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


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RATINGS: 2698   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2007
The whole thing about this beer indicates its exceptionel character. The white bottle, the bizzare dragon on the label and the fact that it’s a triple even though the colour is deep brown. It forms a dense, lasting head and looks gorgerous in the glass. The aroma is heavy and is full of ripe fruit, berries and a up-front yeasty sensation. the taste is nearly overwhelmeangly sweet, but the slightly metallic hoppiness makes up for it as does the lively carbonation (it is now over an hour since I popped the cap...) It is a fine beer, and even though it’s classified as a Belgian Strong Ale, I really get the triple sensation when drinking it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9133) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 4, 2007
This brown ale poured with a creamy tan head, eliciting a strong alcohol aroma. Although it is billed as a Tripel style ale, it is more like a Strong Ale in that it is dark-colored and rather sweet. The flavor is of caramel malt, spices, raisins and alcohol. This is a complex and tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bergface (56) - madison, Alabama, USA - JAN 4, 2007
SO STRONG and yet no taste of alcohol? This is dangerous stuff my friend. Its very sweet, and has a lot of body (so you cant really chug it, but why would you want to). I thought this beer would be much lighter (hence the Gulden name), but its actually more of a ruby color, the head pours quite tall. Butterscoth and caramel are the main flavors. ITLL GET YOU DRUNK!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kopestes (164) - Braine l’Alleud, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2006
0.33l bottle at home. Nice ruby-brown color with beige head. There is also some lacing down the glass. Fruity and spicy aroma. Thick mouthful with malty sweet and spicy taste, also some yeast. Very nice balanced ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nickelmann (15) - DENMARK - DEC 26, 2006
Very nice flavor this Belgian strong ale got. The flavor has hints of raisins and sherry. Now one of my favorite beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2489) - JAPAN - DEC 25, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2008 Pours with a tan head and reveals a thick alcohol whiff. Smooth and the alcohol reveals itself in the mouthful...a good kicker. Very sweet

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown with a big white head but disappears fast. Quite sweet, raisin. Some alcohol, but not so much that it could be for being that strong. Some nuts? Quite short aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Dark amber brown with a thin tan head. Needs a good pour. Creamy edges leave wet lace. Dough with raisins and sherry. Vinous wood. Taste hits the same notes but with caramel and tangy yeast instead of dough. Nice full mouthfeel but not heavy. Alcohol comes on in the finish. Ends clean with chewed grass. A good Belgian but lacking some richness in flavor. Could develop nicely if cellared.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3717) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2006
330 mL bottle in gift pack from LCBO. App.: cloudy reddish-amber with a substantial reddish-tan head and moderate lacing. Aroma: dirty sweetness, warm spices (cinnamon, clove, allspice, ...), yeasty, vanilla, caramel, dried fruits, plenty of sweetness. Palate: full bodied, aggressive effervescence. Flav.: chocolate and vanilla, sweet, spicey, honey, a touch of bitterness to finish. A nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (5339) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Big bottle: The head is unlike some other Belgian beers in that it isn’t really that thick and actually descends quickly. The body is a pretty dark amber... quite nice. Aroma is delaightful sweet acohol smell. Quite nice. It has a really small taste that really tickles the palate. Taste of alcohol is actually rathered subdued considering the high gravity. (I actually just watched my roomate swill this beer and I almost cried... Speaking of which, after a night of heavy drinking my brother once purchased this beer and drank the entire big bottle in under ten minutes... I would have punched him, but he wouldn’t have felt it in his passed out state). Taste is definately sweet, but I can’t say exactly what taste makes it sweet. Taste is quite complex and a little fruity, but not as much as some reviewers make it out to be. Long finish there be. Quite good beer right here. Great white bottle, when taking off the labels!

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