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


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RATINGS: 2554   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (16931) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (15793) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2008
Bottle from Dranken Geers. Odd, I always though I’d had this, but evidently not. Deep ruby, bubbly beige head. Malty aroma. No real alcohol burn. Big malty beer, that does carry it off, just a bit of heat on the end. Good raisiny fruit, bit of vinous fruit, some Belgian yeast. Impressive. Took an hour to drink mind you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (15764) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2008 Bottle, 75cl corked. A hazy reddish dark orange-golden beer with a lasting beige head. Some cellar and alcohol in the aroma, but dried fruits and dark sugars are more evident. Full-bodied and almost sticky sweet in the mouth, quite warming from the alcohol. Sweet flavor with dried fruits, some cellar and dark sugars. Caramel too. Nice bitterness to support the sweetness in the finish. Not as complex as the trappists, but a very nice one. Maybe a bit warm, but I like it. Rating: 7-4-8-4-15-3.8 (081205)

Bottled, 75cl champagne cork. It pours a bit unclear, orange-brown with a reddish hue and a beige head. Sweet nose with some caramel and roasted malt, and spices and more sweetness. Nice, sweet flavor, with spices and caramel. Fullbodied, lovely beer. (061229)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (15413) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2006
Bottle. Nice big tan head with good duration. Color is brown. Good aroma of malt, fruits and spices. Taste is likewise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (15383) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2010
Bottle. Pours a deep amber-ruby with a thick white head. Gives off aromas of sweet malts, candied sugar, toffee and dark fruits. Deep, rich flavor, huge on the toffee, brown sugar, candy, raisins and figs. Medium to big in body with mild carbonation. Quite warming and full from the ample alcohol. Finishes sweet with only hints of bitterness. Quite delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (15334) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2004
Amber/yellow, with a beige head. Aroma is malty and fruity from pineapples. Maybe some sweet chocolate in it as well. Flavor is strong, malt. Its easy to tell that this is a strong bbeer, even if most of the alcohol is hidden. Maybe it would be better with a little less ABV.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (14927) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2006
Paters vietje (Antwerp) Dark red/brown with white head. Fruits and caramel. Very warm from the alcohol. Very good body. good long finish! One of the best from Van Steenberge!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (14827) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2011
Clear dark glowing red with a huge light brown head. Absolutely beautiful beer! Aroma is very sweet, dried fruit, alcohol and yeasty. Flavor is extremely sweet and moderate bitter. Very high carbonation. Finish is warming alcohol and sweet. Brilliant. 140211

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TBone (14786) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2005
Bottled (BB 06/2007)
Dark portwine-like ruby color, big cloudy, tanned head, lace. Caramelly, a bit roasted aroma with some hayish hoppyness. Carbonated crisp mouthfeel. Toffeeish, liquerish, caramelly but not overly sweet as alcohol cuts sweetness nicely. Some hoppy notes in the finish. Long warming bitter aftertaste. Maybe not the most complex Belgian strong ale but this is really delicious!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14668) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2006
Bottle at ølbaren. Clear deep red - white head. High hoppy, dark fruits, berries, raisins, ryebread, licorice, high sweetness.

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