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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 2658   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.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2007
This is a unique beer, and very tasty! It pours a cloudy deep maroon with huge frothy beige head with spicey aroma. The taste is full of sweet toffee and dry fruits with a balanced tartness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2007
Enticing white glass bottle with a rather hefty price tag attached. Captivating opaque brown color, thick tan head and real nice crazy lacing. This looks great. Dark fruits, yeast, and a heavy dose of sugar permeate the air above the glass. There is a blatant alcohol nose associated with the aroma as well letting you know that this glass will take some time. Sweet and gritty on the palate with a huge alcohol burn, sturdy would be an understatement in describing this beer. Flavor comes across as a Belgian beer mixed with a sweet dry red wine. Plenty of grapes and plums with a big Belgian yeastiness. Musty and flavorful, fairly sweet with that already familiar alcohol harshness. This is a big beer in all aspects, pretty darn good but too pricey to be a regular.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
posikyle (165) - Alabama, USA - AUG 19, 2007
A great malty aroma, pours opaque, with some deep red around the edges. Great beer, really one you can feel in your mouth. Citrucy after taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 18, 2007
A deliciously complex beer, full of spicy alcoholic warmth. A beautiful beer for cold nights.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2007
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 Invitingly sweet-smelling, with toffee-caramel aromas and some dates too. Color is a bit on the mousy side and looks a tad thinner than I remember...but its still a nice beer. Very good breadiness in the body, also raisins. Smooth and good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
blindeyedbetty (189) - Utah, USA - AUG 9, 2007
11.2 oz. bottle (thanks, Acknud!) pours a beautiful chocolate brown with fluffy head. Medium sized bubbles interspersed with big, sticky ones, leading to significant lacing as the head recedes. This 10.5% ABV is not hidden, but rather, quite "in your face." Aroma of sweet, mellow malt is overtaken by the bitter taste of alcohol in front palate. But this burn mellows to a toffee sweetness followed by yeast and a finish of bitter chocolate and malt. This one has a definite kick and is not for the weak at heart. This would be a beautiful beer for a nice cold evening in front of the fireplace

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2530) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2007
strong alcohol taste right out of the bottle! but gratefully that settles down fast. mellow indeed! creamy slick and nice honey/vanilla tone in there. earthy and spirited this is a belgium brew that is just nice and different enough. easy on the traditional belgian spice. and infused with that wonderful sweetness that truly grows on you. soft carbonation...gonna have to re-rate this. nice nice brew.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b33r (830) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2007
Very nice dark ruby in color with small foamy cream head and good lacing. Aroma is strong, malty and fruity. Full body, very malty and sweet with notes of brown sugar. Nice hop finish. Alcohol is evident but blends well.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 29, 2007
12 oz Bottle - Pours a dark brown/rubyish color with a good, long-lasting head and mild lacing. Aroma is malt, sweetness, light fruit, and undertones of alcohol. Taste is strong, robust, malty, sweetmess, and slight alcoholic aftertaste. Pretty good brew, but also pricey @ $18 for a four pack.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
marvelred21 (6) - USA - JUL 29, 2007 does not count
Out of the bottle... poured a dark nut brown color with a thick off-white head. Aroma is strong with sweet malts and fruit with a mild smell of alcohol. The flavor is strong with dark fruits, figs and plums and brown sugar. Sweet malts and alcohol are very strong, but complimented by the fruit and brown sugar. Overall, a very good ale.


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