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


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RATINGS: 2290   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PawelD (179) - Gdańsk, POLAND - JUL 15, 2014
Piwo butelkowe. Słodkie aromat słodowy, czuć też miodem. Kolor ciemny bursztyn, klarowny z bardzo przyzwoitą pianą jak na ten procentarz to aż szok. W smaku landrynkowa słodycz z rozgrzewającą dobrze zbalansowaną alkoholową kontrą, duże wysycenie. Wybitnie dobre piwo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nakedwhendrunk (2081) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a chalice every time I’ve had it. The appearance was a nice gentle golden hazy orange to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving a nice clingy foamy lacing gracing the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of a light Belgian spice of clove and coriander to adequately weave itself in and out of some nice sweet candied fruits such as plums, apricots and peaches. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors and wrapped them up into a super nice sweet and spicy package to grace my taste buds in a very nice way. On the palate, this one sat right at about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. However, I find myself sipping this for the most part. Overall, this one was a mighty fine Belgian Strong Ale. Everything just seems to fit nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElectroMod (120) - - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle from Y Delyn Wine Bar, Mold. Pours a deep reddish brown with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is high with red wine, malt and spicy caramel. Taste is full and effervescent, high in alcohol, forest fruits, figs and a little clove. Mouthfeel is a little too highly carbonated for my taste, zero lacing on the glass. Overall, a nice Belgian but not as good as everyone says.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StigErling (5) - - JUL 11, 2014 does not count
A really good head, nice dark brown colour, not to much aroma, but the first tastes is nice sweet taste of honey and malt in good balance. Very good accompanied with some blue cheese or dark bitter chocolate. I enjoyed this meeting! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
LordAltbier (102) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUL 10, 2014
Ziehmlich süßes gesöff mit viel Alkohol, schmeckt soweit ganz ok, jedoch ist die Alkoholnote sehr beißend. Es gibt bessere Starkbiere. Das Flaschendesign ist ganz ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Franksv6 (158) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - JUL 5, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2014 My first special beer 20years ago. Black brown beer. Smells sweet and fruity.Taste fruity with a small bitter. Has a heavy aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LetsGoState (585) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Appearance is medium white head with deep brown color. Aroma is a little sweet and strong. Taste is a very good blend of sweet and strong. Overall it’s a nicely balanced Belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerme31 (492) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours copper medium tan head. Aroma of spice and clove and caramel. Not very strong aroma or as enticing as other Belgian ales. Taste is very sweet. Body on the medium-heavy side. Very fizzy carbonation, get a lot of air as it goes down. Finishes spicy and abruptly. Feel like I’m missing something in each swig. Overall pretty good but not great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VincentDamon (325) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
Bière achetée à Los Angeles. Belle bouteille blanche ; singulier... La bière elle-même est ambrée, avec une mousse généreuse et crémeuse. Nez de sucre, de levure, de bananes, de fruits. C’est complexe et puissant. En bouche, c’est capiteux, très sucré, très goûteux qui plus est : notes de caramel doux, de petits fruits rouges, de vin de madère. Excellente. Cheers!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davegram (10) - - JUN 30, 2014
Absolutely one of my top two favorite Belgians, and an all-time favorite beer. It hits heavy, but the complex, sweet middle will keep you going through til the last drop.

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