. Carbonation was perfect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bartzilla (556) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 15, 2006
They forget to mention that there’s rohypnol or chloroform or one of those knockout potions in this stuff. It snuck into the "Great San Diego Barleywine & Friends Death Metal Festival" last night and proved to be the turning point for me. Strong Belgian sludge. Not bad at all, but you have to drink this on it’s own or it’s light’s out and you wake up with your shoes on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JUL 15, 2006
No, this is not a belgian "strong" ale. This is a belgian "gasoline" ale. Holy christ. Wanna get trashed super quick? This is the stuff. As im writing this review, I dont remember anything. Tasty, yet, pure booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2006
Poured a dark brownish/reddish color. Good long-lasting foamy head composed of tiny bubbles. Aromas of malt, grain, raisin. Flavor was very complex and rich--nutty, roasted grain/malt--also maintained a smooth molasses/caramel-type sweetness. The alcohol was very well-hidden. A great beer overall, an absolute pleasure to drink. As close to perfection as you can get.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
victory (45) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2006
On tap at Eulogy. Unfortunately the tap was a bit too cold and the beer didn’t start to open up until i was more than half way through. Got very good after that. Lots of body. and aroma once it warmed up a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Aroma was caramel, some alcohol. Carbonation hit way too hard for me, didn’t like it much. Looks beautiful though, dark brown, nice lacing, off white head. Taste is bit malty, before alcoholic finish. Tasted rather medicinal though. I really disliked this though. Too carbonated and too medicinal. An awesome bottle, but little else to like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2006 (Bottle at Plain Kitchen, Göteborg) Pours hazy red/brown with a big nougat/white head. Smells tomatojuice and fudge/toffee. I´ve had many other Gulden Draak but never felt this much tomato in the smell. Malt. The belgian sweetness balances good with the sourness. Ripe pears. Salty. Fresh. Soil and yeast. A bit chocolate. Sherry and raisins. Hints of marzipan and some almond. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7332) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2008 Sour chocolate aroma. Rich, burgundy-black with a creamy yellowish head studded with clumps. Overpoweringly sweet, portish warmer with some suggestions of aniseed or ,dare I say,...absinthe? Everything drowned in unsubtle sugariness. Tea with 5 sugars. Dwarfed by the mellow complexity of similarly dark and potent big guns, like Rochefort 8. That said, I’ve supped it by the fireside and loved it. One to reassess. (Re-rate 20/03/07)..I’ve been far, far too unkind. Deep brown chewy murk, cappuccino froth, soy sauce demerara snout and creamy toffee sweetness. What’s so wrong with that?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintocb (646) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Cloudy and brown with a great off white head. Huge body. Tastes of toffee with some sweetness and tartness present as well. Great finish. Creamy as hell.

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