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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2836   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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mmmbeer (1418) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2008
11.2 oz bottle in trade from mar-thank you! Served in trappist glass- poured brownish amber with copper tints, low-medium carbonation, clump of off tan bubbles in the middle for a head, some spotting lacing. Aroma of alcohol, brown sugar, and figs. Hits the mouth with a well defined medium body, very sticky throughout, tons of flavors ranging from candy sugar to hardwood to allspice, finish lingers around until you take another sip. It’s not Westy 12, but it’s real close...

4.1
KyotoLefty (10205) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 1, 2008
Dark reddish brown, huge tan head. Enticing aroma of fruit, spice, whiskey, figs, caramel. Huge flavor of caramel/molasses, figs, spices, maple syrup. The aroma is just a bit too faint, but the flavor is great. Slightly lighter in body than I expected.

3.3
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2008
33 cl bottle - Pours a deep amber color with a 3/4 finger thick off white head that faded somewhat quickly for a Belgian ale. Very light lacing. Aroma is mainly esters, light malt and alcohol. Well, flavor is much of the same. I think the alcohol detracts from this beer. Medium body. A decent beer.

3.4
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Poured deep ruby red with a nice, long lasting tan head. Lightly roasty and mostly chocolate malts with a hint of brett. Soft and thick palate - reminded me of a chocolate milkshake! The finish was full of dark sugar and warming alcohol. Overall this beer is a little too hot

4.5
Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2008
This quadrupel looks more like a thick stout than an ale because of its rich, dark, motor oil color. The thick creamy taste also give the impression of a stout. This is smooth and delicious, especially on tap in the correct 10.5 oz glass/sifter.

3.9
blutt59 (6562) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2008
bottle, dark amber color, malty nose with flavors of prunes, brown sugar, plums and slight smoke, very good lasting finish

3.2
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2008
pours deep ruby color, generous head, some lacing. nose of plum, malt, sweet fruit and alcohol. flavor is sweety, plummy, malty. oh yeah. and alcoholy. palate is oily, medium bodied. overall, although it is pretty fruity, it is also highly alcoholic, so if you are in a real hurry to get drunk, this just might be the beer for you. cheers. and enjoy!

4.1
Berserkir (56) - New York, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Pours dark ruby brown with a nice head. Dark fruit, brown sugar and malt. Very sweet flavor with a nice subdued alcohol bite. Very drinkable.

3.6
Pinball (12061) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2008
what a great beer. alc.% should not keep you away well rounded aroma, very well balanced taste, with a tendency to the sweet end. ends a little bitter and with a reduced version of the original flavor. truly a work of art. my score is too low.

3.9
Borresteijn (6969) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2008
Bottle @ home. Dark brown beer, big beige head. Aroma of brown sugar, dark fruits, sweet malts. Flavour is very sweet, but smooth and chocolate-like so it doesn’t become cloying. Chocolate flavours and dark fruits, some alcohol, slightly metallic taste now and then. Very good massive ale.


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