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


on tap

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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2007
A ruby claret colour. Nose of berries yeast and noticeable alcohol. The beer has a medium body with a soft mouth feel. The taste is noticeably sweet but with a dry hoppiness. Not as accomplished as Duvel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2007
Bottle. Pours deep amber / brown. Beige head. Lacing. Aroma is dark fruits with malt. Taste is sweet / plums / spices. Finish is smooth with a nice bitterness. Can become cloying if drunk too slowly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8933) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 30, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2008 Awesome bottle. Pours a dark red, almost black, with a nice thin, but lasting head. The taste is a nice mellow fruit, some apple cinnamon taste, a great bitter hop finish, and almost no notice of how strong it is. All hail the golden dragon!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2010 Great pour! Dark, murky brown with garnet highlights and a full, creamy, beige head with excellent lasting ability and lots of nice lace. Nose is fruity and spicy but not quite as potent as I would have thought; ripe red apples, figs, spicy yeast, and pie crust notes with cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavor is extremely rich with similar notes; rich caramels, red apple, fig, spicy yeast, baking spices, and maybe a bit of maple. Palate is nearly full, round, velvety, almost chewy and soft. Finishes long and mostly sweet with apples, rich malt tones, and pie crust notes with a mild alcohol warmth. Certainly nice and unique with great fruit notes and rich, malt tones. Not as complex as it could have been but everything was put together very well. It almost becomes too sweet and cloying at times but the spicy notes keeps it somewhat balanced. Intriguing, unexpected and did I mention rich. Had this in a 11.2 oz bottle and had a different experience... The head was not the same and the palate was nice but much more carbonated. Also the beer seemed less rich and carried some earthy hop bitterness to balance a bit. I assume this is a fresher example than the first one I tried; different experience but still a very nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joverton85 (80) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2007
pours dark brown, a little amber. excellent triple ale. great malt taste and sweet aroma. bottle is beautiful. expensive but good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KnutAlbert (6754) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2007
33 cl bottle. Sweet, a bit grainy. A fine sourness that balances a bit, but it comes across as a tit too toffee sweet. Vinous, warming.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hiddenvariable (210) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2007
on tap at sharp edge. pours a dark brown with a thinnish tan head. huge nose with dark fruits and spices knocking around. great taste with plum and other dark and bitter fruits mixed with a tasty (coriander?) spice. slightly heavier than medium bodied with a fair carbonation that finished with a tiny tingle of bitterness mixed with a tinier tingle of sweetness. a very tasty beer that got more complex and fruitier as it warmed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Pours a cloudy brown that has a big touch of amber to it. Minimal head. Nose is slight with a lean towards marshmallows. Touch of citrus. Flavor is very well balanced with a strong sweet tone that stays constant. Strong and steady. After a while you get a slight alcohol tone that has stayed masked consistently as you drink. Tons of things rolling over your tongue on this one. Caramel is another. Mouthfeel is a bit too high on the carbonation, which drops the drinkability just a touch. Overall damn good. Worth trying. Worth trying again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GlenVargas (148) - Missouri, USA - SEP 10, 2007
I opened my bottle of Gulden Draak with some lofty expectations. For one, I paid five-dollars for the damn thing. Two, I love Belgian strong ales anyways. Three, this particular beer was highly recommended (top ten) by a friend of mine. And, four, the totally awesome bottle just had to be an indication of a totally awesome taste. Despite the cost of Gulden Draak, I was very generous, splitting the 11.2 ounces three ways. I was surprised to find that this golden dragon wasnt golden at all, but a deep mahogany. The head was a caramely brown, but I didnt think it was as intense as some other Belgians Ive had. Upon my first sip, I remained incredulous--a little maltier than expected, a little too much alcohol taste, not as fruity as I wanted. Upon my second sip, I thought it was a little sweeter, with a little more of that chocolate/toffee taste that I just missed on the initial quaff. By the third sip, I realized, "Wow. This is a top fifteen beer." It began to warm up a little and developed the additional oak and wine sensations. I didnt say a damn thing when one of the glasses holding a third of the bottle was handed back to me, and, by the time I had polished everything off, Gulden Draak had moved from a top fifteen to a top ten. This beer is worth the hype and monetary hit, complex and substantial.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HomerJ1967 (2) - ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2007 does not count
Malty, Caramel, strong sweet coffee, yeasty, Bottle conditioned, Excellent, my #2 all time favourite beer.

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