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

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RATINGS: 2244   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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4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarcV (22) - - NOV 28, 2012
Bottle from Belgian Beer Shop.com. Hazy amber. The head is thick and off white. Leaves a very nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is filled with fruits. It’s sweet, vinous and yeasty. A very intense smell. The taste is very complex with licorice, spices, malts and yeast. The mouthfeel is very full and rich. A very long medium bitter finish. This is one of my all time favorites.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Franksv6 (57) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - JUL 5, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2014 My first special beer 20years ago. Black brown beer. Smells sweet and fruity.Taste fruity with a small bitter. Has a heavy aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LetsGoState (578) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Appearance is medium white head with deep brown color. Aroma is a little sweet and strong. Taste is a very good blend of sweet and strong. Overall it’s a nicely balanced Belgian.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerme31 (477) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours copper medium tan head. Aroma of spice and clove and caramel. Not very strong aroma or as enticing as other Belgian ales. Taste is very sweet. Body on the medium-heavy side. Very fizzy carbonation, get a lot of air as it goes down. Finishes spicy and abruptly. Feel like I’m missing something in each swig. Overall pretty good but not great.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VincentDamon (300) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
Bičre achetée ŕ Los Angeles. Belle bouteille blanche ; singulier... La bičre elle-męme est ambrée, avec une mousse généreuse et crémeuse. Nez de sucre, de levure, de bananes, de fruits. C’est complexe et puissant. En bouche, c’est capiteux, trčs sucré, trčs goűteux qui plus est : notes de caramel doux, de petits fruits rouges, de vin de madčre. Excellente. Cheers!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davegram (8) - - JUN 30, 2014 does not count
Absolutely one of my top two favorite Belgians, and an all-time favorite beer. It hits heavy, but the complex, sweet middle will keep you going through til the last drop.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adster (120) - HUNGARY - JUN 27, 2014
Az egyik legelső belga sör, amit életemben kóstoltam, és azóta is igen különleges élményt jelent fogyasztása. Illata kezdetben visszafogott, idővel azonban egyre inkább kitárulkozik, és felfedi élesztős, édeskés, gyümölcsös karakterét. Ízében ugyancsak visszaköszönnek ezek a zamatok, az első találkozás alkalmával szinte kirobbanó volt az az ízhatás, amit az aszalt szilva, mazsola és alkoholban fürdőző egyéb gyümölcsök minden alkalommal lebilincselő élményt nyújtó jelenléte eredményez. Egy igazi klasszikus.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yy0pp (506) - - JUN 26, 2014
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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
miquelcrush (1073) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 24, 2014
Bona cervesa, equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, equilibrada y sabrosa.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Lele (82) - ITALY - JUN 23, 2014
Birra dal forte tenore alcolico e decisamente corposa. Dolce, con chiari sentori di maltato e di fruttato. Da bere con assoluta calma.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maakun (490) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
Reddish brown with short lasting off-white head. Leaves some bubbles. Lots of spices, prunes, raisins, some liquorice, porto, cloves. There’s a lot going on here, most of it sweet. Massive alcohol presence, tastes like way more than 10%. Full bodied, slick feel. Nice spicy ale, but has a bit too much alcohol presence for me, can’t believe all the high ratings. This is nice but nothing too special.


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