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


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RATINGS: 2638   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 17/20
Sigmund (6277) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nekronos (3954) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4902) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyit (3734) - 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?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (2269) - 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,

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2006
[bottle] Dark brown color, kind of like cola or something. Tan head is pretty short. Aroma is subtle and sweet- candi sugar and yeast. Flavors are strange- molasses, sugar sweetness, dark funky fruits. Thick, oily mouthfeel. Alcohol is pretty mellow, leaving some good warmth. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
What strange beer. It is like a stout/Belgian. Appearance: The darkest Belgian I have seen. It pours a completely opaque Maple syrup brown. Smell: It has a strange dark musty smell that made me think of my immediately of my boots. I donít think it is a foot odor smell I think it may be the smell of leather that I am picking up. I have also heard before about a beer described as smelling like a horse. I think that would apply in this case. Anyway, it also gives me a huge amount of dark fruits and shoo-fly pie, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, very toasted malts and blueberries. Under everything else there is the tiniest bit of alcohol that does creep out into your nose. Taste: Extremely sugary. Tons of dark brown sugar. Well toasted almost burnt malt taste along with the plums, red grapes and dark fruit sweetness. It has a bit of the alcohol showing through (in a wine like attribute) which definitely dries it up in the mouth a bit. It has the most gentle floral hop character that you could ask for. There is just enough subtle sour (tart) in the aftertaste to balance out the immense sweetness on the front end. Mouthfeel: Syrupy and very thick. This is a very heavy big beer from all measurements. Drinkability: I am giving this a 4.5 drinkability not because it is an easy drinking beer but because I LOVE drinking this beer. You must be careful with this bad boy. Seriously; it is more than the 10.50 % ABV it is very heavy and if you donít take it slow you WILL regret it. This is a nightcap beer. I certainly donít want to put anything on top of this, other than a glass of water and a good night sleep. Hope this is helpful. Cheers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Adverse2Bitter (35) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2006
Images of Teutonic warriors drinking all day in ancient taverns come to mind when I enjoy this ale. Golden brown in color with a powerful smell of apricots and hard candy. Taste is pleasant with no disenable bitterness. The mouth feel is also well balanced. This is one of the better ales I have had. I prefer it to the heavier and more aromatic Maredsous 10

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