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


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RATINGS: 2698   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2007
I thought this beer was pretty good. It was spirited, and tasted to me a bit like cognac (not that I’ve had cognac more than once in my life), and was a nice way to cap off an evening. It poured a clear red sparkling color. A liquor-like aroma that I’m guessing is cognac-like with a deep smell and lots of alcohol esters. Flavor was cereal and malty with a warming sensation and thick brown liquor like caramel flavor. Mouthfeel was thick and astringent, like a liquor. Pretty good. I’d recommend this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2007
Clear dark red beer with a nice beige head. Low carbonation. Aroma of caramel, vanilla and dark fruits. Some overripe bananas as well. Complex flavor. Dark fruits, vanilla, caramel, some alcohol and at the end a more malty sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2007 Bottle conditioned and courtesy of the LCBO. Deep brown body with a long-lasting tan head. Aroma of caramel and vanilla. Extremely sweet, chewy flavour, with the caramel coming through again. Goes down very smoothly, and I imagine would pair well with desserts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CEZ (412) - Milano, ITALY - OCT 30, 2007
Brown body, good, lasting beige head. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, alcohol. Very sweet and warm with ripe prunes, cherries, liquor, dried fruits. Some hoppy notes manage to make their way through the thick maltiness and add some balance to the finish. Smooth, olily, chewy mouthfeel. More alcohol warmth in the aftertaste. A deep and complex, even if a bit extreme, meditation beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12078) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2007
Tap @ den Tatoverede Enke, Cph. Pours a deep ruby-red with a big creamy yellow-white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity with prunes, vanilla and caramel. Very dubbel-ish flavour: sweet fruity, strawberries, red apples, prunes and a vinious streak. Some spices and herbs as well. Extremely drinkable (the 10,5 % completely hidden)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Codythegreat (149) - Carrollton, Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2008 Pours a very dark honey colour with a light tan head. Fruity aroma and taste. Pretty good. Drank this out of a tumbler.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gpnterojd (179) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2007
Pours a deep reddish cloudy brown. Professionally crafted head, as with all the beers from this brewer that I’ve tried. Strong, biting alcohol in the scent, combined with the sweet malts it is reminiscent of liqueur filled chocolates. As I drink and the beer warms, I can also detect some nutty scents -- walnuts?. Ooo, this one is nice. Flavour is quite sweet, balanced by a monster burst of alcohol which appears at the same time a peculiar tang does -- though the tang outlasts the alcohol. Nice, fruity, and quite complex. Vanilla, apples, toffee and caramel. A few hops surface lightly in the aftertaste. Full bodied, though the finish is still somewhat dry. Throat exhibits a lasting alcohol warmth. Yum.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TrefwoordPunk (958) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2009 Bottle 33 cl. Dark brown white a grayish head. Vanilla, caramel, coffee and alcohol and alcohol with a short but good aftertaste!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
heavy (2773) - Split, CROATIA - OCT 29, 2007
25/10 0.33 l bottle at Hopdevil. Wonderful, brown colored body with big white head. Yes, white. Aroma is not very strong, but nice with caramel, fruits and other sweetness, but quite alcoholic as well. Flavor is great, well, not perfect as Rochefort 8 I had just before this, but very full bodied, nice yeasty, with fruity sweetness and some caramel malts, too. Nice finish, where again alcohol is felt. Tripel or strong ale, surely a great beer, thanks a lot Petra for choosing this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaPe (69) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2007
Beautiful looking dark beer.. Yummy vanilla and caramel flavors. Feisty carbonation . Not as thick felling as I would have expected from its other qualities

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