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

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RATINGS: 2244   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2192) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2004
330mL bottle. The aroma is predominately of alcohol and yeast. There's also some hints of caramel. Huge off-white frothy head also leaves a nice lacing around the glass. very sweet, creamy, easy drinking. lightly hopped. Alcohol (10.5%) comes right through to the finish and can seem quite harsh.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 5, 2004
color is amber/brown with an ample tan head. aroma is dominated by yeast and banana with a little buttery toffee. flavor is pretty sweet, sticky brown sugary finish. pretty thick and i'm a little surprised...very nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2005 Gulden Draak pours ruby brown, almost clear with no traces of yeast?, but a generous sticky head for this ABV. Aroma is vinous, very malty (caramel, butterscotch) with a tickling grapes character melted with ashes. The taste is as sweet as anticipated, very caramelic, but mostly floral clover honey and licorice with a slight medicinal note and more brown sugar toward the finish which is all malt. I couldn’t drink too much of this myself, but I appreciate the sipping experience and the medium body fits well. I think this would blend together better being forgotten for a while in a cave. Thanks Martin!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Well, seems to be a volitile compound, as it exploded when the cork was popped, and then produced about five times as much head as liquid. That not withstanding, it has a good dark red color. (but the foam, dear lord the foam...) Aroma is indeed a bit sweet and spiced, but reminds me a slight bit of cheese... Well, I have yet to actually drink this at all, but I'll try to keep an open mind on the flavor department. Flavor is fruity with a somewhat malty overall feel to it. I would give it a much higher rating, if it were not for the the down sides of it all.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2004 Re-Rate Dark ruby brown body with a huge fluffy off white head. Sweety fruit aroma, touch of sugar and molasses, candi sugar? Sweet dark fruit, malt and candi sugar in the flavour, touch of caramel toffee. Dry hing of alcohol in the finish succumbs to a long lingering sweetness in the aftertaste that manages to not be cloying. Very smooth, not quite syrupy body. Much better than I recall. A testament to the re-rate.8/4/8/4/17<P> Original Rating Brownish colour with a beige head, aroma is alcoholic and hints of fruit. Very effervescent body with lots of very sweet maltiness and candied flavours followed up by some alcohol. This ranges from exquisite to harsh in a single glass. 6/4/7/4/14

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (5519) - Billdal, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2004
Draught at The Bishops Arms, Gothenburg, Sweden. Dark amber with a large, creamy head. A bit sourish, vinegar-aroma with yeast and citrus. Fizzy and, in to me, too sweet. A full-bodied beer with a lot of maltiness.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2004
I wasn't real impressed with this beer. It had an amber borwn body topped by a thick tan head with some lacing left behind. The aroma is sweet and full of rotten fruit (Yuck!). It is slightly vinous but otherwise unappetizing. The flavor is also sweet and full of slightly rotten fruit. Slight alcohol and spicy notes linger. Medium to full bodied, tingly and warming.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Hmmm...not that different from the Piraat I just sampled. This time, however, the body pours dark orange-brown, with a thin off-white head. Caramel and floral hops in the nose. The flavor is very sweet and somewhat cloying, with caramel dominant. I'm not finding much else here to comment on. Alcohol is noticeable but not overbearing. A fairly boring Belgian and not one I would purchase again. Sugar doo-do-doo-do-doo-do...

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tessic (836) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2004
This ale pours a beep red with a nice frothy head. Strong sugary yeast scents to this one. Almost a strong baked beans scent from the yeast. Alcohol, toffee notes are strong to the nose. First taste was sweet, maple/brown sugar sweet with good carbonation and a alcohol warming effect. The taste almost reminded me of a ripe fig with a tiny bit of chocolate. The finish had a very strong yeast flavour to it. Definitely a thick beer. The palate had a lingering alcohol warmth to it with a sugary malt taste. I guess I'm just not a huge "yeasty" beer guy but this was not undrinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crockett (1005) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2004
Dirty red/brown pour. Huge creamy off white head. Aroma of ripe fruit. Nice mouth feel. Burnt sugar, lightly coffee, turbinado sugar. Nicely carbonated. Malty, spicey and warming. Chocolate and plummy finish. Delicious.


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