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


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RATINGS: 2658   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (6272) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2005
They were not kidding about that ABV. Those Belgians know how to brew for a party. Actually it is a very good beer. Great aroma with lots of fruit evident. Plenty of apricots. It is also an attractive beer. You have to like the thick, rich head. The taste is advertised as "complex." This was not as true as hoped but to some extent it was. Again, sweet fruit seemed to dominate and I will give them the toffee flavors. Quite nice. Add just a little bitterness and this is a well rounded beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
UnsofistaCat (240) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2005
This beer sucked. I know that, all and all, the rating of beer is so subjective, that it sometimes borders on ridiculous. In a way, many of us use this site to log our beer drinking experiences. What could be an average beer on one day is a terrible beer on another due to simple mood. That all being said, this beer is nowhere near worth its cash. Decent looking with two-inch fizzy head. Brown/amber. Sniff of a decent Belgian: apple butter, wine and flowers. The taste is simply not that complex. Heavy and sweet, it doesn’t real dance upon the taste buds as I expected it should. Maple taste laced with a little wine flavor and then that’s it. The finish was uncomplex. I will not spend my hard earned cash on this one again. Booo!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
electricpork (4) - USA - OCT 7, 2005 does not count
Tried this beer for the first time tonight over dinner. Very pleasantly surprised. The beer starts with gentle hits of apple and cherry surrounded by a distinct punch of alcohol, and finishes smoothly with flavors reminiscent of caramel or brown sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TaktikMTL (6943) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2005
Bouteille blanche opaque de 750 ml obtenue via les Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de caramel, de fruits et d’alcool. Apparence: Couleur brune ambrée voilée. Moyen col mousseux. Aucune bulle. Fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel légèrement brûlé, d’alcool et d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture liquoreuse. (Rating #306)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Poured a brownish copper color. Sweet and fruity aroma with a backing of alcohol. Flavor continued with the sweet fruit and peppery alcohol. Warming. This one is a sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (24603) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2005
Bottled. Brownish orange colour with nice white foamy head. Sweet malts, fruit and some yeast in aroma. Also a sting of alcohol. Flavour is much sweeter than I thought and consists of sweet malts, alcohol, yeast and fruits. Warming finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2005
Pours dark brown/orange with a sticky off-white head. Fruity nose with hints of yeast. Flavors are cherries and raisins with a little chocolate and a slight peppery finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2005
Medium white head. Dark copper color. Musty Malty cheesy nose. Yeast hits you first on the palate followed by raisin malts to temper the taste throughout. Alchol present but pushed backwards.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2005 Had from a bottle at Brickskellar in DC. Dark brown with a think tan head. Taste of hops caramel and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2005
I really expected this beer to be golden but it’s actually a dark brown with a thick tan head. Hints of bourbon and caramel in the aroma. Caramel, raisins, and spiced oranges with a sour finish. Enjoyable but not fantastic.

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