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


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RATINGS: 2553   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2004
On draft at Half Time, Poughkeepsie, NY. First of all, I place this right up there with Westy and Rocheforte as a bona fide heavy hitter in the Belgian strong ale category. Pours a delightful shade of dark ruby. Multifaceted aroma of big fruit (cherries, berries) candy apple, malt, bandaid. Tastes malty, fruity, with a great Belgian ale finish. Super smooth and delicious. I knew from the first sip that this one was rock solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALyseen (42) - DENMARK - DEC 10, 2004
Bottled. Thick and dense brown colored beer. Spicy and complex. Dark caramel flavours. nice belgian strong ale. Toms up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2274) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Thick and dense brown colored beer. Lacing occurs from a small thin almond head. Flavor is strong indeed and rich of some dark fruit like cherry and plum. Has a cognac kick to it which warms my face and stomach up on a cold 50 degree night. I know i shouldn’t be complaining.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Spicy and complex. Dark brown with a meduim head and a surprisng smoothness. I did not find the alcohol overwhelming but present.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Burner (78) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 3, 2004
Fantastic strong rich ale, Dark caramel flavours, full bodied, yet easy to knock back!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cphbeerking (154) - København K, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2004
A spicy, bubbly brew that stings your lips, plays games with your taste buds and takes you captive for life -- probably. This is one of those superlative Belgians that I just can’t tire of: Deep, rich and mysterious, always something to come back to. So far I’ve only sampled it bottled, and it’ll probably reel in a 20 for me on tap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - NOV 28, 2004
This was excellent. Pours a dark brown colour with little head. The nose is spicy dark fruits and the flavour is great. Plums and spice and even a bit of coacoa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorqui (2154) - Brescia, ITALY - NOV 22, 2004
Opaque and red color. Much rich one of scents with a dense and decided body. Persistent and compact foam. Balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2004
A unique and very strong brew. Best part of this ale is its aroma. You can smell it across a room. A mouthwatering malty fruitiness. Looks like cloudy iced tea, and has a wondeful warming flavour - full of sweetness, hops, and it even reminded me of an amped up porter. There is a lot going on in this one. Ultimately, a bit too strong to be a great ale, but damn fine nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lamas (1492) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2004
11.2 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with small tan head. Very sweet smell of vanilla extract. Tons of flavors. Starts off roasty then goes to banana then to brown sugar. You can taste the high ABV.

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