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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2672   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2009 Bottled. Beautiful garnet body--rather clear--topped with a large, fully-lasting, creamy head the color of maple-nut ice cream, leaving behind beautiful rings of lace to coat the glass. The aroma is light and fruity, similar to champaign, a touch alcoholic, yeasty--musky, earthy--unbelievably estery, banana, honeyed. Body is medium with lots of lively, coarse carbonation and a pleasantly dry finish. Flavor is light, coying, fruity (berries, banana, white grape, pear), honeyed--tons of esters--and a mild, noble-hop finish. The alcohol is only noticeable in the warmth in my chest and on the back-side of the heavy malts. Lovely concoction; impressively transparent alcohol; extremely fruity and sweet. Probably not for everyone; has some generic beer flavor; is a little light-bodied for such a big beer, but itís rather good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rayg1 (586) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Pours out a muddy brown color with a nice light brown head. This one pours out pretty thick. This was not at all what I was expecting when I picked up this bottle. Aroma is sweet toffee and caramel with some plums and raisins. Taste is very rich, I swear this is like a desert in a bottle! More sweet caramel, figs, and this time Iím picking up some brown sugar. Typical yeasty spicyness of a triple. The hops offer some bitterness to balace this sugar bomb out but come up just a bit short. Towards the end this brew gets a bit cloying.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2007
On tap, from old notes. Mahogany brown with chunky off white foam. Aroma is a little hot with lots of sweet malt also. Flavor is more heat and more sweet malts, some yeasty spiciness also.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bp (881) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2007
Bottle: pours a dark redish brown with a thin but long lasting tan head, aroma of red grapes, flavor of dried dark fruits and toffee with only the slightest warming in the back of your throat to let you know this has some kick. Very nice beer that I will certainly drink more often.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - OCT 8, 2007
750 ml bottle poured dark reddish brown whith an off white billowy head Aromas of grapes (almost vinegar) and yeast fill the nose thru the tulip glass . Smooth rich palate with a slight alcohol burn . The taste of malts, fruits, and alcohol are wonderfuly filling my mouth a well made ale and great bottle design keeps out the uvís

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2007
11.2 oz bottle in the variety pack. When I was pouring it out of the bottle it didnít appear as dark as it now looks in the glass. The head was very thick, off white. Sweet, malty, carmelly, I wish my alergies werenít acting up so I could appreciate this one better. I havenít been that impressed with this label. and it appears this one is the best of the lot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - OCT 6, 2007
750 ml. bottle produced billowy off white tan head. Dark brown color in the glass with malty sweet wafting smells. Smooth and rich on the palate with plum, fig flavors. Nice long lasting finish . Very enjoyable brew no doubt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 5, 2007
Pours a slightly cloudy amber-brown with an insanely bubbly, huge head. Sweet, pungent aroma of partially refined sugar, berries, and notes of malt & alcohol. Rich, sweet malt taste - sweet red grape, alcohol, dry but lingering sweet finish. Hops not intrusive, just slightly tart. Body is milky and just a wee bit overcarbonated. This is miles better than the Vintage/Christmas version. What a nice beer to stumble upon!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2007
A ruby claret colour. Nose of berries yeast and noticeable alcohol. The beer has a medium body with a soft mouth feel. The taste is noticeably sweet but with a dry hoppiness. Not as accomplished as Duvel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2007
Bottle. Pours deep amber / brown. Beige head. Lacing. Aroma is dark fruits with malt. Taste is sweet / plums / spices. Finish is smooth with a nice bitterness. Can become cloying if drunk too slowly.

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