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

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RATINGS: 2352   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2004
rusty orange in colour with the most pleasant strong ale characteristics. There are the dark fruits in abundance and a touch of sweet sticky fruits as well like cherry, strawberry, and melon. Itís a veritable fruit cocktail on yeast! Tart and smooth finish. Hook this up to me by IV!

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 26, 2004
10/25/04. Poured out of 330 mL bottle, bought at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 10/23/04. Pours with a very foamy, frothy tan head that diminishes moderately. Lumpy, patchy, and not very impressive lacing. Dark copper-red color-- wouldnít have guessed that "gulden" meant "copper," but Iíve seen more obscene appraisals of precious metals. Nose is very caramelly and slightly peppery, subtly yeasty with an alcohol bite that sucks your breath away. Some new leather and old wood. Like your grandparentsí cedar closet with all of their luggage. Despite all that, nicely layered and very not bad. VERY not bad. Flavor is not quite as not bad. Big dark raisiny caramel with a touch of bitterness and a bold alcohol punch. I donít know what kind of balance one could really expect from this beer, but it really doesnít deliver it. Very sweet and Very fizzy mouthfeel and big alcoholic hum. Sweet and syrupy, this beer will rock your head the morning after. Very sticky. Finish falls out the bottom of this beer with a mouthwatering rush, leaving a dark belgian fruit and caramellized sugar glow. Sort of nice, for what it is, but it doesnít shake that syrup and bold alcohol, and doesnít really add much to it. Seems like Iím drinking furniture polish mixed with a nasty menís cologne and melted brown sugar.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Well, despite its name, this beer pours a deep amber color, with ruby highlights when held up to the light. The head is midsized and light brown in color. The aroma is of dark fruit (plum and raisin), rum, and a sort of spiciness that reminds me a bit of coriander. The beer is fairly well carbonated as it fizzes on my tongue. It is sweet and fruity with raisin definitely dominating the fruit component, but notes of figs and prunes are evident as well. The combination of the sweetness and fruitiness gives this beer a certain richness that I was not expecting (you can tell it has been quite a while since I last had this). Overall this is quite a tasty beer, nothing that really makes it stand out and perhaps a bit too sweet, but it is a well built tasty beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Talk about a mouthfull! The aroma is malty and a little metallic. The flavor completely hides the alcohol at first, very sweet and malty, with a bit of alcohol and just a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. A nice beer, but not one Iíd drink a lot.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Light tan head with an aroma of fruits and dark malt. Sweet in the initial taste, tangy, almost zen like. Very smooth and pleasant to drink. Aftertaste is mild to sweet, a little pale and hoppy. Alcohol is transparent so it sneeks up on you. A nice relaxing fireside beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Poured a rich dark honey with a reddish cream head.A really nice looking glass of beer.Nose is heavenly reminescent of a Middle Eastern fruit market selling dates and spices.Taste is just as devine.No let down here as I am enjoying overripe bananas and a strong taste of fruits laden with alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Aroma is cookies, alcohol, yeast, and floral. Lasting tan head. Pretty sweet, but for some reason it doesnít overwhelm me. Slightly syrupy. Taste is very malty, with peanut brittle, and alcohol. Not great, pretty much a standard Belgian.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 7, 2004
33cl bottle No head, but it has bubbles. Murky brown color. Smells like an old barleywine(or maybe better an OLD old ale)...lotsa sweet, sweet malt...some earthiness in the nose. Tastes like malty grape juice. Thick. Super sweet, ungodly so. Finishes with something reminescent of grape tannins, but too grossly sweet for me.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2004
Ripe fruits, chocolate and nuts compete in the aroma. The high, long-lasting dense head is pale brown. Flavor is complex, fruity yet malty, very filling, high alcohol but not obvious in the taste, which has a sweet finish. Very nice experience, Iíll use it for dessert !

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2004
I was really disappointed with this beer. Simply much too sweet for my taste. Quite astringent as well and just not pleasant to drink.


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