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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: 2506   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighlanderOne (1072) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Poured from bottle - Belgian sampler. Got out my fluted glass for this one. Smells like french toast - nice. Deep mahogany color with tan, persistent head. I taste raisin, cocoa, vanilla, fig, brown sugar, and, of course, alcohol. Mellowed nicely as it warmed, and finished amazingly well. Another great Belgian ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomthompson89 (1934) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
Dark brown nice flavour great nose mocka toffee had at Joes and also in christmas gift pack at the lcbo

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tranquillity (1453) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2006
0,75l bottle at Kaisla, Helsinki. The aroma is simply fantastic. A fresh citrusy, zesty feeling with some darker tones like plum. The colour is dark brown, with medium head. The taste is absolutely superb, a tingling mix of orange and even some smoke! Wow!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaegerMonster (13) - Willowbrook, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2006
The good people at Sam’s said this was a good dessert beer, although it’s nowhere near as sweet, or by contrast bitter, as I expected. Nice brown color with a sprightly head, it’s hard to figure out all the flavors before the secondary alcohol taste hits. You can tell there’s a lot of tasty things going on in this beer, but maybe if the alcohol content wasn’t so high and prevailant it might be easier to track...though that might defeat the purpose. Sort of a hung jury on this one.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2006
Very dark brown in colour. Bittesweet taste. A lot going on in this beer, I wouldn’t know where to start in describing the aroma and taste. Mocha. figs, honey, toffee, etc. Try it if yo you can find it. I love the bottle too!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tommy8768 (120) - Litlle Compton, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Murky brown color with a quickly receding head-good lacing though.All I can say is wow! Sweet but not overly so. Fruity, malty, some butterscotch and toffee as well. Packs quite a punch at 10.5 ABV. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (14447) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown colour. Sweet peppery flavour. Pruney, dried fruit notes. Warming alcohol aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - OCT 12, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2006 Cloudy, amber pour. Clingy, lasting head. Very rich, fizzy, and thick mouthfeel. Complex aroma. Flavor is almost all yeast, some fruit, spice, and maybe some wood. Not overly sweet as I was expecting. Alcohol is well disguised and the sweetness comes mostly in the finish. This beer must be sipped.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chucks66 (85) - Beachwood, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Definitely an exception as far as style goes, very interesting hints of dark fruit, nice sweetness, complex flavor throughout, spice, fruit, oak, alcohol is present but not overwhelming as i would expect

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsga (6684) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2006
Big offwhite head; hazy dark brown body. Dense, bready, yeasty aroma with strong spice and wood notes. Sweet, with alcohol notes. Deep, intensely sweet, broad-bodied spice and smoky wood taste. Very complex, yet harmonic. Considerable alcohol heat. Dry, spicy wooden aftertaste. Bitterness lingers in the mouth. A great beer. (0.3l bottle.)


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