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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2254   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11126) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2007
Tap @ den Tatoverede Enke, Cph. Pours a deep ruby-red with a big creamy yellow-white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity with prunes, vanilla and caramel. Very dubbel-ish flavour: sweet fruity, strawberries, red apples, prunes and a vinious streak. Some spices and herbs as well. Extremely drinkable (the 10,5 % completely hidden)

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11025) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2009
Brown with a small off-white head. Rich yeasty aroma of dark dried fruits, malt and various spices. Fruity sweet flavour, caramel, figs and cherries with quite a bit of alcohol. Too much carbonation for my taste, almost hurts on the tongue.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012
Date: December 14, 1997
Mode: Bottle
Source: Sam’s, Chicago
Appearance: dark brown, frothy white head
Aroma: rich malt aroma with a hint of floral hops
Flavor: rich spicy malt flavor, light bitterness, hint of warmth

Date: January 16, 2003
Appearance: muddy brown with a fine tan head
Aroma: sweet malt aroma like chocolate cover raisons
Flavor: rich malt with the flavor of dates, hint of spicyness, touch of chocolate, no sense of alcohol

Date: November 14, 2004
Mode: draft
Source: summits
rich, fruity, stays true to the bottle

Date: May 17, 2005
Mode: draft
Source: brick
picking up some bitterness, still lots of rich fruit with a bit of sweetness, perfect creamy body

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Score: **** /4

The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (10783) - DENMARK - APR 9, 2010
33 cl bottle. Amber/brown body with big off-white head. Flavour is malt, dark fruit, yeast, caramel and hops.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10731) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (10702) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2008
what a great beer. alc.% should not keep you away well rounded aroma, very well balanced taste, with a tendency to the sweet end. ends a little bitter and with a reduced version of the original flavor. truly a work of art. my score is too low.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10635) - Orange County, 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (10578) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (10510) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10444) - 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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