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


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RATINGS: 2553   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (14562) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown colour. Sweet peppery flavour. Pruney, dried fruit notes. Warming alcohol aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (14316) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (14085) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - MAR 24, 2011
A: The pour is a dark amber color, definitely some brown notes to it with a finger and a half of khaki head. S: Tons of bubblegum and banana aroma. Some clove notes to go along with it. A bit of caramel and brown sugar along with dark fruits such as plums and black cherries. T: Quite sweet with tons of banana, dark fruit, and dark sugar flavors such as brown sugar and caramel. Quite a bit of bubblegum flavor as well. Mild alcohol and spice notes, as well as some yeast, provide depth. M Medium in body with a fairly high level of carbonation. O: One of those classic beers and one that I still enjoy a decent amount. Not a favorite, but solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (13931) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (13468) - DENMARK - APR 9, 2010
33 cl bottle. Amber/brown body with big off-white head. Flavour is malt, dark fruit, yeast, caramel and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (13339) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 4, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, caramel. Flavour is alcohol, caramel, sweet, cellar notes, spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12959) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Strong toffee, caramel malt aroma with some dark sweet fruit. Nice whitish tan head and deep apricot brown color with a few chunks of yeast and other wonderful objects. Starts with thick sweet fruit, ends with some dusty fruit and hop. The middle seems to be missing. Well enough balanced that the alcohol is not bothersome. A bit of cooked plum persists with the bitterness. Good way to end an evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (12501) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 24, 2002
Sweet raisiny and caramel aroma, tinged by light smell of alcohol. Flavor is sweet, spicy, apple, raisin, caramel, and richly alcohol. Good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (12408) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Bottle. Poured a reddish/brown hue with a moderate light brown head that diminished slowly. Full aroma of sweet fruit and alcohol. Medium to full body with smooth texture. Full flavor of fruit, caramel with a solid alcohol bite at the finish.

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