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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2703   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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KingGambrinus (117) - Santiago, CHILE - JAN 24, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a medium beige head. The aroma is of sweet malt and very fruity, with scents of grapes, apples, apricot and cherry. It reminded me of red wine. Flavor is very malty and of high bitterness, but the sweet flavor balanced everything to make it a nice experience. Thick texture and average - soft carbonation, full bodied!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Dark red pour with nice tan head that fades fast. Aroma of hot cinnamon apple and sweet malt. This is some very interesting stuff. Tastes like a caramel and hot cinnamon apple, or apricot, very rich. Not a whole lot of balance. Carbonation is so much it makes it hard to swallow. Belgian barley wine seems to make sense here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2008
On tap at Three Floyds Brewpub and served in a Gulden Draak tulip. This beer poured a dark brown with a tan head that slowly settled into a thin, lasting cap. A small amount of slick, oily lacing was left around the glass. The aroma of the beer was made up of dark fruits, candi sugar, cloves, apricot, and a touch of alcohol. The flavor consisted of sweet candi sugar, caramel, dark fruits, earthy yeast notes, and mild, warming alcohol. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and slick with moderate carbonation. A very rich beer that was surprisingly easy to drink. Maybe just a bit on the sweet side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Pours a muddy, tawny light brown into the trappist glass with an inch of light tan head. Scents of malt, dark fruits and some earthy tones dominate. A very strong, noticiable boozy taste with some yeast, caramel, malt and dired fruits coming through. As the beer warmed, the alcohol was almost too apparent and I had to struggle to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Quevillon (2897) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2008
Bouteille de 330 ml, bu le 17/01/08 au Bistro des Bières Belges à St-Hubert (PQ). Brune foncée vaseuse, bon collet. Arome de malte légèrement roti, fruits mures épicés et légèrement alcoolisés. Très pétillant dans la bouche, doucement malté, raisins secs et érglisses très alcoolisé.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maniac4016 (114) - bill clinton, ICELAND - JAN 17, 2008
to each ther own & inverse to their countries size, is the greatness of their beers for belgium. way tooooooooooooo much malt for me, no balance what-so-ever.malt, malt, and more malt!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2008 330 ml bottle from a gift pack. pours deep maroon with a medium sized off white head that keeps rebuilding all the way down the glass. aromas are belgian sweetness with dark fruit and some yeast. flavours are pretty darn good with mostly sweet dark fruit and some yeast. sharps alcohol notes around the finish. a good effort. the best from the pack.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 16, 2008
A stunning beer. It seamlessly pleasures the eyes, nose and tongue at the same time, something hard to do. The aroma is fantastic with accompanying sweet fruit character like apples, plums, and raisins. Hints of hops, alcohol, cherries, honey and caramel. Appearance is a deep dark brown, with ruby red edges and a huge eruptive off-white thick foamy head. It’s perfect in my glass. Taste leave clear notes of raisins, dark crystal malts, earthy notes, plums and raisins, scorched sugar and a nice touch of alcohol which compliments the whole beer very well. It’s never overbearing nor does it ever offend. It’s almost like a Belgian barleywine. Fantastic stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2008
330ml bottle
10.5% ABV
I tried this beer on December 28, 2007 at "Smokeless Joe’s" in Toronto. The white bottle caught my eye. This beer poured a dark murky brown with a generous tan coloured head. The aroma was strongly yeasty with a fruit backdrop, possibly plums or raisins. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, and very champagny. The flavour was malty, yeasty, and slightly sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2008
Bottle (330ml). Poured a ultra dark brown (almost black) with ruby highlights and a huge tanned, frothy head which shrunk a fair amount. Aroma was complex with notes of plums, dates, prunes, some malt, mild vanilla, cloves and alcohol noticeably present. Taste was equally complex as aroma with an alcoholic start cancel by sweet dark fruit with notes of currents, prunes, dates, caramel and a light maltyness.

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