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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2783   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (18000) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2008
Bottle from Dranken Geers. Odd, I always though I’d had this, but evidently not. Deep ruby, bubbly beige head. Malty aroma. No real alcohol burn. Big malty beer, that does carry it off, just a bit of heat on the end. Good raisiny fruit, bit of vinous fruit, some Belgian yeast. Impressive. Took an hour to drink mind you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AsaNewt (113) - blackpool, Lancashire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2008 wonderful mahogany colour, nose is very light but hints at thsweetness. Flavour is sweet nuts with a molasses and a hint of citrus in a sort of rum way. finish is long and determined. I think i have a new favourite brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2008
9/13/08 - FINALLY! Courtesy/Shared with Naka. Pours brown with a foamy, light khaki head. Nose is banana, brown sugar, slight orange peel and molasses. Taste is brown sugar and caramel. Fruity raisins and mild apple with lots of sugary sweeness. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Finish is sweet with a good alcohol warmth. Nice quad.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IDunno19 (89) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2008
Beautiful and delicious as only an Abbey Quadrupel can be. Pours a beautiful dark mocha hue with a copper head and smells of caramel, dates, vanilla, toast, and smoke. Full bodied and warm with flavors of coffee, toffee, and with a fantastic complexity. I love you Belgium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 9, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2008 Brownish amber, CO2, sweet and creamy, caramel, dark fruits, spice, alcohol, little roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrSifter (11) - , ITALY - SEP 8, 2008
Gusto molto deciso, corpo molto consistente (sembra quasi di "mangiare"). La gradazione pi alta di quella che si percepisce

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mogwai (227) - Askeby, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2009 Tap at lbaren. Pours a dark brown colour with white head. Tasted at a pub crawl. It was free and great. Very vinouos aroma and flavor with dark fruits, caramel, syrup. Malts and sugar. Lovely. And free that day :-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mmmbeer (1408) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2008
11.2 oz bottle in trade from mar-thank you! Served in trappist glass- poured brownish amber with copper tints, low-medium carbonation, clump of off tan bubbles in the middle for a head, some spotting lacing. Aroma of alcohol, brown sugar, and figs. Hits the mouth with a well defined medium body, very sticky throughout, tons of flavors ranging from candy sugar to hardwood to allspice, finish lingers around until you take another sip. It’s not Westy 12, but it’s real close...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (9982) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 1, 2008
Dark reddish brown, huge tan head. Enticing aroma of fruit, spice, whiskey, figs, caramel. Huge flavor of caramel/molasses, figs, spices, maple syrup. The aroma is just a bit too faint, but the flavor is great. Slightly lighter in body than I expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2008
33 cl bottle - Pours a deep amber color with a 3/4 finger thick off white head that faded somewhat quickly for a Belgian ale. Very light lacing. Aroma is mainly esters, light malt and alcohol. Well, flavor is much of the same. I think the alcohol detracts from this beer. Medium body. A decent beer.

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