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

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RATINGS: 2256   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deprogram (114) - Renton, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2003
Overwhelmingly wonderful at first, just plain overwhelming at the finish. Lovely syrupy brown head on a thick, sweet liquid that leaves an almost fiery aftertaste. An ultra-high alchohol content threatens to overpower, but is conquered by the sheer quality of the beer. An uncompromising ale, indeed.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - OCT 12, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2006 Cloudy, amber pour. Clingy, lasting head. Very rich, fizzy, and thick mouthfeel. Complex aroma. Flavor is almost all yeast, some fruit, spice, and maybe some wood. Not overly sweet as I was expecting. Alcohol is well disguised and the sweetness comes mostly in the finish. This beer must be sipped.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maniac4016 (114) - bill clinton, ICELAND - JAN 17, 2008
to each ther own & inverse to their countries size, is the greatness of their beers for belgium. way tooooooooooooo much malt for me, no balance what-so-ever.malt, malt, and more malt!!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aletcm (114) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - OCT 16, 2013
Cor alaranjada escura com espuma bege de boa formação e persistência. Aroma predominante de frutas em calda, principalmente abacaxi. Açúcar mascavo e passas também aparecem no nariz. Boa carbonatação. O sabor acompanha o aroma, com frutas em calda, médio amargor e dulçor. O alto teor alcoólico e bem equilibrado com o dulçor, nao sendo aparente, deixando-a muito fácil de beber. Excelente cerveja. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Excalibur123 (114) - Soria, SPAIN - DEC 13, 2013
Color ámbar oscuro, espuma beige muy abundante, aromas marcados a malta tostada, torrefacto, fruta madura, uvas y ciruelas pasas, en boca trago dulce y aterciopelado, con el alcohol muy bien integrado, sabor dulce pasas-moscatel, cada trago se muestra diferente y plena, yo la consideraría una barley wine aunque está catalogada como strong ale , pos gusto maltoso y dulce.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElectroMod (113) - - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle from Y Delyn Wine Bar, Mold. Pours a deep reddish brown with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is high with red wine, malt and spicy caramel. Taste is full and effervescent, high in alcohol, forest fruits, figs and a little clove. Mouthfeel is a little too highly carbonated for my taste, zero lacing on the glass. Overall, a nice Belgian but not as good as everyone says.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bw1982 (113) - , Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Pours golden red with tan head. Great aroma and look good in the glass. The flavor was a bit sweeter than I expected, but had plenty of deep flavors such as dark fruits underneath the sugary caramel as well. The sweetness wonderfully hides the high abv. There is no strong rush of alcohol. Overall a delicious beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AsaNewt (113) - blackpool, Lancashire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2008 wonderful mahogany colour, nose is very light but hints at thsweetness. Flavour is sweet nuts with a molasses and a hint of citrus in a sort of rum way. finish is long and determined. I think i have a new favourite brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Whoa. A lot in the aroma. Raisins, fruit, chocolate. Like a dessert bread about to go in the oven. As it warms, it really takes on a strong yeast nose. Some toasted toffee. Every inhalation is a little different. Pours dark brown. Held to the light it’s a deep amber/rust. Medium head. Laces well but doesn’t last long. Taste is big malty sweetness. Chocolate and caramel. Raisins. Licorice. Rich, sweet bread. A little herbal with a bit of a brothy overtone. A little alcohol in the finish but that is offset well by both the the sweetness and breadiness. Thick and creamy but not syrupy. Goes down easy. For a big and super sweet beer, this is remarkably light to drink. The alcohol is hidden very well and for all its chewy breadiness it actually fairly light in body. This reminds me more of the quads I’ve had than other tripels.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
japi (112) - Kisvárda, HUNGARY - DEC 31, 2011
A dark-red coloured, full bodied, oily beer with a huge, but early disappeared off-white head. The aroma is fruity and also yeasty. The taste is very sweet with notes of dried fruits, grape, raisin, cherry, caramel and chocolate. And the 10,5 % ABV, of course, you feel it but it doesn’t matter.


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