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


on tap

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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (5081) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2008 330 ml. Pours dark brown-red, with a huge bubbly, fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is brandy and raisins. Taste is mostly alcohol with some spicy hops and dark fruit-gum sweetness mixed in. Palate is dry, very tongue-tingling and medium-bodied. Quality brew, but I prefer the alcohol not so "revealed" in a beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
oberabcbbsok (691) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2007 One of my favoured beers. A very nice dark ale. Although it is 10,5 % you do not taste the alcohol of this good bodied bier. A must for every beer lover

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9265) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2007
330cl bottle. Medium dark brown colored body with a toasty tan colored head. Lovely soft peppery brown sugar yeast nose, creamy and full texture, smooth and chewy. Lightly peppery brown sugar and cream flavor, heavy with the yeast esters, some toffee, vanilla and wood. A wonderful Belgian ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2007
This one is strong enough that I can feel where I bit my cheek! The alcohol is obvious and it almost has a listerine quality but luckily it has some dark raisin toffee flavors which make it interesting. I dont find it too thick, more like a medium texture with residual dryness that seems to distract me from the fruit flavors which are moving around. Where does the wood flavor come from? If I was a monk fasting for Lent, I could see where this one has vitamins and nourishment or perhaps the alcohol would make me forget my hunger?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2007
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass, deep amber with a medium tan head. The aroma was of malt and dark fruit. There was a lot of sweetness up front in the taste, with plum and fruit and malt. There was an off-putting after taste that I could not quite put my finger on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2007
Pours toffee brown with two finger off white head...lacing present. A good representation of this style. Medium dry to sweet flavor. A nice representation of the style. Complex brew. Alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spectrex26 (9) - Naples, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2007 does not count
Bottle: Pours a dark red brown with large, lasting head. Doughy scent at first, sweet, malty like a caramel, with a lighter hop smell. The flavor is sweet, bit of wood, and what came off as date or raisin. The yeast is also present of course. Not bad overall. Sweet finish with a sweet dried fruit flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (3299) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2007
On tap at Sharp Edge Creekhouse. Dark orange pour with a thick pillowy tan head. Aroma of fruit and yeast. Taste was a beautiful (dare I say) medely? of dark fruit and yeasty malt kick. Nice thick mouthfeel that coats your throat. Almost tastes creamy. Spices and sugar in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2007
on tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philly. not a fan I have to say. I think becuase the flavors are too bold, confrontational and overwhelming. the light straw-yellow, well-carbonated body complete with bubbly white head is total misleading from the very very SPICY flavors that consists of strong, solid hops, vegetables and dirt. I couldnt come close to drinking a pint so my description will stop there. it was like drinking liquid pepper. good luck with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FLnative80 (174) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2007
Bottle. 11.2 fl. oz. Very cool bottle. Murky, dark amber color with a foamy, off-white head. Powerful, sweet, malty aroma. Full bodied, lively palate with a lengthy finish. Sugary sweet flavor that sticks to the back of your tongue. Good brew.

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