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

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RATINGS: 2686   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.


3.7
   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.

4.1
   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.

4.3
   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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
QuelqueChose (3) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 18, 2007 does not count
Sweet malt and esters overwhelm the aroma with a slight phenolic in the background. The ruby golden colour of this beer maintained a caramel head. On tasting the beer it had a big brown sugar, almost íwortyí taste. The alcohol was prevalent with buttery notes that arise after it warms past cellar temperature. It was cloying to the pallet which higher levels of carbonation would have helped.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2007
The pour is a nice golden brown, with plenty of head. The nose is complex, and even greater so with a little bit of breathing. It caramel, dried fruits and many spices to be extremely well balanced triple. The favor, like the aroma is complex and quite great, hints of dried fruit, belgian candy sugar, yeast. The overall experience hides itís alcohol content better that the legendary Scaldis brand, and is a true pleasure to drink. Will be drinking this again, and maybe quite often.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yarry (528) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2007
33cl bottle, 10.5% a/v Last bottle of my belgian ale gift pack from LCBO. Pours a very dark burgundy/brown colour with an intense haze and a large tan head. The aroma is incredibly complex, mixing toffee, fruit, licorice, yeast, and spice. For a 10.5% alcohol beer, your nose cant detect it whatsoever. The taste is very sweet and fruity. Almost like grape juice, with caramel, some slight notes of roasted malt, which then transforms into a very mellow, mildly alcoholic finish. The palate is very full, leaving your tongue looking for flavours below the flavours as there are so many tastes within this beer that every sip is diffrent. This is a VERY good beer, and I may buy the gift pack again just for this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2007
From probably the most bizarre yet interesting looking bottle Iíve seen yet, it pours a dark burgundy, with a huge tan head. The aroma is different, toffee, some sort of dried fruit, fig and/or prune, yeast, cotton candy, generally very sweet, no hint of the alcohol. The flavour is much the same, with a bitter sweet finish, followed by hops, then more lingering malts. Not much hint of the ABV, I can tell itís strong, but thereís not much of a burn, nor alcoholic taste. The mouth-feel is of course heavier, but not huge. Over-all Iím actually impressed with this one, it seems like a strange, somewhat mysterious little brew. There was actually something under the bottle cap that looked like rust, either that or there was a small explosion when I popped off the cap, but either way I get the impression my sample might be ever so slightly aged, which seems to have turned out well. The final and most impressive beer of my Belgian Ale pack from the LCBO.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2007
Mahogany color with huge (3 finger) rocky, tan head. Good lacing. Aroma is winey...sour...carbonation is pronounced. Flavor is sweet...some candy...hint of caramel. Carbonation is a tad distracting. Subtle fruit I canít pin point...prunes? Finishes clean. Over all, very enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2007
I thought this beer was pretty good. It was spirited, and tasted to me a bit like cognac (not that Iíve had cognac more than once in my life), and was a nice way to cap off an evening. It poured a clear red sparkling color. A liquor-like aroma that Iím guessing is cognac-like with a deep smell and lots of alcohol esters. Flavor was cereal and malty with a warming sensation and thick brown liquor like caramel flavor. Mouthfeel was thick and astringent, like a liquor. Pretty good. Iíd recommend this.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2007
Clear dark red beer with a nice beige head. Low carbonation. Aroma of caramel, vanilla and dark fruits. Some overripe bananas as well. Complex flavor. Dark fruits, vanilla, caramel, some alcohol and at the end a more malty sweetness.


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