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

bottled
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on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2275   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
calfaro (21) - Trujillo Alto, - FEB 5, 2010
330cl bottle. Pours dark red, almost brown with an off white, long lasting head. Sweet aroma with some sour-esque belgian yeast smell. Flavor is malty, alcoholic and rich with the characteristic belgian yeast taste. Hops balance it all very well. A very good quad, although my personal preference would still go to the Urthel Samaranth.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
langeveld12 (216) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2014
Head is large, frothy and off-white. It diminishes mostly. Body is copper. Aroma contains dark bread, molasses, raosted and toasted malts, pine, lime, grape, plum, apple, pineapple and spices. Flavor is light acidic, then sweet followed by sweet and light bitter and finishing in sweet and bitter. Body is medium to full with creamy texture and soft carbonation. It’s good, but not as good as I remembered it from before.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
commonmac (292) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Tap at Bulldog Uptown. Name brand glass. Beautiful deep plum, almost brown color. Lacing is impressive. Smell reminiscent of bubble gum, dark fruit, and some oak elements. Taste follows suit with plum and raisin qualities. Sweetness prevails but end reminds you there are still traditional beer elements. Absolutely love the end of this one. Order this immediately.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MonsterMagnet (177) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma: cane sugar, boozy, dark fruits. Taste: brown sugar, raisins, dates, prunes, vanilla fudge, chocolate, ginger, cinnamon. Sweet, full bodied, oily mouthfeel. Warming boozy and sweet finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mstrcrwly (256) - New York, USA - AUG 19, 2014
330 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass..rusty/amber pour with a fluffy off-white head..aroma of caramel,bread,spices..classic strong dark ale taste..finishes really well..very good

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Itzjerm (1192) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - AUG 18, 2014
A very average beer for a belgian ale. There are alot better beers out there these days. Somewhat boring beer. Thin fading head. On draft. Light aroma.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeFallopian (2) - - AUG 18, 2014 does not count
Bottle in August 2014. One of my favourite beers. A luscious, fruity boozy brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerSkull (1264) - SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2014
(Bottle). Aroma of sweet malt with hints of yeast and alcohol. Sweet and fruity taste of malt and raisins with warming alcohol in the finish. Well-balanced beer that fits well to drink on a cold winter day.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jarekrys (1) - - AUG 16, 2014 does not count
Best in Belgium....from all bears I have tried there so far...........................

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
markschiedon (194) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2014
Drinking from a 33 cl bottle. In the aroma alcohol and hop. The unclear dark red beer has a medium brown head. A sweet taste with alcohol, licorice, espresso. High carbonated.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (300) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle @ Devil bar, Bled, Slovenia. Pours dark reddish brown. Big off white head. Aroma has dark, dried fruits, belgian yeast, figs, dades, dried plums. Taste is very sweet. prominent alcohol, some cinnamon, and then the same dark, fruity notes. Some vanilla and some syrup. Lovely full body, nice and gentle. Medium carb.


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