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

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common

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RATINGS: 2660   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9027) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 3, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2009 Deep mahogany with beautiful red-orange highlights, generous foamy tan head. Aromas of fig paste, apricots and fruity yeast. Heavy mouthfeel, smooth and slightly chewy, with lots of figs, raisins and dark caramel. The spiciness lends a kind fruitcake quality to it, but there is a woodiness and yeastiness that add to its complexity. I have a much better appreciation for this brew now compared to when I first had it years ago. Really nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2006
A Mes rate: 33cl bottle from Gadds brewery in Ramsgate. Brandy like aroma. Nice red brown colour with a decent tan head. Creamy and slightly metallic. Alcohol is not really masked at all but it is not really too much of a problem. Tastes like a spirit but is reasonably enjoyable considering. Strange sweet and creamy finish that is fairly short but left me fairly satisfied. Hmm... ok

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2006
A nice dark brown Belgian with a sweet raisiny aroma, a large off-white head, and sweet malty flavors and some slight bitterness. Overall very good; highly recommended.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2005
I definitly get hints of raisons and some kind of sweetness in the aroma, maybe a bit of caramel. This is also a very attractive beer. This is certainly a good beer. But there is one complaint i frequently have with many belgians is that they are too sweet. This beer does have a bit of that problem. But still certainly good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2005
This beer introduces itself with a sweet aroma consisting of hops and apple. It is a cloudy sediment filled brown solution that sits under a thick off-white head. This beer enters the mouth in a heavy and sweet manner. It produces a taste that is infused with aspects of wheat, malt, citrus fruit, and peaches. It fades leaving a nice nutty taste lingering well in the throat.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brian (145) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
Nice head and aroma, bit bubbly and carbonated. Hits heavy on the palate, with molasses being noticeable. Somewhat sweet yet the heaviness lingers. Alcohol is apparent but kept in check by the sheer "weight" of the ale on the tongue. Carbonation seemed a bit strong but nice overall.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
K100RIDER (2) - Budleigh Salterton, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2005 does not count
A rich dark ale, i purchased as a "pot luck" buy whilst in Belgium. heavy molasses aroma, yet a little burst of sweetness and bubbles on the tongue. A lovely xmas pudding colour with a fine head. An excellent beer, but not for the faint hearted at 10.5%

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12575) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
Hazy brown ale with a good brown head. Good sweet caramel aroma with light spicey notes, Rich and hoppy with lingering bitterness. Notes of curacao and lemons. Excellent bodied. Good alcohol warmth in final. At the Spinnekopke, May 2005.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2005
On tap at Eulogy’s, Philadelphia, PA. ABV 10.5%. Clear amber hued Belgium ale having a long-lasting off-white head with good lacing. No discernable carbonation. Nice fruity aroma. Medium bodied having a smooth texture that starts with light sweet malt, caramel, grape flavors and finishes with a sweet malt aftertaste. No discernable bitterness. Some alcoholic warmth. This is a dangerous beer because it is so smooth and drinkable. A delicious Belgium ale.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Andrew196 (1334) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Mohogany in color, clear with a thick head that quickly dissipated. Hop laced bread aroma, slightly sweet. Flavor followed suit, very nice, even chilled. Bready malts came out more and more as it warmed. Excellent, semi sweet, slightly astringent finish. I like this beer!


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