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


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RATINGS: 2380   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2007 Dark ruby red liquid under a lively though short lived head. Left some decent lacings down the sides of the glass. Aroma of apples and caramel which definitely grew on me. I probably tasted this a little on the warm side, but better than being too cold and missing out on the wonderful flavour. Sweet and bitter. Malty aftertaste. Fairly full bodied, but carries it’s 10.5 like a birthmark. The end came way too soon with this delicious beer.Re-rate: Had this a couple of more times now, and it doesn’t seem any nearly as well contained. Overly sweet and the alcohol OTT. Still a decent beer with plenty of presence, and maybe the latter bottles have been uncharacteristic, but I’m going to have to drop it a few points.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimmoS (51) - FINLAND - JUL 11, 2005
I smell cognag. Soft palate and it melts in your mouth. Plum soup with an alcoholic aftertaste. Planty of taste here!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (21730) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2005
Bottled. Red brown colured with an off white head. Fruity aroma with spcy notes. Acidic and fruity flavour with spicy notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2005
This is a real beer’s beer, a bit tan head with a rosy dark red body. The aromas are all over the place, fresh grain, sweetness, evident alcohol, cognac, and earthy tones plus others I couldn’t readily put into words. The taste belies its high alcohol percentage, with a very sweet toffeeish flavor that finishes round and thick with some lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2005
Pours a murky dark red color with a thin beige head. Aroma and flavor of caramel, fruits and alcohol. Medium body, liquorous texture, lively carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lordwunjo (46) - California, USA - JUN 26, 2005
One of the best beers I’ve ever had, so much flavor just perfect everything excellent I would highly recommend to anyone who likes real good beer. This has an excellent taste of many berries and chocolate plus the aftertaste does not taste of alcohol. Exceptional beer, try it yourself!!! Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JUN 16, 2005
Bottled. Dark reddish brown colour. Offwhite, huge head with big bubbles in it and which diminishes to medium size quite quickly. In the aroma fruity notes stick out, like strawberries and cherries. Other than that, strong malty-sweet aroma. Tastes caramelly, malty and quite sweet. (maybe a tad too sweet) Strawberries, plums and candied cherries. One of the fruitiest Belgian strong ales I´ve had. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2005
This is a nice beer. Pours a murky hazel brown with a large tan head. Aroma is deep with dark fruits and a touch of honey. Taste also has some spiciness and toffee tones to it. Very, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2006 Bottle. Deep brown color, nice brown head and nice lacings, fully lasting. Hops, fruity and nuts aroma. Taste is quite funky, nuts, wood, hickory, malt, very nice beer, i like this style of beer. Bière de couleur brun opaque avec un bon collet brun qui perdure jusqu’à la fin et qui colle bien au verre. Odeur de noix, houblon, et de fruits. Le goût est pas mal spécial, dur a discerner : noix, bois, corsé et hickory, malt, ... vraiment excellente.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Brown. Huge, light tan head. Caramel and sweet, roasty malt aroma. Bit of alcohol also. Similar flavor, with a shot of yeast. Full body, excellent.

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