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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2660   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.


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   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2780) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Draft @ Statelineliquors last belgian tasting. Large tan head, retention is very good, sticky, webby lacing that lasts. Clear brown, red hued ale. Nose is fruity, lightly spicey and malty. Body is med/full, creamy on the palate, soft carbonation. Nice spicey flavors followed by lightly sweet caramelly notes and some dark fruits, raisins and a hint of plum and faint chocolatey notes to boot. Finish is kinda sweet, fruity and lasting. Nice brew, 10.5 % ? never would of guessed! Thanks Roberrrrrrt!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2007
12 oz bottle purchased from Andersonville Wine and Spirits. Pours a dark brown amber with a beige head ... i was expecting something a little more ... gulden. Complex malty nose, brown sugar, citrus, toffee, yeast, dried fruit, and alcohol. Similar sweet flavors with fruit and toffee dominating. The alcohol and phenols from it are very present, too much so for my liking. A little overcarbonated. But overall I was surprised by this beer I’ve passed up so many times.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - MAY 22, 2007
Bottle. Tasted with Jesper from C4 Odense. Sweet fruit and alkohol, very filling. full body, with a nice rocky head.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2007
Pours a deep amber brown color with a tan head. Aroma is malty, spicy, yeasty, with a hint of dried fruit. Flavor is malty, toffee, yeasty, some roastyness, and a light fruit finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBellyOSU (47) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Cloudy, deep amber color, nice fluffy head. Smells very sweet and fruity, I can’t detect much of a hop presense with my nose. A very nice beer, malty and sweet fruit tastes to start, finished a little dry, almost like wine, probably because of that ABV.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Willeyone22 (23) - Yardley, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2007
bottle. Aroma of raisins and banana. Very sweet due to the unfermentable sugars, and surprisingly smooth considering the 10.5% alcohol content. Very pleased with this Belgian.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Deep amber chestnut color. Sweet, floral funky nose. Small lacing, off-white almond head. Spectacularly unique flavor and finish. Very smooth for 10.5%.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 9, 2007
Yeasty metallica aroma. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin with noticeable, almost fusel alcohol and some metallic bite. Bittersweet to the core. I was expecting better out of this one.


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