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


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RATINGS: 2747   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2009 Bottle. Nice redbrown color. Taste is very sweet with lots of burnt sugar,caramel and fruity notes with some plums in it aswell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2008
Smells of fresh-baked bread, pours a dark amber, with no head and a lively bit of CO2 is noticable. Sweet and spicy, with alot of drinkability, hides ABV well. Finish is tarty. Very good quad

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
abcfan (920) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Decent brew.Pours a dark reddish brown color with a foamy tan head. Aroma of bread, dark fruit and malt. Taste is sweet, with a medium mouthfeel and very lively carbonation. Finishes with a decent amount of spicy sweetness. Would drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (6546) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Bottle Pours out a mahogany topped with a nice head. Aroma of sweet caramel and pit fruit. Tast more of the sweetness. Some syrup and pit fruit. I also picked up plenty of malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kamish (93) - Monroe, Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2008
a delicious dark brown (triple) ale. tried it at seattle beer fest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Dark color. Very carbonated. Smell of prunes, nuts, alcohol, caramel, brown sugar, figs, plumes, spice and bread. Taste of prunes, nuts, hops, alcohol, caramel, brown sugar, figs, plumes, spice and bread and roasted malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
elihapa (1552) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUL 6, 2008
From bottle. Pours a velvet brown with a big lively tan head. Quite attractive. Smells of clove, cinnamon, allspice, and caramel malt. Big syrupy palate, with rich flavors. Flavors are heavy on the dark fruit (perhaps cherry and plum),with sweet touches of sugar. Finishes sweet with hints of champagne, and is loaded with spice and fruit so as to make this big beer balanced and tasty. Really nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (5046) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - JUL 3, 2008
0.33 l bottle. Ruby color with big beige head. Malty, spicy and vinous aroma with tart dark fruits and almonds. Malty, toasty and vinous flavor with dark caramel, almonds and dark fruits. Becomes very meaty and vinous with sediment. Alcohol makes this beer very warming but does not add a great deal of complexity as one would expect from a 10.5 abv beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 2, 2008
750ml bottle from BevMo! Mission Valley. Pours a cloudy brown that has a big touch of amber to it. Minimal head. Nose is slight with a lean towards marshmallows. Touch of citrus. Flavor is very well balanced with a strong sweet tone that stays constant. Strong and steady. After a while you get a slight alcohol tone that has stayed masked consistently as you drink. Tons of things rolling over your tongue on this one. Caramel is another. Mouth feel is a bit too high on the carbonation, which drops the drinkability just a touch. Overall damn good. Worth trying. Worth trying again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3663) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 1, 2008
11.2 ounce bottle part of a mixed 6 pack that I purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. Vinous, sweet, caramel, grapey aroma with some ethanol presence. A little fruity ester aroma is also in there. Transparent ruby-amber body with a nice, creamy light tan/off-white head. Great lacing. A very attractive brew. Starts a little spicy with a hint of sweetness and a bit of ethanol. Becomes fruity and estery with some strawberry-like flavors. Becomes a little dry and roasted/toasted towards the end. This is warming, and lightly bitter. Decent.

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