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


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RATINGS: 2641   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 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 16, 2006
just amazing. Just became one of my favorite Belgians. Complex aroma. Superb flavor, without the acidic after taste that comes with some of the Triples and Quads. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Pours a relatively dark browne with some cloudiness and a small off-white colored head. Sweet aroma with hints of dried fruits and roasted malts. The taste is rich and relatively fullbodied with hints off caramel, dried plums and hops. The alcohol comes off a little too high in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2006
Bottle. smell of fruit. aftertaste too alchollic. if you like belgian dubble this might be for you.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (15325) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2006
Paters vietje (Antwerp) Dark red/brown with white head. Fruits and caramel. Very warm from the alcohol. Very good body. good long finish! One of the best from Van Steenberge!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garrettdeming (17) - Apalachin, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2006 Well well well, my first delve into the upper escelon of real beers. I recieved this in a Living Beers 6-pack, along with 5 other top-notch Belgians. This wonder poured a rich, almost burguny caramel color with a bone head that remained till the last sip was gone. The taste was SWEET like fermenting fruit, yet there was a nice balance between a slight alcohol bite and a faint hop bitterness at the end. The 10.5% sneaks up on you! What a joy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagobears (447) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Dark red-orange rust color with creamy beige head. Pepperish and spicy aroma. Flavor is similar to the aroma with a burnt toffee malt and oaky finish. Has a plum-like sweetness with a apparent alcohol bite. Pretty tasty and thick. A good night capper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2013 5/6/2006 From the bottle. Pours dark brown with a modest head. The aroma is yeasty, peppery, and suggests a vat of agar. The beer is very sweet, but not unappealingly so. The flavor is peppery, spicy, of course fruity, and richly alcoholic (no hiding the 10.5 at all --- if anything this tastes considerably stronger than it actually is). Mouthfeel is very rich, warm from the alcohol, and almost aggressively carbonated.

Iím impressed and will eagerly revisit to try to sort out more the complexity that makes this one work so well for me. 8/4/8/4/16=4.0

Revisit 12/19/13. Hazy rust pour with a substantial large-grained head into my Gulden Draak tulip. Aroma of rotting apples and caramel. Flavors dominated by sweet caramel and booze, some quad-like plum, maybe a bit of pepper late. Iím not falling in love here and for one I donít get all that much of the complexity that I referenced in the original rating. I was expecting something more. I donít know that Iíd go much higher than 7/3/7/3/14=3.4 on this one tonight. Iíll split the difference.

Addendum: As I work my way down the glass, this one does grow on me. (10.5% will do that to you). By the time Iím finished, 3.7 seems right on the mark.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigcat03 (249) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - MAY 3, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2006 Pours opaque brown color; 2 finger beige head that left some interesting lace; yeast and lots of fruit (too many to pick out) nose; You can tell itís going to be a good one just by the aroma; Taste is incredible; very dark with some caramel and very fruity with only a hint of the alcohol content; Incredibly smooth going down; No bitter backtaste to this at all but a little bit of the alcohol shines through, just enough to know itís there; A very warming feeling afterwards; This is an amazing beer, just watch out for the abv. Itíll take you for a loop! Very cool painted bottle too!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trankon (4) - Zaragoza, SPAIN - APR 30, 2006 does not count
Thatís a good choice for being the next beer in your stomach... Be carefull with the alcohol of this one...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2006
poured a slightly cloudy brown/orange with visible carbonation, average head and lacing. aroma of overripe fruit, taste of fruit and caramel with a decent bitter, warming alcohol finish.

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