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

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RATINGS: 2317   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.


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAR 14, 2005
(on bottle) Medium-clear, dark brown color. Alcoholdominated and complex nose of caramel, raisins, yeast and some fruit, I can´t make out. SUPER smooth mouthfeel, like barley, canesugar and alcohol, rolled uop in a bonbon. The malts fades nicely out to a loong alcoholic finish. Strong too.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1505) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 33cl, slightly cool. I was dreading this beer’s sweetness from the last try but a year in cool storage has beautifully balanced it out. Dried dark fruits vanilla and toasty malt. Great carbonation, head and mouth feel. I will keep a new bottle a year and rate it again. **footnote** 2007 january - kept a few bottles for TWO years. Slightly acetic aroma when uncapped, oh no! But no harm done. This beer continues to evolve and express malty nuances that remind me on Bayerisher Doppelbocks and also a bit of that treacly substance called Kasteel Donker.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2005
This little bottle has managed to hide in the back of my fridge for up to six months, but this surely didn’t detract from its appeal because this was really good. Great looking beer, huge creamy head with a great ruby color...I guess "Gulden" doesn’t mean golden. Aroma is a mix of toasted caramels and yeast. The toasted malt is absolutely everywhere in the flavor, giving any sharpness from the alcohol a much softer edge and a nice palate to boot. The combination of malts and yeast here is very well done, perfect balance. There are some light hops coming through, but rather than affecting the flavor much they seem to simply put the already overpowered alchohol back another gear, leaving the drinker perplexed by the strong warmth coming through such a quaffable beer. Very nicely done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Bottle. Pours a translucent ruby-brown color with a fine light brown head. Nose is sweet raisins, prunes and caramel malts. Smooth mouthfeel with flavors of sweet fruits, light hop spice, apple, raisin, caramel, and plenty of alcohol. I enjoyed this one.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Am I confused? I expected the Piraat and the Draak to be exactly the opposite in color than they really are. The Draak pours a nice mahoghany color with a slightly off white head. It has a wonderful malty aroma, a blend of sweet caramel and nutty Munich malt, and a nice yeast finish, that reminds me more of a lager than a Belgian ale. The taste is similar to the aroma, malty with some bitterness, and surprisingly no sign of that 10.5% it lists on the label. The body is also good as well not dry as one might expect with a strong Belgian. Overall this is an excellent beer that is highly drinkable, especially for a big beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2005
The aroma was crisp w/ dark fermented fruit, malts, and a slight roastiness. The flavor was soury fermented fruit w/ a malty sweetness and a slight roastiness. The beer poured a deep brownish red color w/ red hues; thin lasting head and lacing. The mouthfeel was creamy, well-rounded and a medium body.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
scotty (1056) - SCOTLAND - FEB 22, 2005
A fine dark colour, head good & creamy but not as thick as I expected. Fantastic complex nose, I dont know where to start, it’s very rich and malty slightly hoppy but as it says in the description it is predominantly toffee/malt. Amazing big palate, bursting with rich sweet malt flavours,alcohol is noticable but not overwhelming, excellent beer, with a superb long finish. Present from Amsterdam.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6087) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2005
330ml bottle: Ahhh, another one of those beers I have had many, many times in my life but just now got around to rating...Pours a muddy brown with a small but lasting frothy tan head and very good lace. The aroma has major notes of belgian candi sugar, pumpernickel bread, dried raisin and pear, floral and aromatic pipe tobacco esters, a touch of wood and pepper. The taste starts sweet but is never cloy or seem unbalanced. A nice dose of fruits and spice clean the palate. A underline sublime hop bitterness runs thoughout and a ending of lingering toffee lasts forever. The feel is quite unique, heavy and rich yet the spicy and crisp bite provides a refreshing nature countering it’s high ABV. IMO, this has always been one the world’s underrated brews, nothing tonight change my mind. Enjoy this for an hour. Let it open up and warm to you and see what I mean.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mephisto (1269) - TAIWAN - FEB 12, 2005
UPDATED: APR 29, 2005 has a sweet rich body and is very drinkable given its alcohol strengh. it has nice aroma and flavor, fruity and malty body. a very decent bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1417) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 7, 2005
Ferociously rich and effortlessly drinkable Belgian triple. It poured a muddy brown colour with a thick, lasting head. The nose is delicate for the 10.5% abv. Raisiny notes - perhaps plums soaked in dark rum. Big creamy body and thickly alcoholic. Lots of sweet malt - molasses and raisins, toffee. Long warming finish. Goodness, this slides down easily. A great triple. (Bottle)


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