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

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RATINGS: 2189   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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rosebud (47) - Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 3, 2000
Like Piraat from the same family, I have to give this beer a perfect score. Its description is perfect. It certainly is a beer that you eat. It has a wonderful round, full taste and aroma. Definately one of my favorites.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beanwiggin (22) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2006
best of the best! truly a wonderful beer. flavorful and pleasurable. this is my favorite is all areas. quite fulfilling and always a good friend. enjoy and appreciate the fine taste of the Draak.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
scope (8) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 28, 2007 does not count
Bought this on a whim.......AMAZING...pours a bloody brown with tan head...should call this brew Rudolph, because the nose is pure christmas...sweet and alcoholic. caramel and figs...With the first taste i shouted "SPICY" and proceeded to ask this beer to marry me....i had to brink half the bottle( 1pt 6oz) just to seperate all the flavors...such a flood of emotion in this ale...it is very happy to tell you its hoppy story...lots of fruit and malts, caramel, brown sugar and butter....somewhat hard to find but if you come across a lone bottle somewhere....carpe diem....save it and savor it

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2007 One of my favoured beers. A very nice dark ale. Although it is 10,5 % you do not taste the alcohol of this good bodied bier. A must for every beer lover

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ExpendableHero (728) - Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2010
I was really excited about this one. Gulden Draak= Golden Dragon? I guess so. Imagine if you will sitting in a seedy German bierhaus(I know this beer is not German, but humor me)and the bartender asks in a stern voice: "Vat vill ju dreenk?" In a shaky voice you reply: "Gulden Draak". All eyes shift to you and whispers echo around the bar: "Gulden Draak, Gulden Draak..." and it builds up to a spirited chant, with drunken Germans beating on the tables in unison. "GULDEN DRAAK! GULDEN DRAAK!" You are nervous, and suddenly a crazed German man in a golden Speedo charges out from the kitchen headed to your table with madness in his eyes... except it is not a dude in a Speedo, but the most amazing beer I have had so far. A beautiful hazy golden brown color with a lively white head. Aromas of cloves, bananas, oranges, caramel, and everything delicious, such a complex palate. Tastes of bananas, tropical fruit, unrivaled zesty citrus, sweet caramel, and everything you ever wanted your dream beer to be like. I can imagine myself just ordering three of these nifty white bottles to keep me busy all night. Boozy aftertaste, well hidden by the sweetness, there is also a great candied apple aftertaste here that is truly unique. My favorite beer. Try it.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
matthew2bailer (1) - USA - JAN 4, 2011 does not count
had my first taste 2 jan 2011.i think im in love!!!!!!!

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
noturdadsbeer (25) - centennial, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Poured from a 750ml corked and caged at Euclid Hall into a tuplip glass. A: Perfect brown with a nice latte colored head that starts high but fades in time. Fantastic lacing and tight bubbles. S: Caramel and toffee up front but not too sweet. Plums and dark fruit follow and intices the senses. You can pickup bannana notes from the yeast as well. T: Caramel up front and toffee to finish. Now the finish is very very long and the flavor is a bit fleeting. Makes you want to keep sipping honestly. Warm and slightly booze on the back of the throat. Great hints of dark plum and cherries for fruit and the caramelized malts for the sweetness. Has a nice bite too. M: This is a full bodied beer for sure! The carbination is perfect as is the balance of this beer between heavy and sweet. The finish lingers but the fruit dies fast forcing you to keep sipping, i love it. D: This is an amazing beer and one that should be put on a pedastal for Belgium beers. This is a sipper and one that should be shared amongst friends over a fire in leather chairs smoking a stoggie. I would give this beer as a gift to anyone I truly cared about and share it with only those that could appreciate it.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nicola_ciccone (10) - Roma, ITALY - APR 15, 2011
La Gulden Draak una forte birra rifermentata in bottiglia prodotta in Belgio. Alla vista si presenta con un colore rosso carico tendente al bruno e dai riflessi accesi; la schiuma abbondante assume invece un color panna/nocciola. Il gusto di questa birra forte e pungente; la frizzantezza seppur accentuata, non fastidiosa. In bocca, in un primo momento si sprigiona un forte sapore alcoolico con un accento dolciastro e mielato, note predominanti di liquirizia che va scemando in cacao e vaniglia. Dopo averla sorseggiata permane in bocca un tono amarognolo ed alcoolico.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
vectorborne5 (9) - Indiana, USA - SEP 27, 2011 does not count
What can I say, everything about this Triple is perfection. Light head, multiple layers of flavor, beautiful appearance, sweet aftertastes, everything I want in an ale. Be forewarned, however, it does not travel well if not maintained at the proper temperature (I prefer mine at ~10C, any colder and the flavor is ruined).

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
oryxyro (1) - - DEC 30, 2011 does not count
it is simply the best beer Ive ever tasted, it surpasses them all ! It has aromas of banana and caramel, it reaches its full potential for temperature not too cold (more than 8 C indicated on the bottle)


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