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. douglas88 (9192) - 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! 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. 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. 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.
hiddenvariable (211) - 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. 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. 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 wasn’t golden at all, but a deep mahogany. The head was a caramely brown, but I didn’t think it was as intense as some other Belgians I’ve 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 didn’t 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. HomerJ1967 (2) - ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2007 does not count
Malty, Caramel, strong sweet coffee, yeasty, Bottle conditioned, Excellent, my #2 all time favourite beer. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012
Date: December 14, 1997
Source: Sam’s, Chicago
Appearance: dark brown, frothy white head
Aroma: rich malt aroma with a hint of floral hops
Flavor: rich spicy malt flavor, light bitterness, hint of warmth
Date: January 16, 2003
Appearance: muddy brown with a fine tan head
Aroma: sweet malt aroma like chocolate cover raisons
Flavor: rich malt with the flavor of dates, hint of spicyness, touch of chocolate, no sense of alcohol
Date: November 14, 2004
rich, fruity, stays true to the bottle
Date: May 17, 2005
picking up some bitterness, still lots of rich fruit with a bit of sweetness, perfect creamy body
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: **** /4
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.