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


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RATINGS: 2703   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10683) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 21, 2006
Bottle. Toffee and prune malt aroma. Dark orange brown color - cloudy with moderate head. Very sweet raisin/prune flavor with moderate astringency and hops at the finish. Very nice but on the sweet side

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (5864) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2006
330 ml bottle. Fully painted bottle, too bad some of the more delicate beers don’t do this. Pours very dark brown with a reddish tint. Head is tan and pillowy and stick around for a bit. Aroma fills the nose with thick caramel, bread, yeast and bits of roasted chocolate. Full bodied and silky smooth with frothy carbonation that fills the mouth with flavor. Taste is rich dark caramel malt. As it warms up there are lots of dark fruits - mainly plums and cherries. As it goes along the carbonation gets a bit sharper. Finish has the dark fruits and some spiciness from the hops. Excellent beer that is great for sipping.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 6, 2006
Draught at Tyler’s in Durham, NC. Lovely clear garnet color with off white head that laced the glass. Big aroma full of clove, alcohol, grapes, and cedar chips. Estery cloves dominate the flavor, but are backed up by dried fruits and cereal grain. Warm splash of alcohol at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 3, 2006
Bottle, 33 cL. Pours a rusty brown with thin, beige head. The aroma is pretty strong and bears quite a bit of toffee, along with raisin bread, some organic leafy notes, and general malt. The flavor is also quite strong. It’s rather tart, especially at first. Then the toffee comes back in with a great deal of raisin/caramel sweetness. The hops become more apparent in the finish, with a faint leafy bitterness sticking to the back of the throat. There’s a touch of alcohol in the finish, too. The toffee lingers in the mouth for quite some time. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LadySusan (766) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2006
This is a very good example of Belgian beer. Its dark amber color and the spicy taste is typical of this kind of beer, but the alcohol % is not that noticeable. I liked the fruity taste is good and the after taste last a long time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (7227) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a massive foamy off-white head. Aroma of sugary yeast, caramel malt, some fruit and alcohol. Flavour is quite sweet and malty with some spices and a light hoppy finish. Alcohol’s quite strong and prominent. Somewhat harsh aftertaste. Medium bodied. This is a little sweet for my liking and the alcohol could be much more subtle -- just O.K.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oycpff (93) - USA - MAR 29, 2006
Bottle: Pours nice black with nice offwhite creamyhead, and moderate carbonation. Fruity bananna like aroma with hints of alcohol. Tastes farily sweet with good balance, with full body. defenatly a sipping beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
tricpimp (7) - USA - MAR 24, 2006 does not count
UPDATED: APR 6, 2006 Heavy body, thick headed. from looks of the bottle, expected a golden. notes of cloves, licorice. a good brew o enjoy alone!?!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2006
from a 750ml. pours brown with a white head. fruity banana aroma with some spice yeast and qute a bit of alcohol. very sweet flavor with some spice. full bodied but a bit fizzy. long sweet spicy finish. decent beer. i will have to try this one again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TimE (5049) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 20, 2006
Dark brown color, candy sugar, caramel hit the nose instantly. A little deeper reveals spicies. The mouth starts sweet. WOW, a lot going on, milk chocolate, alcohol, dark cherries, anise, oranges, bananas, toffee, a bit of burnt raisins, with hop balance. Really complex. Syrupy. Warming, inviting complex finish, chocolatey, earthy, woody finish. I cant belive it took me so long to try this. Only, complaint is too sweet (which is saying alot coming from me). One bottle is plenty

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