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


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RATINGS: 2433   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 21, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2005 Pours translucent brown slightly reddish with light brown head. Aroma comes off very sweet, i detect strong scents of raisin, brown sugar, and alcohol- not your typical belgian. What surprised me was the fairly thin body. For a belgian triple with such aroma I was expecting a rich and chewy beer that would coat the sides of my mouth- nope not at all. Still a decent brew though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomxcs (321) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Ruby red dark amber body with a dense off-white head, forming some lace on the sides of the glass. Looks nice. Slightly cloudy. Rich malts, like a scotch ale without the roasty, peaty aroma. Aromatic esters in aroma and taste. Light hoppy flowery flavor with lots of rich, creamy malts. Reminds me of an overly-hopped doppelbock with some fruits. Velvety-smooth; rich, creamy mouthfeel. Iíd definitely buy again if it werenít for the high price i nthe States. Luckily I had this one in France and it was dirt cheap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Pours a medium brownish-red with a huge tan head (maybe too big). Fruity, flowery, yeasty aroma. Very thick flavor of tropical fruits and caramel/toffee malt. Well carbonated. A little more hop bitterness than some in this style. A slight metallic aftertaste as the beer warms up. Different than other Tripels, but pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - JAN 11, 2005
Less than impressed by this monster with the alcohol going way OTT. Tone it down a bit, and you have something actualy drinkable...
[rated from memory]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Map Room-On tap 1/8/05-I picked this over a Piraat because Iíve had that beer more and have only tried this in the bottle. Slightly sweet, with some nice estery qualities. Not my favorite belgian, but a nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2005
Thanks jadoreBlanche! I was disappointed by this because I was really looking forward to it, but it fell short. Pours a dark amber, brown body, head is beige, foamy, nice looking. Aroma is sour, at same time sweet candy....caramel, but it also has a strange foot like odor which takes away from the experience. Taste is alcohol, malty, caramel, and earthy, with some sour almost rotten fruit. Strange. Finish is bitter, but the aftertaste is killing me here with this foot/rotton fruit thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DontFearTheHops (6) - USA - JAN 7, 2005 does not count
Rich brown color. A llttle less balanced than some of its 10 percent counterparts. Flavor a bit overpowering, like a highly rummed fuit cake. Finshes quite well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2005
01.06.05 330ml bottle. Lightly hazed teakwood pour touched by the crimson of an autumn sunset. The head volumnous, creamy, yet active. Lovely aromas exhibit depth despite obvious sweetness: dark fruits, dried mango and papaya (compare and be amazed), toffee, grenadine. Nice hop bite right up front is tempered by a wave of fruity sweetness, more dried fruit. I canít get over the likeness to dried mango, my very favorite dried fruit, and also apple, pineapple, raisin. Brown sugar is also present. The beer is yeasty as any Iíve tried, but incorporated beautifully. Mineral notes do not distract. Absurdly drinkable big beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjg74 (2643) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2005
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a nice dark ruby color. Strong sweet fruity aroma. Smells a little like melon. Flavor starts out sweet and fruity. Finishes with a little bit of a malt flavor. Alcohol fits in very well into the flavor. Good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The Etruscan (554) - Tuscany, ITALY - JAN 5, 2005
Beige weak head. Brown color. Aroma is sweet with dark fruits, caramel and light candy and wooden notes. Flavor is sweet too with raisins and caramel tones, ending in a sweet fruity finish. Full bodied.

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