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

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RATINGS: 2360   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 4, 2003
This beer pours a dark amber (mahogany) color. It first pours with no head, but quickly turns into a thick, white foamy head. The aroma is that of a very sweet malt - very nice. Possibly some fruits in there as well. The flavor is wonderfully odd - very refreshing. It has a sweetness to it with just a tiny bit of spiciness for the perfect blend. The high alcohol content is very well masked and almost non-detectable. The aftertaste is a little sweet malt that lingers on the tongue for a fully enjoyable experience.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2536) - Finspċng, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2003
(Bottled)Ruby coloured with a huge head. Fruity, sweet, flavourful and STRONG.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Dark mahogany color with lively carbonation and little lacing. Mild hoppy aroma, floral with some notes of hidden complexities waiting to be discovered. Flavor has quick notes of alcohol with a fig like sweet aftertaste. There is a good amount of bready, yeasty mouth feel in this one too. Palate is sweet, dry and very refreshing. This is a good Belgian, it may be a touch too sweet for my taste, but with lots of alcohol and a definitive Belgian flavor without the quintessential clove and banana esters so typical in this style.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2003 A very dark, almost mahogany in the pour. A rich creamy froth in the pour. Aroma is mild, as the taste is kind of medium-bodied,but quite satisfying. A great smorghasboard of fruit flavors, among them being bananas, raisins, plums and figs. I really liked this beer, and even more because I had never heard of it and was not expecting too much from it. Thanks Buch_Dich!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (4868) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2003
Huge dark head that disapear a little bit too quickly for my liking (this seems to be a problem withVan Steenberge). Really yeasty but not as thich as I was expecting from the description. The ABV level is too much apparent for my liking. Extra point for trying to be different: dark triple and cool bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
HUGE fluffy head. Interesting to see a dark Tripel ale. I give extra points for the novel appearance of both the beer and the beer bottle. Smells like pungent raisons and alc. Yeasty. Tastes malty, black currant, plum, and yeasty beasties.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LINKBREW (101) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 22, 2003
Hugely dense creamy head. Raisins and dark crystal malts in the aroma. Very full-bodied, sweet maltiness. Very big beer. Very nice drink.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2003
A very intresting ale. Pours a tall, rich, creamy head that is very beautiful looking. Little aroma. Just subtle hints of yeast and malt. As for flavor it is superb. A complex arrangement of belgian malts, yeast, and spices. Begins with a nice rasion-like fruity flavor and develops into a pleasant bitterness. In the afterflavor, I noticed an interesting spicyness that burnt the tongue. Kind of like the flavor of a radish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4616) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
(Bottle) Dark brown, creamy head an a deep brown body. Full flavours of vanilla, cask whiskey and raisons. Slight burn finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2003
Hmm, not so awesome. Cool bottle though. What else? It is sort of lemonadey.


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