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

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RATINGS: 2361   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msbernac (780) - Krakow, POLAND - NOV 19, 2014
Bottle Aroma-honey, fruits, alcohol, Appearance-amber, hazy, white foam, Taste-medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, Palate-full body, thick feel, lively, long finish, Overall-perfect

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (339) - GREECE - NOV 17, 2014
From tap at the Beerstore, Thessaloniki. Dark copper-brown color off white - light pinkish head. Sweet dark fruity aroma, light caramel malty. Sweet taste, light fruity. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
KoRoBeNiKi (16) - Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Aroma: smell of alcohol, caramel, port, dark fruits, but mostly alcohol Appearance: Heavy lacing, colors of dark brown along with a smidgen of red. A little had but it disappeared pretty fast. Taste: Wow does this pack a punch. Flavors of alcohol as well as dark fruits. Reminds me of a Barleywine mixed with a Port. Palate: Heavy kick of alcohol. Overall: Heavy flavors of alcohol mixed with strong Belgian hops flavoring? Think of this as being a Belgian Port Wine. I like this a lot, but I would imagine that others would find this way too sweet

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kleurplaatje (48) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2014
Pours brown-reddish with a thick compact off-white head. Malty aroma of caramel and fruits, some yeast. Alcohol as well, tends to be a bit too much. Taste is very sweet. Clear notes of the dark fruits, raisins, sugar, caramel, bit nutty, spices, banana, some chocolate... Really nice. Alcohol has quite a strong bite, could have been a bit softer. Vinous, bitter, spicy and dryish finish with a long lingering warmishness and sweetness in the aftertaste. Truly great. Silky mouthfeel, bit sticky. Full bodied. Truly a world class brew. Has some similarities with dubbel-style beers. Could have been a tad softer, but that’s just a minor point.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
gregorymconway (141) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2014
A woody brown colored body with a huge forthy beige head which dissipated quickly, .likely due to a nice carbonation you can see due to pretty effervescence. Very spicey, some white pepper on the nose, some earthy qualities as well, and alcohol, subtle chocolate. Some wine-like qualities appear with the retronasal tasting. Lighter bodied than I expected, and quite less carbonation than the body depicts. Light bodied in a sense similar to an abbey dubbel. Finish is some dark-fruit and alcohol with the alcohol persisting longer into quite a lengthy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybion (75) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2014 Bottle, 330 ml. Pours very dark reddish-brown, with some quickly dissipating light tan head. Decent amount of lacing. Strong muscovado sugar note on the nose, with a backdrop of honey, bready malts, dark fruits such as raisins, and a hint of a herbal note on the edge. Alcohol is certainly detectable, as expected from the ABV. Taste is dominated by big honey, caramel and bready malt and yeast notes. Very sweet in general, in conjunction with some dark fruity and spicy edges. Alcohol is definitely detectable in the taste and the finish is somewhat fire-y as a result. Appropriately named brew it seems! Carbonation is detectable but not too prominent, body is medium to full, and texture is oily to some extent, so this is smoother than expected. Little one dimensional, but certainly enjoyable. Strongly recommended for fans of the sweeter Belgian ales.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilverfoX (416) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2014
smells yeasty maybe with some bananas too, dark ruby body with foamy white head. tastes sweet full bodied with slight raisin flavour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markoijelena (693) - Belgrade, SERBIA - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle 0.33l at Miners Pub Belgrade Serbia.Pour it dark reddish color with small white head.Taste and aroma of red fruits, cranberries, caramel and Belgian Yeast.Sweet good one

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewGoblin (465) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - NOV 12, 2014
A wonderful rusty raisin colour invites you into this light beige topped monster of potency. A nasal inspection of this delightful concoction reveals note of caramel, burnt toffee, raisins, tobacco, vanilla, banana streusel and bubblegum. For all of those booming aromas happening you’d think this would be a saccharine bomb but it is balanced out enough and finishes quite dry with a bittersweet lingering. The texture is strange, not overly carbonated, in fact quite relaxed but there is a jazzy zing on the tongue with every sip. An excellent beer that commands your attention while the alcohol subtly sneaks up on you.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leini (922) - SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2014
Sample at a local tasting event. Clear copper body with a low head. Fruit candy, sugar, wineous notes and dark fruits.


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