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

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RATINGS: 2247   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.


4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2003
a really interesting and tasty beer. despite the high alcohol content it still has a very high drinkability. though it seems i always enjoy drinking beers with high alcohol contents...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2006 A beautiful coppery colour when poured. The nose is a rich toffee and sticky date pudding. The mouthfeel is huuuuge, clearly because of the ABV, but it has an amazing ability not to be too cloying. The hop presence is not immediate but it has a distinct dryness on the back palate. The head subsides reasonably quickly, and probably because of the alcohol it is too heavy to actually lace. Rather it keeps a thin creamy sheen. Thanks to Aaron at Camperdown cellars, I agree, it is a marvellous beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonas (5592) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 6, 2003
Honey, apples raisins and the usual belgian background. Red brown, creamy head. Sweet malt, apples, citrus, but the flavors lack balance - the front of the mouth promisses a lot which the back does not hold. The strength gives it a seemingly full body. Nice nightcap.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2005 Nice beige head. Red- brown body. Aroma; malty, fruity(apple), honey, alcohol. Taste; sweet with warming alcohol that sometimes seems too dominant. Yummy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frank (2733) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2003
Garnet brown. Pillowy, fluffy, long-lasting head leaves sheets of lace. Soft, fruity nose--notes of caramel and mellon. A sharply carbonated bite up front mellows a bit as the beer progresses but the carbonation remains quite feisty. Very sweet with loads of candi sugar. Hops assert themselves in the finish along with a well-hidden but warming alcohol presence. One of my favorite Belgians.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
William (202) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2003
A very sweet ale, too sweet for my taste. Thick beer and very yeasty. Was not overly impressed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eirikur (369) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - MAY 11, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2003 Jesus christ, this is thick, I would like to try it again and re-rate it when I can.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deprogram (114) - Renton, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2003
Overwhelmingly wonderful at first, just plain overwhelming at the finish. Lovely syrupy brown head on a thick, sweet liquid that leaves an almost fiery aftertaste. An ultra-high alchohol content threatens to overpower, but is conquered by the sheer quality of the beer. An uncompromising ale, indeed.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2003
Fairly good, not my fave Belgian Strong, but good. Thick, almost syrupy mouthfeel with an almost cloyingly sweet finish. I sense chocolate, apples and bread.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2003
Bottled. Dark cherry brown, strong foaming head. Big aroma but far too sweet. Tastes even sweeter then it smells. This takes the sytle beyound my needs. The beers just has too much over everything to be sensibly enjoyed.


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