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

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RATINGS: 2463   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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3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
KeefOz (1093) - Tarragindi, - FEB 5, 2013
Poured as a full (20cm high) glass of beige coloured foam that slowly diminished then eventually collapsed to provide a translucent golden brown coloured beer. Laced well. Aroma of sweet caramel with slight malt and yeast hints. Taste of sweet caramel, malt, a slight roasted grain hint and a “burning” alcohol sensation. Medium body, thinner than I expected. Finish of sweet caramel and spicy alcohol. High ABV makes for an interesting beer.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brew_Cat (14) - Athens, GREECE - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle @ Beer Art. Small off-white head, full body, dark amber color, fizzy carbonation, generally strong in alcohol. Moderate sweetness, with tastes of plum, prune, raisins, dry fruits, licorice, molasses, burned brown sugar, aromas of brandy, sweet red wine, bitter finish. Good variety in aromas and tastes, but way too sweet for my taste. Was combined with plate of sausages, but I can’t say it was the best of choices.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PabloZab (390) - Wroclaw, POLAND - MAY 21, 2015
Bottle 0.33l (27.01.2017). Dark copper colour. Beige head, frothy but short. Delicate lacing. Malt and fruits in aroma characteristic for belgian beers with small bread notes. Nice but not so intensive as I expected. No alcohol in aroma. Heavy sweet, malty, a bit fruity and wine in taste. Strong alcohol well hidden, you feel only the warm inside your stomach and in your throat. Very nice, sweet , long aftertaste with very small alcohol note. Full body, oily, sweet, average carbonated, you drink it very slow but with pleasure. Generally strong and sweet with hidden power so be careful.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rayaron (583) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - MAY 21, 2015
Bottle 330ml. Clear copper with medium beige head. Sweet aroma with notes of caramel, prune and dried fruits, kind of fruits liqueur. The flavor has notes of caramel and spices, very boozy, notes of dried fruits and raisin, light sourness with lingering alcohol warmth. Lively carbonation, medium-bodied. Very alcoholic, quite hard to drink.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mszzukowski (32) - Olsztyn, POLAND - MAY 20, 2015
Aromat ziołowy, chmielowy. Miedziane, klarowne. piana dość szybko opadająca. W smaku - wyśmienite! Mocno "belgijskie", estrowo-fenolowe, przyprawowe, ciemne owoce, dojrzały banan. Wysycenie wysokie. Ogólnie świetne.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThreeCats (635) - ISRAEL - MAY 20, 2015
Dark mahogany color with a nice off-white head. Aroma sweet and fruity, plum, raisins, dark sugar, some zest. Taste very full, borderline syrupy, high carbonation, some bitterness, lots of warming alcohol. Something wrist is the taste, otherwise dark fruit, burnt raisins, fruit compote. This sucker is reaaaly heavy. I made a mistake of tasting it on a very hot day, but it’s definitely winter weather. Belgian winter, at that...

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ttoadee (850) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Dark brown pour, tan head. Nose is muted coco and some funky yeast. Bittersweet. Middle is chocolate malt, hint of spice,yeast, and dark fruit. Finish dries somewhat. Subtle, well structured beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Calisky (1518) - ALSACE, FRANCE - MAY 11, 2015
Couleur brune reflets ambrés, légčre mousse beige. Nez malté, fruits noirs, alcool et levures. Gout malté, fruits noirs, alcool chaud, notes cremeuses et cassonade. Corps épais un peu sirupeux. Pas trop complexe mais vraiment nickel et bonne.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Melnis (275) - LATVIA - MAY 9, 2015
Aroma is very weak, but i will blame the placecwhere i am at. But the taste is typical dor belgian strong beer. Prtty likable and basic/goos

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JakeG (26) - Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 8, 2015
Pours dark red with a good off-white head. Aroma of sugars and malts. Taste is very sweet. A very rich beer, full bodied. Mild carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stoigniew (78) - Łęczna, POLAND - APR 30, 2015
W aromacie nuty owocowe, winne, tarninowe, cukierkowe. Smak słodko kwaśny, nuty miodowe, wyraźny alkohol dość przyjemny i śliweczka :) - bardzo pozytywny quadrupel bardzo smaczny i bardzo siecze :) W zasadzie jest to chyba najlepsze masowe piwo belgijskie jakie dotąd piłem. Jedynie te nuty miodowe mącą nieco.


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