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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 2658   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marek13 (272) - Brzesko, POLAND - JAN 11, 2016
Bottle 27.01.17, stored about 9 months. Aroma of flowers, fruits, caramel, bread and little alcohol. Ruby coloured beer, slightly hazy. Two fingered tan head, reduces to flat with little lacing. Sweet in taste - fruits, caramel, bread. Sour aftertaste of plums, grain, yeast. Low bitterness, very high carbonation, which spoils tasting. Alcohol is strongly perceptible. Full body, thick texture are tiring even for dessert beer. Not bad, but I’ve expected more.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
capali1234 (272) - HUNGARY - MAY 21, 2010
Good head on this rich red ale. It has a very definite alcohol kick on the finish from the sugar. A very tasty beer.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2006
Pours dark coffee brown with a huge, thick foamy off-white head, long-lasting, and leaving nice lace. Aromas of sugar, malt, pepper, alcohol, yeast and floral hops. Wonderful flavor with tons of smoky, syrupy roast malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, maple syrup, herbal hops, dark ripe fruit, and a yeast. Thick chewy ale, solid full body, clingy aftertaste, nice sweet-bitter balance. Excellent creamy malty ale.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Aroma was caramel, some alcohol. Carbonation hit way too hard for me, didn’t like it much. Looks beautiful though, dark brown, nice lacing, off white head. Taste is bit malty, before alcoholic finish. Tasted rather medicinal though. I really disliked this though. Too carbonated and too medicinal. An awesome bottle, but little else to like.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 14, 2003
Described by one of my friends as the Norman Mailer of beers. It doesn't linger, but kicks your butt. Great color, and a really nice taste. Hints of caramel and syrup.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zenwolf (269) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2010
Bottle. Mix pack from LCBO. Surprised it was a good as it was. Pours very dark brown. Strong dark fruit and candy in the nose. The dark fruit continues and covers the alcohol well. Its a rich and lush beer with a dry hoppy slightly spiced finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oelbas (269) - DENMARK - AUG 25, 2014
Tåget kobberfarvet med holdbart gyldent cremefarvet skum. Duft med sødme, belgisk gær og alkohol. Sød næsten påtrængende smag af malt, mørk sukker og alkohol. Næsten ingen bitterhed. Eftersmagen er lang og sød. Fin balance trods det høje alkoholindhold.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 19, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2007 Drak brown color with a medium sized head. Delicious malty raisin aroma. Sweet malty flavor and spicy raisins. Just the slightest bit sour on the palate. A bit of an alcohol bit but what do you expect with 10.5%.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2005
bottle. pours a deep dark red. one finger off white head. aroma is malt, caramel, toffee and alcohol. taste is malt and quite sweet toffee alcohol. has a lingering taste. and a smooth slick palate. the only drawback is the sweetness which is a little much. but quite good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Gulden Draak comes in a really cool bottle with a dragon on the side.The beer itself is dark-reddish with a small head to it.Aromas are of toffee,malt and caramel.The taste is sweet and reminds me of some barley wines I have tried before.This is an excellent beer.


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