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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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (996) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 8, 2007
750ml bottle. Nice dark mohogany color with a huge amazing vanilla head. Very nice lacing throughout the entire glass. Aromatic notes of raisins, banana and Beligian malt. Cant believe this is considered a tripel. Shared my bottle with jarspag. Good stuff! I can honestly say I was not expecting this good of a beer that is so commonly seen in our area. Flavor of raisins, caramel, and figs. Palate finishes well, quite smooth and silky. The high alcohol content is quite subtle, very well hidden. I enjoyed this one a lot.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (5294) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Poured a slightly murky brown with red hghlights and a huge white head that left lacing down the entire glass. Aroma is sweet malt with dark fruits and only a hint of alcohol coming through. Flavor is excellent with dark fruit, belgian yeast, and where I would expect some peppery spiciness it instead is a pleasant sweetnes. Great beer overall.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10212) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2007
Dark brown with a huge, nice and lasting head. The aroma is malty with lots of dark fruit, nuts and alcohol. The mouthfeel is oily and full. The flavour is sweet with notes of alcohol, dark fruits (figs, raisins and more) and the finish is rahter dry. The overall impression is rather heavy, but nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (4716) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2008 330 ml. Pours dark brown-red, with a huge bubbly, fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is brandy and raisins. Taste is mostly alcohol with some spicy hops and dark fruit-gum sweetness mixed in. Palate is dry, very tongue-tingling and medium-bodied. Quality brew, but I prefer the alcohol not so "revealed" in a beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2007 One of my favoured beers. A very nice dark ale. Although it is 10,5 % you do not taste the alcohol of this good bodied bier. A must for every beer lover

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9015) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2007
330cl bottle. Medium dark brown colored body with a toasty tan colored head. Lovely soft peppery brown sugar yeast nose, creamy and full texture, smooth and chewy. Lightly peppery brown sugar and cream flavor, heavy with the yeast esters, some toffee, vanilla and wood. A wonderful Belgian ale.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2007
This one is strong enough that I can feel where I bit my cheek! The alcohol is obvious and it almost has a listerine quality but luckily it has some dark raisin toffee flavors which make it interesting. I don’t find it too thick, more like a medium texture with residual dryness that seems to distract me from the fruit flavors which are moving around. Where does the wood flavor come from? If I was a monk fasting for Lent, I could see where this one has vitamins and nourishment or perhaps the alcohol would make me forget my hunger?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2007
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass, deep amber with a medium tan head. The aroma was of malt and dark fruit. There was a lot of sweetness up front in the taste, with plum and fruit and malt. There was an off-putting after taste that I could not quite put my finger on.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2007
Pours toffee brown with two finger off white head...lacing present. A good representation of this style. Medium dry to sweet flavor. A nice representation of the style. Complex brew. Alcohol well hidden.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spectrex26 (9) - Naples, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2007 does not count
Bottle: Pours a dark red brown with large, lasting head. Doughy scent at first, sweet, malty like a caramel, with a lighter hop smell. The flavor is sweet, bit of wood, and what came off as date or raisin. The yeast is also present of course. Not bad overall. Sweet finish with a sweet dried fruit flavor.


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