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


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RATINGS: 2709   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - JAN 3, 2008
The white bottle threw me off a little. I wasn’t expecting such a great beer. It poured and the "thickness" could be seen right away. The malt flavors of carmel, coffee and toffee could be tasted. Only a slight hint of the high alcohol content. One of my new favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Bottle - Nice sweet smell, also scented yeast and a little alchol, some caraml (maybe the color is just making me think that) and maybe some hop. Fruity sweet taste. Thick mouthfeel, but enjoyable, maybe a desert beer to cap off other beers. Maybe an initial alcohol taste that disappears and taken over by the sweetness, some kind of apple or raisen spice. I like it verymuch, maybe to overpowering for some. But i prefer to be overpowered by a quality receipe than overpowered by hops like an IPA. Very good beer! One of my favorite Belguims so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pet3rman (375) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Dark brown pour with big head and some lacing. Aroma is sweet and yeasty with alcohol. Taste is like the aroma. Dark ripe fruit, yeast and alcohol. Surprisingly well balanced for a triple. Will drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
georgekessel (68) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2008
I think I had a bad bottle. Dark chestnut brown in color, HUGE over-foaming cream colored head, fragrant tones of brandy. However the taste was extremely acidic and overwhelmed my palate to the point that I was unable to drink another beer the entire night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jb (2964) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Dark brown with faint orange highlights and a medium thick head with moderate lacing and minimal retention. Very full rich aroma of dark ripe fruit, yeast, bread dough, chocolate and caramel. Equally thick and sharp palate at the start, thins out a bit as you drink it then very light hops at the end. Wonderful. As it warms the alcohol shows up and this becomes like brandy. Dang this is a good 6 pack of beer with 6 different beers from this brewer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown with amber ruby edges; tan head with larger bubbles. Doppelbock, dunkel aroma, roast chocolate, caramelization. Acidic carbonation evident at first sip. Yeast character is present but subdued compared to other Belgian ales. Flavor is deep and complex with some raisin, alcohol, dark crystal, some straw or earth notes. Balanced. Excellent when served at cellar temps, becomes smoother. Very warming. Very excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2007
On tap. Dark brown appearance with a sweet aroma with a hint of dark fruit. Although this beer is sweet there is some how a balance and it works for me. One of my favorite Belgium beers. Its dark, strong spicy and the yeast all together make for an outstanding balanced beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbean (110) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2008 Bottle. Pours dark brown, surprisingly dark for a triple, with thick offi-white head. Aroma is of caramel, dark fruit, and brown sugar. Flavor is fruitly, caramel malts and yeast. Alcohol is well hidden. One of my favorite belgian ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Tased this brew at my favorite beer joint in Media, PA called Quotations. This one was just tapped and the beer was slightly warm so I was not able to enjoy it as I would have liked. Tasted chocolately with rich malty overtnes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
naivepegasus (366) - USA - DEC 17, 2007
Pours a dark ruby-brown with a few fingers of white-tan head. Sweet odor of raisins and caramel malts. Thick, almost syrupy taste to it, really deep and sweet. Fruity and malty, and surprisingly good. I paid too much for this at a bad liquor store out of curiosity, but tasting it I do not feel nearly as ripped off now.

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