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


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RATINGS: 2683   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - NOV 17, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Pours to a deep amber, to chestnut brown color, with a thick, rich, creamy, tan head, and a vibrarant carbonation. The nose on this beer is very inviting, with lots of good sweet, carmel/toffee aroma, paired with estery fruity aromas, and peppery alcohol. The plate is firm, with lots of flavors going on. Carmel, toffee, brown sugar, pair with sour/estery fruity flavors of plum, raisin, and sour apple. This beer finishes with more excellent sweet/sour flavors, then ends with some warming, soothing, alcohol. Very flavorful, enjoyable beer. Makes for a great after work coctail, and a nice beer to sit and relax with.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (7971) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
big massive med brown cream foam coloured head...twisted coco honey smell...solid and stable head...some alco but slight mix in smell...sweet and raw yet very dangerous bícuz of the masked alcohol.a well made beer. enjoyed this one evening at opa+omas house while sitting in the small chair right next to the tv..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Illuminatus (92) - Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2006
330mL bottle from LCBO. Pours a very dark red, with a medium-sized, off-white head. Plenty of fruit in the aroma - banana, apple cider (not unattractive), another fruit that I canít exactly name. Maybe the slightest touch of vanilla? First flavour makes sure that you know that itís a Belgian ale, sweetish, middle-of-the-tongue spicyness. Alcohol is definitely noticeable if you take more than a sip, and itís a little too noticeable for me. Slight port and dark fruits in the flavour, less than I expected. I have to admit, Iím let down by this one. The alcoholís much too present, and it takes a lot away from the flavours. I actually drainpoured what was left of this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Bottle in cool white ceramic glass. A little disappointed in this one. Not a great aroma but an awesome appearance of a hugh head and lots of activity from the carbonation. This lasts till the end. Flavor is a little too bitter and sour at first but warms up my tastes buds near the end. Decent brew but was expecting more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (3074) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2006
now, if I could only find a woman to match this beer. gawd. sensual. Velvety enticing head, lots o lace, deceptive soft palate and mouth. nice balanced finish. caramely, very low hops, jewel tones of alcohol, very ripe dark fruits to balance the burnt sugars. eminantly satisfying. Having this particular one on draft at Bodega. Patrons agree that this is one of the best of this on draft served at Bodega. MIght try a bottle concurently. That is if youíll loan me a buck

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (5367) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Sweet malt, dark fruit, and yeast aroma. Pours a fairly dark brown. Flavors of sweet malt, cookie, malt, belgian yeast, alcohol. Very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2006
Amber brown with a fluffy white head. Aroma began with a fruity pear, moved on to deliver icing-sugar sweetness and ended with a musty leathery yeastiness. The taste was rich, dark-fruited, alcoholic and warming, with a good bitter ending. Itís like liquid Christmas cake. Utterly wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stiffy42j (68) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2006
pours amber with staying white lacey head. smells sweet but with alcohol present. complex flavor with many dark fruits, but first couple drinks is overpowering, then eases up and is quiet enjoyable. be ready for complex flavor and ALOT of alcohol

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniel0017 (441) - Yukon, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
Pleasant pastry-like (freshly baked brown sugar turnover) quality to the nose. Very dark hazy amber body with much carbonation at first. Thick, generous beige head leaves nice lacing. Taste is marvellously sweet. Sugarcane, barley malt and yeast overpower the hops. Alcohol bite is very present (at 10.5%, no kidding) leaves tingling sensation in your mouth. Smooth, sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - NOV 2, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2006 Deep amber color with nice creamy head. Aroma is mellow with malts and citrus. Flavor is a bit sweet and fruity, medium complexity. A little bubbly for its color. Good.

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