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


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RATINGS: 2670   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 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2006
Bottle. Very dark brown/red.. rich creamy head. Intense aroma... sweet and malty. Taste is complex, again, sweet and malty but with a sourness I was surprised by. Alcohol is very present.. A very rich beer indeed and one that Iíll have to revisit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - AUG 25, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2007 Bottle: very thick and mouth coating, very lively and carbonated, rich, the flavor is very intense although not complex, some floral aroma, very sweet, a little too much for me, yeasty and bready that gives some weak sourness, glucose like sweetness, some fruity notes, the alcohol is a bit too noticible in the flavor, very much like a liqueur of some kind, some weak nutty notes. overall a pretty good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Bought this in a Flanders, Belgium 6pk. ( global beer network promotion) It is dark brown in color. Lots of malt in aroma and flavor. Not greatly impressed. It finishes mor like a Quad than a tripel!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (3031) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Pours out a clear reddish hued brown with a nice white head. The aroma is of some fruit and some malty notes. Taste is complex with noticible alcohol. Notes of toffee some malts and some dried raisin flavors. A very solid beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 18, 2006
11.2oz. no date. Pours a clear red brown with a lasting, moderate beige head. Aroma of bananas, cloves, alcohol, Belgian yeast, prunes and brown sugar, toffee. The alcohol is apparent in the taste. The taste has the addition of a little bit of grain and a lightly bitter dry finish. High carbonation, medium to full bodied. Very nice beer, and the bottle, like Delirium, is very UV friendly, being painted and all. Had this a long time ago, and didnít realize I hadnít rated this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mvp (227) - Harper Woods, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Starts out sweet like many Belgians. Finishes better than most Belgians. It finished more like a lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13823) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Strong toffee, caramel malt aroma with some dark sweet fruit. Nice whitish tan head and deep apricot brown color with a few chunks of yeast and other wonderful objects. Starts with thick sweet fruit, ends with some dusty fruit and hop. The middle seems to be missing. Well enough balanced that the alcohol is not bothersome. A bit of cooked plum persists with the bitterness. Good way to end an evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Mahogany rose in color and semi-hazed, with a foamy khaki grey head. Circus peanuts present themselves first to the nose, collaborating with toffee brittle, caramel coated & brown sugar dashed pralines, and prunes marinating in brandy plum sauce. Quite the sweet, aromatic treat. Sweet sugar abundance carries through to the flavor. Vibrant caramel glaze overrides the brown sugared golden raisins and dates. Plums mysteriously seep into a deep rooted crŤme brŻlťe. Sugar cane grows in tobacco fields. Brown sugar plethora rolls with a dry, cocoa dusted chicory stick. Toned and off-kilter weave into a syrupy palate feel with buttery amaretto-flavored Tylenol. Semi-medicinal finish fades into cherry pipe tobacco and chewy toffee nougats before the final curtain falls.

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