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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2352   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stabatrehab (6) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2006 does not count
A Pavlovís pop of the cork and itís Fernandoís "You look marvelous"! Ruby and as dark as I have seen a Belgian. Now the divorce papers... AL-KA-HOL...way upfront and throughout. Dark fruit,bread,toffee,slight mineral to a lil bit of a sticky finish. Give them a couple of tenths for accurate description. A must try again.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wintersdying (49) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 7, 2006
pours medium amber with light creamy head. sweet aroma. malty and slightly yeasty (if it was blind, iíd know it was a belgian is what i mean). nice and bubbly and has a lingering sweetness to it.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Draft. Dark to red brown pour with a sweet malty aroma. Sweet malty flavor with a little more carbonation than I thought. Not too bad......

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2006
rich taste great to sit and sip, every sip goes down and makes me think differntly about it.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Bottle Pours a clear brown with a large frothy light brown head, mostly lasting with decent lacing. Aroma is fruity. Taste is okay with pretty hidden alcohol. Has a decent carbonation and an okay duration. Has a hefty body and a pretty good aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rederic (3062) - montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2006
Hazy dark mahogany hue, with an atomic mushroom tan-colored head, the nose is one of bready, caramelized malt, toffeish notes, nice sweet dark dried fruits of plums, figs ,dates, burnt brown sugar, chocolatey accent in the aroma, follows through on a full-bodied palate with a sweet caramelized malt, burnt brown sugar, with a good sweet character hidding well the alcoholic strenght, fruity accent of dark dried fruits, molstly figs, dates, raisins and a toffeish note, leading towards a sweet malty side and a tickling acidic finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2008 The commercial description is perfect. Charcoal brown w/ champagne size bubbles. Full, semi creamy froth that reduces to a creamy island. Froth is very clingy. Alcohol is well hidden w/ a touch of sweet malt. Hazed, dark honey brown color. Full nectar. Flavors of stonefruit, grapes, melon, tobacco, honey, bitters, clove spice. Finish is bittered w/ a delayed asprin mechanism. Tingles the lips.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Pours a cloudy brown, with nice white head. Pretty sweet, big caramel sweetness, also nutty, malty, but very sweet and tasted damn good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbrixius (136) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Part of the mixed six pack, I saved this one for last. Very sweet, rich tasting, and would be great for a dessert beer, which by chance is what I consumed it as. The head and thickness werenít as pronounced as the commercial desription states.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
butterfield (6) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2006 does not count
this realy has everything, dark, complex, gentle nose, but strenght in depth, an absolute power of belgian brewing


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