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

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RATINGS: 2703   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.


3.9
   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.

3.9
   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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TrefwoordPunk (963) - 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!

4.2
   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.

3.8
   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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2007
This is one of my favorites on draft. A lot of complex fruit aromas and flavors and a rich malty core.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldbrew (99) - USA - OCT 23, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2008 A very hot beer. The aroma is decent but not as intense as anticipated, full of sweetness and raisin. Indeed the alcohol is right up front and stays throughout. I appreciate the billowing head with heavy lacing and the beautiful bottling. I like many Belgian strong ales, but in the end it’s the biting alcohol and pummeling spiciness that makes it too tough for me to drink and masks a lot of the complexity that is undoubtedly present. Not a fully enjoyable experience. Update: On tap, much different experience. Much more maple syrup aroma and complex bready, toffee taste. Also noticed a stronger hop presence than many other Triples/Quads. Sweet but not overly so. I didn’t feel the alcohol heat at all this time, so I write the previous bottle off as a bad one. Bumping up my score here.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bonbright7 (181) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2007
I was taken by surprise with the monster head that formed in my glass, so I poured it gently to produce a drinkable portion. It was my first impression of a brown-tripel with a vibrant alcohol note to it. I found it to be very rich and I agree with the previous poster who mentioned barleywine as a likeness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Had this on draft at the Abbey bar in Deland. This poured a deep marron color with medium foamy white head that left behind nice lacing. The aroma was of sweet malts, dark fruits, and some caramel. The taste was much the same with the dark fruits and sweetness coming through. It had a little bit of carbonation and some nice alcohol warmth on the way down. This was medium bodied and creamy on the palate. It finished sweet with caramel and some slight hop bitterness in the background. This was pretty good, pretty close to a barley wine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2007
From bottle : A dark brown color pour with a big foamy white head that has nice lacing around the glass. Nose of cider and apples, along with various other fruits and small malt undertones. Medium body on the palate that goes down smooth with bubbles. Fruity taste as with most belgians, with alcohol dominating the end.


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