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


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RATINGS: 2745   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - JUL 15, 2007
A me continua a sembrare unottima birra; vero anche che per i suoi 10 gradi piuttosto sbevacchiona, ma ce ne fossero un po di pi in giro; non me la sento di definirla una bevuta standard, perci si prende il voto che si merita. Ribevuta di recente al 501, il primo assaggio fu a Napoli.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madquacker (1124) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JUL 14, 2007
Poured a solid woody brown. A big solid ale that got better with some breathing. The high alcohol content was not that obvious. Very complex and moreish.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (5541) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2007
The notoriuos Draak! On tap at the Sharp Edge Bistro, nice place. Pour is like rootbeer. Clear and dark brown. Has a creamy head that fades to a froth after a few minutes.. Aroma is laid back and clean, not hint of the 10% that lurks within. As a matter of fact, there is very little aroma at all. The taste however is a big alky kick in the pants. Mouth and throat warming. Strong and I can feel it making its way down to my tummy. Alky presence is up front, however, it is not the in your face kind of impact, more refined. Like good sherry or brandy. Pretty flat in appearance and on the palate. Each sip brings that hard initial alky smack. It is strong at the beginning of the sip but then morphs to a delicate coating sweetness of bananas and candy. Finish leaves a medium malty bitterness that is hard to forget. Quite a brew with quite a unique impact.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NCsparkster (12) - High Point, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2007 Deep, reddish brown with a coffee-froth head that mostly disappears. The nose is like the inside of an apple pie: baked apples and cinnamon (you could also compare it to cider). Its somewhat like sparkling grape juice in its lightly sweet taste, carbonation, and comparable, somewhat herbal bite. In the aftertaste, this bite progresses into a light burning/warmth at the back of the throat. It was hard for me to directly pick out the alcohol in this beer, but I think it just kinda "teamed up" with that herbal quality I experienced, and thats where I missed it. Not a bad beer, at all, though not my style. I dont normally like the sweet, spicy, warming kind of brews. Im more of a big, grainy beer guy, but I could tell, quite clearly, how well-crafted this beer is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kirill (277) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2007
very good strong ale, i "ate" it like the commercial description said. bittersweet but not too much. i would have liked the taste stronger though

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3519) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Pours a deep mahogany color with a slight red hue when held up to the light. On tap at the brickstore finishing up the night. The fruit flavors and aromas where what I noticed here. One sip I got strawberry and cherry, the next I got more plum and malt. Very complex flavors and aromas.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sinkas (293) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - JUL 2, 2007
Everthing from the nordic artwork on the lable, to the barleywine aromas and flavours are sublime. A truly outstanding brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wolfenstein (96) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2007
I had the opportunity to taste this gem in Brugge. It was recommended by a local. Poured thick and dark. Mild aroma, but a thick, hoppy palate with a nice finish. Overall a great brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 27, 2007
Pours wonderfully, a dark red-brown colour with a great head. Disappointingly mild aroma. Sweet palate with some burnt flavours, some raisins. Decent, but thats all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 26, 2007
330 mL bottle. Clear reddish brown with creamy off white head. Aroma of malt, roastiness, and yeast. Bright, thick, some what sticky palate. Sweet malty taste, some hoppy bittterness to balance it out, and a vanilla and alcohol taste to the finish. Not bad. Did they really mean "mellow happiness" in the commercial description?

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