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

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RATINGS: 2291   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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.


3.8
   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.

3.2
   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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2005
This beer pours with a large, tan, creamy head with good lacing. The head diminishes quickly though, leaving behind a sparkling red beer with a moderately strong malty aroma with hints of yeast. The beer tastes very sweet initially with just hints of bitterness, but this quickly gives way to a an acidic finish with plenty of carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Pours a red color with a frothy white head. Very candy aroma and taste. The molasses is noticable in taste and aroma.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Otje (677) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2005 strong yummy beer. very brown, biege head. aroma: kandy, bit fruity. taste is where this really shines: sweet, bit burnt, dark candy sugar, dark fruit, caramel and molasses. big alc. warming finish. full bodied. nice one.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2005
2 words come to mind with this ale. Thick and Creamy and no, it’s not a racey movie. Dark fruits in a floral bouquet open up the aroma melting into a deep toffee and molasses, dark fruits, served on a sterling silver 10.5% platter.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yard (45) - Senoia, Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Deep aroma with intense malts. Thick to taste but rich in flavor. Stout on palette and aftertaste. Dark and heavy. Not bad, but the alcohol% is what makes the beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (1994) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2005
330 ml bottle. I have to agree with RB.com and not with the description. This did not seem like a Tripel to me. The pour was golden brown with a very large head. Lacing was quite nice. Aromas were beautiful. Caramel, Molassas, dark cherry. The flavors were similar, with toffee notes and a very noticible alcohol heat. Very tasty. I like it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2005 Delicious rich flavor; like drinking malted gold. Chocolate raisins, barleywheat, molasses. Incredibly smooth. Have absolutely no idea what beer some of these other raters were drinking. A group of us shared one of the larger bottles and we were all overjoyed. I instantly knew: this is one of my favorites.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Pours a dark, hazy redish-brown with a thin quickly dissipating head. Typical belgian ale aroma, nothing too special - you’ve got the sweet malts, dark fruits, cherry, molasses, and caramel. Tastes almost like a dopple bock. Thick and sweet with strong malts, spices, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, raisins. Very nice alcohol warmth on the palate and good mouth-feel. Creamy texture and excellent floral hops in the finish. This belgian is delicous and goes down smooth with very little bitterness or sourness.


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