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

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RATINGS: 2631   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
Pours a muddy orange-ish brown with a thin tan head that is sustained by a lot of bubbles constantly rising to the surface. Smells like there is a ridiculous amount to of grain in this one. Iím getting port, prunes and tones of honey malt with dry bitter orange rind and spicy yeast. Iím loving it! The flavor starts off with a sticky, burnt honey malt that just sits on my tongue. Then, the carbonation starts to release, revealing some very pleasant and mild citrus flavors and a dry melon like aromatic yeast. The finish is mostly prunes and lime with a touch of dirty coffee. Also, thereís a huge warming. Finally the 10.5% shows itself! The mouth feel is very carbonated, but it really works well helping the flavors transition. This is a very nice beer thatís a lot of fun to drink. The intense carbonation and high ABV unfortunately detract from the drinkability.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitbucket (2164) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Brown bottle painted white. Coppery dark amber with a mountainously fluffy pale golden-orange head that produces walls of lace. The aroma is mild, but has some molasses and spice. The body is full, creamy, even syrupy with light carbonation. The taste is sweet, with toffee, nuts, berries. A bit of spice and alcohol in the finish. A big beer but not much really stands out beside the alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElGaucho (2371) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Initial nose is alcohol and harsh molasses. As the head settles, it takes on a more refined aroma with Belgian candi sugar. Very dark, reddish brown, nearly opaque, with a large creamy off-white head. A body this darks looks unique poured out of a white molded bottle. Excellent lace. This brew is the epitome of a strong Belgian Ale, as it is a very strong tasting ale with distinctively Belgian characteristics. The alcohol is a bit harsh. Fairly dry and fairly one dimensional. Iím not really enjoying it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (6234) - Tau, NORWAY - SEP 14, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2014 Rerate, 330 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10.5%. Lovely and harmonious aroma and flavour - Iím upping the score a few points. RBESG 2006 Grand Tasting. 750 ml bottle, ABV is 11.5%. Chestnut colour. INTENSE sweet aroma of oak and fortified wine, spicy notes. Oaky and spicy flavour, warming mouthfeel as expected from an 11.5% ABV beer. No thirstquencher, but an interesting sipping beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nekronos (3936) - Xalapa, MEXICO - SEP 13, 2006
I expected more from this beer, it was good, and orange taste on it, like most of good belgain beers. The foam was good and the alcoholic taste good. NIce colour and veyr drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2006
Chestnut brown with lots of foamy head. Aroma is vinous with alcohol presence and lots of caramel malts. Taste is quite sweet with notes of toffee and spice. Alcohol bit to it as it goes down smooth.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 10, 2006
BIG apple aroma with some grape notes. The strong apple is surprising acrries trhough into the start of the taste. Then a big candy flavour takes over. Middle is caramel and candy that lasts through the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyit (3733) - Vadum, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2006
Nice cloudy head. Got a nice aroma of bubblegum and fruits. sugar sweetness and alcohol taste, where did it go?

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (2261) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 5, 2006
Rating # 555. Dark amber in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas of berry fruit, bubblegum, sweet malts, and caremel. More sweet malts in the mouth, along with notes of black pepper, wood, brown sugar, and red grape skin. Heavy in the mouth, but the carbonation level keeps it from getting too cloying. Pretty good, but not as good as I had hoped it would be,

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
workerbee (5) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 5, 2006 does not count
An aroma of coffee, with a slight resin finish. Also detected a hint of bubblegum and vanilla. A beautiful red colour, not too cloudy, and minimal head... just the way I like it.To me it tasted quite heavy with cloying sweetness... if youíve ever used Salon Selextives hairspray, youíll know what I mean. Flavour is lightly bitter or sour. I teasted cider vinegar. I would use this beer to make a cheese dip served with rye bread. The palate was fizzy and astringent. Again, think hairspray.


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