TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2 oz bottle. Dark amber brown with a thin tan head. Needs a good pour. Creamy edges leave wet lace. Dough with raisins and sherry. Vinous wood. Taste hits the same notes but with caramel and tangy yeast instead of dough. Nice full mouthfeel but not heavy. Alcohol comes on in the finish. Ends clean with chewed grass. A good Belgian but lacking some richness in flavor. Could develop nicely if cellared.
probstblueribbon (3579) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 mL bottle in gift pack from LCBO. App.: cloudy reddish-amber with a substantial reddish-tan head and moderate lacing. Aroma: dirty sweetness, warm spices (cinnamon, clove, allspice, ...), yeasty, vanilla, caramel, dried fruits, plenty of sweetness. Palate: full bodied, aggressive effervescence. Flav.: chocolate and vanilla, sweet, spicey, honey, a touch of bitterness to finish. A nice brew.
mansquito (4865) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big bottle: The head is unlike some other Belgian beers in that it isnít really that thick and actually descends quickly. The body is a pretty dark amber... quite nice. Aroma is delaightful sweet acohol smell. Quite nice. It has a really small taste that really tickles the palate. Taste of alcohol is actually rathered subdued considering the high gravity. (I actually just watched my roomate swill this beer and I almost cried... Speaking of which, after a night of heavy drinking my brother once purchased this beer and drank the entire big bottle in under ten minutes... I would have punched him, but he wouldnít have felt it in his passed out state). Taste is definately sweet, but I canít say exactly what taste makes it sweet. Taste is quite complex and a little fruity, but not as much as some reviewers make it out to be. Long finish there be. Quite good beer right here. Great white bottle, when taking off the labels!
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gulden Draak comes in a really cool bottle with a dragon on the side.The beer itself is dark-reddish with a small head to it.Aromas are of toffee,malt and caramel.The taste is sweet and reminds me of some barley wines I have tried before.This is an excellent beer.
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pours dark amber with a huge off-white head. Aroma of dark fruit, lots of malt, and some molasses. No hops to speak of in this one, but thatís not a bad thing. Taste roughly follows aroma, but there is an odd aftertaste. Excellent brew.
troysworktable (109) - Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 ounce bottle. One of my new favorites. This is great stuff. An average size, light brown head on the pour. The color a muddy brown that glows chestnut around the edges. It smells of molasses with hints of dried dark fruits: raisins and prunes. Maybe even a very subtle whiff of cherry? The flavor nicely matches the aroma. It is sweet and malty, with only the slightest hint of bitterness. The flavor lingers. The body is full, somewhat thick and oily, something that tickles the tongue a bit.
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a fairly murky brown with a bubbly off-white head, showing good retention and lace. Sweet malty caramel aroma, a little dusty and yeasty too. Decent full body, flavours of spice fruit and caramel, some light yeast too... the finish is warming and pretty sweet. Pretty solid, loved the alcohol spice in the finish too.
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle
Soft pour in a tulip glass
Unknown bottling, marked 30CD 11:22, slain 12/06
Poured a muddy ruddy brown with a huge fully lasting yellowish brown head with good lacing.
Smelt of strong candy corn, cotton candy, sucre díorge, candied pineapple, fruitcake.
Taste was upfront strong to harsh sweet malt and fruitcake and moderate bitter spruce, light orange sourness followed by a strong bitter moss and mushrooms yeastiness and dark roasted malt, and sweet candied oranges and fruitcake with some light bitter grass hops and dry sherry or brandy tones on a long finish. Palate was medium to full bodied, soft and creamy, lively carbonation, strong astringency and light alcoholic wafts.
Overall, a generally cloying and sweet beer, but a wonderful look, smell and great taste. Better when warmish.
peterstrongale (43) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Intens dark brown coloured beer with creamy off white head. Nose is malty, fruity (figgs) with roasted tones. Taste is rich and generous, it has notes of candi, dry fruits like figgs and plums, but also hints of toasted bread. Aftertaste is slight sweet and a little alcoholic, it ends with a slight roasted bitterness, some alcohol burn and some hops.
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2007 11.2 oz. bottle. Poured into my Gulden Draak snifter. Dark red/brown with an ample head. I could hear the fizzing as soon as I uncapped it. Smelled of caramel and berries. Had a nice sweet taste to it, but not too sweet. The mouthfeel was wonderful; so rich and creamy. As it warmed up I got more of a whiff and taste of the alcohol. Certainly to be expected in a brew with 10.5% alcohol. Though it cost a pretty penny at my local beer store, Iím glad I gave it a try. Great stuff, and who doesnít love the bottle?
Re-rate: Definitely not as impressed as I was when I first had this. The flavor isnít quite as nice as I remember it. At least the palate is still there.