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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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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4.2
ilovedarkbeer (2752) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Dark reddish black pour with no head. Nose is booze and belgian candi sugar, Some dark tree fruit, and apples, and a bit of cheese studded with nuts. Taste is the same and the apply taste is huge on the back end. I really like this. Refers to itself as a triple but listed as a quad. I like this confusion. Nice thick mouthfeel that is warming but goes down in a delicious fashion.

3.6
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Color and look of dark rootbeer. If fruit cake were to become beer, this might be what it would taste like. Figs and dates, nuts and sweet cherries, brandy and other unnamed flavors. While there is an alcohol warmth, I can’t say that I really taste it, well hidden. Even a hint of bitter at the end. Nice.

3.9
MuttyD (93) - Cambridge, USA - OCT 24, 2008
Deep brown/red pour with thin white head. Aroma is of yeast, candied sugar and dark fruits. Slightly metallic as well. Flavor is of the same with added cherry/berry tartness. Smooth on the palate with light carbonation. Finish is slightly bitter.

3.7
spkevin (447) - Doetinchem, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2008
bottle from ’de bierbuik/versailles’, nijmegen. nice smooth beer. great white ’porcelain’ looking bottle. pours dark,brownish,ruby red with an good beige head. aroma of strong alcohol and malt. taste is complex. great mouthfeel with small alcohol taste. nice beer for cold evenings.

3.9
bretupdegraff (243) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - OCT 15, 2008
Nice brew - dark brown/amber pour. very carbonated with large bubble head that disapated pretty quickly. aroma and flavor remind me of a scottish ale but better flavor. very sweet and thick! Hides the ABV very well. Flavor stays with you. Very nice.

4.1
trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2008
Pours far darker than I had imagined it would (must have been the white bottle...). It’s a dark red, with a great off-white head that sticks around. Aroma is fantastic. A combination of a dark Belgian (dark fruits - figs, dates, brown sugar, cloves and other spices) with something a little redder - sour cherries and yeast. Flavor reveals a bitterness I didn’t expect, along with the sweetness typical of the style and some tart cherries. Actually, I think the commercial description is right on when it says the beer has a "mellow happiness" [sic]. I like this far better than I thought I would.

3.8
SuperDave (2555) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2008
Pours a deep reddish-brown with a lasting foamy head. Aroma of sweet malt, sugar, dark ripe fruit, alcohol and a touch of hops. Flavor is big, sweet, fruity and finishes with a touch of sour citrus and a nice alcohol bite. A little thin for a quad, but still a solid brew. Enjoyable.

4
Derek881 (1272) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2008
Poured from the bottle into a trappist glass to drink. The aroma was a blend of some dense fruits, maybe cherry and plum, with some earthy hops, a toffee effect, and a yeast character too. A dark, opaque, rusted copper color with a minimal bubbly off-white head that was quickly gone. Nicely mixed taste, with the sweet-bitter fruits, a slight cherry effect, and a modest sourness too. Very lively and fizzy on the palate, with an active mouthfeel and light alcohol-induced burn. Slightly thin and watery, but very busy in the mouth. A very high quality beer, with a masterfully-controlled high alcohol content.

3.8
jefcon (1935) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2008
Deep purple in the glass with a persistent head that’s just off-white and medium-bead. Aromas drift up, cherries, dates, plums, candi sugar and caramel. A nice mellow malty palate is balanced out by some lemony, herbal acidity. There is some vinuous grape and orange, too, and some yeasty spice on the finish. I am duly impressed with this beer -- one I had never tried before. Hides its alcohol tremendously well.

3.5
asheft (3125) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2008
[on tap at EBF 2008] Fruity aroma that may be a bit sour--almost like white wine. Almost clear copper with a lacy, thin cover. Fruity and sugary flavour with white grape, cherry and orange juice notes. Ethanol at the end along with some bitterness. Medium body, moderate carbonation, nutty finish.


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