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

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RATINGS: 2299   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUN 23, 2004
I liked this Belgian Brew, it has a bit of a toffee flavor, but not overpowering, for a Belgian, it went down pretty easy, good, solid flavor, its high abv, but didnít drink like it was so strong. Good beer!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2004
Darkamber in color with a yellowish head. Has a little touch of pineapple in aroma. A little to much alcohol for my taste.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3053) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2004
Huge tan coloured head, that didnít want to go away, on top of a black/dark brown cola coloured body.On the nose I seemed to pick up grains and not much else, let alone the alcohol. I found the taste sweet but pleasant, mainly malt flavours, more of the soft caramel and chocolate, it was medium to full bodied, well balanced with some dryness to clean it up and you donít notice the alcohol. Cheers!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Bottle...with the labels falling off. WTF? Reddish-brown, a bit hazy. Big head. Sweet, thick mouthfeel, some nice maltiness...toffee, perhaps some chocolate? Dry finish, interesting mouthfeel but something just didnít do it for me (admittedly my rating notes are kind of scant at this point)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - JUN 11, 2004
deep red flavor and rich wine like smell compliment the thick sweet taste. you can smell the alcohol but the taste is smooth with only a hint of the alcohol.Very Good Beer

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8958) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2004
Poured a dard reddish-brown with a huge brown/tan head. Heavy yeasty smell with a Malty aroma. Tastes of molasses and toffee with light fruits (very sweet). I couldnít get over the yeasty smell. Alcohol well hidden. However, the beer grew on me as I drank more.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2441) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2004
This is a good beer with a nice alcohol content that does not show in the taste. Nice and thick and a very dark brown color. There is a sweetness character to this beer. The only problem I have with it is that the label is always falling off the beer, whats up with that.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2004
Deep ruby red in color. Large fluffy head. Aroma of stale grains and a sweetness of ripe fruit. The taste is not impressive. Bland dark malts with an unbalanced yeaty finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
haf (528) - Gijon, SPAIN - MAY 22, 2004
Una de las mejores cervezas que he probado en mi vida. muy alta graduacion (10.5%) Un sabor agradable.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 19, 2004
This brew has a huge alcohol, yeasty, sweet apple-cinnimon aroma, maybe some pineapple thrown in-I can taste it already; quite subdued for such a strong nose: caramel, chocolate, candi sugar, fruit, dough.....is that "Hefeklosse"? (German yeast dumpling/pear dish mom used to make)?; quite sweet with a bit of a slight dry finish. This is one brew thats go so much going for it: drinkablity, flavor, kick, charactor....itsa beautiful thing!


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