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

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RATINGS: 2631   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2006
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3579) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2006
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (4865) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2006
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!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2006
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2006
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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
troysworktable (109) - Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2006
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2006
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Gulden Draak 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
peterstrongale (43) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2006
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2006
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.


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