joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
reddish brown with small off white head. Aroma of dark fruits and mild spice. Taste is very complex with other fruits(apricot,banana)..spices..alcohol only noticeable in warming affect and bottom of glass as it warms.very nice.
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - APR 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured with a large, thick, foamy white head and lots of carbonation in the beer. Murky brown in color. Very sweet and fruity aroma. Taste is very similar to the smell with a hint of malts in the finish. Smooth, very fine carbonation like a good champagne.
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is full of malt and alcohol. You can tell it is going to be a full bodied beer. The appearance is very dark as well with some red shades when i look through it. It has a full head after pouring however it is quickly dissolved into a thin layer over the beer. The taste is fairly complex with belgian tripel notes coming through but with a heavy dose of malt and dates or figs, something like that. It is a very enjoyable beer. I drank this before I got into the craft beer scene, and that is probably the reason I still buy it.
William (202) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very sweet ale, too sweet for my taste. Thick beer and very yeasty. Was not overly impressed.
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pours dark amber with a huge off-white head. Aroma of dark fruit, lots of malt, and some molasses. No hops to speak of in this one, but that’s not a bad thing. Taste roughly follows aroma, but there is an odd aftertaste. Excellent brew.
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Dark brown appearance with a sweet aroma with a hint of dark fruit. Although this beer is sweet there is some how a balance and it works for me. One of my favorite Belgium beers. Its dark, strong spicy and the yeast all together make for an outstanding balanced beer.
Leepe_steven (202) - Lede, BELGIUM - APR 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2013 Pours dark ruby red with off white two finger head, looks beautifull. Not a lot of aroma on this one except for some hints of yeast and alcohol. Taste is sweet caramel, yeast and bread. Very well balanced.
brstp (201) - Washington DC, USA - APR 6, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Opaque, hazy dark copper color with a chunky khaki head -- beautiful doily lacing all over the glass. Spicy aroma with a little fig. Almost overpowering taste, extremely thick mouthfeel with some banana, spicy hops, lots of alcohol.
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours dark ruby; lots of visible carbonation creates huge lasting head. Aroma is immediately quite sweet: berries, vanilla. Also bready, banana; alcohol if you look for it. Very sweet on the tongue as well, with dark fruits, candied sugar, a bit spicy. Alcohol is very well hidden. Creamy textured. Slightly sour finish. Highly carbonated. This is an amazingly good Belgian; I wish I had more than the 11 ounces.
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 19, 2001
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My first Gulden Draak was so very odd, it being my first barley wine. It tasted like garbage to be honest. A few days later I tried it again. Then I loved it. Alcohol fumes are prevalent.