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

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RATINGS: 2291   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2002
Nice variation of the triple. NIce malty flavor profile with subdued fruity spiciness. More drinkable than the ’Piraat’.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2002
Unmistakeable Brett in the nose, deep fruity malt, alcohol. Big alcohol everywhere. Beautifully dark dark red brown, huge head. Mysterious in flavoring, a very very nice dubbel. Handles all the flavors well, warms well, but is really a hi octane ride. Almost too much. If I could put this aroma on my keyring, I’d be sniffin’ my keys all day long.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2004 Very carbonated port wine in malt whisky...Tomatoey, sour yeast aroma induces Schoune thoughts...Gluttonous imps throwing cherrywood down the dungeon in which you lie stunned...Alcohol bitterness bites your tongue and makes you lick your earth soaked shirt...Some people’s torture rack but then again this style is usually my fetish...

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2002
Sweet aroma & very sweet taste. Could taste the alcohol amonst the prunes but I didn’t care. Great for winter. Caramel coloured heaven

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (10204) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2002
Aroma has raisins, malt and porto. Still not very aromatic. Sweet, malty taste with porto, raisin and a alcohol burn. Bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2002
Dark red brown hazy colour with huge chunky lasting head. Fresh fruity and cane sugar cane syrup malty with minimal alcohol aroma. Medium body with strong but fairly well balanced bitter-sweet palate. High alcohol well masked but it lacks the overall smoothness of the top Belgians. Still quite drinkable.

1.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
crdic (105) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2002
Nice middling-dark brown color. Huge, lasting head. Sweet, almost sickly-sweet aroma, with a taste to match. The presence of alcohol is far too strong and obvious. This beer is not to my liking.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 13, 2002
Tap. A wonderful dark amber brown apperance. A sweet caramel flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrDick (347) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 12, 2002
Mr.Dick’s first review... Ale has a dark brown appearance much like the leather coaster from Deschutes Brewery - but tastes much different (the beer, not the coaster). Carbonated waterfalls cascade to the surface with great head - sexual innuendos prevail. Mild smell of coliander and orange peel stuck to a metal grater. Ale has some complex flavors that change over time. Sweet malt as the beer warms makes for easy drinking. Alcohol sticks to your tongue and not to your glass.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2002
Another excellent Belgian. Sweet with a drying hoppy finish at first, which vastly improved and became more balanced as I was able to swirl the bottle and effectively pour the yeast into my glass, and the effects of the high alcohol might also have played a small role.


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