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


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RATINGS: 2299   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Poured from a bottle this beer appears a nice dark brown with gentle clouds creamy light with a nice thick head to match. The aroma is malty banana bread with hints of the big ABV. Flavor is peppery sweet with some estery accents following and coating the mouth with some belgian yummies. A fairly full mouthfeel with a balanced amount of fizz. Belgian beers never disappoint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6108) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2005
Bottle (330ml). Beer of Belgium Gift pack 6of6. Poured dark, clear deep reddish brown with a huge tightly foamy-cramy lasting tan head. Aroma of alcohol, bready yeast, caramel roast malt, pepper, cloves, fruits, perhaps a hint of licorice and chocolate - very nice strong dark belgian, not outstanding. Taste continues the promise of the aroma, spicy, like an alcoholic chocolate Quality Street candy, some fruit - mouthfeel almost fizzy, definitely alcoholic and candyish. A real ear-warmer, best of the box, solid commercial strong belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlagstoneHill (213) - Erie, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Bottle.. ..Light malt aroma with hints of toffee. Yeasty esters... ...Rocky tan head. Hazy reddish-brown. Champagne-like bubbles add to head volume after a minute or 2. Really cool looking in a belgain ale glass... ...sweet finish, spicy middle, complex end. Some odd tinny notes. Roasty.... ...med-heavy body, carbonated, prickly, but mouth coating after a while... ...A spicy Belgian brown ale. Lots of malt in the start, with a spicy finish. The alcohol is noticeable. Good stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2005
Dark brown and red color, medium hazy appearance. Big beige head. Spices, licorice, strong sweetness with brown sugar in aroma. Mild alcohol and roasted tones in aroma too. Near full bodied. Strong sweetness in flavor, licorice, anis, medium and warming alcohol in the end. Aftertaste is long with alcohol, some spices and licorice. Excellent brew!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Dark brown color, very quickly dissapearing head. Not much in the way of an aroma, sweet highly malty taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarkoR (524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2005
Very good beer. Strong and tasty. Thick in taste, rich in flavor. Pours dark brown. Aromas of caramel and cherry. Nice creamy head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Big stuff. Real good. Gorgeous carbonation of a brew. I love what the Belgians can do with malt and yeast and tiny bubbles. Warming afterglow on flavors of tofee with a hint of citrus. Almost wine-like strength with slight (very slight) tartness. DO NOT DRINK COLD.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Amator (29) - USA - NOV 26, 2005
My favorite belgian dark ale. I have yet to introduce a person to Gulden Draak who doesn’t immediately exclaim, "That’s one of the best beers I’ve ever had." Yes, I know. :)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2005
33 cl bottle. Reddish brown colour with a nice beige head. Nice sweet complex aroma, also sweet complex flavour with hints of dried fruit. Ends up a little alcoholic but overall a great tastful beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pfr (121) - København, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2005
33 cl bottel Color - Red/Brown Head - Light beige Aroma - sweet Flavor - Sweet Good special beer, good taste

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