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

bottled
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on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2688   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.


jwencilhotek's rating

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jwencilhotek (15) - - APR 21, 2012
An apricot biscuit bomb that is only justified by its 10.5% abv. Goes great with snacks.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rusos (552) - Stupava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle. A bit hazy red/orange colour, stable white head. Aroma typical belgian, yeasty, spice, barnyard, sweet. Taste is belgian yeasty, barnyard, spice, cloves, sweet. For me a bit too sweet. But the alcohol is very well hidden. So the overall drinkability is quite good, when you take in mind, that the beer has 10,5% alc.vol. Good carbonation. Good one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (6526) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle from Stirchley Wines; dark brown pour with a bubbly light beige head, aroma has fresh baked cinnamon laced apple pie, taste has malt loaf, winter spice, sweet malts, toffee apple, dark dried fruits of fig and sultanas.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HPDalen (286) - DENMARK - AUG 27, 2016
Bottle. Pours deep golden with a pretty tall off white head, frothy. Aroma is very sweet, caramel and Demerara sugar. Excellent palate, rich body, quite flat with a long and sweet finish. Layered flavour, though mostly sweet. There is much sugar here. Very rich beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bitek (419) - Warszawa, POLAND - AUG 26, 2016
Marmolada owocowa, przyprawy, daktyle, rodzynki, miód. Alkohol dość mocno zaznaczony. Słodkie, słodowe, wyklejające.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UncleKorm (1220) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2016
Bottle poured a murky brown hue w/ a medium lasting creamy beige head. Moderate sweet aromas of brown sugar, dark breads and figs. Initial flavor is bold sweet w/ a light bitter finish. Tastes are brown sugar, honey mead, Belgian sugar, vodka, dark breads and figs. Full bodied and warm finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kaserov (114) - Oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 22, 2016
Creo que decir que esta cerveza puede tomarse como aperitivo (si es que yo entiendo la palabra aperitivo...) es como decir que viene bien meterse una raya de coca para ir a una entrevista de trabajo. Color marrón oscuro con capa de espuma marrón claro de más de dos dedos de grosor. Carbonatación prácticamente inexistente. Aroma dulce, a alcohol (agradable). Sabor similar al sabor pero con mayor pegada. Dulce pero alcohólica (está en el límite en que puedo decir la palabra "alcohólica" en el buen sentido). No voy a negar que me cuesta beber esta cerveza. Es un bombazo al paladar. Pero tampoco voy a negar que, costándome lo que me cuesta beberla, se aprecia ya desde el aroma una complejidad existente que va más allá de mis conocimientos. ¿Es una buena cerveza? Indudable. ¿La recomendaría? Según... ¿La volvería a beber? Desde luego, pero más adelante, cuando mi bagaje sea mucho más amplio y sea capaz de captar algo más que dulzor y alcohol. Debo decir, que si uno deja atemperar esta cerveza (10 minutos fuera de la nevera antes de tomarla debería servir), mejora, y de qué manera.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tjeerd (198) - GERMANY - AUG 16, 2016
Graet classic. Still great. Tremendous mouthfeel, good aftertaste. Sweet and heavy.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ulysse (429) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 14, 2016
Reddish amber color. No head at all. Not even a bubble on its surface. Sweet and strong alcoholic brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mice (782) - FINLAND - AUG 11, 2016
TUmmanpunaruskea, paksu vaahto joka katoaa aika nopeasti. Haju mieto, maku loppua kohden aika makea.

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hajsman (30) - Gdañsk, POLAND - AUG 8, 2016
I don’t think that long review is needed in case of such a popular beer and have only three words for Gulden Draak: tasty, stylish, strong. Big plus for availability.


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