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

bottled
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on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2277   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2002
Fruity nose. Lovely ruby shade, huge toffee head. Strong first taste of alcohol, plums, raisins, port, malt. Satiny finish. Complex. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BelTrippler (6) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2002 does not count
A nice twist on my favorite style of beer. The overall strength of this ale embelishes the taste and makes everything a little more empowering. Nice presentation. Unmistakable compliment to Steenberge’s Piraat.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jaymobrown (1652) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2002
A sweet beer with a dark color. Strong with good, subtle fruit flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bakka (16) - Paris, FRANCE - APR 3, 2002
Dark amber colour. Taste includes fruits and caramel, but quite complex. A very special beer

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pooter99 (2) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2002 does not count
A definite surprise. Since I love beers that both have a variety of sweet flavors and mature as the temperature changes, Gulden Draak hits the mark. Some notable flavors include that of various fruits: apples, plums, etc; it varies as the temerature is altered. The head given after pour is impressive, to say the least. A great beer to introduce to someone who doesn’t like the standard ’yellow generics’.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 20, 2002
This is a heavy 10.5% alcohol by volume ale that has a powerful, sweet nose smelling of toffee, maple syrup and butterscotch. In the pour, this ale will actually produce a pretty good-sized, beige colored and sticky-foamed head. Flavors are as complex as the nose: coffee, toffee, ripe plum, a considerable amount of sweetness and even a touch of sour fruit.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Robbenklopper99 (47) - aachen, GERMANY - MAR 19, 2002
i had to drink this when i was in the netherlands. i don’t like it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 A red-brown brew with magnificent head. The nose is spicy and burnt with tones of syrup, cabbage and raisins. A bit acidic both in aroma and flavor. Some almondy and graphite tones are there. The taste is almost fat and very sweet and spicy. Tones of ginger snaps and red meat. You can´t believe that this baby has 10,5 % ABV. But it is a bit to thick and sweet for me to really dig it. Cool bottle though.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
TJO99 (10) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 16, 2002
A decent Belgian Ale. A nice round, a bit too sweet, taste. The white bottle with the dark label are an eyecatcher. But the beer itself is less excentric than it suggests

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lassewan (44) - Borlänge, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2002
Head extravagansa! Dark brownish colour and thick sweetness. But nothing for children, to play with.


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