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

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RATINGS: 2291   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (2603) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 10, 2004
330ml white bottle. Spicy and rich aroma - raisin, dark fruit, brown sugar and alcohol. Pours red brown, hazy, medium sized off white head. Chewy body, maybe a touch syrupy. Caramel, spices, touch of hops meld together. Alcohol lingers in the background, but is not intrusive.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4812) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2009 Bottle: Aroma of raisin and apple. Pours a hazy dark brown with a red tinge. Nice off-white head that lasts a minute or so. Initial flavor of the raisin and apple but caramel really comes on strong in the finish. Alcohol is barely noticeable in the finish. Lightly sour in the finish as well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2004
Dark brown colour with fairly small off white head. Aroma is sweet with some fruit and clear notes of the alcohol. Flavor is malty with some caramel and again clear notes of the alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2004
Bought in the bottle from the excellent "Beers of Europe" shop near Kings Lynn. Comes in a nice white bottle, the beer is a Dark Brown colour. The word "earthy" springs to mind for me. Quite nice & very strong.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2004
(draft) My first tasting of this rather famous Belgian. Not at all what AI was expecting. I got a lot of fruit that I’ll call raspberry. Too sweet for my taste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tobi98ab (32) - Taste of Beer, Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2004
One of the better really strong beers. Gulden Draak hides its high alcohol percentage really well. Full fruity aroma, and a nice soft sweet flavor. well done!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (2925) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2004
Odeur de levure et d’alcool et de raisin.Au gout elle est fruite,bon gout de caramel et d’alcool.En bouche le caramel et l’alcool reste beaucoup.C’est une tres bonne biere.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 3, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2004 Deep ruby in color with a generous off white head. Aroma is dark fruit and bourbon. Flavor is syrupy sweet with notes of baked apple, dark fruit and toffee. Finish is sweet, palate is rich and the 10.5% ABV makes it’s self known.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bitterpeace (3) - East Haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2004 does not count
excellent! What I have come to expect from a great Triple. Very complex and sweet. Strong alcohol flavor that I can’t wait to drink beside a fire on a cold snowy night.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2004
rusty orange in colour with the most pleasant strong ale characteristics. There are the dark fruits in abundance and a touch of sweet sticky fruits as well like cherry, strawberry, and melon. It’s a veritable fruit cocktail on yeast! Tart and smooth finish. Hook this up to me by IV!


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