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


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RATINGS: 2355   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a nice dark ruby color. Strong sweet fruity aroma. Smells a little like melon. Flavor starts out sweet and fruity. Finishes with a little bit of a malt flavor. Alcohol fits in very well into the flavor. Good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The Etruscan (544) - Tuscany, ITALY - JAN 5, 2005
Beige weak head. Brown color. Aroma is sweet with dark fruits, caramel and light candy and wooden notes. Flavor is sweet too with raisins and caramel tones, ending in a sweet fruity finish. Full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Richmalt aroma with a distnct fruit kicker,taste is full rich malt, that fruit in the aroma was definitely raspberry as it comes out nicely in the taste. Was given a generous sample at Landmark in Milwaukee where it ís on tap

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2005
750ml bottle. Wasnít too impressed with this one. Looked nice. Had a grassy taste al the way through which I didnít care for.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2014 This has been an early favorite since back when I was just beginning to learn about Belgian beer. Back then the wife and I used to enjoy the draft but found the bottle to be overwhelmingly intense. Now we look badk and laugh at our beer virgin innocence. Still an absolute favorite though. +++ Sampled from a 11.2 oz white bottle this fine brew poured a ruby-mahogany color with a large tan head. The aroma is sweet and has elements of ripe cherries, berries and molasses. There is a light hop aroma and a note of alcohol on the nose. The flavor is rich dark malts, ripe fruit, molasses, light hops and a noticeable but not overwhelming alcohol burn. In all an exceptional brew that I wish I could afford more often. Also of note the draft is available to me locally but I find that it is significantly lacking in character compared to the bottle however it does lack the alcohol scent and taste that is present in the bottle. A fine draft but an incredible bottle. Liquid glory!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2005
A tale of two beers, if you will. My initial sampling was a bit too cold and wasnít particularly impressive, but significantly better as it warmed. Pours murky mahogany, large puffy, light brown head with good lasting power. Nose is of candy sugars and raisins. At first, similar flavor profile, some dark fruit and sugars, but not much going on. As it warmed, it took on some nice chocolate/cocoa hints, more bready with some caramel, really gets to having a nice malty finish to it. Alcohol a mite noticeable even for the 10.5%, but not offensively so. Undoubtedly a beer that needs to be drunk at the proper temperature.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (1898) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2005 Bottle. Dark murky brown colour with a slim bubbley tan head. Fantastic aroma that makes me believe Iím in for a treat; caramel, malts and dark fruit. Taste does not disappoint; same elements as the aroma plus honey/brown sugar, so yes itís sweet, but also rounded. Great Triple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (2953) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2004
Bottle, LCBO Belgian Gift pack, 2004. Dark red colour, white head, long lasting. Rich, malt aroma. Crisp mouthfeel in a medium body. Strong, sweet malt taste, mixed with yeast and spice. Strong, but subtle alcohol as well. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Pours a lite brown w/ a light creamy head and great lacing. This is not a tripel, itís a quad, plain and simple. Aromas of vanilla, dates, anise, some plums, and alcohol. A great malty flavor with lots of yeasty dried fruit complexity. A great balance with the styrian goldings. Very clean short and warming finish. One of the best non-trappiste beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Bottle. Brown with red highlights, small tan head. Sweet aroma of malt, dark fruit and spices. Somewhat sweet flavor of baked bread, malt, fruits and a nice warming finish.

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