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

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RATINGS: 2316   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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2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rproff78 (98) - - MAR 13, 2014
Really carbonated and strong taste. Comes in pretty high on the calorie content as well as alcohol.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laakus (22) - Nossebro, - OCT 19, 2014
Beautiful dark Brown colour with a light brown long lasting head. Nose is sweet and fruity somewhat plummy. Taste is typhically sweet as it goes for these belgian strong ales. With a warm alcohol finish. Less complex than fex rochefort 10 though less sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
susanamayer (211) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2014
clear ruby-brown colour, fine head and correct lacing, prune and malt in the nose, very yeasty/bready, sweet and full-bodied, some bitterness in a slightly dry finish, long aftertaste of malt, alcohol and bread; very powerful - this beer has been one of my old-time top ten but I don’t love it as much as I used to

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle poured in a Grimbergen chalice. A: Beautiful dark red amber to brown color with a one or two fingers beige head. Good retention. Not much lacings (served quite cold and enjoyed in my balcony :)) S: Lovely smell. Sweet. Caramel and roasted malts followed by dark fruits and Belgian yeasts T: Complex taste. Very good. Bitter-sweet Belgium style. Toffee and caramel. You can feel the alcohol but not much considering the high ABV. Dark fruits (plums and grapes). Hoppy bitter end M: Pleasant. Medium carbonation and again, balanced alcohol taste. Very nice bitter end D: Very good despite of the high ABV. Very "Belgium" dark ale. Strongly recommend [ BA Review @ 1/28/2010 ]

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Derbeth (341) - Kraków, POLAND - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle with expiry date 23.10.2015. Dark brown colour, small head. Aroma is complex, more fruity than in similar Belgian beers, with figs, bread, alcohol. Medium sweetness. Lively carbonation. Alcohol does not disturb. Good one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (2546) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 14, 2014
Fra flaske på Mandag i annen, Cardinal okt-14: højt skum! Klar rubinfarge under dette. Vidunderlig aroma - den dufter som bringebæråkeren på Vølstad. Harmonisk og balansert fra første øyeblikk. Som å begrave seg i en edderdunsdyne.

1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
adamnowek (136) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2014
Foams up with extreme ease to the extent that it can be hard to pour from the bottle. Deep amber colour. Very thick on the tongue and quite sweet. Boozy. Not really sure what the big deal is about this beer unless you like them strong.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tandembrauer (149) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2014
Shared bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours amber with little head. Aroma of ripe fruits, esters, bananas, sweet, highly carbonated.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lachneger (317) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2014
Amber honing kleurig bier met een witte schuimkraag. Rooibos honing zoete smaak. Gedronken op pokeravond Jeroen.

4.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
katrinaez (67) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Deep amber color. Rich taste. Thick and slightly sweet. Always a good go to. No harsh taste like some darks, but also not under rated.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kustie (172) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle. Deep brown and red color with white head. Sweet malt and ripe fruit in aroma. Sweet taste with quite low bitterness. Flavors of chocolate, raisin, belgian yeast, caramel, roasted malt and alcohol. Nice strong beer but a bit too sweet for me.


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