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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: 2762   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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   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.

3.9
   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!

3.4
   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.

3.9
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3668) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2008
Tap. Pours a dark murky reddish brown with minimal tan head. Nose is dark fruits, caramel topping and soap. Taste is dark fruits, cherries and malt with a medicine, cherry cough syrup-like finish. Medium mouth feel. Hides the alcohol well. Interesting brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2008
From the tap poured a nice brown color with a good amount of head. Nice spicy flavor with a ligering finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2008
I agree with the other review that said the beer does a very nice job of hiding the alcohol. Very smooth and slightly sweet taste. Good foamy head and amber almost reddish color. Would enjoy again.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daddyslick (36) - Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2008
This beer pours dark as night with a very white, long lasting, small bubbled belgian style head. It is very sweet and hides its alcohol content better than any beer Ive tasted. Very enjoyable to drink and say.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2008 330ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Pours deep garnet with a big foamy beige head. Smells of dough, cinnamon, & caramel. Lots of dark fruits in the flavor along with some spice and caramel sweetness. Alcohol is front and center, warmth is felt immediately. Finishes clean with lingering warmth. Quite delicious, my only problem comes from the cool looking, but impractical, bottle. You cant see where the yeast is, I think I must have wasted several sips for fear of pouring yeast.


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