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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2834   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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4.5
aru (105) - SmÝrum, DENMARK - APR 25, 2008
Uhh I like this beer. The appearance is clear dark with nice ivory form. The flavor is strong with yeast and first impression in mouth is sweet evolving to a complex aftertaste.

4.4
BritAlesRule (216) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2008 Wow! BIG smell of Belgian yeast and candy sugar and caramel and it hasnít come within six inches of my nose yet. Huge rocky head with great retention. A deep dark caramel color as well. A dream of rich toffee malt and slight alcohol on first taste. My GOD thatís good. A sweet fullness and heaven on the tongue. If this calls itself a triple, Iíll buy it, but most wonít... if only every triple could be like this one and the Floreffe. Thereís also a bit of sour funk to it, almost trying to do too much, but it works. If I could only take ten beers to a desert island, five drinkers and five sippers, this would be one of my sippers. Canít believe anyone would consider the Roche 10 over this. Blasphemy!

4.2
armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 22, 2008
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 Dark brown appearance with a delisicious beige foamy head. Rich aroma of raisins, toffee, roasted malt and dried fruits. Powerful taste with well hidden alcohol, candy, raisins, coffe and some fruity flavour. Moderated carbonation. The alcohol warm me up and numbing my palate with a long aftertaste...Strong one, complex one.

3.9
JimGorePFTN (8) - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA - APR 20, 2008 does not count
Bottle acquired from Brussels distributor via direct-to-home shipment. A great example of the dark brown tripel. Thick, meringue head with staying power. Nose of raisins, toffee, and alcohol. Taste is rich, but surprisingly balanced and crisp, not cloying. Long, warm alcohol finish. This is the brew for fireside chats on a crisp autumn evening.

3.5
ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2008
Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark brown body with a huge, frothy, off-white head. Smell: Full aroma brings forth notes of dark caramel malt, plums (and prunes), dark candi sugar, and even brown sugar. You can smell that alcohol lurking in there, too, along with a noticeable sourness. Taste: Sugar-infused caramel maltiness. A distinct fruitiness delivers a taste of stewed plums. Dash of brown sugar liqueur, if there was such a thing. Small hint of dried banana chips. Sour yeastiness. Warming finish with lingering tastes of fruit and sugar. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with some chewiness to it. Moderate carbonation. Drinkability: Itís a tripel wrapped in a +2 Cloak of Maltiness. For that, itís okay, as long you donít mind the high level of sweetness and glaring alcohol presence.

2.9
Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2008
*did not mind would not buy* smell: fruits nanners sweets. typical. to many nanners maybe.. maybe. app: fine. nice ruby garnet hues to a lite brown ale. flavor: tastes much more gold then it looks, i was wanting more dark fruit flavors. its a fine ale. down the middle lacks magic. this is like a bud for a gnome. palate: could be more fluffy. OA: its good, ok average so so.

3.8
Imperial-John (192) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2008
Patented white bottle with cool dragon. Had at Beer Bistro and Rhino, great deal for the kick. Reddish brown with off-white thick head that reduces quickly. Not as sweet as many Belgian darks like Kasteel, Gouden Carolus, or Dutch Koningshaeven. More bubbly than these with the same caramel malt fruitcake taste.

4
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2008
bottled. Awesome hazy brown belgian w/ all that classical shit like bubblegum & banana bread. A very strong beer that balances the sugary, the yeasty, & the boozy very well. Delicious!

3.6
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2008
nice brown body with canít head. More of an amber really. A rich sweet malty body with a hint of caramel.

3.9
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2008
Poured a rich and murky chestnut brown, with a voluminous head that vanished oh so quickly. The aroma is a mosh pit of dark and tropical fruits, grapes, brown sugar, hard pie spices, really growing on me. The flavor is surprisingly balanced, but does finish with a wonderfully fruity sweetness. I really like this one.


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