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

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RATINGS: 2769   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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (6370) - Oulu/Helsinki, - MAY 2, 2013
Bottle 0.33l at home. BBE 12072013. Colour is reddish brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Alcohol, Belgian yeast, fruits and sweetness


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RenataLF (28) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - MAR 27, 2017
Uma exploso de sabores. Caf, notas de melado, cor caramelo escura, mto encorpada e colarinho espesso. Perdeu ponto pq tem acar nos ingredientes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
R4N5H (1035) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2017
On tap at Brasserie Beck, Washington DC on 08-Mar-2017. Brown with a large fluffy long-lasting off-white head. Aroma of spices, dark fruity and malt. Full body and medium carbonation. Heavy sweetness on the palate. Caramel, molasses, fruit, Belgian yeast and spices - almost Xmas pudding like. A classic, but too sweet for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdKing (2510) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2017
Bottle from Dranken Geers. Slightly murky red to orange brown beer with a large off white head, which dissipates to nothing. Nose is very sweet, oranges, orange liqueur, barley sugar, earthy, citrus, tropical fruit, toffee, bread, caramel, candy sugar. Taste is caramel, vinous, barley sugar, orange citrus, bread, orange peel, floral. Body is sticky and sweet, unctuous. Bit of hop bitter in the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ordybill (1608) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2017
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a bright slightly murky brown with a very small off-white head. The aroma is malt driven with a noticeable alcohol presence. The taste is malt and alcohol. A really good beer, you have to be in the mood to drink a strong ale to fully enjoy it.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
promontor (140) - HUNGARY - MAR 2, 2017
0.33l bottle from Lidl. Warm dark brown body with a hint of red. Thick, long lasting beige head. Amazingly intense and seductive aroma of dark fruits, raisin, berries, banana. Taste is similarly seductive. Very much on the sweet side, dominated by the same fruits. Some caramel and nuts are also detectable. Alcohol is present but very moderate considering the high alcohol content. Some Belgian yeasts try to balance the sweetness, with moderate success. Silky mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Aftertaste initially very sweet, but later turns alcoholic and a bit even bitterish. Clearly a dessert beer. The best Van Steenberge beer so far and a remarkable Belgian beer in overall.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
19Oracolo78 (159) - ITALY - MAR 1, 2017
Birra dal colore ramato scuro. Schiuma abbondante e persistente color color caffellatte. Allolfatto sentore di caramello, dolciastro di miele. Al palato corposa, con un gusto forte. Lalcol si sente ma non fastidioso, tutto controbilanciato da un sapore dolce di miele, caramello e toffee. Nel finale rimane lievemente amara. Un ottima birra.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ehaak26 (374) - - FEB 23, 2017
Pint Night at Pazzos from a bottle. Aroma of dark fruits with some Belgian yeast. Taste sweet but not cloying.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alrick (105) - FRANCE - FEB 21, 2017
Trs puissante, mais galement trs parfume avec une relle envie dy retourner. Un must !

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fombe89 (2929) - Asturias, SPAIN - FEB 19, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2017 On tap @alt strasse, 16/02/17 Color mbar, aromas caramelo, sabor sabor dulce maltoso cuerpo denso. Rica

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfredvik (1866) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2017
Deep brown body with a huge, beige, long-lived head that laces the glass well. Strong aroma that initially feels a bit dusty and chalky, but after a couple of minutes delicious notes of Belgian yeast start emerging. Also dark caramel and dark dried fruits. Very strong flavour of powerful Belgian fruity and spicy yeast, dried fruits, caramel and brown sugar. Full body and moderate carbonation. A truly wonderful beer!
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 1.5 years before BB date, @ Acadmie de la bire, Paris]


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