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


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RATINGS: 2806   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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winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2002
Impressive looking 'stubbie'. Beer pours a deep copper colour with an enormous head. Complex sweet fruity flavour with underlying alcohol that becomes more evident as it warms. Recommended

Linc (740) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2002
Pours a deep amber/red, large, pale tan head. Very nice biscuity, malty, toffee aroma. Volatile upon first tasting, too many fusel alcohols. After about 15-20 mins breathing, flavours of chocolate, toffee, banana, whisky, every mouthfull brings a different combination of flavours. The main downfall is in the palate, a bit too thin, with unpleasant alcohol bite on the tongue. A pleasant journey none-the-less.

NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2002
Suprising for a Triple. Normally, the style is not quite as dark. Very sweet malty flavor, almost plum like. As it warmed, alcohol more noticable. White head that lasted for the lengthg of the beer. Impressive.

Radek Kliber (7539) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 9, 2002
Wow this one is big. Milky-toffee aroma. Cherry like look with thick thick head that vanished a bit with time. Rather sweet, a bit too sweet (sweetness hides well alcohol right?). Average, there a re many more better Belgian SAs out there. Thanks Doug for having this one!

akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2002
Alcohol and spice aroma. dark ruby color with tight head. carbonation up the wazoo. very spicy flavor, rich and complex. aftertaste gets really malty and smooth. the alcohol is definitely felt throughout the tasting experience. lots of flavor in this beer.

Racegoer (355) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2002
So thick and dark I think the Loc Ness Monster could live in it. Extremely Balanced and tasty. This is a beer for the Royals, well for me too on weekends.Bottom of glass was full of sediment,this was 1 of 6 in a Belgian Ale sampler, and I bet its the best one, then again, I am a betting man.

TheBeerGod (6306) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2003 Strong Belgian ale, as to be expected. Very dark brown with hints of red. Spiced with caramel-ish, choclate tastes. Strong taste of alcohol is evident but not surprising. Sugary as well. Tastes great after it has been aged. HIGHLY recommended to Belgian beer lovers or strong beer lovers.

fiulijn (21559) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2002
Dark amber, misty, generous big head (remarkable for a 10.5 ABV). Sweet malt aroma, enough strong, with some caramel and a hint of cloves. Pour from the bottle in a small waterfall, to reduce the carbonation; a body of unmatched strength, never too sweet, well balanced by a generous hopping that ends in a highly pleasant ending; a good spicy note joins the hop in the mid and finish; and later also a persistent caramel equalizes the hop. Maybe some alcohol can be noticed, but not too much for such strength. Simple and great barleywine.

belgianhomebrew (645) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2002
Slightly sweet malt aroma. Alcohol comes through a little in this one. Definitely a sipper.

brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2002
Nice variation of the triple. NIce malty flavor profile with subdued fruity spiciness. More drinkable than the 'Piraat'.

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