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

bottled
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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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3.8
Butters (4062) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2009
Sampled thanks to sixfootsix. Pours a clear brown with decent sustainable tan head. Nose of raisin, plum, chocolate. Flavor is dark fruits, yeast. There is a nice warming quality but this manages to mask the alcohol quite well. Soft on the palate. I enjoyed this quit a bit. Extra point for the cool label, but that’s canceled out by the price :(

3.3
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2009
12 oz bottle purchased at Frugal MacDoogal’s in Nashville. Poured a clear brown color with red highlights. Think coca cola. There was absolutely no head. The aroma was alcohol and vinegar. The flavor was good, with dark fruit, caramel and some chocolate. A very minimal metallic taste in the finish. This beer doesn’t rank up there with some of the best in my opinion.

3.4
hirigalzkar (3292) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2009
Bottle. Beautiful red-brown colour. Sweet choclatey aroma. Also raisins port wine and orange. Taste is malty and choclatey. This beer is overall too sweet and clean.

4.2
Rodders (137) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2009
What a beautiful beer in every sense of the word. Smells strongly of alcohol when poured but taste isn’t overly present, just warms the throat plesently. Appearance is of a strong, dark beer. Hints of fruit, with a sweet caramel taste that lingers well. Truely an enjoyable beer.

4.5
pj1855 (160) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Outstanding beer. Pours a dark brown with a good sized light brown head. Aroma of malts, spice and some alcohol. Flavor - Perfect combination of sweet malt and spice. Very smooth for 10.5 abv.

4
cluny6 (115) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2009
Lost my notes. I remeber it being a very good beer that I would love to have again. More notes to come.

3.9
finol (3524) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2009
Bottle from Systembolaget. Dark burgundy colour and no head. Raisins, malts and spices. Very well balanced.

3.5
jkwalking05 (4745) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Medium red amber in color with a good sized head. Aroma is fruity and slightly spicy. Flavor is of fruit, caramel, some toffee, and spices.

3.2
bookman10 (1298) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2009
This is an interesting beer, though a bit too sweet for my taste. Pours a beautiful dark brown with a nice full head. Very interesting mix a flavors and aromas. A beer to be sampled and savored, not rushed.

3.5
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 22, 2009
330ml bottle from Whole Foods. Shared with dalekliz. Pours dark brown tan head. Nose is sweet and light. Taste is sweet with a rich caramel malt backbone. Pretty nice, quad, surprised I ignored for so long.


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