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


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RATINGS: 2709   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
marvelred21 (6) - USA - JUL 29, 2007 does not count
Out of the bottle... poured a dark nut brown color with a thick off-white head. Aroma is strong with sweet malts and fruit with a mild smell of alcohol. The flavor is strong with dark fruits, figs and plums and brown sugar. Sweet malts and alcohol are very strong, but complimented by the fruit and brown sugar. Overall, a very good ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
degrassi (30) - cypress, California, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Belgian #3... Poured a nice clear dark brown with a thick off white head that really had staying power. At first i was taken aback because it reminded me of a poorer belgian i had recently consumed, but as i sniffed and tasted a little more i really warmed up to this beer. An attractive and tasty belgian, not my favorite, but not one i regret buying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Draft @ Gingerman (NYC) - Deep brownish red, thin creamy off-white head. Nose held sweet notes of port, fig, cotton candy, raisin, and brown sugar. Flavor was sweet as well with candied dark fruits and toffee brittle tones sitting on soft vinous waves. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, drying sweet finish. Nice late night sipper...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Figs, caramel, vanilla aromas. Pours dark brown with a thick white head. Rich and creamy, caramel, dark fruits, dates and figs, some brown sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 22, 2007
11.2 bottle. Served in a Duvel tulip @ 49°. Huge four fingered head. Darker than I expected at a reddish amber. Dark fruits, yeast, lemon, and vanilla aroma. Initial taste is raisins, plums, yeast and vanilla followed by brown sugar, warming alcohol, dark fruits. FInish is lingering alcohol and bitterness. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksigty (107) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2007
LOVED this beer. It bites you and then licks the wound. A cloudy reddish hue with a tremendous head an aroma. Tastes almost like a barley wine. Not very bitter but actually sweet with a caramel and hop finish. Interesting bottle design.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wim (3681) - Weelde, BELGIUM - JUL 22, 2007
dark red brown coloured body with a large off white head a caramel fruity aroma and a nice caramel fruity taste with a nice sweet finich

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgianBeerGal (3856) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2008 33cL bottle. A nice, rather dark quad but a little too sweet for my taste. Very full body, but not heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Beer courtesy of KingG, when I bought a couple of bottles from South Bay Liquors. Thanks Joey! Pour with no head, and small amount of medium bubbles appear when I swirl. Aroma is a little bit of that butter maltiness that I like, but also a small hint of sour? Color is the deepest of ambers. The bottle is cool and good for keeping he light out, but I can’t detect any sediment. The initial taste is a little rough. I don’t get the same sweetness that others sense, but the body is certainly thick. The alchohol makes it’s presence known, reducing drinkability. Is there some acidity?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
patty26 (95) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2007
Sweet malty smell. Reminds me of a cider. Tastes sweet and fruity, with a hint of honey. A good tripel but nothing exceptional.

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