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

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RATINGS: 2396   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
daveshawley (25) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Pours a dark nearly opaque amber with a nice pale head. Aroma is very fruity, a mixture of raisin, molasses, and maybe cherry? This beer is lively but not over-carbonated - it had a steady stream of bubbles throughout. Taste is intense. A heavy alcohol mixed with sour cherry and yet a little on the sweet side. Body is heavy, you can almost chew this one. Almost no bitter, not even at the end. The finish is a long lasting alcohol warmth. I’m not one for tripels but this one is a keeper. Not too sweet, not too bitter. Overall, this is a really good example of a dark tripel.


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Batavi (37) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2015
Uitgeschonken in nieuwste model originele drakenei glas. Fraaie zeer donker amberkleurig, met grote kantachtige beige schuimkraag. De geur is rozijnen en specerijen. De smaak is complex zoet met tonen van gedroogd fruit, rozijnen en vijgen, chocolade, en kruiden, kruidnagel, nootmuskaat en zwarte peper. De carbonatie is zacht en de afdronk is opvallend droog voor dit vrij zoete bier. Conclusie: wederom een fantastisch en complex Belgisch bier nu van Brouwerij Van Steenberge met een mooie legende over de Gouden Draak op het Belfort in Gent.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
futre7 (151) - Taipei, TAIWAN - MAR 3, 2015
Served this a little too cold at first and the flavour appeared as it warmed. Pours a dark but clear brown. Thin foamy head. Nose is malty bread, dark and dry fruit. Mouth-feel reveals some carbonation. Taste is again dark fruit, malt, malt loaf (or Soreen I think the brand was called),brown sugar, liquorice and toffee. It needs to sit for a while and be fully savoured. A solid strong ale. At 10.5% though, you need to be careful.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rob_D_UK (1114) - Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2015
Pours a dark but clear brown. Sweet dark fruit aroma. Taste is sugary dark fruit with a nice carbonation bite on the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3340) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Pours a clear amber/brown with a thick tan head...heavy lacing. Aroma has quite a bit of dark fruit...raisin, fig, black cherry. Flavor follows suit and adds a mild earthy hop note as well as caramel and burnt toffee...notable candy sugar flavor. Mouthfeel is medium / full and silky with a dry earthy dark fruit/mild leather finish that warms.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omanson (38) - - FEB 27, 2015
Peu de nez , corps moyen, finale alcoolisée ,et longue en bouche , je suis surpris par les arômes de vin blanc qu’elle délivre.cette bière est spéciale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AbouAli (180) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Litlle white head, middle low retention, color is amber/dark amber, strong fruit aroma, dried fruit & dark fruit, malty. Flavor is full of dark fruit, bit of vanilla like. Very sweet with some alcohol warming. Well balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rami_pl (207) - Warszawa, POLAND - FEB 21, 2015
Butelka, Pod Mosteczkiem, warki nie zapisalem, ale swieza. Wysoka ale bardzo szybko sie redukujaca do kozuszka trwalego, kremowa piana. Piekna, miedziano-rubinowa , ciemna barwa. Aromaty intensywne, glownie owocowe - wisnie, sliwki, maliny, jezyny... tez rodzynki. na drugim planie alkohol winno-likierowy, przyjemny, slodowosc, jakies nutki kawy, karmelu. W smaku tez owoce ewidentne, alkohol z nimi skomponowany i pozytywnie odbierany, rozgrzewajacy, troszke karmelu czy moze cukru lekko skarmelizowanego. Slodki. Wyczuwalna acz delikatna goryczka. wysycenie dosc wysokie. W caloksztalcie bardzo przypomina quadruple niektore, co jest o tyle zaskakujace, ze nie jest tak opisany przez browar, zas quadrupel z tego browaru (w czarnej butelce) nie wywarl na mnie az tak pozytywnych wrazen. Ten, bialy zas jak najbardziej - klasa piwo.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gbgbrouge (261) - SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2015
Poured from bottle, dark amber with low off white head. Aroma complex with notes of dark bread, dried fruit and spices. Taste is bitter sweet with big body and sweetish after taste. I normally love belgian and trappist beer, but this did not sit well with me.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbuskirk (517) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - FEB 11, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2015 Gulden Draak (Golden Dragon) is the kind of badass name that raises high expectations. The distinct white bottle is well-known among craft beer’s many Belgian fanatics. In short, I wanted a lot from this beer, and I got a lot out of it. For all its popularity, it’s difficult to say just what the hell Gulden Draak is. The brewery has called it a Barleywine and a Dark Trippel over the years. The beer rating sites tend to call it a Belgian Strong (Dark) Ale. I can’t do anything but add to the noise, but I’ll say this: shit’s good. Draak pours reddish brown with a large, tan head. Aroma has candied dark fruit, champagne-like yeast esters, and robust malt. In the flavor, there’s vinous grape, berry, cherry, raisin, prune, plum, oak, citrusy hops, rich malt, caramel, and syrup. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy; finish is bone dry. This brew is insanely complex and would make a superb companion to a fine meal.

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HuskerTan (617) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Bottle. A- Cherries, mixed berries, banana, woody, subtle chocolate, slightly sour, champagne. A- Dark reddish brown color, dark liquid, light brown head. T- Subtle sour cherries, slightly tart, champagne, wood, funky. P- Medium body, average texture, very high carbonation, effervescent finish. O- The aromas and appearance of this beer are second to none. Unfortunately the taste did not meet that expectation I first had at the initial pour. The taste was about like the aroma but also had some weird flavor I could not pick up on. Just didn’t sit well. A pretty solid beer overall, but not worth the $18 a bomber price.


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