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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: 2750   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
Svesse (8683) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2008
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 27 Sep 2008) Dark reddish brown colour with brief, beige head. Malty nose with notes of dark fruit, raisins, prunes and dark cherries. Malty taste with dark fruit, prunes, raisins, sweet malt and a decent spicy/herbal bitterness in the finish. Full bodied. Definitely on the sweet side with lots of alcohol shining through. Nice, tasty and warming.

3.3
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - OCT 3, 2008
33cl bottle. Dark red-brown with a lasting beige head. A very nice looking beer. Aroma of dried apricot, cherry, toffee, chocolate, and dusty yeast. Intensely sweet, with lots of bright berry fruit and alcohol. Fat, sticky body, but the copious carbonation cuts it decently. An intense beer, but not really very drinkable. A bit hard to finish by the end, due to the intense sweetness and alcohol.

3.8
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Pours dark amber brown with a nice off white/cream colored head. Aroma is malty and slightly fruity. Taste is big and malty as well with a little bit of warming in the finish.

3.9
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2008
9/29/08 On draught at the Taphouse, Bellevue, Wa. Aroma is very fruity, but not perfumy, with tart sweetness and a candilike tone, good, but a bit more one-dimensional than expected. Appearance is slightly cloudy brown with a very well maintained cream colored head. Flavor is earthy, sweet, slightly tart malt that loses its sourness after a few sips, even without warming. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderately creamy, with a very low carb texture. Overall, quite good, I was glad to see the slight improvement with further drinking.

3.6
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Bottle. Poured dark brown with a tall creamy off-white head that had some lasting after settling down some and left good lacing. Aromas of raisin and malts backed with hints of throat medicine. The flavor was sweet with prune and apples, molasses, and hints of nut. Medium body, sweet throughout, light alcohol in the aftertaste. Nice!

3.8
HenrikSoegaard (14291) - Randers, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2008
Bottle. Frothy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark red-amber wonderfull colour. Intense more than powerfull malty and hoppy aroma. Heavy bitter flavor. Strong plumb and fruity notes. very vinius. Long nice complex finish. Creamy palate. Great but not fantastic beer.

3.8
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 27, 2008
bottle. pours a puny off-white (mostly dissapating) head into hazzy semi-sparkling reddish-brown body. aromas of moderate ripe fruits and some caramel. flavor is initially lightly bitter into a light bittersweet finish. long lasting finish duration. thick syrupy mouthfeel. lively carbonation. good Quad.

4
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - SEP 21, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2008 (Bottle). Fruity and sweet caramel alcohol aroma. Deep reddish brown with thin off-white head. Very tasty sweet (but fortunately not too sweet) concoction of ripe fruits, and malt...a bit spicy, along with potent presence of alcohol. Finish is pleasingly warm, but lacks a bit of complexity.

3.6
harrisoni (19003) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2008
Bottle from Dranken Geers. Odd, I always though I’d had this, but evidently not. Deep ruby, bubbly beige head. Malty aroma. No real alcohol burn. Big malty beer, that does carry it off, just a bit of heat on the end. Good raisiny fruit, bit of vinous fruit, some Belgian yeast. Impressive. Took an hour to drink mind you.

4.3
AsaNewt (113) - blackpool, Lancashire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2008 wonderful mahogany colour, nose is very light but hints at thsweetness. Flavour is sweet nuts with a molasses and a hint of citrus in a sort of rum way. finish is long and determined. I think i have a new favourite brew.


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