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


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RATINGS: 2555   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Pours dark reddish amber with a thick bubbly mocha head. Aroma of fruity esters: apples, plums, apricots. Vinous malt with notes of toffee, molasses, and candied fruit. Mouthfeel is heavy and syrupy with lush carbonation. Quite thick with plenty of alcohol, but this beer is a bit too sweet and simple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2006
From a caged cork 750ml. white plastic covered brown bottle with no bottled/freshness date. Made a good appearance, poured a cloudy fresh apple cider brown with a pale tannish head that settled into a thin creamy lacing, good carbonation. Had a orangey fruitiness and spicy alcohol nose with whiffs of sweet caramelized sugary maltiness. A crisp, textured and carbonated smooth medium bodied mouth feel, good drinkability. Sour orangey fruitiness and a caramelized candied maltiness, a spicy, peppery alcohol warmth, a subtle herbalness and a dry yeasty and malty finish with the spicy alcohol lingering in the palate. A very good Belgian Strong Ale, one of my personal favorites, dangerously quaffable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marko (4418) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 22, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 0.75l bottle in Tolkien’s House, Zagreb, shared with Sasquatch911 :).
Well, the choice was this, Brugge Tripel and Leute Bok. I think we chose wisely.This poured a lovely dark burgundy red, nearly black with a medium sized tanish head that went away slowly leaving some lacing. Lovely fresh malty nose, raisins, dark fruits, some backgroundish alcohol. A very nice sweet and fruity Belgian style taste , raisins, dark malt, some roastiness and maybe weak hoppy bitterness. A tad yeasty and some alcohol can be felt, but not much. Cost a lot, but while not completely worth it, pretty close. The great company perhaps made it better. Still, a worthy no. 250.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2006
pours a somewhat cloudy dark brown with a slight light head. rather sweet aroma. full bodied taste with slight hop flavor and caramel. Alcohol is not as well disquised as some other Belgium strong ales or trippels

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 16, 2006
just amazing. Just became one of my favorite Belgians. Complex aroma. Superb flavor, without the acidic after taste that comes with some of the Triples and Quads. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Pours a relatively dark browne with some cloudiness and a small off-white colored head. Sweet aroma with hints of dried fruits and roasted malts. The taste is rich and relatively fullbodied with hints off caramel, dried plums and hops. The alcohol comes off a little too high in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2006
Bottle. smell of fruit. aftertaste too alchollic. if you like belgian dubble this might be for you.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (14927) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2006
Paters vietje (Antwerp) Dark red/brown with white head. Fruits and caramel. Very warm from the alcohol. Very good body. good long finish! One of the best from Van Steenberge!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garrettdeming (17) - Apalachin, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2006 Well well well, my first delve into the upper escelon of real beers. I recieved this in a Living Beers 6-pack, along with 5 other top-notch Belgians. This wonder poured a rich, almost burguny caramel color with a bone head that remained till the last sip was gone. The taste was SWEET like fermenting fruit, yet there was a nice balance between a slight alcohol bite and a faint hop bitterness at the end. The 10.5% sneaks up on you! What a joy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagobears (441) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Dark red-orange rust color with creamy beige head. Pepperish and spicy aroma. Flavor is similar to the aroma with a burnt toffee malt and oaky finish. Has a plum-like sweetness with a apparent alcohol bite. Pretty tasty and thick. A good night capper.

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