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

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RATINGS: 2672   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Dark, hazy orangish-brown pour with a creamy full tan head. Roasted malt and coffee aromas with a touch of hoppiness. Full flavor with a strong alcohol presence that is welcomed in this particular instance. Finish is a little harsh at first, but a spicy raisin residue at the end is most enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzerfaust (785) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - JAN 23, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2006 Re-Rate: Pours a hazy dark brown/crimson color with a big beige and rocky head that diminishes very slowly and leaves a wonderful lacing and film. Aroma is malty and yeasty with some alcoholic kick. It shows notes of vanilla and ripe fruits like apricots, peaches, strawberries and banana. There are also hints of caramel, molasses and brown sugar. Really delightful!. Flavor is strong and sweet, being a mixture of a Quadrupel and a Tripel. Very fruity and sugary with touches of vanilla, banana, brown sugar, milk and caramel. At times itís a little cloying. Maybe it would benefit from aging. Spices come out nicely. Thick rounded body with a smooth silky texture. Carbonation is rather low. Long alcoholic and sticky finish. Sweet and pleasant aftertaste. A rich and complex beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JAN 21, 2006
Bottle, 33cl. Dark brown beer, nicely carbonated with a beautiful tan head that lasts long. Aroma of caramel, malt and alcohol, almost like a whisky. Very strong alcohol flavour but everything very well balanced with the other flavours such as malt, spices and raisins. I enjoyed this one a lot.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lilith (242) - Santiago, CHILE - JAN 21, 2006
Very spicy aroma, with cappers and citrics mixed with coffee and toasted touches, and soft alcohol. It has a full body with a nice dark caramel color. The head is beige, large and long-lasting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2006
1.14.06 A pretty bitchiní Belgian brew. Itís good to have a solid Belgian strong now and then . How do they live? Brownish, white head. Spices and sweetness dominate the flava.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2007 pours a hazy brownish color with a large off-white head, aroma of caramel, belgian spices, citrus and floral hops, taste is slightly sweet with a bitter finish, not to bad good solid belgian body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Pours dark brown color with lots of bubbles along the sides and a thin layer of manilla head. Aroma is sweet caramel, raisins, yeast, and spices. Aroma is sweet and raisiny, molases, and cloves. Has a viscous mouthfeel and a warming alcohol finish. Overall, pretty decent.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2006
ice-tea colored with a medium white head, which laced well. Sweet aroma- carmel is what hit me. Sweet on the tounge, but not too sweet. some bitterness lingers in my mouth long after Iíve finished the beer. Flavor increases as the beer warms. A great beer, although it doesnít distinguish itself from all the other belgians Iíve had recently

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2006
Pours dark coffee brown with a huge, thick foamy off-white head, long-lasting, and leaving nice lace. Aromas of sugar, malt, pepper, alcohol, yeast and floral hops. Wonderful flavor with tons of smoky, syrupy roast malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, maple syrup, herbal hops, dark ripe fruit, and a yeast. Thick chewy ale, solid full body, clingy aftertaste, nice sweet-bitter balance. Excellent creamy malty ale.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - JAN 8, 2006
mmmm. mmm good. pours a nice deep brown color, which i didnt expect from a belgian triple. smells sweet and slightly fruity. tastes is very nice and complex. like fruits with toffee and some hops. alcohol is very well hidden, untill you finnish the bottle and start drunkenly calling your ex. good amount of bubbles, easy to drink (maybe a little to easy). very good ale.


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