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


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RATINGS: 2454   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
migajos (276) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAR 23, 2015
Aroma: dry fruits, figs, plums, rhubarb, Taste: the same as aroma, lots of dried sweet fruits, tea. Alcohol well hidden. Some fruity sourness. Full body. Extremaly drinkable. Really teasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogniskowicz (341) - POLAND - MAR 23, 2015
Aromat: rodzynki, szuszone figi, skórka ciemnego chleba, alkohol, niestety też trochę nut metalicznych zaburzających udaną kompozycję. W smaku zdecydowanie lepiej. Jest solidna baza słodowa (a’la suszone owoce, rodzynki), jest wytrawność i wysokie wysycenie, jest wysoka pijalność i świdrujący w głowie alkohol. Jest lekka chmielowa goryczka. Bardzo dobre, piwo, naprawdę niewiele zabrakło do wybitności.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
biratorian (1) - - MAR 23, 2015 does not count
Cześć, jestem jeszcze amatorem, któryzaczyna się interesować piwami. Chciałbym zabrać się do leżakowania piwa i z tego co wiem, to mocne belgi są dobrym materiałem do tego, ale nigdzie nie znalazłem informacji o leżakowanym gulden draaku. Czy ktoś z was próbował? Warto? Hi guys, im not a specialist yet, but Im considering seasoning gulden draak. I havent found any confirmation that this beer is worth seasoning, so the question is, have you ever tried? Is it worth it? Does seasoning give some extra flavour to this beer and reduce alcohol?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hallstein (235) - Skogn, NORWAY - MAR 21, 2015
Nice brown dark color with some alcohol on the aroma that masks the other aromas a little. But i also get that typical belgian spiciness and some slight candi sugar and caramel on the aroma. Flavor has quite a good amount of alcohol, but also some slight chocolate, dark fruits, cardamom and anise. Nice strong ale, would recommend this to anyone that was looking for a good example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerathon (1461) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Belgian Strong Ale or Barley Wine, either way I’ve never quite had anything like it. A subdued sweetness and alcohol warmth, some raisin and plum, along with some interesting spice notes from the yeast. Leaves a tingle on the tongue. I’m liking it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nazbion (65) - Tübingen, GERMANY - MAR 19, 2015
Pours clear brown with short-lived beige head. Smells really good, with strong plums, raisins and brown sugar. Taste is a bit dissapointing, alcohol a bit dominant, sweet and light bitter. Medium body and lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Stule23 (23) - Novi Marof, CROATIA - MAR 19, 2015
UPDATED: APR 3, 2015 Excellent taste and wonderfull appearance, but little too much amount of alcohol for me :)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Stjepan (2) - - MAR 19, 2015 does not count
Great beer..............................................

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alohabeernut (8) - Aloha, Alabama, USA - MAR 18, 2015 does not count
This pours a nice copper color with a long lasting foamy head. I get fresh apples and spice in the aroma. Lingering sweetness and lots of carbonation. Overall a great Belgian offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cervmagpt (329) - PORTUGAL - MAR 18, 2015
Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18E). Bottle 33 cl - Batch unknown. AROMA: complex with a sweet caramelized malt aroma with notes of dried grapes and prunes. some peppery notes. soft and perfumy alcohol notes. hop aromas absent. APPEARANCE: deep amber color and hazy. large moussy and tanned head with good retention and lacing. TASTE: sweet and caramelized malty flavour with notes of dried plums or prunes. perfumy alcohol flavour. low bitterness with a sweet finish. PALATE: medium body with a velvety texture. smooth alcohol warming and viscosity. OVERALL: a good belgian strong ale with a lot of complexity.

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