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


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RATINGS: 2703   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nicko (223) - Ashfield, - OCT 2, 2009
Bottle. Ruby amber in colour, small off white head. Heaps of caramel, toffee, burnt sugar thing going on, some red cedar too. I didn’t actually "eat" it, as the description recommends, but i got a bit of the mellow happiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jacobarts (79) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2016
Bottle. Pours brown with small beige head. Classic belgian aroma, some sweet dried fruits. Taste is a bit spicy, otherwise sweet and malty with high carbonation. The high ABV is well hidden. The aftertaste is a bit like some sweet bread.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kittenbieer (40) - LYON, FRANCE - SEP 30, 2016
Dégustée avec mon Appiantiqua dans nos petits verres Duvel 18cl. Jolie robe rouge-brun surmontée d’une belle mousse beige très abondante et persistante.Le nez offre des arôme de pruneaux et fruits secs.La bouche nous amène toujours sur ces mêmes notes fruitées de pruneaux et raisins secs avec une fine amertume en finale.L’alcool est présent mais très discrètement.Un bon petit dragon d’or!!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
appiantiqua (49) - Lyon, FRANCE - SEP 29, 2016
Goûtée avec mon petit Kittenbieer dans un verre Duvel 18cl. Belle robe brune surmontée d’une très abondante et persistante mousse beige, bonne carbonatation, Nez agréable sur les fruits secs et le pruneau avec une discrète note de levure. Le goût prolonge parfaitement les sensations initiales dans un bel équilibre avec une saveur de caramel. La finale est sur l’amertume et de bonne longueur. Les 10°5 d’alcool ne se font pas sentir. Une très bonne Strong Ale Belge. 15,5/20

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
datrael (224) - Kraków, POLAND - SEP 29, 2016
W aromacie zbożowo, owocowo, są tu figi, rodzynki, suszone owoce, jest słodko ale przyjemnie. W wyglądzie ciemnomiedziane z ładną beżową pianką. W smaku bogate, owocowe, słodkie, przede wszystkim owoce suszone, winogrona, owoce ciemne, smaki charakterystyczne dla dubbli lub abtów, bardzo przyjemne . W tle rozgrzewający alkohol, piwo dość mocno wysycone. Ogólnie smaczne, degustacyjne piwo, ułożone i dopracowane, bardzo przyjemnie się je pije. Bardzo dobry przedstawiciel stylu.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AwaKe (244) - Laval, CANADA - SEP 29, 2016
En bouteille. Apparence ambrée très foncé, reflets rougeâtres. Arômes dominés par l’alcool avec des fruits mûres, raisins secs. En bouche c’est très complexe, toute sortes de fruits mûres, raisins, prunes, figues avec beaucoup de sucre résiduelle. Le palais est bien onctueux, c’est enrobant, réconfortant, une bière de fin de soirée bien parfaite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dandm (70) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2016
Cellared for 5 years. Hazy brown. Well carbonated, dissipating head. Malty, spicy, berries, brown sugar. Very yeasty. High sweetness and medium bitterness. Long, herbal finish. Definitely an after-dinner beer, and I don’t know if I’d want a whole bottle at once.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
liverpoodlian (9) - Volos, GREECE - SEP 17, 2016 does not count
Excellent beer with a strong fruity aroma and medium sweet taste. Appearance is dark brown with a full yellow to brown head. Full body and a long malty and slighty sweet finish. One of the best!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
carlorox (16) - siena, ITALY - SEP 17, 2016
L’ho assaggiata nuovamente dopo tanti anni e l’ho ancora trovata buonissima così come la ricordavo. Dolce al punto giusto, senza esagerazioni stucchevoli che a volte si trovano in altre birre dalla stessa impostazione. Piacevole, corposa, forte e decisa...grande birra!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vladivostok (446) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2016
Malty sweet with little obvious hop, the over-riding flavour being alcohol. Dark and mellowing. A really nice Belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Echon (370) - Århus, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2016
Dark red. Rich aroma and flavour with caramel, dried fruit and phenols. Full, sweet taste, and a dry, lightly bitter finish with some warming alcohol. Full body and prickly carbonation. Overall, a great strong ale. Beautiful, rich and tasty, but a bit too sweet to rate higher. Not that complex, but drinkable.

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