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

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RATINGS: 2189   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Bottle. Pours dark chestnut brown with amber highlights when held to light and a creamy off-white head that diminishes to a long-lasting skin of bubbles on the top of the glass (whew, that was a long sentence!). Aroma is relatively mild, but features fruity dark-roasted malts, sweetbread yeastiness and discernable hops. Flavor is much more robust than the aroma, rich and sweet with dark fruits upfront, then yielding to a hoppy tartness and a full on yeast and astringent finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and round with a creamy carbonation. I like this strong Belgian a lot!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2004
hazy, rusty, ruby body. GRAPES, raisins and cherries and grapes. real fruity. some dark malt character, caramely, rich, fruity and leathery. a bit one dimensional to me, but great balance of alcohol and body.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Beer pours (in flute glass) a dark reddish brown with a small amount of caramel colored head that lingers. Aroma is of sweet whiskey with hops. Flavor is a whiskeyish straw, grass, and hops. Nice alcohol tones, but not great with a whiskey aroma and flavor. Sampled at 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2004
11.2 oz capped bottle: pours a stunning garnet purple with a lovely, persistent off white foam. Deep sherry/dried fruit aroma with a light nuttiness, raisins and pears. A faint hoppiness also tickles the nose. Flavours are full of toffee, burnt cherries, and chewy malt as alcohol burns the throat on the way down. One of the more unique Belgian beers I have had an interesting mix of a triple and barley wine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Bottle pours a deep red amber with a slight haze and a tan head with not much in the way of lace. The aroma is malty, dried fruit, plums as it warms, yeasty, and just overall very nice. The flavor starts out almost chocolaty, becomes dried fruit like, turns yeasty, and is overall well balanced. The palate is nice and rich. Overall, this is very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - JAN 19, 2004
after the pour it has a slowly shrinking, off white head that clings to the glass. the color is a ruby, mohagany color. clovey, yeasty aroma. Alcohol is noticeable after sitting for a few minutes. moderate to full bodied with an initial dark fruit like raisins and plums with malty cookieish flavors toward the end. there is just a faint bitterness lingering after the swallow. kind of an average belgian beer a little cloying in its sweetness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown color with a large beige creamy head. Had a bountiful aroma of yeast and fruit. Smooth mounthfeel and flavors of toffee, butterscotch, caramel, and raisins make this brew quite the treat.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jfm (1724) - Holbk, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2004
Dark brown color with a beige head. The taste is sweet and slightly malty with notes of alcohol

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2004
Pours a deep reddish brown, with a thick creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet. Yeast and fruit on the nose. Good mouthfeel. Not too sweet. Grapes, raisons, yeast, caramel, and alcohol on the tongue. Slight dry bitter hop finish. This was a really nice beer. One that I'd drink again!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Beautiful tea brown pour with some head. Wonderful aroma of yeast and fruits. Sweet thick mouthfeel. Wow! What a wonderful taste to it! This is a great one! Even my non-beer drinking wife liked it. The alcohol is not noticed because of the flavors.


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