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


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RATINGS: 2555   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 16/20
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - FEB 4, 2007
very tasty. Deep red, khaki head. Sweet maltiness with intense hops. Sweet and bitter combo is well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (13345) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 4, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, caramel. Flavour is alcohol, caramel, sweet, cellar notes, spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 3, 2007
(330 ml bottle via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=2 target=blank>OhioDad, thanks Scott!, cellared for 11 mos. after trade) Great - tasty and complex...Pours very murky slightly reddish brown. One finger of biege head recedes to a nice covering layer. Aroma is wonderful - stewed fruits, brown sugar and strong, yeasty red wine. Mouthfeel smooth and heavy. Lots of lightly prickly carbonation. Little bit sticky at end. Flavor of brown sugar, sweet, boozy, sugary red wine and stewed dark fruit. Kind of hot but didn’t detract. Great. Reminded me alot of Ommegang but a notch better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Had this one in a Belgian 6 pack sampler. Very F####ing glad I grabbed it. This is one of my favorite ones. Very powerfull smell and flavor. Pours a little darker than most orange/amber color. Very appealing smell. The flavor in this one is top notch, just a great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
millysdaddy (67) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2007
750 ml. bottle. Pours dark ruby red with an off-white head and nice lacing. Aromas of caramel, raisin and apple. The caramel and raisin are featured in the flavor with a noticable roasted maltiness. The beer also has a very full and creamy body. It’s a tad on the sweet side for my personal taste but quite enjoyable nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RaphaelN (195) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2009 Bottle at St. Veronus. Incredible beer! I was recommended this as an alternative since all the Rocheforts were out. Very large head which made this gem look gorgeous in the tulip. Aroma was fairly pleasant and fruity, but rather faint. The flavour on this thing is gorgeous! It tastes to me like a hot-rodded Chimay Bleu. This is exactly what Chimay is missing. Taste is of molasses, brown sugar, plums and caramel. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. One of the best belgians I have had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer5000 (5319) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 2, 2007
750ml bottle. Dark, dark red body with a big white head. Rich malty aroma with just a little hint of warming alcohol. Flavor is sweet, slightly roasted, dry fruit (raisin, prunes) a little spicy and some alcohol. A very nice and full bodied beer, probably the best from Steenberg.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2007
On tap @ McNulty’s Bier Market: Reddish gold in color with an off white head. Aroma, yeast, some spices, fruits and sweet malts. Flavor, sticky sweetness up front, some fruits and spices behind that. There is a bit of heat to it, but nothing overwhelming. Enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JAN 30, 2007
This had a large,frothy head.nice lacing.Aroma was a biting one of fresh grass and oak?The color was a dark brown,approaching black.Great bitter,and deep taste.Rasins,honey,and malt.I have a cold and am plugged up.so my taste is a bit wacked,but I think i’m fairly accurate in my deScription.Will buy again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (15762) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2008 Bottle, 75cl corked. A hazy reddish dark orange-golden beer with a lasting beige head. Some cellar and alcohol in the aroma, but dried fruits and dark sugars are more evident. Full-bodied and almost sticky sweet in the mouth, quite warming from the alcohol. Sweet flavor with dried fruits, some cellar and dark sugars. Caramel too. Nice bitterness to support the sweetness in the finish. Not as complex as the trappists, but a very nice one. Maybe a bit warm, but I like it. Rating: 7-4-8-4-15-3.8 (081205)

Bottled, 75cl champagne cork. It pours a bit unclear, orange-brown with a reddish hue and a beige head. Sweet nose with some caramel and roasted malt, and spices and more sweetness. Nice, sweet flavor, with spices and caramel. Fullbodied, lovely beer. (061229)

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