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

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RATINGS: 2683   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (18725) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18221) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (17911) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (17418) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (17146) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (16789) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 16, 2011
Dunkel malziger und bananiger Geruch. Malzig-prickelnder Antrunk, in dem der Alkohol erkennbar, aber nicht störend ist. Im Mittelteil ist der Alkohol präsenter, die Würzigkeit ist überschaubar, einzig das malzige Aroma kommt hier voll auf seine Kosten, besonders im Nachgeschmack. Aber auch hier ist der Alkohol präsent und dämpft die Stimmung etwas. Allzu stark ist das Bier im ganzen dann aber doch nicht. Angenehm malzig ist das Bier, aber irgendwie erwartet man ein stärkeres, würzigeres und abwechslungsreicheres Bier. Test vom 27.8.2007, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 10,11,8,11,13,11 - 10,55

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (16724) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (16626) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2014
Bottle at the Merchants Inn, Rugby, 03/10/14. Rich chestnut brown with a decent beige covering. Nose is caramel, spice, dark fruits, toffee, dates. Taste comprises figs, brown sugars, toffee, spice, dark fruit rinds, light booze. Full bodied, moderate carbonation, semi drying close with well balanced warming alcohol that doesn’t run away from itself. Decent Belgian strong, good balance allied to plenty of depth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16482) - 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)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (16416) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 2, 2014
Trübes dunkel bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig süß, überreife Früchte, hefig, würzig. Geschmack malzig fruchtig, reife Früchte, leicht alkoholisch, würzig.


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