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


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RATINGS: 2426   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trogdor (196) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2004
very yeasty aromas, with hints of fruit and spice. dark amber/brown with good head and body. taste honey, citrus, stonefruit, slight alcohol. good lingering bitterness and caramel flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Nice dark brown color,small head that faded quickly leaving a thin light lace.The aroma was Malty ,fruity and caramel with a slight hint of alcohol and fairly sweet smelling.The taste was much better then i was expecting with a nice malty sweetness to it,fruity and chocolate,caramel and the alcohol is nicely done.giving a nice warmth as it goes down.The finish is sweet and carmel with alcohol.I really like this brew,it's much sweeter then i'm used to for a brew of this style but still it was nicely done and well worth trying again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Choos (651) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2003
Aroma is all toffee, malt & alcohol. Head poures reasonable size then diminishes to a smaller size but remains their with bigger bubbles. Dark murky brown that only lets the light through at the bottom of the trappist glass. Beautiful creaminess in the head gives way to a slightly roasty toffee and malt with just the tiniest bit of bitterness with just the smallest bit of alcohol warmthness showing through. Though this beer is highly carbonated it has massive body. I think I have found yet another favourite in the belgian beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2003
This beer, which is practically my namesake, will always have the distinction in my mind of making me throw up in TWO hostel shower stalls. Then again, it's probably because I had two of them, plus another seven strong beers, in one hazy night in Bruges. Thick, oily, cloudy copper appearance with an amazing head and palate. The sweetness becomes gross after awhile. Smells a bit like cobwebs and cookie dough, flavour is malt, honey, alcohol, nutmeg and herbs. Not as impressed as I was in the past.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Bottle: Cool bottle. Why aren't there more brewerys using opaque white bottles? Alcohol apparent, some toffee, malty notes. A big beer for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Draft: malty in the aroma and flavor. Nice cloudy brown appearance. Very nice palate - thick! When the mood is right I really enjoy a sweet, malty beer like this one and I will remember this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Bottle. Beautiful dark brown color that will let practically no light through. I don't know if I've seen a brown beer that is so opaque. Aroma is sweet caramel. Tasty sweet malts and nut with just the slightest bit of alcohol flavor. Finish is dry. Overall an excellent beer. If you are in the mood for something sweet I highly reccomend this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2003
Tasted in Toronto from LCBO. Dark brown colour, totally opaque with off-white lasting head. Aroma has a very sweet with a strong alcohol presence. Aroma has hint of toffee with slightly sour notes. Quite alot going on in the aroma. Flavor starts off sweet with strong malty sweetness, finishes with a slight alcohol feeling. Very little hop balances, all sweetness and alcohol. Very warming.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3800) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Malty & sweet. A bit of sour milk but pleasant. Cherry sweet, toffee. Light hops. Dark copper-brown clear with small lacing off-white head. Soft carb in medium watery body. Malty up front with bitterness. Smoothness. Light fruity notes. Finish is light bitter & nutty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2003
A dark brown color with a thin, white head. The aroma is sweet and yeasty. Apple, orange, honey, raisin, and some alcohol. The flavor is quite sweet, cloyingly (sp?) so. Fruity sweetness with yeasty bread and alcohol to balance. This didn't really do it for me. A dark, yeasty, overly sweet triple. Not again, thanks.

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