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

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RATINGS: 2683   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Linkiewitz (94) - Warsaw, POLAND - JUN 13, 2016
Aromat: Wyraźny owocowy aromat - porzeczki, maliny, wiśnie, nuty winne, likierowe oraz troszkę karmelu. Wygląd: Rubinowa barwa z drobnopęcherzykową czapą piany. Smak: Wszystko co znamy z zapachu odnajdziemy tutaj wraz z alkoholem (szlachetnym i będącym na miejscu), skarmelizowanym cukrem oraz nutami winnymi wraz ze sporą słodyczą. Przy takej dostępności i cenie zdecydowane poztywne zaskoczenie.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
comperchris (80) - - JUN 12, 2016
Flight head with a heavy thick body. Ruby red colour. Spicy start with a very sweet finish. A nice slow drink perfect as a desert.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fules (725) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - JUN 8, 2016
Gyönyörű színű, nagyon jó, karamelles, enyhén gyümölcsös illat. Az első korty a karamellt idézi, és ez végig megmarad, utóízében is, ami sokáig kitart. Érezni az alkoholt, az első pillanattól biztos, hogy ez egy erős sör. Kissé kesernyésebb mint a Piraat. Nagyon karakteres, nagyon finom sör!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TygrKat (6) - - JUN 6, 2016 does not count
Poured from 33 cl bottle. Disclaimer: I don't generally enjoy the taste of Barley wines, but this was alright. Decent beer, well paired with chocolate as suggested. Good-looking pour and nice smell, but bad taste.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Wendigo (130) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 6, 2016
0.33l bottle. Aroma of caramel. Dark amber colour. Taste of dried fruits, plums and raisins and caramel. Thick palate with medium carbonation and sweet (too much for me) finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mariuspoenari (1379) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 6, 2016
33cl bottle. Dark ruby pour, clear, with a medium height beige head. Caramel, dried fruit and a subtle metallic feeling. Too sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IlGagario (114) - Modena, ITALY - JUN 6, 2016
On tap. Colore rosso molto scuro. Naso di liquirizia, malto finemente tostato, biscotto, canditi e liquore. Carbonazione pressoché assente. Aroma tostato maltato di liquirizia, frutta scura, mirtilli canditi, pane, vaniglia, lontano caffč e cioccolato. Gusto dolce intenso con rotonditŕ maltate dal tono liquoroso e di lievito appena vinoso. Corpo medio, ottima trama setosa e cremosa. Finale amaro corto, tendente ad una sensazione balsamica. Un ottimo e fine barley wine dolce, č un grande classico.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (2355) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2016
330 mL bottle shared with ebone1988 for this yellow nightmare of a book. I had this beer before when rating was stupid, so this is the first go around. The pour is a dark ruby or garnet color with a thin cap of light beige head and a thicker collar. There are a couple spots of lace. the aroma is strange. There are a lot of typical Belgian qualities. The sweet malts and sting yeastiness really play hard on this one. It is a dark tripel, and I can absolutely see it. It’s everything that I’m not looking for in a Belgian. The clove and spice are huge. The flavor is very forward in the bready malt. It’s not that great. There is a spiciness to it that I’m not digging. There is something that’s a little offputting. It’s sweet and malty with a strange yeastiness. The mouth feel is decently thick with a nice carbonation and a lingeringly sweet and malty finish. This isn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ebone1988 (1308) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Had this beer like four years, but didn’t rate it. The palate is much more refined these days. Aroma is raisins, figs, bubblegum, booze, like a quad, really nice. Appearance is copper, light tan head, clear. Taste is caramel, raisins, figs, booze, but overwhelming spice that changes it quite different from most Belgian Strongs. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, spice and booze aftertaste. Overall, this one is not as bad as I remember, but still, there are much better Belgian Strong Ales out there.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UjoKlobasa (536) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 5, 2016
Bottle. Chestnut color, hazy liquid, white head. Smell of banana and alcohol. Aroma is heavy malty, alcohol, raisin, candies. Taste is light bitter, light sour, heavy sweet. Good, but too strong. Nice sipper though.


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