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

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RATINGS: 2516   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4404) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2007
The bottle looked cool enough for a try. Pours a nice dark reddish amber with a pretty, tan, creamy head. The aroma definitely carries traces of the alcohol, fruit notes, and an earthy aroma. Lets see how she tastes. Hmm, definitely alcohol, hmmm wine taste, it has the dry mature fruit, aged taste that reminds me of a wine. I tend to like the dry fruity belgians so this appeals to me. Not as much of the belgian yeasty taste, more of a crisp warm mouthfeel to it along with the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours a very dark, red tinged, brown with a frothy two finger head. The foam fades slowly to a very thick cap, leaving behind large chucks of foam on the glass. Smell; sweet dark fruits, and chocolate are the dominant aromas with some spicy yeasts. There’s also a bit of alcohol in the nose, and with the fruity notes, lends an almost vinous quality to the beer. Taste; cherries and plums greet the tongue on the initial sips, followed by a little bit of chocolate and caramel. There’s a bit of a floral quality in the middle, and a fairly large alcohol presence in the finish. If it were not for the strong alcohol presence, this beer would be really damn good. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice smooth natural ccarbonation, and due to the alcohol the drinkability takes a significant hit.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours a deep brick brown with ruby tones. There is easily 3" of a thick head of clumpy light tan foam. Good lacing. Full of malt, molasses, and raisin in the aroma. Very malty beer, loaded with molasses, raisins, rum, anise, Belgian yeast, and chocolate. The finish has flavors of toffee and rum. Full bodied and full carbonation - excellent mouthfeel. A dryness from roasted grains and a mild spiciness from the yeast and/or hops lingers through the aftertaste. A great beer, and an old standby.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3573) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2007
33 cl bottle. I love the shape of the bottles the Belgians use, and the white coated glass makes this one exceptional. These remind me of the "steinies" used by American brewers in the 40’s and 50’s. The beer itself pours a deep brown with a thick, creamy light tan head. Pleasant aroma of caramel, malt, and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is dates, caramel and malt. Very nice, almost chewy mouthfeel, not unlike a piece of toffee melting in your mouth. Quite enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2007
33cl bottle - pours dark brown, only slightly hazy under the light, with a big off-white head that towered out of my Chimay goblet. It’s a Tripel, but it looks like a Dubbel. Interesting. Aroma is a bit alcoholic, but not unpleasant as it mingles very well with the powerfully sweet ripe fruit and yeast. A bit toffee-like. Same toffee sweetness shows up in the flavour, only accented more, with alcohol warming at the back of the throat and a creamy yeastiness at the front. Ripe dark fruit all the way through, raisins being the most in evidence to me. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick. The ABV definitely shows itself and I started feeling this thing halfway through the glass. A nice and unique Belgian Tripel. Plus, the bottle is fantastic.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AngryJohnny (3) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2007 does not count
Had the good fortune to have the beer on tap. Nice brown color and fairly clear with a nice bubbly head. Complex aroma – a bit of a raisin scent up front but gives way to citrus and yeast. Despite the high abv, there wasn’t a noticeable alcohol character. Fruity flavor with notes of spice. A very enjoyable beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2007
(bottle) Pours a clear brown with a fading head. Soft sweet and fruity on the nose. Bitter bubbling apple-like punch has a smooth finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loseratheart (110) - USA - JAN 8, 2007
Honey, apples raisins and the usual belgian background. Red brown, creamy head. Sweet malt, apples, citrus, but the flavors lack balance - the front of the mouth promisses a lot which the back does not hold. The strength gives it a seemingly full body. Nice nightcap.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2007
The whole thing about this beer indicates its exceptionel character. The white bottle, the bizzare dragon on the label and the fact that it’s a triple even though the colour is deep brown. It forms a dense, lasting head and looks gorgerous in the glass. The aroma is heavy and is full of ripe fruit, berries and a up-front yeasty sensation. the taste is nearly overwhelmeangly sweet, but the slightly metallic hoppiness makes up for it as does the lively carbonation (it is now over an hour since I popped the cap...) It is a fine beer, and even though it’s classified as a Belgian Strong Ale, I really get the triple sensation when drinking it.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7671) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 4, 2007
This brown ale poured with a creamy tan head, eliciting a strong alcohol aroma. Although it is billed as a Tripel style ale, it is more like a Strong Ale in that it is dark-colored and rather sweet. The flavor is of caramel malt, spices, raisins and alcohol. This is a complex and tasty beer.


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