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

bottled
common

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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kevd193213 (992) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 16, 2009
12 oz bottle. Dark brownish amber pour with a nice thick foamy tan head. Aroma of bread, spices and malt. Taste dominated by caramel and Belgian yeast. Very smooth despite the higher alcohol content.

4.1
unclemike (3196) - Junction City Kansas, Kansas, USA - FEB 13, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2009 Thanks acknud Cloudy brown pours with a tan colored medium head. Aroma is clean and caramelly and very sweet smelling. This beer tastes like candy to me. Very sweet but yet balanced in the end with some well balanced spiciness and bitterness. The alcohol is hardly noticeable due to the high sweetness. Perfect palate: decent carbonation but thick and lasting on the tongue. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer

3.6
NoiZe (2394) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2009
Amber, brown colored brew. Aroma is sweet, fruity. Sweet, malty flavored, some fruits. Some spices. Nice.

3.8
Rosebud butternuts (2398) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2009
bottle at superbowl party/tasting. poured a dark amber/ruby with a beige head. aroma of caramel, dark fruits, and some alcohol spice. flavor was caramel, spices, dark fruits, and alcohol. medium body with medium carbonation. i enjoyed this one very much.

2.6
gmonroe10 (243) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear black, rich brown head. Aroma is very faint sweet. Taste was way too much sugar drowning out the rest of the taste, with the taste of alcohol mixed in. Short finish and also certainly wasn’t ’thick’- thin mouthfeel.

4.1
fluffy (2461) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2009
bottle to tulip glass. brick red color with foamy head. taste of cocoa, dark dried fruits like raisin and dates. finish is buttery and clean. good balanced malt. great stuff.

4.2
jjkuck10 (66) - , Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Great brown-red colour. Strong chocolate-fruit aroma. Flavor is complex; sweet, carmel, fruit and warming, with dry but not overpowering finish.

3.5
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Bottle: Aroma of yeast, spices, butter, and dark ripe fruits. Poured amber/brown/ruby in color with a medium-sized, tan head that lasted throughout. Hazy. Sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of raisins, yeast, candi sugar, and some butter. Medium body. Tingly, dryish texture. Lively carbonation. Sweet, raisin, dry finish.

3.7
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - FEB 5, 2009
Taste 2/9 Bottle. Looks: Dark, ruddy and opaque with a thin top that spots the chalice. Aroma: Yeast and must, cherry and fruit. Taste: Medium bodied. Fruity-raisin, plum, fig. Some wood. Sweet and yeasty with a small amount of dryness in the finish from the alcohol.

3.6
fidelis83 (2535) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Pours dark brown with a 2 finger creamy light tan head that just doesn’t go away and leaves plenty of lacing on my chalice. Aroma is caramel, candi sugar, toasted grain, pitted fruit, dark fruit, sweet grainy malt, and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is sweet and fruity up front, with toasted grain and dried fruit granola coming in soon after. The granola becomes drenched in dark caramel filled with toffee chunks after a moment. A floury lemon tart joins the party out of nowhere, while holding the caramel and toffee notes the flavor really opens up with dark fruit and spice as well as herbal and citrus hop notes. The finish is estery and spicy. Palate is a little too sweet, sticky and carbonated. Not bad stuff and fairly complex but it just doesn’t come together for me, also doesn’t hide it’s high alcohol content very well at all. Looks beautiful though.


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