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

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RATINGS: 2658   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
rocbyter (2067) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Sweet and tangy malt aroma. Dark brown color with a large off white head. Starts off slightly sweet. Alcohol is mildy noticable. Finishes smooth and creamy.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Bottle. Side note - one of the coolest bottles ever! Opaque reddish brown color, foamy tan head. Bubbles impssible to see through the haze. Maple, raison, bananna, and rum aroma. A sweet potent smell. Contrasting palate thats bubbly but at the same time heavy. Sharp fruit and hot alcohol flavor . Lack of hops notices makes this a very sweet taste. At 10.5% it is one of the stronger beers availible, but unlike artful blends like Piraat by the same brewer, this beer doesn’t mask it power gracefully, liking it to a cheap fortified malt liquor.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2007
750 ml- Pours a nice deep orange-red with a big soapy,lacing head that lasts. Malty sweetness with a bit of woodiness with tastes of the same. Mild hoppiness.Solid beer.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dacrza (800) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2007
Corked bottle after a good day of work...thin, transparent body with a reddish-brown hue in a Chimay glass...a citrus (grapefruit?) aroma...smooth back-of-mouth malt/hop balance. The effects of the alcohol grow slowly, warming yet heightening the sensesa pleasat digestif, indeed....

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maximusud (27) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 6, 2007
Very sweet, dark brew. Highly alcoholic, but that is part of the taste. The alcohol is well masked, but what does come through contributes to the body. A very good brew, although drinking more than one in a sitting might prove difficult.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (20430) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 5, 2007
Deep brown red colour ... big foam head ... Rich soft malt nose ... Malt with little spirit mouth feel ... hints of coffe and liquorish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
garthicus (2889) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 1, 2007
Bottle - Cloudy rouge colour, fluffy head with an alcohol aroma tainted with fruit and hops, there is an alcohol hit on the tongue with a fruity and brandy aftertaste, nice beer, strong, so drink sparingly ;-)

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rictus (126) - Dothan, Alabama, USA - MAY 30, 2007
Aroma allergies ect... Dark brown with a Duvel esque head. Almost opaque and few bubbles. Semi-sweet chocolate taste. Alittle too sweet but not undrinkable. And the nice smooth chocolate taste more than makes up for it (putting it well above average). Velvety smooth mouthfeel. Good good brew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Incredibly smooth drinking. Subtle sweetness with the flavor of dates. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SynergyXJ (510) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Bottle Dark brown pour with good sized head and good lacing. Strong aroma of raisins, malts, and spice. Flavor has more brown sugar and toffee. Hints of chocolate and some deep fruity notes. Very well hidden alcohol. Great mouthfeel.


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