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


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RATINGS: 2449   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Pours a clear rich red brown with a substantial relatively dense light tan head. The nose is sour and sweet with subdued dark malt. Nothing particularly special or offensive. The palate is thick and heavy on the tongue with a syrupy thickness that, gasp, dare I say it, goes too far. Very low key carbonation as well. The flavor is certainly much more subdued in terms of sourness and complex than the aroma. Big sweet malt accented by sourness, particularly strong in the caramel and chocolate flavors. Something almost buttery about this beer. The alcohol is noticable, but not distracting or even unpleasant. The chocolate returns after the initial sour flavors. The lingering bitterness is a sourness/ alcohol sort of combo that is relatively clean. I really enjoyed this beer, and maybe pick up more in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2006
A deep red, almost brown color with a large creamy head. Mostly smells sweet and sour, some caramel. The flavor is like cranberry juice, sour apples, some hops, some caramel but less than in the aroma, with a lingering fruity sweetness. The sweetness is just too much for me, and the sourness doesnt help either. However, it looks good, and its got a nice creamy smooth consistency.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nagash (207) - Paris, FRANCE - AUG 4, 2006
Bottle. It reminds me the Rochefort Trapist 12. Quite sweet, fruity, with the classical chocolate and caramel taste of this kind of beer. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2006
Bottled. Deep brown, malty wash over the nsoe with a hint of stewed plum, a wonderfully smooth taste, just glides along, incredible how the alcohol content is disguised. A consumate example of Belgian beer, great stuff made to look simple.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebeertourist (5025) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 30, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a nice creamy offwhite head. Potent raisins and chocolate nose, some port character. Sweet port flavours, lots of chocolate and some fruit towards the end. Warming alcohol. This must be one of my favourites from Van Steenberge (but I suspect it is closely related to the Gulden Draak and it might even be slightly aged- a bottling date would be informative!)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - JUL 25, 2006
This is kinda like CHIMAY blue label or their Dark belgian strong ale or some like to call a quad. This is super rich and sweet but not too sweet. It is defined as a dark tripel, but it don’t matter it is GOOOOD! beer and I got a case, and at $3.40 a bottle it was a good buy. If you like belgian strong dark ales give this a try You’ll like it !!!!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogivlado (6157) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 23, 2006
Bottled(750ml). –dark red-brown coloured, pale brown head, malty nose, sweet and very fruity (plums, berries, maybe apple and cinnamon) aroma with chocolate notes, sweet finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerio (48) - USA - JUL 21, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 The bottle is like a samurai/medieval wet dream. Whiffs of caramelized onions and butterscotch, alcohol is barely detectable in the nose. Tastes of good iced coffee, raisins, prunes, and warm alcohol. Truly riding the "Night Train" with this boozy shit. Carbonation was perfect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bartzilla (559) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 15, 2006
They forget to mention that there’s rohypnol or chloroform or one of those knockout potions in this stuff. It snuck into the "Great San Diego Barleywine & Friends Death Metal Festival" last night and proved to be the turning point for me. Strong Belgian sludge. Not bad at all, but you have to drink this on it’s own or it’s light’s out and you wake up with your shoes on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JUL 15, 2006
No, this is not a belgian "strong" ale. This is a belgian "gasoline" ale. Holy christ. Wanna get trashed super quick? This is the stuff. As im writing this review, I dont remember anything. Tasty, yet, pure booze.

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