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


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RATINGS: 2698   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chucks66 (85) - Beachwood, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Definitely an exception as far as style goes, very interesting hints of dark fruit, nice sweetness, complex flavor throughout, spice, fruit, oak, alcohol is present but not overwhelming as i would expect

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsga (7293) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2006
Big offwhite head; hazy dark brown body. Dense, bready, yeasty aroma with strong spice and wood notes. Sweet, with alcohol notes. Deep, intensely sweet, broad-bodied spice and smoky wood taste. Very complex, yet harmonic. Considerable alcohol heat. Dry, spicy wooden aftertaste. Bitterness lingers in the mouth. A great beer. (0.3l bottle.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (5068) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Rich pickled peach aroma with toffee- lots of fruitiness, vinegar, yeast. Distinctive bottle, cloudy dark brown beer with light tan head. Acidic, orange zest flavors, alcohol-woody bitter, moderately sweet, sourish. Fizzy, medium-heavy body. FInishes off with vanilla and cereal in the high palate. Bittersweet on the lips. The aroma I really liked, the flavor had to grow on you. By the time that you shift into third gear, it’s tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - OCT 4, 2006
Dark murky brown color –nice thick tan head , small bubbles – nose of caramel , cereal , yeast , orange peel , floral , vanilla , honey , and alcohol – tastes of caramel , mocha , yeast , honey , and sour red cherries – palate is creamy and light - aftertaste caramel , cereal , honey and acidic

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Nice dark cloudy brown with a thick bodied head.Aroma was sweet with bread and dark fruit as well as some caramel.Taste was full with the same sweet tones and finished well with a bite that was very pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1361) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2006
All white bottle. This must do a great job for cellaring as it would keep the light out well. Dark crimson red body beneath a puffy off white head. Lacing covers the snifter I poured it in. Pleasing aromas of dark fruit. Fig, Dates, cherries along with caramel toffee. The taste is good, although this is slightly overcarbonated and that takes away from the elegant flavor. Still, a joy to drink and this has to be the favorite in the 6 pack belgian sample I purchased from Brouwerij Van Steenberge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - SEP 28, 2006
Bottle. Dark ruby, with a thin white head. Aroma quite complex, fruity, slightly sherberty, strong alcohol. Malty. Very alcoholic in the taste, fruity. Black Forest Gateau almost. Sweet in the mouth, malty lasting palate. Good, if too rich.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Dark brown, with a tan head. Aromas are dark fruit, malt, spice, and toffee. Flavors are sweet malt, dark fruit, toffee, and spice. Body is heavy. A sweet treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2013 330 ml bottle-Pours a Brownish red w/a moderate tan head. Lots of lacing, lasted through the beer. Great fresh Belgain aroma. Sweet mellow malty flavor w/just the right touch of hops. Spicey, roasted, toffee, cherry fruit taste. Very complex. Long aftertaste w/just the right touch of bitterness. Very good Belgiun which packs a punch!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - SEP 19, 2006
Very strong ale, lots of alcohol present. Aroma and flavors are spicey with tons of cherries with sweet malts. A bit too fizzy and slightly metalic, but otherwise very rich and flavorful, medium body with mild hops in the finish.

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