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

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RATINGS: 2658   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Pours a reddish amber color, Good Tan head, Slight alcohol notes along with dark fruits. The finish is warm. Very Nice Belgium .

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2007
It was a deep, ruby color. The head was foamy, thick, and light tan. The aroma is tart and sweet with several types of fruit scents. Grape and a berry of some sort were distinguishable. It laces well. The palate is shocked at first with a very biting, sharp, and fizzy sensation. After the initial shock, I was able to being to taste the beer’s tart and very slight fruit character. The finish is warm, but a very light warmth at the roof of your mouth rather than the back of your throat.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4576) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2007
The bottle looked cool enough for a try. Pours a nice dark reddish amber with a pretty, tan, creamy head. The aroma definitely carries traces of the alcohol, fruit notes, and an earthy aroma. Lets see how she tastes. Hmm, definitely alcohol, hmmm wine taste, it has the dry mature fruit, aged taste that reminds me of a wine. I tend to like the dry fruity belgians so this appeals to me. Not as much of the belgian yeasty taste, more of a crisp warm mouthfeel to it along with the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours a very dark, red tinged, brown with a frothy two finger head. The foam fades slowly to a very thick cap, leaving behind large chucks of foam on the glass. Smell; sweet dark fruits, and chocolate are the dominant aromas with some spicy yeasts. There’s also a bit of alcohol in the nose, and with the fruity notes, lends an almost vinous quality to the beer. Taste; cherries and plums greet the tongue on the initial sips, followed by a little bit of chocolate and caramel. There’s a bit of a floral quality in the middle, and a fairly large alcohol presence in the finish. If it were not for the strong alcohol presence, this beer would be really damn good. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice smooth natural ccarbonation, and due to the alcohol the drinkability takes a significant hit.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours a deep brick brown with ruby tones. There is easily 3" of a thick head of clumpy light tan foam. Good lacing. Full of malt, molasses, and raisin in the aroma. Very malty beer, loaded with molasses, raisins, rum, anise, Belgian yeast, and chocolate. The finish has flavors of toffee and rum. Full bodied and full carbonation - excellent mouthfeel. A dryness from roasted grains and a mild spiciness from the yeast and/or hops lingers through the aftertaste. A great beer, and an old standby.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3601) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2007
33 cl bottle. I love the shape of the bottles the Belgians use, and the white coated glass makes this one exceptional. These remind me of the "steinies" used by American brewers in the 40’s and 50’s. The beer itself pours a deep brown with a thick, creamy light tan head. Pleasant aroma of caramel, malt, and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is dates, caramel and malt. Very nice, almost chewy mouthfeel, not unlike a piece of toffee melting in your mouth. Quite enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2007
33cl bottle - pours dark brown, only slightly hazy under the light, with a big off-white head that towered out of my Chimay goblet. It’s a Tripel, but it looks like a Dubbel. Interesting. Aroma is a bit alcoholic, but not unpleasant as it mingles very well with the powerfully sweet ripe fruit and yeast. A bit toffee-like. Same toffee sweetness shows up in the flavour, only accented more, with alcohol warming at the back of the throat and a creamy yeastiness at the front. Ripe dark fruit all the way through, raisins being the most in evidence to me. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick. The ABV definitely shows itself and I started feeling this thing halfway through the glass. A nice and unique Belgian Tripel. Plus, the bottle is fantastic.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AngryJohnny (3) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2007 does not count
Had the good fortune to have the beer on tap. Nice brown color and fairly clear with a nice bubbly head. Complex aroma – a bit of a raisin scent up front but gives way to citrus and yeast. Despite the high abv, there wasn’t a noticeable alcohol character. Fruity flavor with notes of spice. A very enjoyable beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2007
(bottle) Pours a clear brown with a fading head. Soft sweet and fruity on the nose. Bitter bubbling apple-like punch has a smooth finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loseratheart (110) - USA - JAN 8, 2007
Honey, apples raisins and the usual belgian background. Red brown, creamy head. Sweet malt, apples, citrus, but the flavors lack balance - the front of the mouth promisses a lot which the back does not hold. The strength gives it a seemingly full body. Nice nightcap.


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