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


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RATINGS: 2690   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunsho (134) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 23, 2007
dark brown with a golden head, very spicy and complex, had difficulties deciphering flavors. very heavy palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Lots of spices in the aroma.Pours a brownish red with a medium light tan head.Lots of spices in the flavor.Medium mouthfeel with a spiced finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
robinvboyer (4118) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2007
wasn’t a big fan of this, I must say he best park was the bottle. I foudn it VERY boozy, and it overpowered most of the flavour. maybe an off bottle, but not very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAR 12, 2007
Dark red color with huge head. Sweet aromas , raisin chocolate, berries. Sweet flavours of red fruit , sugar , some hops. A very good dessert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jerre (3178) - Waregem, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 Bottle, 33cl - This was more than 18 years ago one of the first special darks beers i’ve drink it. And still love it. Dark brown, with a big off-white head. Compicated. Aroma is a bit alcoholic, with the powerfully sweet ripe fruit and yeast. A bit toffee-like. Same toffee sweetness shows up in the flavour, with alcohol warming at the back. One of the beers belgian beers with a original bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4206) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2007
Bottle. Popped with a bang…..with is it with me and coark almost had my head shoot off once again. Head was huge and slightly off-white creamy. Color was brown with a light hazy body. Aroma was nice mix of fruit, caramel, grain, berries, date and some yeast and alcohol. Medium to full boded with a fizzy carbonation. Flavor was mostly sweet, with light notes of bitterness. The ending has some light bitter and slightly dry notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2007
Fake ceramic bottle, which looks like crap but is ofcourse useful to keep light away from the beer. Dark red/amber body with a large & steady thick head. Spicy & hoppy smell, cloves, peppermint, cinnamon, alcohol, brown sugar, dark fruits, rum-soaked raisins, quite yeasty. Smooth and slightly sweet taste, very malty, also quite bitter from the hops. Rounded and well balanced. Medium/long finish. Thick mouthfeel, not much carbonation. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Sampled in 11 ounce bottle, which was very unique and white, which definitely added to the appearance. Appearance was dark brown and had a nice head. Flavor was tremendous with lots of spices.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
scope (8) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 28, 2007 does not count
Bought this on a whim.......AMAZING...pours a bloody brown with tan head...should call this brew Rudolph, because the nose is pure christmas...sweet and alcoholic. caramel and figs...With the first taste i shouted "SPICY" and proceeded to ask this beer to marry me....i had to brink half the bottle( 1pt 6oz) just to seperate all the flavors...such a flood of emotion in this ale...it is very happy to tell you it’s hoppy story...lots of fruit and malts, caramel, brown sugar and butter....somewhat hard to find but if you come across a lone bottle somewhere....carpe diem....save it and savor it

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beltramelli (470) - Campinas, BRAZIL - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2007 Dark brown coloration. Good cream. Well balanced bitter taste and alcohol (present, but do not attack). It is a consistent beer. Harmonious.

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