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

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RATINGS: 2496   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3725) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2006
draft at the Yard House - Pours dark amber with a moderate, creamy head. It smells of yeast, candi sugar, and some alcohol along with a hint of dark fruit. The flavor is very sweet. The dark fruit comes through a little bit, as does some spiciness. Itís full bodied and leaves some mild alcohol flavor in the lightly hoppy finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - SEP 18, 2006
I absolutely loved this beer. It poured a dark copper, with a good head. The aromas were incredible: gingerbread, ginger, muffins,cranberries, banana, toffee, I cold keep going. Decent sweetness and a bunch of flavors, I wish I could sip this one for ever. Comparable to fine wine, in terms of the complexity of flavors. Special thanks to my wife, Peggy, for bringing this GREAT beer down from Atlanta.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
superg22 (9) - USA - SEP 17, 2006 does not count
taste great, no less filling. full bodied,tasted like nobodies business. i had my first in a sushi bar in prague overlooking the charles river and that memory may be making it taste better while i drink it. at 10 percent it leaves no hint of alchol, rich and thick with a sweet aftertaste

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stouby (4041) - Holbśk, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2006
Bottle at home. Redbrown with a very large beige head. Aroma heavy malty (toffee, dark fruits), light hoppy. Flavor heavy sweet, light bitter. Perfect balance. Full body, soft carbonated, The strength is felt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (8506) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - SEP 15, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 First rating
(Bottle at RBESG 2006)
Bottle from 1991.
Brown color, no head. Salmiak, licorice, rubber and minty scent. Sweet taste, also of rubber. Medium bitterness. Chocolate after taste.
7/3/6/3/12=3.1

Second rating
(At a blind tasting)
Slight shady copper color, tan head. Sweetm fruity and phenolic scent. A bit spicy and yeast. Sweet, spicy, phenolic, alcohol taste. Alcohol sweet aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.
7/4/7/4/15=3.7

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
Pours a muddy orange-ish brown with a thin tan head that is sustained by a lot of bubbles constantly rising to the surface. Smells like there is a ridiculous amount to of grain in this one. Iím getting port, prunes and tones of honey malt with dry bitter orange rind and spicy yeast. Iím loving it! The flavor starts off with a sticky, burnt honey malt that just sits on my tongue. Then, the carbonation starts to release, revealing some very pleasant and mild citrus flavors and a dry melon like aromatic yeast. The finish is mostly prunes and lime with a touch of dirty coffee. Also, thereís a huge warming. Finally the 10.5% shows itself! The mouth feel is very carbonated, but it really works well helping the flavors transition. This is a very nice beer thatís a lot of fun to drink. The intense carbonation and high ABV unfortunately detract from the drinkability.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Brown bottle painted white. Coppery dark amber with a mountainously fluffy pale golden-orange head that produces walls of lace. The aroma is mild, but has some molasses and spice. The body is full, creamy, even syrupy with light carbonation. The taste is sweet, with toffee, nuts, berries. A bit of spice and alcohol in the finish. A big beer but not much really stands out beside the alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElGaucho (2299) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Initial nose is alcohol and harsh molasses. As the head settles, it takes on a more refined aroma with Belgian candi sugar. Very dark, reddish brown, nearly opaque, with a large creamy off-white head. A body this darks looks unique poured out of a white molded bottle. Excellent lace. This brew is the epitome of a strong Belgian Ale, as it is a very strong tasting ale with distinctively Belgian characteristics. The alcohol is a bit harsh. Fairly dry and fairly one dimensional. Iím not really enjoying it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (5705) - Tau, NORWAY - SEP 14, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2014 Rerate, 330 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10.5%. Lovely and harmonious aroma and flavour - Iím upping the score a few points. RBESG 2006 Grand Tasting. 750 ml bottle, ABV is 11.5%. Chestnut colour. INTENSE sweet aroma of oak and fortified wine, spicy notes. Oaky and spicy flavour, warming mouthfeel as expected from an 11.5% ABV beer. No thirstquencher, but an interesting sipping beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nekronos (3742) - Xalapa, MEXICO - SEP 13, 2006
I expected more from this beer, it was good, and orange taste on it, like most of good belgain beers. The foam was good and the alcoholic taste good. NIce colour and veyr drinkable.


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