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

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RATINGS: 2246   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.


2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2003
Just like the career of Britney Spears I expected more, well at least more body, which is something this brew seems to lack. Many citrus, hop, and spice flavors combine and accomplish nothing. Slight hints of cherry/pinapple present.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2003
Pours a clear, dark brown color with a lingering, light tan head. The aroma is strongly fruity and alcoholic, with hints of figs and malts. Full bodied with low carbonation, the flavor is very rich with a strong malty sweetness and tones of caramel, fruit, and toffee with a lingering sweet finish. Very smooth and not a hint of the ABV in the flavor, this is a fantastic brew that is highly drinkable, very complex, and paralyzing with its high ABV. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2003
Dark plum color, big beige head. Sweet caramel/raisony aroma. Flavor of raisons, caramel, toffee. Acidic finish with some alcohol taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2003
It has a extreme head and a non-overpowering alcohol taste despite its high content. It does not have a full palate of flavors yet the few that it does have such as the slightly sweet suger/syrup taste befit it.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 14, 2003
Described by one of my friends as the Norman Mailer of beers. It doesn't linger, but kicks your butt. Great color, and a really nice taste. Hints of caramel and syrup.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - FEB 10, 2003
Brown colour, creamy head. The taste is not well balanced, a bit too sweet with strong fruity traces (raisins). The finish is very alcoholic, with traces of caramel. Good, but not one of the best Belgian beers...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 9, 2003
Appearance of this beer is amazing! A beautiful reddish color, with a medium sized, creamy head. Aroma is sweet, malty, and slightly spicey. Flavor is pretty sweet with belgian sugars, very malty, with caramel notes and a bit of alcohol bite at the finish. A nice beer overall.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2003
This beer has a blackbrown body - hue with a sweet initial flavor and a heavy body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3658) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2003
I had so many decent but middle-of-the-pack beers in the six pack from Brouwerij van Steenberge that I almost forgot what a good Belgian was...until I had #6 in the sampler pack with Gulden Draak. The deep brown color and dense off-white head made me think of Chimay Rouge and Westy 8, although the comparison is not nearly as favorable as that. Still, lots of fruit, raisins, and caramel, in a wonderful palate. Although, as it warmed the alcohol burned a bit more and the complexion was more bitter. Still, despite the lack of balance there, this was enjoyable and compelling.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2003
Brown color with a light tan head. Sweet fruity aroma. Sweet and malt flavor. Alcohol really takes over and distracts as this one warms.


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