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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: 2743   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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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (6727) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 20, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2011 (Re-rate, draught at Belge, Helsinki, 20111017) The beer poured dark brown and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts, aniseed, chocolate and fruity yeast. Palate was medium bodied and warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, aniseed, sweetness, chocolate, hops, caramell and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty, sweet and bitter. A bit too boozy and sweet but otherwise nice and pleasant. (Bottle at Cambrinus on 2008-05-19, rated from memory) Dark brown with some hints of red. Small white head. Sweetish nose. Malts in taste. Alcohol can be felt.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
soyorganic (307) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Sexy bottle, pours a black color in dim light with a off white head, nice looking beer. Slight alcohol aroma that almost smells like red wine. This beer is very smooth, alcohol noticeable towards the end. Sweet flavor that tastes slightly like red wine and brown sugar but is nicely carbonated to remind you of its beerness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Draft pour. Nice dark brown color with a thin white head. Looks thick and inviting. Strong malt nose, with a med-full bodied flavor. Tastes of hops and some toffee flavors, with a a fairly strong alcohol bite. Had a bottle a while back which had a much strong alcohol bite, but this draft had much less bite.Maybe some aging would help mellow the bite? A very good strong ale.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BorksBabe (85) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Sweet aroma of fruit and honey. Dark amber in color. Flavor is of molasses and barley. A Nice barley-wine type ale- had it on tap. Smooth on the palate. Overall I like it!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5305) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2008
This beer pours a murky cola color with about two fingers worth of vigorous, rocky head. It smells like sugar, dark fruit, and a hint of cinnamon. It tastes like a rich toffee with hop bitterness in the swallow and finish. It warms as it goes and leaves a significant finish with alcohol throughout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (6492) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Pours a little murky brown color with hardly any head. Aroma of sweet candy sugar, dates and figs, brown sugar. Flavor is also very sweet and complex with a nice alcohol warming sensation within.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Brilliant clear copper color with a frothy khaki head. Nice candi sugar sweet aroma with some earthy barnyard. Medium bodied with a frothy mouthfeel. Earthy sweet musty melon flavors at first turns to spicy yeast in the middle, with a drying bitterness in the finish. Another most tasty Belgianbrew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bullit (4510) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAY 12, 2008
Dark red colour, big foamy head. Aroma has caramel and yeast. Flavour is yeasty and sugary, with some spices. Alcohol is dominant. Full body.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2008
Thick bubbly head on ruby red pour good carbonation,misty thick beer.Aroma,honey syrup,caramel port wine,strong malt.Flavour rich banana notes maybe ginger,caramel syrup port wine(plum)raisin,liccorice,figs,raw sugar taste,mild chocolate malt,finish mourishingly tasty dry,tops,thick,n,lovely.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2770) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Reddish brown in color with a webby thick beige head. Aroma features some lightly caramelized sugar and just a bit of pineapple - perhaps also some doughy yeastiness. Highly carbonated so the initial taste is simply fizz and carbonic bite. Diving in further, Im still not getting much beyond this bite. Theres a mellow caramel sweetness in there. The finish has some fair hop to it. Allowing it to settle and lose some carbonation: the hoppy finish has become more apparent. The caramel sugars a tad less lively. A vague tropical fruit is hinted at. Pouring the yeast in (it took awhile because of the heavy foaming) smoothed things out considerably, adding a creaminess to the palate and enhancing the fruitiness.


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