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

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RATINGS: 2360   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 9, 2003
Appearance of this beer is amazing! A beautiful reddish color, with a medium sized, creamy head. Aroma is sweet, malty, and slightly spicey. Flavor is pretty sweet with belgian sugars, very malty, with caramel notes and a bit of alcohol bite at the finish. A nice beer overall.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2003
This beer has a blackbrown body - hue with a sweet initial flavor and a heavy body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3717) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2003
I had so many decent but middle-of-the-pack beers in the six pack from Brouwerij van Steenberge that I almost forgot what a good Belgian was...until I had #6 in the sampler pack with Gulden Draak. The deep brown color and dense off-white head made me think of Chimay Rouge and Westy 8, although the comparison is not nearly as favorable as that. Still, lots of fruit, raisins, and caramel, in a wonderful palate. Although, as it warmed the alcohol burned a bit more and the complexion was more bitter. Still, despite the lack of balance there, this was enjoyable and compelling.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2003
Brown color with a light tan head. Sweet fruity aroma. Sweet and malt flavor. Alcohol really takes over and distracts as this one warms.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2391) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2003 Deep amber, brown in colour. Huge white head. Aroma is fruity, caramel, sweet. Flavour of sweet, caramel, alcohol kicks in near the end. Finishes bitter probably due the the high alcohol content.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
This beer poured a very dark cloudy amber color and formed an off white foamy head that left circular lace when it subsided. An aroma of malt and spice. A flavor of malt, caramel and spice. It has a medium light body and a sweet, slightly sour finish.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4296) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2003
Big frothy head from this beer with a malt and strongly fortified aroma. The flavour mainly resembles that of a spirit with no complexity. Overall a difficult to drink beer owing to the sharpness of the alcohol content.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3452) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2003 Murky brown with a thick, beige head. Sweet and yeasty nose. Fairly high carbonation level with an intense alcohol bite that makes it rather sharp. Alcohol is pretty obvious and a little too noticeable. Burnt rock candy notes with a deep bitterness that seems to build with time. Rich sweetness of roasted malts, caramel, brown sugar and maple syrup. Kind of dry and very bitter finish with a slight sourness. Bitterness is flowery, in a "chewing-on-a-dandelion" sort of way. The beer really improves as it warms and as the carbonation subsides a little. Has some curious spicy notes, similar to cinnamon but not cinnamon.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 15, 2003
Beer #400 for me. Poured to a muddy brown with some orange hues with a small, foamy head. Aroma is complex with hints of toffee, spices, yeast, and carmel. Gigantic chewy mouthfeel. Hold this one in your mouth for awhile and let the flavors come out, its amazing. The first thing I tasted when I swallowed was Ethanol, and quite a bit of it. However, it didn't burn like I expected, it just wasn't hidden as much as I'm used to for the style. The finish is very long lasting, with some tart notes and hints of hops, toffee, and carmel. Worth the price.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndersR (195) - Århus, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2003
Huge lasting tan foam! Nice appearance with a dark unclear brown color. The smell gives away that this one holds 10.5%. Hints of fruit mand sweetness. Strong taste with sweet hints of caramel, flowers, fruits and a complex finish that warms the throat. The foam actually tastes good on its own, try it :-)


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