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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2295   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.


4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
can8ianben (1317) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2005
Good stuff! This one has loads of deep malty goodness, sweet grain. But it is also triple fermented for that edgy spicyness and punch that you just don’t find in too many beers. It has a nice aroma that I could smell for hours. Good stuff!!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dragonlady (1) - CANADA - AUG 15, 2005 does not count
This is a unique and flavourful beer, rarely available in Ontario, but worth grabbing when you can get it

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 15, 2005
If only all beer was bottled in such a beautiful container.. and tasted so good. Head that seems to last forever in the bottle I tried, and even the head carries the intesne flavor of this brew. The alcohol content is there but seemed to be pretty well masked by the flavor. Very enjoyable flavors helped by the strong thickness of it. Next time I’ll have to get the big huge bottle.. yum.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ales4ever (24) - gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2005
Dark and thick! This beer is sweet! Lots of birthday cake and donuts. Some spice and malt, very little hops. Great for desert or midnight snack. Beautiful bottling and artwork!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2005
Opaque white bottle, containing a dark reddish-brown beer, with a big rocky head. Malty burnt aroma of coffee and alcohol. Sweet warming taste, with a more spicy, malty aftertaste. You can easily taste the 10.5% alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2005
Bottle from beers of Europe. Enjoyable brown strong ale with bags of coriander.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tatterdash (10) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2005
I love the white opaque bottle with black label, very curious as to what lurks inside. Pours a dark cloudy mahogany, with a big sinister off-white head. Aroma was floral and fruits, with a very seductive alcohol vapour that is very appropriate somehow. Taste was strong caramel, with a lot of warming alcohol as well as dark fruits and toffee. Very smooth, and while the alcohol is prevalent, it was also very tasteful and appropriate to such a sinister brew. I want to find a big bottle of this for New Year’s...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4221) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2005 Aroma is sweet with a hint of vinegar. Appearance is a dark reddish brown with a little hazing. The head has lots of small bubbles. Its perfectly carbonated and that gives it a smooth palate. The flavor has raisins, nuts, bitter hops, allspice, and caramel. The finish is malty and the high amount of alcohol gives you a warming sensation. Its a great beer to sip and enjoy slowly.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Part of the globalbeernetwork 6-pack. I saved this for last. Pours dark brown with a big tan head. Smells of anise and caramel. Biscuit or bready aromas, too. Taste. Wow. Dominated by malty/caramelly flavors, they soon give way to a cinnamon like spice and then the alcohol hits you. This feels like a abt to me, regardless I loved it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Man what a monster. I must say, this beer is too much for me. Rich, creamy, nice aroma of wine, some citrus. The head was so big that my first sip was all head and I practically spit it all over the table it was so strong. I must say, the feeling of having a mouthful of foam and feeling like you are going to choke if you swallow is horrible.

Anyway, taste is very full, with some chocolate, fruitiness, but sooo strong with the alcohol. You feel drunk after one sip of this stuff.


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