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

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RATINGS: 2518   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 (576) - 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 didnít come together as well as I was hoping, but a decent drink nonetheless.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Changed (400) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark amber, slight haze, generous off white head, good retention, no visible lacing. Aroma is brown sugar, burnt, candied dates, caramel, raisins. Flavor is largely the same, Belgian yeast, honey, fairly boozy, but pretty well hidden. Creamy mouthfeel, nice carbonation, soft aftertaste. Donít know why I havenít tried this one yet: it is phenomenal.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CaptainTilven (52) - Nancy, FRANCE - AUG 29, 2015
Mahogany colour; impressive foam : golden beige, ultra thick, leaves fascinating drawings - spectacularly beautiful. Smells of malt, alcohol, dried fruit, plum, caramel. Coffee, plum, candi; coating and structuring bitteness. Very nicely balanced, gourmande but also fine.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeersweden (365) - SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2015
Dark mahogny colored. Hazy. A three finger high, beige, head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Nose: Caramel malt, honey, brown sugar, fudge, red berries, raisin, Belgian yeast, spice and hops.
Taste: Sweet malt, honey, plum, cherries, brown sugar and dark fruit.
Body: Complex structure. Great texture. High carbonation. A hint of bitterness that stands up to the sweetness.

This is a GREAT beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Savagesteeler (77) - Warszaw, POLAND - AUG 23, 2015
Aromat mocno belgijski,fenole, lekka truskawka,lody. Kolor ciemnorubinowy. W smaku wyczuwalna slodycz, karmel, drozdze.Bardzo pijalne

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hanoi (620) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle, given as a gift, it?s been many years since I?ve had this, and always remember this as a poor example. Nose is brown sugar, dark fruits, plums raisins, slight mustiness. Taste is drake fruits, yeast, brown sugars, hint of banana, slight cream note, hint of stewed apple, glacier cherry, sherry, candy sugar. Mouthfeel is over carbonated. My memory of the beer was sound, it has some interesting elements but is ultimately cloyingly sweet, it needs something other than sweet tones to lift the beer. Edit: the biggest flaw emerges late on in the glass. As it warms and opens up the burnt sugar taste increasingly dominates and is a little unpleasant

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vickey9 (753) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2015
Brown with a light beige head. Nose is plums and raisins and also a bit of a beer (!). Body s full, carbon moderate, texture oily.Taste is rather sweet. Palate is a basket of overripe dark fruits, raisins, vanilla, port wine, cognac... Sweet aftertaste. B@H

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd (3962) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2015
8/20/2006 12:27:53 PM Bottle at home. Moderate head, lots of alcohol taste. Very strong, tad bitter. Hoppy smell. Taste too overpowering. Can taste coffee and toffee hints. Too much alcohol though. Still, excellent.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
feliponk (12) - CHILE - AUG 17, 2015
Cuerpo, aroma y amargor de los mejores. Calidad belga incomparable (hasta el momento)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StilleStorm (1116) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2015
DWF; Take away from Poznan. Bottle 330ml. Pours large to moderate creamy, hazy dark copper with a lasting and lacing tan head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malt, caramel, overripe fruit, yeast and spice. Taste is moderate to heavy sugar sweet and light bitter with a warming and lasting overripe fruit finish. Body is medium, texture is oily to sticky, carbonation is soft to avarage.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fillepolo (78) - SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle from beer trip in brussels bought in a local kiosk. Fruity yeasty and malty some sweetness.


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