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

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RATINGS: 2638   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.


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3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheZiggen (4) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2013
I drank this from a 750ml bottle at home. This beer has an extremely complex malt aroma, with hints of caramel and fruit. I notice some spice and yeast aroma as well. I could barely pour this beer, as it desperately tried to foam over the sides. It is very deep brown in color, turning bright ruby when held up to the light, and has a beige foamy head. The flavor is barely balanced with an insignificant hop presence, it begins crisp and finishes very rich. This is a good beer to have as or with desert, or to sit and drink with a friend as it is very rich. Chocolate seems to balance it out. I like it quite a bit.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bergstaden (2158) - Røros, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2016
Amber with off white head - Sweet malt aroma with hints of caramel - Good malt body that has some sweet caramel with some dark fruity flavours and hints of peppery and spicy flavours with some heat from alcohol - The malt goes into the finish with some caramel notes and some alcohol heat in the back - This was good

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsnicholas (501) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2016
Bottle (11.2oz, about $5) Murk brown, 2 finger head. Sweet Belgian yeast aroma. Taste is sweet and fruity. Nice alcohol finish. Would drink this all day but for the price.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arkanu (44) - Iasi, ROMANIA - MAY 16, 2016
Excellent beer! Looks is rather unimpressive, reddish brown with a small head, but not bad either. Imagine: that’s the worst thing about it. Rest is really awesome: tastes of corn bread with honey, caramelized fruits, a lot of figs and soft raisins. Just lovely! Alcohol taste is really well masked and I can only say this beats the Chimay Bleu hands down and is on the same level with the Rochefort 8 if not better! Absolutely must try!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JuanFlk80 (64) - SPAIN - MAY 13, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2016 Caña en Cerveceria Kraken ( Oviedo ) Cerveza Belga con un regusto final dulce.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dchad56 (283) - - MAY 8, 2016
Bottle - reddish brown, small head, medium carbonation. Fruity aroma. Ok in mouth on tongue. Smooth tasting - caramel but not too sweet. Overall ok for high alcoholic Belgium beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bijl (89) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2016
Amber/donkerrood tegen bruin aan. Helder, lage creme schuimkraag met mooie laagvorming langs het glas. Aromas: Karamel, zoete gebrande mouten, gist, rood fruit en al iets alcohol in de neus. Bij de eerste slok komt de karamel vol naar voren....echt zoet. Daarna komen de smaken van gedroogd rood fruit/pruimen, zoete donkere mout en wat alcohol warmte naar voren. Lichte nabitter maar voornamelijk zoet met een vleug alcohol..... Medium CO2, aardige body en zacht en romig. Afdronk is zoet en plakkerig... NICE!

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3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goofy34 (64) - Saint jean de vedas, FRANCE - MAY 4, 2016
Mouse abondante, belle couleur rubis. Épaisse en bouche, liquoreuse. Goût caramel et épices. L’alcool est bien présent, j’aime...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blastomorpha (46) - - MAY 2, 2016
Very nice dark amber with a soft reddish head, the look reminds a lot a sweet wine indeed. The aroma confirms that impression as it’s very rich of sweet fruits like strawberries. And the beer sure is sweet, with a low carbonation and full bodied, like a fruit syrup. No trace of alchol in the taste, despite the 10.5% ABV. Very good if you love sweet belgian beers.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mzaar (2600) - Varberg, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2016
Fat @ Taproom, Malmö. Brunorange öl med ett fint smutsvitt skum. Dofter av malt, karamell, frukt och örter. Smakinslag av frukt, malt, örter och socker. Lite väl söt för min del. Bittersöt avslutning.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
fuzzcro (177) - Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2016
A bit high carbonation for my taste. Cloudy dark amber with no to little lacing. I could drink this one again. The ABV isn’t recognizable to taste..it’s an easy drinker with a pleasant flavor...tad on the sweet side with absolutely no bitter.


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