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


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RATINGS: 2708   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 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 bitchin’ Belgian brew. It’s good to have a solid Belgian strong now and then . How do they live? Brownish, white head. Spices and sweetness dominate the flava.

   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.

   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.

   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 I’ve finished the beer. Flavor increases as the beer warms. A great beer, although it doesn’t distinguish itself from all the other belgians I’ve had recently

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kepano (261) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 8, 2006
After seeing this one in many refrigerators I decided to find out what was hiding inside this white and oddly-shaped bottle. As I poured it into my Rochefort glass I noticed the rubicund liquid mysteriously sinking into a tenebrous abyss. The gloomy body is indeed dark but also translucent in the light - putting aside the occasional flake of yeast. The creamy head is thin but persisted until my glass was empty. Sweet malts emerge as soon as you remove the cap and the pour releases a fragrant blend of dense chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel and dark chestnut honey. Dark fruits remind of the classic trappist aroma: figs, plums, red grapes and a certain creamy quality. As the beer warms alcohol tones begin to appear. The first sip is bewildering and almost feels excessively sweet. However, as you acclimate to the dark sugars the complexity of this brew shines clearly. Surprising strawberries and blueberries appear; plum, licorice, anise and light herbs continue their ascent while the rich chocolate character develops with the heavier malt flavors. An extraordinary combination that was utterly stupefying to me. Mint, bitter dark chocolate and coffee mark the finishing note as alcohol warms your stomach. In the winter it is a great evening snack for any epicurean, but I must recommend drinking it no colder than 10°C.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Bottle...part of my (almost) weekly Friday Belgian review series. Sweet, woody aroma...very clean with hints of alcohol. Creamy white head stuck around. Cloudy, caramel color, with amber highlights. The flavor is where it really counts...absolutely fantastic. The woody esters shine through, with an aftertaste that is almost scotch-like...a nice warming sensation. Crisp, clean mouthfeel with a somewhat light body overall...too easily drinkable to be safe for human consumption. Definitely one of my favorite Belgians.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9592) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 3, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2009 Deep mahogany with beautiful red-orange highlights, generous foamy tan head. Aromas of fig paste, apricots and fruity yeast. Heavy mouthfeel, smooth and slightly chewy, with lots of figs, raisins and dark caramel. The spiciness lends a kind fruitcake quality to it, but there is a woodiness and yeastiness that add to its complexity. I have a much better appreciation for this brew now compared to when I first had it years ago. Really nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2006
A Mes rate: 33cl bottle from Gadds brewery in Ramsgate. Brandy like aroma. Nice red brown colour with a decent tan head. Creamy and slightly metallic. Alcohol is not really masked at all but it is not really too much of a problem. Tastes like a spirit but is reasonably enjoyable considering. Strange sweet and creamy finish that is fairly short but left me fairly satisfied. Hmm... ok

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