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


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RATINGS: 2356   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.

Rockspeny's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rockspeny (15) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, - SEP 29, 2012
An instant favourite! Tried from a bottle at the Bruge Bear bar. Deep red beer, nice off-white foam, big rich warming fruity port-like aroma, very inviting, just encouraging you to take a bigger swig than you know you should. Huge warming nutty malty moist fruit-cake flavour, a little burnt soya after, just wonderful balance, no rough edges at all. A superb beer to drink with company after a meal together, or to listen to music / read a book in the evening, helps get the imagination and relaxation going.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
socalif (2) - USA - DEC 22, 2014 does not count
A sweet tasting beer with a hint of alcohol taste to with a little bite at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (2449) - BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2014
Classic ’massieve ale’ honouring the dragon on top of the Ghent belfry tower. The white bottles, though restyled nowadays, are immediately recognizable. Pours a deep hazy burgundy colour with wine-red hue under a yellowish light beige, moussy head which retains surprisingly well considering the ABV. Malty aroma with the unmistakable bitterish Van Steenberge yeastiness, impressions of caramel, honey, raisins, chocolate candy, (a little too much) iron probably hailing from head stabilizing agents, walnuts, cream, grass, bourbon, orange peel, dough, banana, cloves and something vaguely sulphuric (DMS). Sweet fruity-estery taste, almost cloying candi syrup, soft and fluffy mouthfeel, yeasty, banana, candied dates and candied orange, spicy accents, smooth caramelly and somewhat nutty malt sweetness, a bit chocolatey and honeyish as well, full, with an agreeable finish of lingering candi and malt sweetness nicely balanced with gentle grassy hop bitterishness and warming, liqueurish alcohol. Potent and rich, this is a perfectly acceptable winter warmer; I have always considered this the best of the regularly produced Van Steenberge brews and this tasting session has only affirmed this to me. It does have a little bit more elegance from tap and from the 75 cl bottlings, though. People who like this, do have to try the new Quadrupel version of it as well; I would not, however, recommend the lighter Vintage version over the original.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
UXO (411) - CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
Pours opaque deep amber with a fat finger of light tan head, excellent retention, moderate lacing. (4/5) Nose is caramel/toffee, slight bubblegum, raisins, spices. (8/10) Taste is moderately strong sweet, mild bitter. (8/10) Full body, prickly sustained carbonation, and a mildly spicy boozy finish. (5/5) Another excellent BDSA - not quite as “christmas-y” as the 2012 Vicaris Winter I had immediately before, but still quite spicy and pleasantly warming. I was just reading the commercial description, and the idea of this in a stew or as a bordelaise base, makes me drool. I’ve got myself just about convinced I can taste the difference made by the wine yeast they use in the secondary fermentation, and am detecting a hint of vinous character as it warms. Just slightly better than the Vicaris, perhaps. (17/20)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Teran (20) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 20, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2014 Copper dark, interesting caramel with no sweetness, butterscotch, a hint of citrus. Very, very strong and mouthfeel. Belgium on the ride!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kauge (349) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle from Juustukuningad (€ 3.55). Pours a murky copper colour. Head is massive and frothy with big bubbles. Retains and laces moderately well. Nose is intense sugary sweet caramel, some maltiness, bubblegum, indistinct dark fruits, but also some alcohol coming through. Taste is sweet of caramel and honey, raisins and plums, as well as some bitterness and wine acidity in the finish. Alcohol is present but not overly so. Body and carbonation both around average. Soft and only slightly grainy on the palate. Pretty good but I’m not entirely convinced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bewyder (137) - FRANCE - DEC 16, 2014
Corsée, un goût torréfié pas très sucré mais accessible, manque un peu de longueur je trouve et une bouche plus à mon goût mais bonne bière. Bouteille bue au bar Hall’s beer tavern, Paris, France, le 24/10/2013.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjorsvdg (93) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2014
Een heerlijk vol en warm bier. Redelijk zoet, maar door voldoende hop en hints van specerijen is het zeer rijk van smaak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuideDogSaint (483) - Xiamen, CHINA - DEC 13, 2014
330ml bottle from BePLUS, Xiamen. Pours hazy dark brown with a thin white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and caramel. Sweet caramel finish. Can get the alcohol in this one. Nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DrRizzotto (9) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - DEC 12, 2014 does not count
Caramel, bread, roasty, cereal, chocolate, coffee, basement aromas, alcohol, nuts, citrus

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Leerbover (2) - - DEC 12, 2014 does not count
caramel, chocolate, coffee, resin, alcohol, butterscotch, raisin, vanilla, brown, clear, tan foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish Absolutely loved it. Liquid caramel without too much sweetness.

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