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


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RATINGS: 2506   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorqui (2144) - Brescia, ITALY - NOV 22, 2004
Opaque and red color. Much rich one of scents with a dense and decided body. Persistent and compact foam. Balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2004
A unique and very strong brew. Best part of this ale is its aroma. You can smell it across a room. A mouthwatering malty fruitiness. Looks like cloudy iced tea, and has a wondeful warming flavour - full of sweetness, hops, and it even reminded me of an amped up porter. There is a lot going on in this one. Ultimately, a bit too strong to be a great ale, but damn fine nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lamas (1443) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2004
11.2 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with small tan head. Very sweet smell of vanilla extract. Tons of flavors. Starts off roasty then goes to banana then to brown sugar. You can taste the high ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Pours murky brown with decent tan head but gone in a minute or so. Caramel banana aromas. Flavor from everywhere. Caramel,banana,bourbon,brown sugar and some friut. Overall really good but had a slight alcohol bite at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2004
On draught at Hörnans Kök & Belgobar, Stockholm. Brown in colour, big cottony head. Big malt nose, and fruity. Flavour is rich sweet malty, with tidbits, toffee and licorice. The alcohol taste is there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (2938) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 10, 2004
330ml white bottle. Spicy and rich aroma - raisin, dark fruit, brown sugar and alcohol. Pours red brown, hazy, medium sized off white head. Chewy body, maybe a touch syrupy. Caramel, spices, touch of hops meld together. Alcohol lingers in the background, but is not intrusive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5633) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2009 Bottle: Aroma of raisin and apple. Pours a hazy dark brown with a red tinge. Nice off-white head that lasts a minute or so. Initial flavor of the raisin and apple but caramel really comes on strong in the finish. Alcohol is barely noticeable in the finish. Lightly sour in the finish as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2004
Dark brown colour with fairly small off white head. Aroma is sweet with some fruit and clear notes of the alcohol. Flavor is malty with some caramel and again clear notes of the alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2004
Bought in the bottle from the excellent "Beers of Europe" shop near Kings Lynn. Comes in a nice white bottle, the beer is a Dark Brown colour. The word "earthy" springs to mind for me. Quite nice & very strong.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2004
(draft) My first tasting of this rather famous Belgian. Not at all what AI was expecting. I got a lot of fruit that I’ll call raspberry. Too sweet for my taste.

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