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

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RATINGS: 2295   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmschefke (568) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2009
330ml bottle poured into 500ml Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark hazy brown, almost black, medium tan head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a very thin head for most of the drink. Lots of carbonation, making it feel creamy, decent lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, dried fruits, especially raisins, lots of yeast, and a bit of chocolate. Flavor just didn’t come together as well as I was hoping, but a decent drink nonetheless.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuedmaster (213) - Vista, California, USA - SEP 22, 2014
I’ve been meaning to try this for awhile and it was on sale at BevMo so I figured why not? Aroma of plum, fig, toffee, raisin, earth, and slight basement aromas. Pours reddish dark amber, almost ruby red/brown, a very unusual color, with a nice thick white head that maintains and leaves chunky lacing. Taste is dominated by sweet caramel/toffee and fruity, spicy yeast, this beer is all about the malt and yeast. This is not an average beer, it is more like an aperitif, a slow winter sipper, and here I am drinking it in the September heat. I think it is best paired with food to complement the complex malt and yeast profile. Full bodied, thick texture, somewhat syrupy, soft carb., and long sweet finish. This beer will kick your ass if you drink a whole 750 ml. It is something for a special occasion but not a "go to" Belgian ale.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
chromeotaphor (32) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 22, 2014
Pittig caramel aroma tevens fris en lekker prikkelend. Mooie zeepachtige schuimkraag, aantrekkelijke caramel kleur. Smaak is krachtig zoetig/caramelachtig hinten van vanille en hout (vooral in afdronk). Mooie balans en niet te zoet. Portig. Fantastisch, smaakt beter met elke slok.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kordestanchi (42) - - SEP 20, 2014
Brownish belgian strong ale with cloudy thin head. Smells fruity with sweet palate of candy and caramel

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
rotaman14 (68) - Falkensee, Brandenburg, GERMANY - SEP 20, 2014
Braunfarben, mit einer braunen Schaumkrone. Beeren, Rosinen, Zucker im Geruch. Unangenehm alkoholisch-metallischer Geschmack. Ich mag dieses Bier ganz und gar nicht.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
giorgos_gtc (95) - GREECE - SEP 17, 2014
Bottle. Medium brown red cloudy body.Avrage white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt. The flavour is sweet, caramel malt, and some fruits fruits. Medium body.and average beer and foam.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tayeth (226) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 16, 2014
Angenehm karamelliges Aroma. Geschmack dann malzig und süß mit ausgewogenen Anklängen von Vanille, Tabak und roten Beeren. Köstlich!

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
gueuze (357) - - SEP 16, 2014
Geruch leicht säuerlich, karamellig, süßlich. Im Geschmack dann Klebstoffnoten, die auch im Abgang bleiben. Mpf.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AntoineGRD (36) - - SEP 12, 2014
Robe d'un noir opaque Arômes prononcés de malts torréfiés et de cacao Saveurs puissantes de malts torréfiés, amertume persistante

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkmagus82 (1313) - - SEP 8, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-27-13- Poured from bottle into a snifter Appearance- The beer pours from the bottle as a dark brown colored brew with ruby highlights shining through the body when held up to the light. Upon pouring there is a thick and billowy cream colored head with a great level of retention. Over time the head slowly fades leaving a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell- The aroma is big of dark fruits of prune, raisin, and cherry mixed with a nice brown bready malt aromas. These two smells are complimented with some other sweet smells of caramel and toffee as well as some aromas of a boozy spiced rummy aroma. Taste – The taste begins with a big shot of the dark fruit that was detected in the nose. Cherry, raisin, and date are all present upfront, mixing with a malty flavor as well as more sweet flavors of a buttery toffee and caramel. At this point the brew is quite sweet , with the flavors then joined by a moderately strong boozy flavor. This alcohol flavor grows stronger and stronger as the flavor advances taking on more rum like characteristics as the taste moves toward the end. With a yeasty and Belgian spice flavor joining the group of tastes late in the game a warming and moderately sweet dark spiced fruit taste is left on the tongue. Mouthfeel-The body of the brew is on the thick and creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather high overall. The thickness, mixed with the alcohol flavors make for the nice warming quality of the beer, while the carbonation actually helped keep it on the more drinkable and exciting side and complimented nicely the fruit flavors of the brew. Overall – Strong dark fruit flavors with a good balance in warming boozy flavors, yeasty flavors and spice. A nice slow sipping Belgian strong dark,; great for a relaxing evening on a cool night.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rgf001 (148) - München, GERMANY - SEP 8, 2014
Looks good! Translucid amber with champagne-like bubbles. Head dissipates after a few seconds but a lace in the edges remains. Smell is typical of hops found in other trappist ales. Sweeter than other Belgian tripples and quads. No off flavors. Good but not great.


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