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

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RATINGS: 2640   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RaphaelN (195) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2009 Bottle at St. Veronus. Incredible beer! I was recommended this as an alternative since all the Rocheforts were out. Very large head which made this gem look gorgeous in the tulip. Aroma was fairly pleasant and fruity, but rather faint. The flavour on this thing is gorgeous! It tastes to me like a hot-rodded Chimay Bleu. This is exactly what Chimay is missing. Taste is of molasses, brown sugar, plums and caramel. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. One of the best belgians I have had.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer5000 (5721) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 2, 2007
750ml bottle. Dark, dark red body with a big white head. Rich malty aroma with just a little hint of warming alcohol. Flavor is sweet, slightly roasted, dry fruit (raisin, prunes) a little spicy and some alcohol. A very nice and full bodied beer, probably the best from Steenberg.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2007
On tap @ McNulty’s Bier Market: Reddish gold in color with an off white head. Aroma, yeast, some spices, fruits and sweet malts. Flavor, sticky sweetness up front, some fruits and spices behind that. There is a bit of heat to it, but nothing overwhelming. Enjoyable beer.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JAN 30, 2007
This had a large,frothy head.nice lacing.Aroma was a biting one of fresh grass and oak?The color was a dark brown,approaching black.Great bitter,and deep taste.Rasins,honey,and malt.I have a cold and am plugged up.so my taste is a bit wacked,but I think i’m fairly accurate in my description.Will buy again!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16310) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2008 Bottle, 75cl corked. A hazy reddish dark orange-golden beer with a lasting beige head. Some cellar and alcohol in the aroma, but dried fruits and dark sugars are more evident. Full-bodied and almost sticky sweet in the mouth, quite warming from the alcohol. Sweet flavor with dried fruits, some cellar and dark sugars. Caramel too. Nice bitterness to support the sweetness in the finish. Not as complex as the trappists, but a very nice one. Maybe a bit warm, but I like it. Rating: 7-4-8-4-15-3.8 (081205)

Bottled, 75cl champagne cork. It pours a bit unclear, orange-brown with a reddish hue and a beige head. Sweet nose with some caramel and roasted malt, and spices and more sweetness. Nice, sweet flavor, with spices and caramel. Fullbodied, lovely beer. (061229)

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
themightyomega (92) - New York, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Bottle. Pours dark brown with fluffy tan head. Aroma of alcohol and malt. Tastes vile, like gone-off maple syrup, with plenty of alcohol burn. To be fair, was in the fridge for six months, maybe a bad bottle. But I ain’t going to try it again.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 Comes in a cool white bottle. Pours brown with a big white head and a sweet aroma. The taste is strong and complex with a kick, but I was surprised how little I tasted the alcohol at 10.5%. A strong, flavorful beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TampaBeer (257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2007
Pleasant light apple aroma. Alcohol overwhelms the flavor just a little bit in this beer. A bit of syrupy sweetness on the back of the throat.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 22, 2007
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a medium bubbly head. Aroma is caramellic, malty with dark fruits, alcoholic, bit yeasty. Flavour is sweet caramellic, roasty maltiness, fruity, alcoholic, well lagered dark fruits, some spices. Sweet malty bit spiced finish. A good Strong Belgian Ale.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekstedt (6348) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2014 Bottle (33 cl) from Systembolaget. Nice appearance, thick head. Fruity, perfumy, and spicy with clear notes of alcohol. Medium bodied, good mouthfeel. A bit too sweet.


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