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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2843   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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3.5
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: It’s a tripel wrapped in a +2 Cloak of Maltiness. For that, it’s okay, as long you don’t 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 can’t 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.

3.7
Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2008
good pour with a huge slow to go away head ... light aroma of sweet malt .... maybe my nose is screwed up but I’m having a hard time picking up the aromas I anticipated ... very sweet fruity ... NICE, but a little too sweet for me

3.2
deft (84) - SWEDEN - APR 9, 2008
Blind at Dugges 080329. Hazy red/amber, low tan head. Fruit, red berries, alcohol in aroma. Very bitter, high acidity, grapes. Thick, spritzy. Alcohol in aftertaste.

4.4
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - APR 8, 2008
UPDATED: APR 9, 2008 On tap at the Brick Store. Very dark brown pour with a large, fluffy white head that lasts. Malty nose with some dark fruit: figs, raisins, sugary sweet. Spicy, peppery, fruity flavor with a vinous alcohol presence. Excellent!

4.2
liinis (1770) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 7, 2008
Now this is one of super beers. having this much alc. and you don’t notice it, it has to be a master beer. citrus fruits yeast sweet cream.


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