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

bottled
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on tap
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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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4.1
bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2009
Pours a very dark brown with a large, airy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is very heavy, with raisin, malty sweetness, and some citrusy hops. The flavor is also heavy, raisin, plum, very sweet, with just a hint of hops toward the finish. Palate is extremely thick, with light and fine carbonation.

3.6
floydian1 (1519) - FNQ, Australia, - APR 23, 2009
33cl white ceramic bottle. A clear dark brown orangey ale with a healthy tan head. Strong sweet aromas of caramel, oranges and spicy yeasts with a hint of cherries. Full bodied with complex flavours of caramel malts, dark fruits, brown sugar, oranges, alcohol and warming yeasts. Syrupy mouthfeel with a very sweet finish but somehow not cloying. Almost like a liquified decadent dessert. Naughty but nice.

3.9
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - APR 22, 2009
bottle poured brown with red highlights and a nice light tan head that left a slow frothing like a volcano from the center. aroma of sweet dark fruit, berry, chewy malt, and Belgian yeast. light mouth feel with lower carbonation. flavor has rich dark fruit, sweetness, Belgian yeast, dough, and again an interesting berry thing. nice and smooth with no traces of the alcohol.

4.1
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 20, 2009
Tasted 4/20/09. 330ml bottle. Activated pour is of a sedimented body and a dark brown hue. Finger width of beige head. Quality Belgian nose. Complex and intense. Toffee, blueberries and citrus. Strawberries and a faint trace of mint. Plums and red grapes. The aromas are very inviting. Full bodied and sweet. Once again, nice complexity with a tight focus on the fruit and berry nuances. Initial bready malt. Long and lingering palate. After the initial, it goes toward a grape and plum note. Then the dried raisins and touch grapefruit. The abv is apparent but not totally overwhelming. Good roll and solid style!

3.9
scanovajr (729) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - APR 18, 2009
White Bottle 33cl. Dark brown color with a tall white head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. Taste is also fruity and sweet, malty, notes of brown sugar and caramel. Smooth mouthfeel and thick. Low bitterness

3.4
kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2009
Bottle. Poured a large, frothy, off-white head with a clear, ruby colored body. Heavy malt aroma of caramel, toffee, spice and light alcohol. Grape, peach and cherry all come through in the flavor - very fruity malt flavors. Well-hidden alcohol - I would have guessed 7% or so from the palate, but the warm feeling in my throat and stomach confirms the 10.5%. Medium body with a very slight alcoholic texture and average carbonation. Overall a really drinkable and warming beer. It didn’t blow me away, but was very enjoyable.

2.6
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2009
Not a huge fan. One dimensional. figgy, plummy, sweet, uber malt. No texture, just slippery sweet. I remember enjoying this much more last time I tried it.

4.4
cosmicpolly (27) - Bruges, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2009
One word: awesome! Smells like pears, tastes like heaven (fruity,no alcoholic taste whatsoever). This lovely beer taste lasts long in your mouth. Definitely one of my favourites!

4.1
Cavie (4874) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2009
Dark yellow pour, very opaque. Light head. Sweet aroma, of Sweet Tarts. Very interesting and inventive. Light feel over the palate with a tingling sensation. Sweet flavors greet the drinker. No alcohol is tasted but is certainly felt. The sweet notes continue to linger after the finish. Wow this was a very good quad. Not over the top like some tend to drift towards, but this was solid through and through.

3.9
yumyum (221) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2009
Dark brown, low carbonation very "bready", a sweet maltiness reminescent of a belhaven wee heavy. Also notes of banana , caramel and plum. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden. a very nice brew if you are inthe mood for a slightly sweet beer.


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