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


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RATINGS: 2393   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - JAN 8, 2006
mmmm. mmm good. pours a nice deep brown color, which i didnt expect from a belgian triple. smells sweet and slightly fruity. tastes is very nice and complex. like fruits with toffee and some hops. alcohol is very well hidden, untill you finnish the bottle and start drunkenly calling your ex. good amount of bubbles, easy to drink (maybe a little to easy). very good ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 8, 2006
After seeing this one in many refrigerators I decided to find out what was hiding inside this white and oddly-shaped bottle. As I poured it into my Rochefort glass I noticed the rubicund liquid mysteriously sinking into a tenebrous abyss. The gloomy body is indeed dark but also translucent in the light - putting aside the occasional flake of yeast. The creamy head is thin but persisted until my glass was empty. Sweet malts emerge as soon as you remove the cap and the pour releases a fragrant blend of dense chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel and dark chestnut honey. Dark fruits remind of the classic trappist aroma: figs, plums, red grapes and a certain creamy quality. As the beer warms alcohol tones begin to appear. The first sip is bewildering and almost feels excessively sweet. However, as you acclimate to the dark sugars the complexity of this brew shines clearly. Surprising strawberries and blueberries appear; plum, licorice, anise and light herbs continue their ascent while the rich chocolate character develops with the heavier malt flavors. An extraordinary combination that was utterly stupefying to me. Mint, bitter dark chocolate and coffee mark the finishing note as alcohol warms your stomach. In the winter it is a great evening snack for any epicurean, but I must recommend drinking it no colder than 10°C.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Bottle...part of my (almost) weekly Friday Belgian review series. Sweet, woody aroma...very clean with hints of alcohol. Creamy white head stuck around. Cloudy, caramel color, with amber highlights. The flavor is where it really counts...absolutely fantastic. The woody esters shine through, with an aftertaste that is almost scotch-like...a nice warming sensation. Crisp, clean mouthfeel with a somewhat light body overall...too easily drinkable to be safe for human consumption. Definitely one of my favorite Belgians.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7227) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 3, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2009 Deep mahogany with beautiful red-orange highlights, generous foamy tan head. Aromas of fig paste, apricots and fruity yeast. Heavy mouthfeel, smooth and slightly chewy, with lots of figs, raisins and dark caramel. The spiciness lends a kind fruitcake quality to it, but there is a woodiness and yeastiness that add to its complexity. I have a much better appreciation for this brew now compared to when I first had it years ago. Really nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2006
A Mes rate: 33cl bottle from Gadds brewery in Ramsgate. Brandy like aroma. Nice red brown colour with a decent tan head. Creamy and slightly metallic. Alcohol is not really masked at all but it is not really too much of a problem. Tastes like a spirit but is reasonably enjoyable considering. Strange sweet and creamy finish that is fairly short but left me fairly satisfied. Hmm... ok

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2006
A nice dark brown Belgian with a sweet raisiny aroma, a large off-white head, and sweet malty flavors and some slight bitterness. Overall very good; highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2005
I definitly get hints of raisons and some kind of sweetness in the aroma, maybe a bit of caramel. This is also a very attractive beer. This is certainly a good beer. But there is one complaint i frequently have with many belgians is that they are too sweet. This beer does have a bit of that problem. But still certainly good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2005
This beer introduces itself with a sweet aroma consisting of hops and apple. It is a cloudy sediment filled brown solution that sits under a thick off-white head. This beer enters the mouth in a heavy and sweet manner. It produces a taste that is infused with aspects of wheat, malt, citrus fruit, and peaches. It fades leaving a nice nutty taste lingering well in the throat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brian (145) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
Nice head and aroma, bit bubbly and carbonated. Hits heavy on the palate, with molasses being noticeable. Somewhat sweet yet the heaviness lingers. Alcohol is apparent but kept in check by the sheer "weight" of the ale on the tongue. Carbonation seemed a bit strong but nice overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
K100RIDER (2) - Budleigh Salterton, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2005 does not count
A rich dark ale, i purchased as a "pot luck" buy whilst in Belgium. heavy molasses aroma, yet a little burst of sweetness and bubbles on the tongue. A lovely xmas pudding colour with a fine head. An excellent beer, but not for the faint hearted at 10.5%

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