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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Slipstream (2442) - USA - DEC 11, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2007 Fabulous white bottle, with a medieval-looking golden dragon (or is it a dog?) on the label. A big head comes foaming up and then sticks around. Dark brew with a mild, sweet aroma. The flavor is syrupy and malty, with hints of mead and raisins, and the brew is smooth on the palate. Hops and spices are barely noticable, but the 10.5% alchohol level comes thru very clearly. Sad to say, this is not as good as I hoped for. This is a mediocre Belgian hiding behind a cool label and bottle, and at $5 (US) for a 1/3 liter bottle, it was no bargain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Bottle with thanks to my Secret Santa. Cloudy reddish-brown with a large head. Good retention. Aroma of toffee, dark fruit, caramel malt and yeast. Medium sweet and a heavy body. Alcohol well covered. Slightly syrupy texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackOut (43) - East End, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2007
Interesting taste, kinda sour, lots of cherries but not the kriek way. I was good, very filling, after having it i wasnít sure if i want another one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - DEC 6, 2007
Pours a dark dark amber, with a nice big froathy sicky head. Aroma is sweet, with notes of berry, and caramel most prominent. Flavour is sweet, with lots of berry goodness, and like the the aroma promises a little bit of caramel. The beer is a touch unbalanced with only a little hop bitterness at the end, but I like the flavour so much I didnít mind. The beer gets better as it warms up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Meatwad (26) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Appearence: Big head, great retention but the carbonation was not obscene. Beautiful, golden red color Taste: Oaky, cherry, sweet flavor, but you can still taste the hops. You can taste a lot of alcohol too and the fruity, sweet, alcohol taste makes it seem like a cross between wine and beer. This stuff was great, though. I may have to re-rate this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Bottle, just like in the image. Pours dark brown with nice off whitehead. Complex taste which is hard to accurately recollect on. Roasted buttery notes with hints of alcohol. Sugary sweet with yeast and toffee - yet hops are noticeable. I hope to have more of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Pours dark brown with off white head. The aroma is sugar sweet with a touch of berries. The flavor is sweet but with some bitterness. The alcohol is very present. You need to like sweet belgian beers for this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bontus (749) - Flanders, BELGIUM - NOV 25, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 Bottle. Pours dark brown, dark golden with a ruby shade and a small beige head. Immediate candy like scent. Aromaís of sweet fruit, candy, wine & (burnt) sugar. Predominantly sweet flavors, bit of bitterness in the nose. Quite a complex tasting experience after all. The palate packs a bunch of punch, one in the mouth, one in the stomach and one in the head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CIPS514 (77) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2007
I was really drunk by the time I came around to this one. But I remember the color being great and the taste was, at the time and under the conditions, amazing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MagnusVMagnum (48) - USA - NOV 20, 2007
This is one of those Belgiums which reminds me so much of OTHER Belgiums. I love Belgium beer, but many all remind me of one of the first ones I tried (Delirium Tremens and Nocturnum). This one is somewhere in that vicinity, which is both good and bad. Great tasting, but Iíd like to find some more Belgium beers that have their own distinct flavor instead of variations on a beer I already know and love. Price is similar to Delirium, but I do like the 10.5% alcohol level better than 8.5%, so perhaps Iíll be revisiting this one again regardless.

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