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


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RATINGS: 2395   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2005
bottle. pours a deep dark red. one finger off white head. aroma is malt, caramel, toffee and alcohol. taste is malt and quite sweet toffee alcohol. has a lingering taste. and a smooth slick palate. the only drawback is the sweetness which is a little much. but quite good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
frankenkitty (1961) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2005
I first tasted Gulden Draak in December 2004 and have been looking forward to another sample. Bottle poured as a dense, thick vermillion/red/brown with an incredibly sized, creamy/rocky, tan head that retained nicely. So many elements to the aroma, which all played so well off each another: sweet Maraschino cherries, honey, fresh-baked muffins, scotch and cinnamon. Intense sweetness in flavor showcasing tremendous malts, apple-sourness and fusels that fill the sinuses. Spicy aftertaste with a slick palate that was both syrupy and creamy. The only drawback to the entire beer was an alcohol-induced dryness that cut the experience too short. The mysterious white bottle and golden Viking ship logo only add to it’s appeal. Incredible.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2005
From a 750ml bottle. Pours a beautiful cherywood color. Deep reddish brown. A small tan head. Smells of apples and strong malt. Syrupy sweet and strong. Tastes of big malt. Sweet and smooth. Apple flavors are evident. The ABV is listed at 10.5% but you would never know it from the taste. There is no alcohol bite. It is amazingly smooth. Finishes with a sweet/sour aftertaste. Big full bodied beer but subtle as well. It doesn’t bludgeon you over the head with its strength but takes you down slowly and sweetly. A great brew to end an evening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Cloudy, plain brown color and a foamy, lasting, tan head. Smells of brown sugar and tastes just as sweet. Sweet brown liquor sums it up. Finishes quite dry. The strenghth makes it a bit interesting, and perhaps due to the bottle coating, it would be a good candidate for aging. In a no-holds-barred cage match between this dragon and the Kirin Ichiban dragon, my money is on the Draak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Pours a cloudy brown, with a puffy tan head. Nose is very sweet and raisiny. Flavor was dark fruits, sugary sweet, caramel and toffee and a hint of spice. A lot of flavors going on. The high alcohol is slightly noticeable, but not unbearable. Mouthfeel was creamy. I wasn’t that impressed, but overall I thought it was a easy to drink big beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25076) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Very dark with a huge off-white head. Extremely full-bodied and sugary. The hops don’t really level out the sweetness. Lovely as a desert beer or a night cap, but one is plenty. A beer to chew. 310593

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2005
33cl btl. i’ve had this beer a few times, in belgium, and in the states. it’s a good deal darker than most belgian triples, and has a taste to match. this beer has a moderate, tan head, has the appearance of coffe almost. this beer does not yield a significant release of gasses, and it is smooth and strong. coffe, plums, other dark fruit, roasted nuts, and sweet malts. the alcohol is nicely hidden, but the burn is there. this beer is complex smells like it tastes, with a bit of tangy citrus and cranberry with little effervescence. almost overwhelmingly exciting flavor. don’t drink too many of these in a row. cheers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1608) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2005
330ml belgian "stubby" bottle..1 year 3 months old. Poured an opaque brandy-red color. Tight mocha cap, soft carbonation. Nose is tart-sweet like mulled apple wine with rasins and some mustiness with light chocolate tones. Viscous body, vinous character....Wonderfully complex flavor substantial malt spine mingles with plumbs, figs, cocoa, tangerene peal bitters. Finishes wet and very brandy like in character. Warming. A great Belgian warming ale with substantial complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALLOVATE (2503) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2005
Ale on the big scale is this one, almost like downing a full mud cake, soaked in Cognac. Tasted from the bottle at the Belgian Beer Café, Perth, and poured into it’s own tulip glass. A big fluffy sandy-beige head formed atop an opaque auburn-brown body, and left rings down the glass. Rich and intense malt and burnt sugar aroma. Sweet, with dried fruit esters, like plums and raisins, and a spicy alcohol bite, that gave a necessary smoothness and warmth. Treacly thick and sickly, dessert style, sweet in the mouth (all in a good way). Husky, yet smooth, with caramel, burnt toffee, Munich-malt, sherry notes, ’Kopiko’ candi flavours, and a breaded yeastiness. Spicy peppery phenols of yeast and alcohol, again balanced the aggressively malty sweet flavours, of this big ’beer’. Very long malt and warming alcohol swallow (seemed to carry it’s alcohol well). A unique, stand alone beer, that is rich and complex. Lovely!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - APR 22, 2005
Bottle. Poured with a large, thick, foamy white head and lots of carbonation in the beer. Murky brown in color. Very sweet and fruity aroma. Taste is very similar to the smell with a hint of malts in the finish. Smooth, very fine carbonation like a good champagne.

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