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

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RATINGS: 2255   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34282) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2010

Draught @ La Vaudree 3, 13 Chaussee de Tongres, 4450 Juprelle, Belgium.

Unclear medium to dark amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, moderate yeasty, belgium yeast, brown sugar, alcohol notes. Flavor is heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100926]
Earlier Rating: 8/3/2006 Total Score: 4
Bottle. Dark brown with light brown head. fruit sweet oder left to a sweet tingly malt flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (30747) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2008
33 cL bottle. Pours hazy to murky brown with a lacing tan head. Light earthy aroma with a minor note of caramel. Flavour is extremely sweet and with solid flavour of caramel malt. Dried fruit notes appear just before and into the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29134) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2004
[Draft] A dark red beer with a beutiful head where the bubbles in the lower part goes up and in the top part goes down. The aroma is very sweet with note of berries especially cowberries, yeast, and alcohol. The flavor is very sweet, with loads of cowberries, notes of hops and a dry hoppy end. It has a nice round mouthfeel.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Very dark with a huge off-white head. Extremely full-bodied and sugary. The hops don’t really level out the sweetness. Lovely as a desert beer or a night cap, but one is plenty. A beer to chew. 310593

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (20569) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2005
Bottled. Red brown colured with an off white head. Fruity aroma with spcy notes. Acidic and fruity flavour with spicy notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20239) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2005
Bottled. Brownish orange colour with nice white foamy head. Sweet malts, fruit and some yeast in aroma. Also a sting of alcohol. Flavour is much sweeter than I thought and consists of sweet malts, alcohol, yeast and fruits. Warming finish.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
omhper (19218) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 25, 2007
Bottled at Pressklubben, Stockholm. Lightly hazy amber, minimal head. Syrupy caramel that simmers in a pudding of pineaple jam. Extremely sweet. Medium bodied with thick syrupy mouthfeel. Some burnt sugar. Nuances just drown in a sea of sweetness. Not good at all.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16410) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark amber brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel and dark fruit aroma. Fruity malty dark fruit and caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel and dark fruit finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (14328) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2002
Dark amber, misty, generous big head (remarkable for a 10.5 ABV). Sweet malt aroma, enough strong, with some caramel and a hint of cloves. Pour from the bottle in a small waterfall, to reduce the carbonation; a body of unmatched strength, never too sweet, well balanced by a generous hopping that ends in a highly pleasant ending; a good spicy note joins the hop in the mid and finish; and later also a persistent caramel equalizes the hop. Maybe some alcohol can be noticed, but not too much for such strength. Simple and great barleywine.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (14025) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 5, 2007
Deep brown red colour ... big foam head ... Rich soft malt nose ... Malt with little spirit mouth feel ... hints of coffe and liquorish.


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