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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: 2719   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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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AtronSeige (1335) - Johannesburg, - NOV 13, 2012
Warning! When opening the bottle it may spontaneously release a LOT of foam. Make sure you have a glass ready and work over an area that is easy to clean. Pours a dark clear amber color with little head. Sweet toffee aroma with wet grass. Slightly sour taste with a sweet fruitiness, possibly banana and quite bitter. Very carbonated, which leads to a mouth full of fizzy loveliness. The finish is sweet and lingering. This is a very good desert drink.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
QcBeer (148) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2016
Liquide ambr, rouge vin fonc et transparente. Une mousse beige lisse, paisse et cremeuse avec une trs mince effervescence. Odeur de fruit rouge (cerise, canneberge, airelle), de caramel, mlasse, vanille et dalcool. Wow, en bouche, cest doux, somptueux et goteux pour le taux dalcool. Ds la premire apparition sur les lvres, on se lche les babines. Le sucre brun et la crme reste coll sur celle-ci! Fruits rouge en abondance qui font chavir le palais. Un bon sucre brun bien dos qui sentrelasse avec la forte chaleur dalcool, des figues et de vanille! Une amertume au finale trs douce mais punch de malt caramel et de petit fruit rouge.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
johnarktor (30) - FRANCE - NOV 20, 2016
Aroma: caramel, somewhat floral hops, dough, banana-like yeast, toffee and a litte roasted malt ; Appearance: amber, brown, cloudy, tan foam that forms a medium head ; Taste: medium sweetness, lightly sour, I think also umami, but not fully sure ; Palate: full body, slick feel, average carbonation, short-ish finish. One of my favorites. But very hard to fully describe.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DraftProfessor4 (4) - Portreath, Cornwall, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2016 does not count
Quite a strong tasting beer. Dark and smooth with a nice taste but a strong alcohol aftertaste. Not an easy drink but a good beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
wojownik17 (319) - Krakw, POLAND - NOV 19, 2016
Znakomite, Klasyk. Podobne do tripla. Barwa brązowa, piana świetna, nieregularne bąbelki, gęsta i bujna. Wysycenie wysokie/średnie. Pełne ciało, fajna cierpkość, ale nie czuć tak mocno alkoholu, jak wskazywałoby 10,5 ABV. Naprawdę dobre.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Olorin (15) - Graz, AUSTRIA - NOV 19, 2016
330 ml bottle. Reddish brown colour, nice head mostly lasting, good lacing, soft carbonation. Nose is intensive sweet malt, raisins, very aromatic. Taste is heavy sweet, caramel, dried fruit, followed by a moderate bitterness. Finish is strongly alcoholic, warming and long lasting. A powerful beer, appropriate to a November evening with gingerbread.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nybol (1519) - DENMARK - NOV 14, 2016
Stor smag af mrke malte, og en god varme fra alkoholen. En klassisker der varmer

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Antzrhere (96) - Blackpool, Lancashire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2016
Pours slightly murky brown with beige head that diminishes to a decent lacing. Aroma of fruit, caramel and banana. Taste is less sweet than expected, dandelion and burdock, dark fruits.finish is smooth toffee like vanilla. Well balanced, excellent beer

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tfontana (805) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 6, 2016
Bottle pour into taster cup at One Stop Market 30th Anniversary. Appearance is hazy light brown (like a root beer), nice sparkle, small head with nice lacing. Aroma is light esters with fruit. Taste is fruit with yeast (wine-like) borderline sour. Palate is medium bodied with thin, foamy texture, finish like taste. Overall, probably need more than a taster to get a full impression but with this limited amount this was fine but nothing spectacular.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zarrach76 (66) - Grenoble, FRANCE - NOV 1, 2016
Belle robe brune/ambre translucide surmonte dune grosse mousse grosses bulles beige qui disparait assez rapidement pour laisser un fin collet. Nez trs fruit, avec une dominante de baies rouges et noires : fraise, framboise, mre, myrtille, pruneau, cerise noire, (voir mme de mangue et de mirabelle) le tout en crumble car les malts offrent de beaux armes de pte sable fraichement cuite, de palet breton, de beurre doux... Un vritable gteau aux fruits dans un verre, unique en son genre et propre la Gulden Draak. En bouche, on sent enfin les 10.5% dalcool qui rchauffent le moteur et lamertume des houblons. La deuxime bouche est plus centre sur les fruits, avec des armes de prune, de mirabelle, de pomme et de poire qui napparaissaient pas au nez. La carbonatation est assez faible. Les sucres sont amples et tapissent gnreusement le palet et la langue. On a ici un mix entre une brune belge forte et un vin dorge tellement les malts aromatisent cette bire la faon dun vin ou dune liqueur. On dcle dailleurs des armes de raisins, avec une lgre astringence tannique quon retrouve dans des Bordeaux par exemple. Ce breuvage est parfait pour lapritif ou sur des desserts de fruits ou de chocolat. On regrettera juste labsence de tenue des houblons sur la longueur, mais on rentre vraiment dans des dtails subtils ! Clairement une des meilleures Belges quon puisse dguster et qui frle la perfection. Bouteille 33cl, V&B Grenoble.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarcinG (600) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2016
Butelka 330ml. Ciemnobrazowe z rubinowym refleksem . Piana srednia lekko palona szybko opada. Karbonacja mala. Aromat karmelu rodzynek drozdzy lekko daje apteka. Pierwszy lyk przyjemny :alkohol dobrze ukryty przyjemnie rozgrzewa. Slodowe nuty ,rodzynki,karmel, rumowa podbudowa .wanilia. Wszystko dobrze zbalansowane. Niezle


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