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

bottled
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on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2422   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (12393) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (12154) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown color with a large beige creamy head. Had a bountiful aroma of yeast and fruit. Smooth mounthfeel and flavors of toffee, butterscotch, caramel, and raisins make this brew quite the treat.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (12025) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11898) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (11869) - DENMARK - APR 9, 2010
33 cl bottle. Amber/brown body with big off-white head. Flavour is malt, dark fruit, yeast, caramel and hops.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11856) - 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!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (11736) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (11734) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11459) - 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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