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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: 2771   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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2.1
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2002
Belgian Budweiser. Strong, but that's it. Nothing special, actually too salty and with a bad aftertaste. Just drink Listerine, it's cheaper. Typical of most of the beers that share this bottle type (with the awesome exception of Duvel!)

3
daboskabouter (1469) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2002
Auburn color, very little head. Malty, yeasty and earthy nose. HIghly carbonated. Much too sweet, I thought, but, good ABV - barely recognizeable. Very average.

4.5
PTomkinson (50) - Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2001
Quite potent with a powerful initial taste. I didn't find it as thick as others described. Overall, a very good beer.

4.5
Stefano99 (19) - Ghezzano (Pisa), ITALY - DEC 29, 2001
Absolutely one of the best belgian beers....................................

4.2
outlaw99 (14) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2001
good stuff, wouldn't waste it on pancakes...................................

0.9
Gooner (136) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2001
Ever wondered what Aunt Jemima's Syrup would taste like with alcohol in it? Probably not...but that is what Gulden Draak tastes like. Put it on your pancakes and dip your breakfast sausage in it. Van Steenberge Brewery owe me $2.75(Canadian $), so I can get me a bottle of Aunt Jemima for the fridge instead. This was golden dreck for sure. Too thick, too sweet, bad burps. Never again! :(

3.3
adamlau (76) - California, USA - DEC 11, 2001
Tricky brew this is. Syrupy sweetness does a good job of masking the flavor of alcohol in the front and middle. But be careful of the lingering alcoholic finish as it bespeaks of the strength of this decent example of barley wine.

3
HansJM (358) - NORWAY - DEC 4, 2001
Sweet and strong. Heavy and thick. A bit too sweet for me...................

3.8
jstu9 (403) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2001
On 5/15 'This was described as 'unsettled' by someone the first time I tried it. I thought it was a thick pretty good tasting beer. The second time, I really noticed the 'alcohol' smell and flavor. And I don't really like that in a beer. Aside from curiousity (to see if the 3rd tasting is the same as the 2nd), I don't think I'd order this again... well maybe to get the cool white bottle I would.' Ok, had it again. It's like liquid syrup, very strong, rich tasting. Awesome bottle... my favorite to bottle my homebrews with (though difficult to judge when full). I'm increasing my rating from 3.2. Just remind me not to mix wine and this if I'm doing anything the next day.

4.1
fraternie (1025) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2001
An overwhelmingly fruity but surprisingly enjoyable brew. It got a little bitter towards the end, but I certainly enjoyed it.


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