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


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RATINGS: 2747   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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Aroma was caramel, some alcohol. Carbonation hit way too hard for me, didnt like it much. Looks beautiful though, dark brown, nice lacing, off white head. Taste is bit malty, before alcoholic finish. Tasted rather medicinal though. I really disliked this though. Too carbonated and too medicinal. An awesome bottle, but little else to like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2006 (Bottle at Plain Kitchen, Gteborg) Pours hazy red/brown with a big nougat/white head. Smells tomatojuice and fudge/toffee. Ive had many other Gulden Draak but never felt this much tomato in the smell. Malt. The belgian sweetness balances good with the sourness. Ripe pears. Salty. Fresh. Soil and yeast. A bit chocolate. Sherry and raisins. Hints of marzipan and some almond. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (8063) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2008 Sour chocolate aroma. Rich, burgundy-black with a creamy yellowish head studded with clumps. Overpoweringly sweet, portish warmer with some suggestions of aniseed or ,dare I say,...absinthe? Everything drowned in unsubtle sugariness. Tea with 5 sugars. Dwarfed by the mellow complexity of similarly dark and potent big guns, like Rochefort 8. That said, Ive supped it by the fireside and loved it. One to reassess. (Re-rate 20/03/07)..Ive been far, far too unkind. Deep brown chewy murk, cappuccino froth, soy sauce demerara snout and creamy toffee sweetness. Whats so wrong with that?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintocb (654) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Cloudy and brown with a great off white head. Huge body. Tastes of toffee with some sweetness and tartness present as well. Great finish. Creamy as hell.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Dark color with thin head. Fruiy, maybe raisins, taste. Tasted more like liquor than beer. Too much alcohol presence for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (4930) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Dark brown with light brown head. fruit sweet oder left to a sweet tingly malt flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5683) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Pours deep mahogany into a tulip. Significant beige conglomerate head. Date, fig and yeast notes. Slight fizz and full with dried fruit sherry upfront a lasting roasted caramel alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (3044) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2008 Re-rate: Nov 17, 2008 330 ml bottle from Foremost of Oak Forest, had it nearly 18 months, but strangely I want to re-rate this as my first beer on the repaired site, even though it’ll be buried within a thousand others Smell upon pouring is prosecco wine, plums, raisins and sweet cider. Thick, cloudy brown color with streaming bubbles, under a frothy brown head. Sweet taste this time is all Belgian malts, no need to diminish it with qualifiers like molasses or brown sugar. Nicely fizzy from bottle fermentation, and from being in a hot, un-air-conditioned store, I’d suggest. Certainly sweeter than a Westy 12, but in line with other Abts that have crossed my lips. Other fruit flavors play in, like tamarind and cherry fruit leather. Not much alcohol on the palate, but I’m already feeling its effects. This one’s always worth finding.
Original rating: June 7, 2006: 5-4-7-3-13, total 3.2
330 ml bottle, for my birthday! Who cannot be intrigued by that white bottle? Pop the bottle for a heady smell of sugary molasses and alcohol.over a grainy base. Pour is dark and cloudy; I may have gotten some of the yeast into it. Totally missed seeing the head, it went away that fast. Despite a continuation of sugar in the nose, the first sip is not as sweet, being balanced by dry sherry notes. Very thin carbonation detracts from my impressions of other Belgian strongs. Chewy caramels come through, then a bit of Coca-Cola-with-whiskey. Now I know that this style covers a wide range of beers, so its hard to compare, but I suspect I may have a slightly off bottle. Darn! Ill have to go try another one sometime!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Skunky tripel. Dark amber pour with a thick tan head. Aroma is oakey malt with some prunes and raisins. The taste is very disappointing. Musty and alcoholic the whole way through. Somewhat sweet at the end, but not in a good way. Thank God I only bought the little bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JUN 3, 2006
poured a deep reddish brown hue with a thin tan head which had amazing retention. Aroma was a malty mix of caramel, yeast, and some bubblegum. alcohol was present on both aroma and flavor. flavor did have a mellow sweetness to it mostly caramel with some nice floral hop notes.

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