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


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RATINGS: 2709   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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quillaraymi (89) - USA - SEP 19, 2006
Very spicey/herbally. Strong flavors of ginger, a bit sweet....ah!!!! I want more!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 19, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2007 Drak brown color with a medium sized head. Delicious malty raisin aroma. Sweet malty flavor and spicy raisins. Just the slightest bit sour on the palate. A bit of an alcohol bit but what do you expect with 10.5%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2006
draft at the Yard House - Pours dark amber with a moderate, creamy head. It smells of yeast, candi sugar, and some alcohol along with a hint of dark fruit. The flavor is very sweet. The dark fruit comes through a little bit, as does some spiciness. It’s full bodied and leaves some mild alcohol flavor in the lightly hoppy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - SEP 18, 2006
I absolutely loved this beer. It poured a dark copper, with a good head. The aromas were incredible: gingerbread, ginger, muffins,cranberries, banana, toffee, I cold keep going. Decent sweetness and a bunch of flavors, I wish I could sip this one for ever. Comparable to fine wine, in terms of the complexity of flavors. Special thanks to my wife, Peggy, for bringing this GREAT beer down from Atlanta.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
superg22 (9) - USA - SEP 17, 2006 does not count
taste great, no less filling. full bodied,tasted like nobodies business. i had my first in a sushi bar in prague overlooking the charles river and that memory may be making it taste better while i drink it. at 10 percent it leaves no hint of alchol, rich and thick with a sweet aftertaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stouby (4456) - Holbæk, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2006
Bottle at home. Redbrown with a very large beige head. Aroma heavy malty (toffee, dark fruits), light hoppy. Flavor heavy sweet, light bitter. Perfect balance. Full body, soft carbonated, The strength is felt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (9594) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 15, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 First rating
(Bottle at RBESG 2006)
Bottle from 1991.
Brown color, no head. Salmiak, licorice, rubber and minty scent. Sweet taste, also of rubber. Medium bitterness. Chocolate after taste.

Second rating
(At a blind tasting)
Slight shady copper color, tan head. Sweetm fruity and phenolic scent. A bit spicy and yeast. Sweet, spicy, phenolic, alcohol taste. Alcohol sweet aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
Pours a muddy orange-ish brown with a thin tan head that is sustained by a lot of bubbles constantly rising to the surface. Smells like there is a ridiculous amount to of grain in this one. I’m getting port, prunes and tones of honey malt with dry bitter orange rind and spicy yeast. I’m loving it! The flavor starts off with a sticky, burnt honey malt that just sits on my tongue. Then, the carbonation starts to release, revealing some very pleasant and mild citrus flavors and a dry melon like aromatic yeast. The finish is mostly prunes and lime with a touch of dirty coffee. Also, there’s a huge warming. Finally the 10.5% shows itself! The mouth feel is very carbonated, but it really works well helping the flavors transition. This is a very nice beer that’s a lot of fun to drink. The intense carbonation and high ABV unfortunately detract from the drinkability.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Brown bottle painted white. Coppery dark amber with a mountainously fluffy pale golden-orange head that produces walls of lace. The aroma is mild, but has some molasses and spice. The body is full, creamy, even syrupy with light carbonation. The taste is sweet, with toffee, nuts, berries. A bit of spice and alcohol in the finish. A big beer but not much really stands out beside the alcohol.

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