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


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RATINGS: 2554   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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - MAR 30, 2007
wow excellent beer, very smooth, nice dark red color with good head, sweet looking bottle too

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Very dark red body. Well retained and constantly shifting head, tall but compact. Sweet and simple aroma of grainy malts, rich caramel, pineapple and lesser other tropical fruits, heaping globs of candy sugar, alcohol unrestrained, raisins, apple pie and clove. Flavor is nothing like the aroma. Sugar tastes burned upon a stove, alcohol is intense and lingering, warming from start to finish. Chewy malts interplay nicely with sweet fruitiness. This is indeed a very slow sipper, gloriously decadent. How is this so sweet without ever becoming cloying, I’ve wondered in the past. Finishes with moderate grassy hoppiness and a spoonful of sugar. Palate is full and nonsensically sticky, but I love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HooperX (13) - Decatur, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2007
this is probably the most metalsome beer i’ve ever tried. it comes in glass bottles, but they’re frosted with a faux-ceramic covering. The logo is black and has a big shiny gold dragon on it. This seriously looks like something a wizard should be quaffing before a fierce battle. Plus, its name means "Golden Dragon" in Belgianese. This beer’s packaging is the equivalent of a Dio album cover. The beer itself is a super-strong Belgian Triple. Tastes almost sickly sweet, in a good way. Very strong, with a bit of a burn on the way down. It smells like candy and caramel, with a fruity kind of taste. It tastes, more or less, like a pretty good Belgian Ale. Strong and badass and tasty. Just like a MIGHTY GOLDEN DRAGON. Recommended.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
omhper (21894) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 25, 2007
Bottled at Pressklubben, Stockholm. Lightly hazy amber, minimal head. Syrupy caramel that simmers in a pudding of pineaple jam. Extremely sweet. Medium bodied with thick syrupy mouthfeel. Some burnt sugar. Nuances just drown in a sea of sweetness. Not good at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunsho (134) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 23, 2007
dark brown with a golden head, very spicy and complex, had difficulties deciphering flavors. very heavy palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Lots of spices in the aroma.Pours a brownish red with a medium light tan head.Lots of spices in the flavor.Medium mouthfeel with a spiced finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
robinvboyer (3698) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2007
wasn’t a big fan of this, I must say he best park was the bottle. I foudn it VERY boozy, and it overpowered most of the flavour. maybe an off bottle, but not very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nightfall (1306) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAR 12, 2007
Dark red color with huge head. Sweet aromas , raisin chocolate, berries. Sweet flavours of red fruit , sugar , some hops. A very good dessert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jerre (3019) - Waregem, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 Bottle, 33cl - This was more than 18 years ago one of the first special darks beers i’ve drink it. And still love it. Dark brown, with a big off-white head. Compicated. Aroma is a bit alcoholic, with the powerfully sweet ripe fruit and yeast. A bit toffee-like. Same toffee sweetness shows up in the flavour, with alcohol warming at the back. One of the beers belgian beers with a original bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4187) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2007
Bottle. Popped with a bang…..with is it with me and coark almost had my head shoot off once again. Head was huge and slightly off-white creamy. Color was brown with a light hazy body. Aroma was nice mix of fruit, caramel, grain, berries, date and some yeast and alcohol. Medium to full boded with a fizzy carbonation. Flavor was mostly sweet, with light notes of bitterness. The ending has some light bitter and slightly dry notes.

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