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


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RATINGS: 2596   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FLnative80 (174) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2007
Bottle. 11.2 fl. oz. Very cool bottle. Murky, dark amber color with a foamy, off-white head. Powerful, sweet, malty aroma. Full bodied, lively palate with a lengthy finish. Sugary sweet flavor that sticks to the back of your tongue. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 12, 2007
Pours a cloudy, particulate-filled deep amber with a very thin, mostly diminishing off-white head. Smells of rich caramel, grapes, faint hops, and dark pitted fruits. The taste is of brown sugar, caramel, some chocolate, sugar, citusy hops and booze. This a very full-bodied that lingers in the mouth for minutes after a sip. It’s a little in the sweet side and doesn’t hide the booze as well as other strong belgians.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - APR 12, 2007
This beer was poured into a snifter with no head at all. There is a hint of chocolate and malt and the taste is of chocolate and a hint of caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (8195) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 11, 2007
Bottle. Creamy off-white head. Hazy dark red brown body. Aroma of caramel and brown sugar which is definately tasteable in the flavor which is actually relatively sweet. Alchol though very well hidden by the sweetness of the beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
asedzie (762) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 11, 2007
Mahagony-colored. Mild, sweet aroma. Lasting beige head with lacing. Several flavors on the tongue all at once, along with bubbling carbonation. Sweet carmel and toffee, a little spicy hoppiness, slightly buttery, some earthiness. Noticable alcohol aspect blends very well with these flavors. Really makes your mouth come alive!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBeer45 (1371) - Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2007
White stubby bottle, poured a clear dark with ruby high lights, a off-white head appeared, hop floral aroma, roasted malt and dark malt fragrances, faint brown sugar and fruit on the nose, a nice dark malt flavor with some dark fruit berry sweetness in the mouth, a nice hop bite to go along with it, bubbly on the tongue, alcohol warmth in the throat, some licorice taste, dry on the palate, the sweetness is balanced well in this brew, good mouth feel, as it warms the alcohol wakes up and the sweetness grows some.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 Bottle (a nice one). Brown colour with a tan head. Sweet fruity aroma with yeast & caramel. Sweet malty flavour with fruits & brown sugar. A bit alcoholic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LucidityNow (2) - USA - APR 7, 2007 does not count
Bottled. Thick brown color with a one finger thick head. Not a very strong nose on this one. A nice faint fruity scent. Thick taste with lots of citris and almost an apple cider quality. The alcohol is easily noted but not overpowering. Easily bacame one of my favorites. Especially for around $4 a bottle. Very much worth a look.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
brstp (201) - - APR 6, 2007
Bottle. Opaque, hazy dark copper color with a chunky khaki head -- beautiful doily lacing all over the glass. Spicy aroma with a little fig. Almost overpowering taste, extremely thick mouthfeel with some banana, spicy hops, lots of alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2007
UPDATED: APR 7, 2007 Cloudy glowing orangey-copper body topped by a small beige head. Rather weak aroma but still overly sweet on the nose. Taste of alcohol, sugary sweetness, cranberries, alcohol, sugary sweetness, red berries, alcohol, sugary sweetness, rhubarb with some alcohol and sugary sweetness. Alcohol felt more like 12% than 10.5%. I’ll let my other bottle age for a few years and see if can become more cohesive. As it is, the Gulden Draak is tor the sweet alcohol lovers. For the others it’s a Gulden Drab.

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