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


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RATINGS: 2360   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2005 Had from a bottle at Brickskellar in DC. Dark brown with a think tan head. Taste of hops caramel and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2005
I really expected this beer to be golden but it’s actually a dark brown with a thick tan head. Hints of bourbon and caramel in the aroma. Caramel, raisins, and spiced oranges with a sour finish. Enjoyable but not fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Poured a nice dark amber with a creamy tight beige head and good lace. Aroma was fruity with lots of yeast, some caramel malts, special b, and even some hints of roasted malts. Flavor has some fruit, along with hints of chocolate, and some spice from the yeast. Nice complexity and good mouthfeel in the end. Didnt notice the alcohol at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2005
33 cl bottle. Murky brown with a small, lasting head. Aroma is malty sweet with smokey grains. Taste has some currants & cherries. Yeasty like Westy 12. Peppery and warmin and very complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Poured a cherrywood brown (reddish hues throughout); firm, white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, yeast, and alcohol, but well balanced for being so strong. Flavors are very sweet for this strong ale, quite malty, yeasty, and a alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - SEP 10, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2005 Pours a dark brownish red body, small head. Aroma is raisiny with spices. Some berry in there too. Flavor is the same, with some alcohol. As it warmed it improved greatly and became almost chewy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Sweet black cherry taste balanced well with a strong alcohol presence, and a weedy/hoppy aftertaste. This one is powerfully tasty and just plain powerful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Quite an interesting experience. It really did taste like a brown Tripel. Nose of caramel and sweetness, faint hops, a bit roasty. Taste is typical Belgian nutbreads, cloves, brown sugar. Finish is dry. It is quite warming. Red brown pour, nice head. A bit overcarbonated, though. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TBone (12999) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2005
Bottled (BB 06/2007)
Dark portwine-like ruby color, big cloudy, tanned head, lace. Caramelly, a bit roasted aroma with some hayish hoppyness. Carbonated crisp mouthfeel. Toffeeish, liquerish, caramelly but not overly sweet as alcohol cuts sweetness nicely. Some hoppy notes in the finish. Long warming bitter aftertaste. Maybe not the most complex Belgian strong ale but this is really delicious!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4653) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 29, 2005
A fine looking beer, even if it is brown and not golden. A nicely flavored, aromatic head leads to a crisp, gritty hoppy flavor. The Begian qualities and spices are definitely evident, but the alcohol is excellently hidden. Finally, a smooth finish lets me call this an extraodrinary beer.

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