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


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RATINGS: 2553   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaegerMonster (13) - Willowbrook, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2006
The good people at Sam’s said this was a good dessert beer, although it’s nowhere near as sweet, or by contrast bitter, as I expected. Nice brown color with a sprightly head, it’s hard to figure out all the flavors before the secondary alcohol taste hits. You can tell there’s a lot of tasty things going on in this beer, but maybe if the alcohol content wasn’t so high and prevailant it might be easier to track...though that might defeat the purpose. Sort of a hung jury on this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2006
Very dark brown in colour. Bittesweet taste. A lot going on in this beer, I wouldn’t know where to start in describing the aroma and taste. Mocha. figs, honey, toffee, etc. Try it if yo you can find it. I love the bottle too!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tommy8768 (120) - Litlle Compton, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Murky brown color with a quickly receding head-good lacing though.All I can say is wow! Sweet but not overly so. Fruity, malty, some butterscotch and toffee as well. Packs quite a punch at 10.5 ABV. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (14562) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown colour. Sweet peppery flavour. Pruney, dried fruit notes. Warming alcohol aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - OCT 12, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2006 Cloudy, amber pour. Clingy, lasting head. Very rich, fizzy, and thick mouthfeel. Complex aroma. Flavor is almost all yeast, some fruit, spice, and maybe some wood. Not overly sweet as I was expecting. Alcohol is well disguised and the sweetness comes mostly in the finish. This beer must be sipped.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chucks66 (85) - Beachwood, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Definitely an exception as far as style goes, very interesting hints of dark fruit, nice sweetness, complex flavor throughout, spice, fruit, oak, alcohol is present but not overwhelming as i would expect

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsga (6893) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2006
Big offwhite head; hazy dark brown body. Dense, bready, yeasty aroma with strong spice and wood notes. Sweet, with alcohol notes. Deep, intensely sweet, broad-bodied spice and smoky wood taste. Very complex, yet harmonic. Considerable alcohol heat. Dry, spicy wooden aftertaste. Bitterness lingers in the mouth. A great beer. (0.3l bottle.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4773) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Rich pickled peach aroma with toffee- lots of fruitiness, vinegar, yeast. Distinctive bottle, cloudy dark brown beer with light tan head. Acidic, orange zest flavors, alcohol-woody bitter, moderately sweet, sourish. Fizzy, medium-heavy body. FInishes off with vanilla and cereal in the high palate. Bittersweet on the lips. The aroma I really liked, the flavor had to grow on you. By the time that you shift into third gear, it’s tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - OCT 4, 2006
Dark murky brown color –nice thick tan head , small bubbles – nose of caramel , cereal , yeast , orange peel , floral , vanilla , honey , and alcohol – tastes of caramel , mocha , yeast , honey , and sour red cherries – palate is creamy and light - aftertaste caramel , cereal , honey and acidic

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Nice dark cloudy brown with a thick bodied head.Aroma was sweet with bread and dark fruit as well as some caramel.Taste was full with the same sweet tones and finished well with a bite that was very pleasant.

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