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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2764   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
johnnygm (55) - Santiago, CHILE - NOV 20, 2008
One of my favourites. Liquor aroma, toasted caramel, but fresh at the same time. Nice carbonation and a good head. On palate, nuts, coriander, berries and malt. Softer than expected from the aroma.

4.4
Embrouille (2854) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 20, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2009 Bottled 33cl. It pours a beautiful nut brown beer with a nicely remaining rocky beige head. Great nose with molasses, whipped cream and mince pies dominating. A huge amout of molasses, christmas pudding, walnuts, nougat, brown sugar and mince pies in the taste. Sweet. Full bodied. Some plums sneaking in. This beer reminds me of rum. Plenty of character. Beautiful lacework. Slightly salty. Smooth. Extremely low bitterness. Mainly candy floss and nougat in the finish. Flawless and deeply pleasant. A great label too, in my opinion. A perfect winter warmer.

3.8
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Reviewed 11/5/2008 (bottle): Pours a dark chestnut brown body, clear. Average creamy light tan head, somewhat diminishing. Very floral aroma, some dark fruit. Some alcohol in the nose. Some nuttiness too. Somewhat watery body, soft. Floral taste, some fruitiness like strawberries. Toned down taste compared to the nose. Maybe some toasted or roasted notes. Definitely some dark fruit.

3.7
PilsnerPeter (3050) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Bottle: Pours a brownish deep amber with a thick lacing tan head. The aroma has some very mild roasted notes. Some sweet and toasted dark Belgian malts are present- vanilla, brown sugar, dark fruits, fig, and raisins. Standard Quad aroma. Lively carbonation. Has lots of Belgian toasted malts in the flavor. Brown sugar, a touch of toffee and dried fig. Has a soft sweetness throughout which is honey-like. Finish remains toasted with a peppery alcohol note and mild dryness. Well hidden alcohol, and drinkable considering it’s stature. Solid Quad.

3.7
terrybail (704) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2008
330ml Bottle from the LCBO as part of a Belgian Ale Sampler pack The aroma is quite mild sweet and malty Pours a nice cloudy light brown And oh my the taste is wonderful spicy and sweet but not too much of either a little bit of alcohol taste to be expected I guess from a 10.5 ABV Very very good

4
bchlala (42) - DENMARK - NOV 1, 2008
I tasted this beer before I got my account with ratebeer, so I can’t really remember all the flavors.

4.1
patricks110 (2673) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 30, 2008
UPDATED: APR 1, 2012 Re-rate: April 1, 2012. Pours out a murky brown with ruby red highlights in the body. A thin cap of beige head dies quickly to a mere bubbly layer. The head regenerates well leaving some lacing rings on the glass. The nose is sweet, malty, toffee and toasty malts with a hint of apple juice. Big pungent alcohol on the nose and evidently in the finish.The first sip has a rich, sweet and well malted backbone. Big toffeed and lightly roasted notes with mingling hop notes and floral flavors. The finish has a big warm alcohol and a bit of dark chocolate hangs on into the aftertaste with mild bitterness. This tastes alot like a belgian Barley Wine. Very good brew. Pours drown cloudy brown with a tight beige head which remains on the beer. Taste is malty to the max. So many malt hue play on my tongue. Caramel, nuts, fruits, and earthy flavours are all prevalent. A hard hitting alcohol flavour soon removes the other wonderful flavours from my mouth. Overall, a pretty good beer but a little high ABV for my liking.

3.8
Bungalo22 (326) - Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Poured from the bottle into a snifter a earth brown with a small head. the nose is carmel, nuts and dark fruits especially cherries. It is smooth but also pretty hard hitting and the 10.5 percent alcohol can be picked up. Some spices stick to the palate along with the alcohol. All in all a very nice quad.

3.9
luttonm (6763) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2008
deep ruby read color with big, bubbled head. nose of caramel, (sour) cherries and sweetness. from that i was surprised by such a robust flavor. Not too heavy on the tongue with some sweet malt and dry-bittering... dark fruits (grapes and fig). Reminds me a lot of a less refined abt 12. Quite nice.

3.4
Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Bottle and on draft some time ago at mile squared. Bottle pours a dark brown body with a white head 3 fingers high. Dark fruity plum, and apple skins. Nice warming from the alcohol, light hoppiness a bit of citrus. candy sugar and clove to spice it.


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