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

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RATINGS: 2472   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.


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4.3
   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pankrac (1) - - MAY 29, 2015 does not count
Ciemne, br?zowe w kolorze. Piana wysoka ale w miare opadaj?ca. Zapach s?odki, ?rodowy, ale owocowy. Bardzo przyjemny, kojarzacy si? z czerwonymi owocami, mo?e estry. W smaku s?odycz, s?odowo??, wspaniale ukryty alkohol. Nie zawiod?em si? i pewnie wróc?. 30V2015

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hman43 (516) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Dark amber color. Aromas of yeast, cherries and dried fruit. very lively carbonation. Has a dried fruit, yeasty taste.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brainiac (186) - Riga, LATVIA - MAY 28, 2015
0.5l on tap. Awesome hopy aroma. Almist dark apperance. Taste... Might remind sonething from dry fruits. Very one of a kind. Special sensations on the tongue. Sweet, roasted sugar. Amazing ale

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Neptune (29) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 28, 2015
Nice brown colour with a big head. Floral and dried fruit aroma. Sweet and fruity, yet pretty malty. If it’s fresh you can feel alcohol too. If it’s a bit older, it’s wonderfully creamy with no alcohol at all. Highly reccomended.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VamboladeTolly (597) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 27, 2015
Pours brown with medium head. Aroma is malty, sweet, some spicyness, yeasty, fruity, alcohol. Taste the same. Medium body.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KW92 (278) - Warszawa, POLAND - MAY 26, 2015

WYGLĄD: Barwa miedziana, klarowne. Piana drobna, średniej wysokości, ładnie oblepia szkło.
AROMAT: Intensywny. Wyraźnie zaakcentowane suszone owoce (wiśnia, rodzynki) oraz kwiatowość.
SMAK: Słodkie i łagodne w smaku. Mocno owocowe. Kontra słodowa. Alkohol świetnie ukryty. Wysycenie na wysokim poziomie.
OGÓLNIE: Zapach tego piwa jest naprawdę dobry, ale smak tego piwa to zupełnie inna liga - kapitalny!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1529) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Wow -- this is really nice! It’s a trippel, but a bit more maltiness. Quite smooth, despite the carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Venno (5) - - MAY 24, 2015 does not count
The beer pours dark brown with a ruby tones when held up to a light. The smell is very rich and malty. The taste is strong with hints of dried fruits like apricots and cherries. You can definitely feel the alcohol, but it's we'll balanced with the malty flavors so it's no bother. Rolling the beer, you can feel the heaviness of it. Very good beer, highly recommend. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
huineman (348) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 24, 2015
Pours ruby brown. Thick tan head. Aroma is high: molasses, caramel, dates, cinnamon, liqueur. Very powerful and well structured. Good balance between sweet, metallic and bitter. Very long ending with hints of cookies and caramel. Formidable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brew_Cat (14) - Athens, GREECE - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle @ Beer Art. Small off-white head, full body, dark amber color, fizzy carbonation, generally strong in alcohol. Moderate sweetness, with tastes of plum, prune, raisins, dry fruits, licorice, molasses, burned brown sugar, aromas of brandy, sweet red wine, bitter finish. Good variety in aromas and tastes, but way too sweet for my taste. Was combined with plate of sausages, but I can’t say it was the best of choices.


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