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


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RATINGS: 2518   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 28, 2006
Bottle. Poured a dark bown with a huge head. Nicely carbonated and very creamy. I enjoyed this beer more with each sip and suprisingly I did not find the alcohol too overpowering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
jodah52 (210) - Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Pours dark gold, white head. Very sweet nose and aroma, strong caramel malts. Malt and sweetness predominate, a hint of alcohol. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JWE (209) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2011
Bottle. Clear brown with large tan head. Powerful malt and hops aroma. Heavy bitter flavour. Strong plumb and fruity notes. Very vinous. Long complex finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mvciek (209) - - MAR 1, 2014
Pours rown, clear, with superb tan foam. Plenty of malty notes; caramel, toffee, roastiness.. Rich, complex and full bodied dessert beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hiddenvariable (207) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2007
on tap at sharp edge. pours a dark brown with a thinnish tan head. huge nose with dark fruits and spices knocking around. great taste with plum and other dark and bitter fruits mixed with a tasty (coriander?) spice. slightly heavier than medium bodied with a fair carbonation that finished with a tiny tingle of bitterness mixed with a tinier tingle of sweetness. a very tasty beer that got more complex and fruitier as it warmed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nagash (207) - Paris, FRANCE - AUG 4, 2006
Bottle. It reminds me the Rochefort Trapist 12. Quite sweet, fruity, with the classical chocolate and caramel taste of this kind of beer. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Bottle - Nice sweet smell, also scented yeast and a little alchol, some caraml (maybe the color is just making me think that) and maybe some hop. Fruity sweet taste. Thick mouthfeel, but enjoyable, maybe a desert beer to cap off other beers. Maybe an initial alcohol taste that disappears and taken over by the sweetness, some kind of apple or raisen spice. I like it verymuch, maybe to overpowering for some. But i prefer to be overpowered by a quality receipe than overpowered by hops like an IPA. Very good beer! One of my favorite Belguims so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2004
Yeasty aroma, slightly sweet in both aroma and taste. A beautiful specimen when properly poured and served, showing both legs and lace on the sides of your glass. Dark and cloudy. Allow it to warm slowly to enjoy the full range of flavors that emerge as the temperature rises.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
p5ychol (206) - Poznań, POLAND - JUN 27, 2015
Piwo o barwie czerwonej, jest przejrzyste, klarowne, mocno nagazowane, zauważyć można bardzo dużo bąbelków unoszących się ku górze, jak w szampanie. Piana jest biała z pewnym pomarańczowym nalotem, bardzo obfita, jednak złożona ze średnich i dużych pęcherzyków, które po chwili jeszcze bardziej rosną i pękają, piana ma więc charakter mydlany, szybko opada, pozostawia jednak ładną warstwę na powierzchni, nawet ładnie oblepia ścianki. W aromacie jest dość przyjemnie, owocowo, głównie wyczuwalne są owoce szuszone, śliwki, rodzynki, trochę nut wiśniowych. W smaku jest przede wszystkim słodko, również owocowo. Piwo jest treściwe, gęste, wręcz oleiste, likierowe, rozpływa się w ustach. Delikatnie wyczuwalny jest alkohol, ale biorąc pod uwagę, że piwo ma 10,5% alk., to należy powiedzieć, że jest dobrze ukryty. Czuć rozgrzewające działanie alkoholu w przełyku. Piwo jest typowo degustacyjne, da się je pić tylko małymi łyczkami. Ale jak na tak dużą zawartość alkoholu jest nawet dobrze pijalne. Piwo z promocji w sieci sklepów Lidl podczas Tygodnia Piw Belgijskich. Najlepsze ze wszystkich, które wówczas zakupiłem.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kodos (205) - USA - SEP 25, 2001
One of my all time favorites. This beer is like a great dessert!

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