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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2781   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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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3.9
roebuck (45) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Pours very dark with a nice head. Sweet aroma with a small hint of alcohol. I agree with the brandy flavor. Somewhat of syrup but not too overwhelming. Enjoyed in a bottle.

4.4
boscoja1 (14) - gainesville, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Bottle. Sweet, rich alcoholic aroma of dark fruits. Dark golden red color with thick discolored head. Rich syrupy flaver of plum and brandy. Highly palatable. Great beer, take your time with it and enjoy every sip.

3.8
Jonte (1496) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2009
Bottle. The Rover. Gothenburg. Brown colour with an off-white head. Very sweet and malty, dark sugar, berries, earth, dark fruit, caramel, spices, alcohol. Sweet and warming.

3.7
jcr (2784) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Draft. Frothy light tan, lasting head above a ruby brown body. Malty, yeasty aroma of caramel, toffee, raisin, mustiness and brown sugar. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and moderately bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, lively carbonation and a smooth texture. Solid.

3.9
djd07 (16289) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2009
Bottle as shown. Pours a very dark cloudy amber with a large light tan head that diminishes quickly to nothing. The aroma is a sweet fruit malt with a strong alcohol. Good sticky lacing along the glass. Thick mouthfeel with a sour malt taste hiding the alcohol well. A very good quad from Brouwerij.

3.9
NDbeerdrinker (167) - West Islip, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Pours dark brown with a billowy off white head. Aroma is sweet, slight hops, alcohol, and some dark fruit. Taste is bready, spicy and ends sweeter with alcohol. There is a tart cherry present as well. Palate is thick and this is a meal of a beer. This was a good one.

3.6
CanIHave4Beers (4241) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Pours a deep murky reddish brown with a good thick head. The aroma is chocolate and cherry with some red wine and mild alcohol notes, the whole bouquet is a little muted for as big a beer as this is. The flavor is tasty tart and spicy up front with some fig and cherry and a bit of candy sweetness. There is way too much alcohol present, but this is one tasty beer none the less.

3.6
radagast83 (8624) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Sampled at Rustico (though I’m certain I’ve had it before as well). Pours a brown color with a small white head. Aroma is dark fruits, yeast, alcohol. Flavor is dried fruits (plum, raisin), alcohol. Palate is heavy.

3.9
boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 29, 2009
Bottle... Poured opaque burgundy with a huge beige head that kept a steady thickness throughout the whole brew. Boozy aroma with sweet malts and plum-like fruits. Thick, chewy palate with an intense brown sugar and dark fruit sweetness upfront that was countered by a bitter finish of alcohol and cracker-like grains.

2.4
SHANER4 (507) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2009
bottle 11.2 oz - Poured dark reddish brown color with small head. Aroma - dark fruits, raisins, yeast and alcohol. Flavor - Initial plum and raisin taste along with alcohol burn. Palate - heavy mouthfeel with alot of carbonation. Finish is somewhat soapy and metallic. Overall - Did not care for this beer. Metallic aftertaste reminds me of a cheap lager....not good!!


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