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


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RATINGS: 2784   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown with amber ruby edges; tan head with larger bubbles. Doppelbock, dunkel aroma, roast chocolate, caramelization. Acidic carbonation evident at first sip. Yeast character is present but subdued compared to other Belgian ales. Flavor is deep and complex with some raisin, alcohol, dark crystal, some straw or earth notes. Balanced. Excellent when served at cellar temps, becomes smoother. Very warming. Very excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2007
On tap. Dark brown appearance with a sweet aroma with a hint of dark fruit. Although this beer is sweet there is some how a balance and it works for me. One of my favorite Belgium beers. Its dark, strong spicy and the yeast all together make for an outstanding balanced beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbean (110) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2008 Bottle. Pours dark brown, surprisingly dark for a triple, with thick offi-white head. Aroma is of caramel, dark fruit, and brown sugar. Flavor is fruitly, caramel malts and yeast. Alcohol is well hidden. One of my favorite belgian ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Tased this brew at my favorite beer joint in Media, PA called Quotations. This one was just tapped and the beer was slightly warm so I was not able to enjoy it as I would have liked. Tasted chocolately with rich malty overtnes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
naivepegasus (371) - USA - DEC 17, 2007
Pours a dark ruby-brown with a few fingers of white-tan head. Sweet odor of raisins and caramel malts. Thick, almost syrupy taste to it, really deep and sweet. Fruity and malty, and surprisingly good. I paid too much for this at a bad liquor store out of curiosity, but tasting it I do not feel nearly as ripped off now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
VacaBeerDude (19) - Vacaville, California, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Picked this up on a whim. What a great whim it was. Bold color, aroma, and taste. Immediately went back and bought more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Guinnessman (102) - VACAVILLE, California, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Just tried this for the first time 2 days ago. Man, do the Belgians know how to make beer. This had a nice, dark color to it with a almost sweet caramel-like aroma. Went down with a bit of a bite, but it was an overall good drinking experience. Great with an amaretto cake.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2007
bottle 750ml: pours with a very lively tingley looking off white head that diminishes quickly that lingers into a thin line above a dark brown body. aroma very nice fruit and sugar aromas a little amount of sour funkiness behind all that is some caramel malt. nice fresh apple scent. flavou ris a bitter start with some caramel malt and an almost rotten fruit taste. not nearly as good tasting as smelling. finia=shes bitter with an aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Draft. I did not sense the high alcohol. Sweetness balanced by the complexity of the fruit. Enjoyable. DId not take adequate notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Pours a nice head that seems to form mountains and valleys. This stays with you through the serving. Dark and flavorful - almost tempting you for further investigation. Dark caramel and hoppy piney goodness abound. Yum!

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