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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: 2736   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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3.4
Bullit (4637) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAY 12, 2008
Dark red colour, big foamy head. Aroma has caramel and yeast. Flavour is yeasty and sugary, with some spices. Alcohol is dominant. Full body.

4.2
gam (3956) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2008
Thick bubbly head on ruby red pour good carbonation,misty thick beer.Aroma,honey syrup,caramel port wine,strong malt.Flavour rich banana notes maybe ginger,caramel syrup port wine(plum)raisin,liccorice,figs,raw sugar taste,mild chocolate malt,finish mourishingly tasty dry,tops,thick,n,lovely.

3.4
PhillyBeer2112 (2861) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Reddish brown in color with a webby thick beige head. Aroma features some lightly caramelized sugar and just a bit of pineapple - perhaps also some doughy yeastiness. Highly carbonated so the initial taste is simply fizz and carbonic bite. Diving in further, I’m still not getting much beyond this bite. There’s a mellow caramel sweetness in there. The finish has some fair hop to it. Allowing it to settle and lose some carbonation: the hoppy finish has become more apparent. The caramel sugars a tad less lively. A vague tropical fruit is hinted at. Pouring the yeast in (it took awhile because of the heavy foaming) smoothed things out considerably, adding a creaminess to the palate and enhancing the fruitiness.

4.1
wacho (52) - Izegem, BELGIUM - MAY 9, 2008
geproeft in ’t Rusteel te Gullegem. Een caramel moutige geur waar de alcoholische prikkeling reeds merkbaar is. Een bitter, zoetzure smaak met de hoofdtoon naar het zoete. het goed mondgevoel heeft ook een zoiete alcoholische nasmaak

4.5
TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Bottle from State Line L- Poured in a corsendonk glass with a huge foam head, amber chocolate brown pour, nice sticky foam lacing. Aroma of toffee, sweet malts, yeast, wife enjoyed a snip. Creamy on the pallet and a pleasure to just sup and enjoy. The lacing on this was awesome, still have some on the glass at the end. Great mellow ale, perfect blend of alcohol that wont put you on your ass-at least not right away. I’m loving this stuff, even after it warms still a treat. This is what Belgian Ales are all about. Getting more of this real soon!

3.9
blackmurder (236) - Whitaker, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2008
I really liked this one, it makes me feel bad for giving it under a 4. It is a really typical Belgian triple with a heavy alcohol hit. I would compare it to the offering of St. Bernardus. It came in a cheesy painted glass bottle though, which was actually really cool looking. The label is cool too, and I bought this one for no reason other than the cool label and my desire for new beer.

3.9
pumpmaster (1396) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2008
11.3 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Fort Lauderdale, FL for $4.79 Very good!

3.9
mgoy (344) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2008 Graduation weekend in Bloomington. Gulden Draak is a beautiful amber color with and perfectly formed off-white head. The aroma is sweet with raising and other fruit notes. The flavor is full bodied with a great sweet and complex malt and the sweet raisin and caramel flavor make this a perfect beer for any meal.

3.2
dchmela (3074) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2008
Bottle courtesy Boboski. Pours a dirty brown mud puddle with a thin white head. Big malty hoppy aroma, but lacking a little balance. Taste is smooth caramel malt, bread and some spicy bitterness. just ok, I think the bottle was a little oxidized.

3.9
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2008
33cl bottle. Pours a dark, clear brown with brown, ruby, and orange highlights. The head pours medium in size and light tan in color. It is uniform and even with consistently medium-sized bubbles. It quickly fades into a thin ring of uneven spots of bubbles. Some, though not much, lace is left on the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet and fruity with notes of yeast, currants, and molasses. The flavor starts rich and sweet with lots of caramel and subtle spice. There is also some fruitiness at the front of the palate (soft fruit, hints of chocolate and banana). At mid-palate the fruity esters grow, the maltiness is very bready and still has a good bit of caramel and residual sweetness, and the hops emerge - noble, floral hops with a soft bitterness. The finish is full and sweet with spicy hop bitterness that combines with the fruity esters to give impressions of dark fruit and flowers. The finish is also warming, and the potent alcohol becomes apparent after only a few sips. The mouthfeel is very well carbonated and does a great job of hiding the beer’s immense body without feeling spritzy or soda-like. The body is full with ropes of thick, slippery sweetness. Overall, a very nice, malt-forward, strong ale.


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