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

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RATINGS: 2454   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (14780) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2010
33 cl bottle in Gent. Reddish brown color, thick off white head, solid lacing. Aroma of damp forest and licorice. Taste is very malty, lots of alcohol. Decent.
Earlier Rating: 1/4/2010 Total Score: 3.6
Maroon colored with light tan head, two fingers, that settles gradually; scant lacing. Nose of dark fruits and cocoa. Taste begins slightly sweet but then progresses to dates and chocolate milk. Full bodied, easy to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (14775) - 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)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (14715) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14447) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (14423) - 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!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14128) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2006
Bottle at ølbaren. Clear deep red - white head. High hoppy, dark fruits, berries, raisins, ryebread, licorice, high sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (14007) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown colour. Sweet peppery flavour. Pruney, dried fruit notes. Warming alcohol aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TBone (13638) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (13405) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (13186) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2000
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2003 Opaque med-brown; light brown head; aroma of alcohol, chocolate, raisin, baked apples. Creamy texture, milk chocolate balances with some alcohol heat. Yeast, vague fruit notes. A simple beer whose popularity continues to confound me. To each his own I guess.

2 years old: Opaque cherrywood. Inch thick mocha head - impressive given the age and strength of this brew. Vague dark fruits, earth, caramel, malts and alcohol (esp. as it warms). Drinks like a warm Frosty spiked with brandy - sweet, thick, oily, sugary, vaguely fruity (gooseberry, plum, pear), artificial chocolate. Finishes too timid unless it is warm in which case alcohol attacks.


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