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


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RATINGS: 2517   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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 16/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2005
I definitly get hints of raisons and some kind of sweetness in the aroma, maybe a bit of caramel. This is also a very attractive beer. This is certainly a good beer. But there is one complaint i frequently have with many belgians is that they are too sweet. This beer does have a bit of that problem. But still certainly good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2005
This beer introduces itself with a sweet aroma consisting of hops and apple. It is a cloudy sediment filled brown solution that sits under a thick off-white head. This beer enters the mouth in a heavy and sweet manner. It produces a taste that is infused with aspects of wheat, malt, citrus fruit, and peaches. It fades leaving a nice nutty taste lingering well in the throat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brian (145) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
Nice head and aroma, bit bubbly and carbonated. Hits heavy on the palate, with molasses being noticeable. Somewhat sweet yet the heaviness lingers. Alcohol is apparent but kept in check by the sheer "weight" of the ale on the tongue. Carbonation seemed a bit strong but nice overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
K100RIDER (2) - Budleigh Salterton, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2005 does not count
A rich dark ale, i purchased as a "pot luck" buy whilst in Belgium. heavy molasses aroma, yet a little burst of sweetness and bubbles on the tongue. A lovely xmas pudding colour with a fine head. An excellent beer, but not for the faint hearted at 10.5%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11232) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
Hazy brown ale with a good brown head. Good sweet caramel aroma with light spicey notes, Rich and hoppy with lingering bitterness. Notes of curacao and lemons. Excellent bodied. Good alcohol warmth in final. At the Spinnekopke, May 2005.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2005
On tap at Eulogy’s, Philadelphia, PA. ABV 10.5%. Clear amber hued Belgium ale having a long-lasting off-white head with good lacing. No discernable carbonation. Nice fruity aroma. Medium bodied having a smooth texture that starts with light sweet malt, caramel, grape flavors and finishes with a sweet malt aftertaste. No discernable bitterness. Some alcoholic warmth. This is a dangerous beer because it is so smooth and drinkable. A delicious Belgium ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Andrew196 (1114) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Mohogany in color, clear with a thick head that quickly dissipated. Hop laced bread aroma, slightly sweet. Flavor followed suit, very nice, even chilled. Bready malts came out more and more as it warmed. Excellent, semi sweet, slightly astringent finish. I like this beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
julrey (32) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2006 Pours dark auburn with minimal cream colored head and moderate carbonation. Smells of faint spice, fresh malt; not an overwhelming nose for a Belgian but definitely smells fresh and inviting. Mouthfeel is very heavy, the weight of the ale virtually sinking down on the tongue; dense tingling carbonation Tastes of coriander, licorice, a bit of hops and alcohol at the finish. Overall, the alcohol is not overwhelming tastewise but will certainly creep up on you. This is a find Belgian easily consumed in moderation due to the availability in smaller 11.2 oz bottles, although in my area these are less frequently found than their bomber counterparts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Poured from a bottle this beer appears a nice dark brown with gentle clouds creamy light with a nice thick head to match. The aroma is malty banana bread with hints of the big ABV. Flavor is peppery sweet with some estery accents following and coating the mouth with some belgian yummies. A fairly full mouthfeel with a balanced amount of fizz. Belgian beers never disappoint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6278) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2005
Bottle (330ml). Beer of Belgium Gift pack 6of6. Poured dark, clear deep reddish brown with a huge tightly foamy-cramy lasting tan head. Aroma of alcohol, bready yeast, caramel roast malt, pepper, cloves, fruits, perhaps a hint of licorice and chocolate - very nice strong dark belgian, not outstanding. Taste continues the promise of the aroma, spicy, like an alcoholic chocolate Quality Street candy, some fruit - mouthfeel almost fizzy, definitely alcoholic and candyish. A real ear-warmer, best of the box, solid commercial strong belgian.

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