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

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RATINGS: 2299   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.


3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kingvit (201) - - AUG 1, 2014
Aroma: yeast, bubblegum, grass; Appearance: hazy crimson, medium creamy head; Taste: medium bitterness, medium sweetness, slight sourness; Palate: oily texture, long finish, full body, soft carbonation Heavy Belgian ale with red fruit aftertaste going straight to the head :-)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ruprecht_007 (609) - Cesky Tesin, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 31, 2014
Barva: kalná rubínová. Pěna: středně hustá, držící. Vůně: nádherná karamelově kávová. Chuť: plné husté tělo s výraznopu sladově karamelovou chutí, středním řízem a příjemným středně hořkým dozvukem. Na patře patrné lehké sladké ovocné tóny. Alkohol patrný, ale v příjemné a akceptovatelné formě.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HuskerTornado (31) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 28, 2014
330ml bottle poured into Gulden Draak tulip glass. Pours a cola brown color with ruby undertones and a medium sized caramel colored head that dissipates slowly, leaving a quarter inch head and a nice amount of lacing in the glass. Smell is a dark fruits, plums, cherries, raisins, sweet caramel malt and alcohol. Taste is just as it smells. Sweet, dense malt upfront with a myriad of dark fruits lending support, including raisins, cherries, and plums. In addition to the sweetness, there’s also an herbal quality towards the finish, and some peppery notes. Aftertaste reminds me a bit of cinnamon swirl raisin bread. The 10.5% alcohol is there throughout, with extra punctuation towards the finish. This is a big beer, very complex. Mouthfeel is on the medium-heavy side with a slick, smooth and creamy quality due to the healthy carbonation. Overall, one of the best strong dark ales in the world and one of my favorite beers period. A treat for the senses, always worth having some on hand. Ages very well. Delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bert_Wasbeer (4) - - JUL 24, 2014 does not count
A good quadrupel, strong, dark, tasteful. Best when the leaves start falling

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JeyAre (214) - - JUL 23, 2014
Great reddish dark color with rich head. The aroma is very Belgian, too Belgian... Almost like wine. The taste too Belgian too, sweet and heavy, almost like wine too, very clear alcohol taste. Quite good overall anyway too.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iznogud (637) - CROATIA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle, 330 ml at Tituš, Zagreb. Pours dark brown with off-white head. Caramel, roasty, malty. Too sweet and overcarbonated for my taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
M_Sack (384) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle. Deep brown, frothy cream head that sticks to glass. Caramel jersey, golden syrup and stewed fruit aromas. Initial alcohol flavour, leading to marzipan, cherries, dried Christmas pudding fruits and caramel. Delicious sweetness throughout the mid to end palate, although there is some savouriness wrapped into the finish. A warming brandy like alcohol finish and smooth mouthfeel.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
kamwitsta (143) - POLAND - JUL 18, 2014
The aroma is sweet, malty, with honey notes, just not too strong. Pours a very pleasant, a little hazy deep brown with a large but unstable head. The taste is just really sweet; alcohol is not as exposed as I’d thought it might, but still much too pronounced for my taste. Medium bodied, a little foamy, effectively flat, tart and sweetly sticky finish. I understand it’s supposed to be strong, I just don’t like it; could do a better job of hiding the alcohol, and I wouldn’t mind it if the sweetness were balanced in some way.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bygers (779) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 16, 2014
Bottle 0,33l. Pours a red/brown colour with short lasting off-white head. Aroma of spices, prunes, raisins, some liquorice, porto, cloves. Same for taste. Very sweet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PawelD (202) - 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.


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