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


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RATINGS: 2506   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5240) - New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2006
Bottled (nice paint, btw). Dark brown and ruby pour, thick and pretty beige head. Sweet, fruity aroma with alcohol. Full-bodied and alcoholic, fruity and heavily spicy. Similar to its Van Steenberge cousin, Piraat, though darker and less tropical. Watch out, a couple of bottles of Gulden Draak will have you acting like a viking, too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2006
Not at all what I was expecting from a triple. Cloudy, brown body with a tall tan head. VERY different in both aroma and taste. Loads of malt in the flavor, toffee, some fruit also. Odd flavor that took some getting used to, but once I did, it ejoyed it. The 10.5% alcohol was nice too. The fact that it came in a fully painted bottle rocked, good beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2956) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus, pours a hazy brownish color with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel, spices, citrus and hops. Flavor is sweet and a bitter finish, but not overly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8996) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 21, 2006
Bottle. Toffee and prune malt aroma. Dark orange brown color - cloudy with moderate head. Very sweet raisin/prune flavor with moderate astringency and hops at the finish. Very nice but on the sweet side

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (4661) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2006
330 ml bottle. Fully painted bottle, too bad some of the more delicate beers donít do this. Pours very dark brown with a reddish tint. Head is tan and pillowy and stick around for a bit. Aroma fills the nose with thick caramel, bread, yeast and bits of roasted chocolate. Full bodied and silky smooth with frothy carbonation that fills the mouth with flavor. Taste is rich dark caramel malt. As it warms up there are lots of dark fruits - mainly plums and cherries. As it goes along the carbonation gets a bit sharper. Finish has the dark fruits and some spiciness from the hops. Excellent beer that is great for sipping.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 6, 2006
Draught at Tylerís in Durham, NC. Lovely clear garnet color with off white head that laced the glass. Big aroma full of clove, alcohol, grapes, and cedar chips. Estery cloves dominate the flavor, but are backed up by dried fruits and cereal grain. Warm splash of alcohol at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 3, 2006
Bottle, 33 cL. Pours a rusty brown with thin, beige head. The aroma is pretty strong and bears quite a bit of toffee, along with raisin bread, some organic leafy notes, and general malt. The flavor is also quite strong. Itís rather tart, especially at first. Then the toffee comes back in with a great deal of raisin/caramel sweetness. The hops become more apparent in the finish, with a faint leafy bitterness sticking to the back of the throat. Thereís a touch of alcohol in the finish, too. The toffee lingers in the mouth for quite some time. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LadySusan (724) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2006
This is a very good example of Belgian beer. Its dark amber color and the spicy taste is typical of this kind of beer, but the alcohol % is not that noticeable. I liked the fruity taste is good and the after taste last a long time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (6583) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a massive foamy off-white head. Aroma of sugary yeast, caramel malt, some fruit and alcohol. Flavour is quite sweet and malty with some spices and a light hoppy finish. Alcoholís quite strong and prominent. Somewhat harsh aftertaste. Medium bodied. This is a little sweet for my liking and the alcohol could be much more subtle -- just O.K.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oycpff (93) - USA - MAR 29, 2006
Bottle: Pours nice black with nice offwhite creamyhead, and moderate carbonation. Fruity bananna like aroma with hints of alcohol. Tastes farily sweet with good balance, with full body. defenatly a sipping beer.

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