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

bottled
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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2836   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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4.2
mcberko (17323) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2010 330mL bottle - pours a dark brown into chalice. Aroma is roasted caramel and malts. Flavour is huge - malt-toffee, quite hoppy and a little sweet. The high ABV is noticeable, but well done. One of my favourite Belgians.

3.7
chrisv10 (17320) - DENMARK - APR 9, 2010
33 cl bottle. Amber/brown body with big off-white head. Flavour is malt, dark fruit, yeast, caramel and hops.

3
Oakes (17274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2000
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2003 Opaque med-brown; light brown head; aroma of alcohol, chocolate, raisin, baked apples. Creamy texture, milk chocolate balances with some alcohol heat. Yeast, vague fruit notes. A simple beer whose popularity continues to confound me. To each his own I guess.

2 years old: Opaque cherrywood. Inch thick mocha head - impressive given the age and strength of this brew. Vague dark fruits, earth, caramel, malts and alcohol (esp. as it warms). Drinks like a warm Frosty spiked with brandy - sweet, thick, oily, sugary, vaguely fruity (gooseberry, plum, pear), artificial chocolate. Finishes too timid unless it is warm in which case alcohol attacks.

3.8
yngwie (17038) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2008 Bottle, 75cl corked. A hazy reddish dark orange-golden beer with a lasting beige head. Some cellar and alcohol in the aroma, but dried fruits and dark sugars are more evident. Full-bodied and almost sticky sweet in the mouth, quite warming from the alcohol. Sweet flavor with dried fruits, some cellar and dark sugars. Caramel too. Nice bitterness to support the sweetness in the finish. Not as complex as the trappists, but a very nice one. Maybe a bit warm, but I like it. Rating: 7-4-8-4-15-3.8 (081205)

Bottled, 75cl champagne cork. It pours a bit unclear, orange-brown with a reddish hue and a beige head. Sweet nose with some caramel and roasted malt, and spices and more sweetness. Nice, sweet flavor, with spices and caramel. Fullbodied, lovely beer. (061229)

2.9
jtclockwork (16444) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Deep purple color in the glass. Taste is almost all hard liquor, some raisins. Nose is the same. I’d probably rate this closer to a 3.8 today. Rated 6/25/02

3.6
brokensail (16436) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 24, 2011
A: The pour is a dark amber color, definitely some brown notes to it with a finger and a half of khaki head. S: Tons of bubblegum and banana aroma. Some clove notes to go along with it. A bit of caramel and brown sugar along with dark fruits such as plums and black cherries. T: Quite sweet with tons of banana, dark fruit, and dark sugar flavors such as brown sugar and caramel. Quite a bit of bubblegum flavor as well. Mild alcohol and spice notes, as well as some yeast, provide depth. M Medium in body with a fairly high level of carbonation. O: One of those classic beers and one that I still enjoy a decent amount. Not a favorite, but solid.

4.2
Dedollewaitor (16056) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2006
Paters vietje (Antwerp) Dark red/brown with white head. Fruits and caramel. Very warm from the alcohol. Very good body. good long finish! One of the best from Van Steenberge!

3.3
FatPhil (15966) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 16, 2008
330ml bottle (Kaisla, Helskink)
Dark red, huge fluffy head. Massive malty and slightly alcoholic aroma. Similar taste, but very sweet - and actual sugar sweetness at that. Slight hint of raisins, but that’s not what provides the sweetness. Alcohol present, but not too intrusive. Quite fizzy in the mouth. I’m sure I’ve had better.

3.8
MiP (15650) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown colour. Sweet peppery flavour. Pruney, dried fruit notes. Warming alcohol aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel.

3.6
Benzai (15460) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2011
Don’t remember much from this beer except that it is a pretty nice tripel-like and that it has lively carbo.


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