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

bottled
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on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2750   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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sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 20, 2009
Bit of a gusher! 33cl bottle, gift from donfardz64. Pours a very dark amber colour with a thin, brown head. Aroma begins with a hit of cinnamon, milk chocolate and clove. Fruits such as apple and raisin, supported by a cereal malt base. Only a hint of alcohol in the nose. Flavours are nice and malty, with a mellow, yeasty flavour. This one is quite spicy, lots of cinnamon, some aniseed and pepper. These work well with the high alcohol to make each sip very warming. Fruity flavours, such as apple, apricot, dates and raisins, all mingling with vanilla and toffee. Full bodied, with a mildly bitter/yeasty finish. Delicious.

4.3
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Now residing in my top three favorite beers, this is one that I will continually purchase. Fantastic bouquet of potpourri in the smell, accentuated in a Trappist glass or capped ceramic stein. Beautiful color, fantastic hints of cinnamon, caramel, toffee, spices, fruits, everything you want in a beer is in this one. Somewhat like a mix of Chimay Blue and La Fin Du Monde.

3.7
ScottB (73) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2009 This is an encore review of Gulden Draak for me and I’m much happier with it this time. Poured reddish-brown with a moderate off-white head that dissipated to a thin lace cap. Slightly sour on the nose. Rich and caramel-sweet in the mouth with a complimentary tart note. Nice.

4.2
funmanguy (1) - , Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2009 does not count
Had on tap at the Libertine Bar. Rich flavorful beer with a savory taste that rises above the earthen hops. Absolutely delicious.

3.4
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Bottle at The Headkeeper, Greensburg, PA. Pours a dark red/brown, thick tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel, some fruity jam notes. Flavor is a again sweet caramel with burnt sugar, raisins and malt. Alcohol is well hidden.

4.1
rds (230) - USA - JAN 4, 2009
Dark mahogany body with a thin antique white head, notes of malt and a creamy palate. A very enjoyable, warm quad.

3.6
pjweaver (136) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Trappist (brewery glassware) tap (Sharp Edge, Pgh) Dark mahogany color, with an iron/metallic aroma. Hints of malt, and boozy over-ripe fruits. Tangy boozy maltiness, with some toffee, red fruits, and sweet malt. Tangy metallic palate, with the brandy-warmth lingering.

3.7
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 3, 2009
Opened this and it exploded out of the bottle onto my desk! Be careful with this one. After the cleanup; poured cloudy dark brown, brown head. Nice creamy caramel aroma, some apple fruit, a lot of spice. Taste is quite warm, spicy chocolate and caramel. Subtle bitterness comes in late to help balance the malty sweetness. Finishes sweetly, with caramel.

3.9
Marthinus (276) - DENMARK - JAN 3, 2009
Nice malty finish, strong perfect alcoholized belgian beer wiht nice amber colour and big head

4.1
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2009
New Years 2009 beer! Rang in the new year with a Draak blast. A fine looking beer, even if it is brown and not golden. A nicely flavored, aromatic head leads to a crisp, gritty hoppy flavor. The Begian qualities and spices are definitely evident, but the alcohol is excellently hidden. Finally, a smooth finish lets me call this an extraodrinary beer.


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