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

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RATINGS: 2245   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - JUN 11, 2004
deep red flavor and rich wine like smell compliment the thick sweet taste. you can smell the alcohol but the taste is smooth with only a hint of the alcohol.Very Good Beer

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8769) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2004
Poured a dard reddish-brown with a huge brown/tan head. Heavy yeasty smell with a Malty aroma. Tastes of molasses and toffee with light fruits (very sweet). I couldn’t get over the yeasty smell. Alcohol well hidden. However, the beer grew on me as I drank more.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2359) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2004
This is a good beer with a nice alcohol content that does not show in the taste. Nice and thick and a very dark brown color. There is a sweetness character to this beer. The only problem I have with it is that the label is always falling off the beer, whats up with that.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2004
Deep ruby red in color. Large fluffy head. Aroma of stale grains and a sweetness of ripe fruit. The taste is not impressive. Bland dark malts with an unbalanced yeaty finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
haf (529) - Gijon, SPAIN - MAY 22, 2004
Una de las mejores cervezas que he probado en mi vida. muy alta graduacion (10.5%) Un sabor agradable.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 19, 2004
This brew has a huge alcohol, yeasty, sweet apple-cinnimon aroma, maybe some pineapple thrown in-I can taste it already; quite subdued for such a strong nose: caramel, chocolate, candi sugar, fruit, dough.....is that "Hefeklosse"? (German yeast dumpling/pear dish mom used to make)?; quite sweet with a bit of a slight dry finish. This is one brew thats go so much going for it: drinkablity, flavor, kick, charactor....itsa beautiful thing!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Bottle at DBF 2004. Thick brown body. Aroma is sweet and malty. Same is the flavor. Very thick mouthfeel. Very decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2004
This is actually #350, it reads 351 as I have a repeat rating that needs removing. Bottle Conditioned. This wasn’t looking to be very good on the aroma. I had visions of Fuller’s Golden Pride and Vintage Ale ’99 all over again. Moving on to the beer though, it was actually very pleasent. It has that entire strong dark/whisky thing... but not in a really unpleasent way like Fuller’s have overdone it. This is a good beer, not great... not something I would drink often, but far more drinkable than the Fuller’s offerings.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lunkie (1392) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2004
Floral aroma with a hint of malt. Dark brown apperance with gread head. Smooth palate with malt flavour

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
NosirIwont (1938) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2004 Bottle. No lasting head. Dark red/brown colour. Complex fruity and yeasty aroma. A lot fo body, but with too much carbonacid. Sharp taste with light/medium bitterness.


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