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

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RATINGS: 2454   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4564) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2004
This was a break in the norm during Belgian night. Dark brown/ruby red color with little head. Aroma very malty, toffee, alcohol. Taste increased those along with some bitterness, yeast, bread, and some spice. More pronounced than others I had tasted this night. The mouthfeel was quite thick as well.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Had too many strong ales at this point, but if tipsy memory serves...Brown Coloring...ruby/red as well... Head that wonít die...not as bad as delirium though... Iíll go with the plums/raisins...not real bad..but nothing distinctive.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hugh (161) - Zillebeke, BELGIUM - JUN 25, 2004
Dark Brown? Amber yellow? You look at these ratings and wonder if the brewery uses the white bottles to hide the fact that they put any old beer in the bottles.Mine looked like Rochefort 10.There the similarity ends. Instead of a full body of properly aged malts, candy sugar is used to affect the body of a matured beer. This is a typical cheap shortcut of the sort found in Kasteelbier and the like which to me is a betrayal of Belgian brewing tradition.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (12519) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2004
Amber/yellow, with a beige head. Aroma is malty and fruity from pineapples. Maybe some sweet chocolate in it as well. Flavor is strong, malt. Its easy to tell that this is a strong bbeer, even if most of the alcohol is hidden. Maybe it would be better with a little less ABV.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2004
Dark brown, ruby tinted beer with a huge lasting tan-coloured head. A fantastic maltiness presents itself, with aromas of fresh baked bread, yeast, cookie dough, dark fruit and brown sugar making an appearance. Flavour also shows prominent malt, prunes/plums/raisins, with dark Candi sugar, caramel, brown sugar and a fair bit more bitterness rounding off the sweet malty flavour than many other Belgians Iíve had. As this beer warms, more fruit comes out along with soft milk chocolate and malted milk. Alcohol is well hidden but still gives a nice warming feeling. A first rate beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUN 23, 2004
I liked this Belgian Brew, it has a bit of a toffee flavor, but not overpowering, for a Belgian, it went down pretty easy, good, solid flavor, its high abv, but didnít drink like it was so strong. Good beer!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2004
Darkamber in color with a yellowish head. Has a little touch of pineapple in aroma. A little to much alcohol for my taste.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3065) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2004
Huge tan coloured head, that didnít want to go away, on top of a black/dark brown cola coloured body.On the nose I seemed to pick up grains and not much else, let alone the alcohol. I found the taste sweet but pleasant, mainly malt flavours, more of the soft caramel and chocolate, it was medium to full bodied, well balanced with some dryness to clean it up and you donít notice the alcohol. Cheers!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Bottle...with the labels falling off. WTF? Reddish-brown, a bit hazy. Big head. Sweet, thick mouthfeel, some nice maltiness...toffee, perhaps some chocolate? Dry finish, interesting mouthfeel but something just didnít do it for me (admittedly my rating notes are kind of scant at this point)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - JUN 11, 2004
deep red flavor and rich wine like smell compliment the thick sweet taste. you can smell the alcohol but the taste is smooth with only a hint of the alcohol.Very Good Beer


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