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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2698   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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wolfenstein (96) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2007
I had the opportunity to taste this gem in Brugge. It was recommended by a local. Poured thick and dark. Mild aroma, but a thick, hoppy palate with a nice finish. Overall a great brew.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 27, 2007
Pours wonderfully, a dark red-brown colour with a great head. Disappointingly mild aroma. Sweet palate with some burnt flavours, some raisins. Decent, but thats all.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 26, 2007
330 mL bottle. Clear reddish brown with creamy off white head. Aroma of malt, roastiness, and yeast. Bright, thick, some what sticky palate. Sweet malty taste, some hoppy bittterness to balance it out, and a vanilla and alcohol taste to the finish. Not bad. Did they really mean "mellow happiness" in the commercial description?

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (5117) - Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2007
Splendid! Pours a deep, opaque brown with a very thick and remarkably persistent head. Aroma is malty and inviting. Flavor is strong but not fierce, with sweet overtone like molasses and some smoky hints, and just a dash of bitterness. Jazzy and tingly, this is a beer one should sip and savor.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (4925) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 20, 2007
From 330 ml sampler bottle pour red to brown with a nice fat off-white head and good lacing. Nose of citrus hops, fruit, caramel malts and spices. Smooth and rich mouthfeel. Flavor is slightly sweet and finish is slightly bitter. Alcohol hidden well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2007
Intens brown beer with red highlights and with good off white head. aroma is caramel like, malty, slight spicey with touches of porto and some dried fruits. Taste is rich, powerful and sweet with hints of peppercake, bread and some hop bitters. A nice blockbusterbeer with a dangerous dosis of alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
davidpl (435) - Santiago, CHILE - JUN 18, 2007
Appearance: dark brown redish. Beautiful head, big size, dense, persistence and with big adherence to glass. Aroma: sweety malty, candy, liquory and with presence of yeast. Touches of citric fruit, honey and vanilla. Reminiscences of sponge cake. Complex. Flavor: Sweet start with warming alcoholic finish. Similar to aroma, fruity, malty, liquory, candy and with touches of honey and vanilla. Reminiscences of apricots and plums. Palate: Medium body, warm sensation and viscous texture. Medium carbonation. Good and beautiful beer. (sorry for my english)

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jameswolfe (160) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2007
Thick that you can actually eat? Hmmm I wonder if they poured me the right beer. What I had smelled very sweet like raisens and maple. The taste was complex, but I was expecting it to be much heavier for a belgian strong. It has a very tangy sweetness that I do not find to my liking. Interesting, but I wont order it again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JamesD (244) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 From a bottle in Reston. I thought this was interesting. Pretty heavy with a very sweet and alcoholic taste. Very effervescent (sp?). If you’re a fan of Belgians you’d definitely like this, if you’re not it probably will underwhelm you. The stuff about this beer being that thick is unfounded, this beer is actually very refreshing in my opinion

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2007
6/9/07: Sample at Columbus Ale Fest ’07.
Raisin nose. Medium brown body with loads o’ tan lace. Full flavor packed with alcohol and raisin. Sweet malt and caramel. Tingly on the tongue. Clean finish.


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