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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2780   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.7
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.

4.1
naivepegasus (389) - 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.

3.9
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.

3.9
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.

2.9
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.

3.7
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.

3.8
Taverner (1103) - 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!

4.5
Erdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - DEC 12, 2007
This beer pours a nice finger width of head. It’s a nice dark color that looks frothey on the top and inviting. It holds a good lacing and smells like a sweet and hoppy beer. It tastes sweet and hoppy with a wonderful balance of both flavors. It feels like silk and slides down my throat very easily. It’s a very drinkable, an excellent beer.

2.6
Slipstream (2719) - USA - DEC 11, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2007 Fabulous white bottle, with a medieval-looking golden dragon (or is it a dog?) on the label. A big head comes foaming up and then sticks around. Dark brew with a mild, sweet aroma. The flavor is syrupy and malty, with hints of mead and raisins, and the brew is smooth on the palate. Hops and spices are barely noticable, but the 10.5% alchohol level comes thru very clearly. Sad to say, this is not as good as I hoped for. This is a mediocre Belgian hiding behind a cool label and bottle, and at $5 (US) for a 1/3 liter bottle, it was no bargain.

3.8
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Bottle with thanks to my Secret Santa. Cloudy reddish-brown with a large head. Good retention. Aroma of toffee, dark fruit, caramel malt and yeast. Medium sweet and a heavy body. Alcohol well covered. Slightly syrupy texture.


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