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


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RATINGS: 2639   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 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Skunky tripel. Dark amber pour with a thick tan head. Aroma is oakey malt with some prunes and raisins. The taste is very disappointing. Musty and alcoholic the whole way through. Somewhat sweet at the end, but not in a good way. Thank God I only bought the little bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JUN 3, 2006
poured a deep reddish brown hue with a thin tan head which had amazing retention. Aroma was a malty mix of caramel, yeast, and some bubblegum. alcohol was present on both aroma and flavor. flavor did have a mellow sweetness to it mostly caramel with some nice floral hop notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (12660) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2006
Bottle poured a hazy brown with a large rocky amber head. Aromas of toffee, raisins and some spice notes. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of toffee, brown sugar, some fruitiness and a hint of spice with a lingering sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2006
Cloudy dark beer with a huge lasting fluffy head, the aroma hits you whilst pouring- big and toffee / malty. The flavour fills the mouth - it’s burnt (but nice) malty,fudgey,alcohol and sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (3764) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2006
Bottle: Dark amber body wit a foamy beige head. Aroma of malt and yeast. Burned malt, caramel and dark fruit in the flavour. Sweet, alcoholic and slightly sour finish. OK but not an excellent brew. Can not be compared to Bernardus 12 or Rochefort 10.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2006
Dark brown colour with a large off-white head. Overwhelming sweet alcoholic aroma, yeasty and some fruits ( specially banana). Full creamy body, againg the yeasty alcohol is overwhelming, coming back in the finish, burned and alcoholic. Just over the top I feel. It leaves no room for the other flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
golemjk (5) - Carrollton, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2006 does not count
Bottle. It is a good brew that has a nice color. The alcohol is quite overpowering at first but after a few sips you can get past it. Definately one of the better triples I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2006
On tap. Color is red brown. Cream head. Aroma: malt, sweet, slight banana from the yeast. Flavor: spicy and sweet. Fairly smooth. Warm pleasant alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (3012) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 31, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2007 Originally sampled from a bottle as one of my earlier encounters with beer, specifically Belgian beer. Writeup was embarrasing enough, that my re-rate will take it’s place: 4/07 on draft at SL. The color was reddish-brown, nice frothy pillowy head. Aroma was apples, cherries, some darker fruits. The flavor was apples, cherries, somewhat sour, like a sweet Flemish sour (think Duchesse, not La Folie or Panil). Light choco, caramel, and toffee behind it all. Mouthfeel was thick, alcohol hid well, though. A nice stronger version of Leffe Brune? Re-rate, 5/07, bottle: many similar reflections, great Belgian appearance, hard to get in a glass.... The sour notes are subtle, nice yeast elements also present, full mouthfeel, nice bitter hoppiness to keep the sweet high octane malts honest. A nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2006 I like this almost as much as the Rochefort 10. A great Belgian beer. Pours a dark brown with a nice sized lasting head. Aroma and flavor is of spicy malts and ripened fruits. Alc is well hidden but you can feel it by the time the glass is empty. WOW!

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