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


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RATINGS: 2449   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Map Room-On tap 1/8/05-I picked this over a Piraat because Iíve had that beer more and have only tried this in the bottle. Slightly sweet, with some nice estery qualities. Not my favorite belgian, but a nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2005
Thanks jadoreBlanche! I was disappointed by this because I was really looking forward to it, but it fell short. Pours a dark amber, brown body, head is beige, foamy, nice looking. Aroma is sour, at same time sweet candy....caramel, but it also has a strange foot like odor which takes away from the experience. Taste is alcohol, malty, caramel, and earthy, with some sour almost rotten fruit. Strange. Finish is bitter, but the aftertaste is killing me here with this foot/rotton fruit thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DontFearTheHops (6) - USA - JAN 7, 2005 does not count
Rich brown color. A llttle less balanced than some of its 10 percent counterparts. Flavor a bit overpowering, like a highly rummed fuit cake. Finshes quite well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2005
01.06.05 330ml bottle. Lightly hazed teakwood pour touched by the crimson of an autumn sunset. The head volumnous, creamy, yet active. Lovely aromas exhibit depth despite obvious sweetness: dark fruits, dried mango and papaya (compare and be amazed), toffee, grenadine. Nice hop bite right up front is tempered by a wave of fruity sweetness, more dried fruit. I canít get over the likeness to dried mango, my very favorite dried fruit, and also apple, pineapple, raisin. Brown sugar is also present. The beer is yeasty as any Iíve tried, but incorporated beautifully. Mineral notes do not distract. Absurdly drinkable big beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjg74 (2660) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2005
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a nice dark ruby color. Strong sweet fruity aroma. Smells a little like melon. Flavor starts out sweet and fruity. Finishes with a little bit of a malt flavor. Alcohol fits in very well into the flavor. Good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The Etruscan (567) - Tuscany, ITALY - JAN 5, 2005
Beige weak head. Brown color. Aroma is sweet with dark fruits, caramel and light candy and wooden notes. Flavor is sweet too with raisins and caramel tones, ending in a sweet fruity finish. Full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Richmalt aroma with a distnct fruit kicker,taste is full rich malt, that fruit in the aroma was definitely raspberry as it comes out nicely in the taste. Was given a generous sample at Landmark in Milwaukee where it ís on tap

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2005
750ml bottle. Wasnít too impressed with this one. Looked nice. Had a grassy taste al the way through which I didnít care for.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5215) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2014 This has been an early favorite since back when I was just beginning to learn about Belgian beer. Back then the wife and I used to enjoy the draft but found the bottle to be overwhelmingly intense. Now we look badk and laugh at our beer virgin innocence. Still an absolute favorite though. +++ Sampled from a 11.2 oz white bottle this fine brew poured a ruby-mahogany color with a large tan head. The aroma is sweet and has elements of ripe cherries, berries and molasses. There is a light hop aroma and a note of alcohol on the nose. The flavor is rich dark malts, ripe fruit, molasses, light hops and a noticeable but not overwhelming alcohol burn. In all an exceptional brew that I wish I could afford more often. Also of note the draft is available to me locally but I find that it is significantly lacking in character compared to the bottle however it does lack the alcohol scent and taste that is present in the bottle. A fine draft but an incredible bottle. Liquid glory!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2005
A tale of two beers, if you will. My initial sampling was a bit too cold and wasnít particularly impressive, but significantly better as it warmed. Pours murky mahogany, large puffy, light brown head with good lasting power. Nose is of candy sugars and raisins. At first, similar flavor profile, some dark fruit and sugars, but not much going on. As it warmed, it took on some nice chocolate/cocoa hints, more bready with some caramel, really gets to having a nice malty finish to it. Alcohol a mite noticeable even for the 10.5%, but not offensively so. Undoubtedly a beer that needs to be drunk at the proper temperature.

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