hiddenvariable (209) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at sharp edge. pours a dark brown with a thinnish tan head. huge nose with dark fruits and spices knocking around. great taste with plum and other dark and bitter fruits mixed with a tasty (coriander?) spice. slightly heavier than medium bodied with a fair carbonation that finished with a tiny tingle of bitterness mixed with a tinier tingle of sweetness. a very tasty beer that got more complex and fruitier as it warmed.
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy brown that has a big touch of amber to it. Minimal head. Nose is slight with a lean towards marshmallows. Touch of citrus. Flavor is very well balanced with a strong sweet tone that stays constant. Strong and steady. After a while you get a slight alcohol tone that has stayed masked consistently as you drink. Tons of things rolling over your tongue on this one. Caramel is another. Mouthfeel is a bit too high on the carbonation, which drops the drinkability just a touch. Overall damn good. Worth trying. Worth trying again.
GlenVargas (148) - Missouri, USA - SEP 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I opened my bottle of Gulden Draak with some lofty expectations. For one, I paid five-dollars for the damn thing. Two, I love Belgian strong ales anyways. Three, this particular beer was highly recommended (top ten) by a friend of mine. And, four, the totally awesome bottle just had to be an indication of a totally awesome taste. Despite the cost of Gulden Draak, I was very generous, splitting the 11.2 ounces three ways. I was surprised to find that this golden dragon wasnít golden at all, but a deep mahogany. The head was a caramely brown, but I didnít think it was as intense as some other Belgians Iíve had. Upon my first sip, I remained incredulous--a little maltier than expected, a little too much alcohol taste, not as fruity as I wanted. Upon my second sip, I thought it was a little sweeter, with a little more of that chocolate/toffee taste that I just missed on the initial quaff. By the third sip, I realized, "Wow. This is a top fifteen beer." It began to warm up a little and developed the additional oak and wine sensations. I didnít say a damn thing when one of the glasses holding a third of the bottle was handed back to me, and, by the time I had polished everything off, Gulden Draak had moved from a top fifteen to a top ten. This beer is worth the hype and monetary hit, complex and substantial.
HomerJ1967 (2) - ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2007 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Malty, Caramel, strong sweet coffee, yeasty, Bottle conditioned, Excellent, my #2 all time favourite beer.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012
Date: December 14, 1997
Source: Samís, Chicago
Appearance: dark brown, frothy white head
Aroma: rich malt aroma with a hint of floral hops
Flavor: rich spicy malt flavor, light bitterness, hint of warmth
Date: January 16, 2003
Appearance: muddy brown with a fine tan head
Aroma: sweet malt aroma like chocolate cover raisons
Flavor: rich malt with the flavor of dates, hint of spicyness, touch of chocolate, no sense of alcohol
Date: November 14, 2004
rich, fruity, stays true to the bottle
Date: May 17, 2005
picking up some bitterness, still lots of rich fruit with a bit of sweetness, perfect creamy body
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: **** /4
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
BosnSeaOtter (9) - Brentwood, California, USA - AUG 24, 2007 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At once I noticed a strong sweet taste. Almost like a wine. Gut a little too sweet for general drinking but nice Ale for a change. I let it become room temp and it was still nice and smooth. and sweet.
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - AUG 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Dark mahogany with cream colored head. Honey aroma and taste. Slightly carbonated on the palate. The high alcohol was apparent at the end of the sip.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 I REALLY liked this one. Poured a beautiful deep caramel color. Caramel malt aroma. Very complex flavor with malt, caramel and toffee. Very intriguing brew that packs a punch! Will definitely have again.
mike_77 (5062) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red brown colour. Quite a strong, malty aroma. Itís fairly sweet and malty with a little caramel. Considering the high alcohol content this is fairly easy to drink. Texture is quite rich and oily.
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Sampled in july 2004 at the B∆NK.] Very strong alcoholic, but wonderful beer with notes of licorice, bitterness, caramel, warmneth, berries. Medium to fullbodied and a great burning aftertaste.