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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2736   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmschefke (575) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2009
330ml bottle poured into 500ml Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark hazy brown, almost black, medium tan head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a very thin head for most of the drink. Lots of carbonation, making it feel creamy, decent lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, dried fruits, especially raisins, lots of yeast, and a bit of chocolate. Flavor just didn’t come together as well as I was hoping, but a decent drink nonetheless.


3.7
AleRider78 (1333) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2017
Pours a beige coloured large foamy head. Has a coppery, light brown appearance. Dirty lacing. Aromas of Belgian yeast, malts, spices and dark type fruits. Flavours of roasted malts, dark fruits (raisins, plums) toasty and nutty malts. Hints of citrus hops but quite faint. Chocolate notes in the finish, with hints of caramel. Alcohol is just barely noticeable, nicely balanced. Full bodied, sweet and bitter well balanced. Puckering and chalky mouthfeel. Goes down very smoothly.

3.8
kluczbork (451) - Wroclaw, POLAND - AUG 9, 2017
Bottle. Aroma- intensive dark fruits- figs and raisins, spicy notes and brown sugar. Dark copper, a bit hazy, with a high, beige head, which quickly reduces to a ring. Taste- the same, well-balanced and intensive combination. Medium-bodied, with a medium carbonation. Distinct, classy beer.

4
djcampbell (258) - Moravany, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 4, 2017
Vynikající strong ale, jeden z nejlepších černých piv, co jsem kdy měl. Masivní říz, bohatá kávovo-čokoládová chuť a hustá krémová pěna.

4
serch_kaiba (8) - - JUL 30, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2017 Bottiglia 33 cL e teku, pub (Valhalla, Pavia). Colore rosso mattone, schiuma chiara non molto persistente. Al naso è sorprendentemente delicata, profumi dolciastri, soprattutto caramello. In bocca è molto particolare: apertura dolce, arrivano subito il malto e l’alcol. Solo in chiusura si sente il luppolo, comunque molto leggero. Corpo molto consistente. Una birra che sa davvero tanto di pane e di vino. Retrogusto biscottato.

4.2
KevinReddirt (179) - Midland, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2017
Okay, so, the bottle does stand out. Cellared for a few months after a happy acquisition at the neighborhood HEB. Obtained in the 750 ml version it is poured into a waiting tulip glass. It shows a very dark body with red highlights and gives a lasting head of tightly bubbled light tan foam. I lift the glass for a smell, dried fruit, a bit floral, all inviting to me. A drink, oh my, nice. I get plum, red grapes, bread, all with a welcome malty background. Warming up as I drink more, the alcohol is present but not pushy. Pretty doggone good.

4.3
armandmanman (11) - - JUL 29, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2017 Une mousse bien épaisse. Une bière forte mais qui ne sent pas l alcool. Note de fruit confi et sucre.

4.7
ricke49 (50) - La Pine, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2017
It’d been years since I’d tried this brew. During that time I developed an appreciation of English style Barleywines. Wow! This Belgian Triple is a delightfully close cousin to EBW. Dark fruits, rich malt, wonderfully satisfying mouthfeel. Alcohol well subdued. Great sipper in the cold of winter....or, heck - anytime.

3.8
MavDunk (105) - - JUL 27, 2017
On tap at Flying Saucer. Pours murky ruddy brown with creamy khaki head. Scent is bananas and raisins. Taste is banana and sweet cream. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium body. A little bit boozy. A very good Belgian.

3.3
60minuteman (1744) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2017
Bottle pours murky chestnut. Aroma of caramel, earth, dates and brown malt. A boozy feel with brown sugar and dark fruits in the finish. Medium body and lots of earth and sugar.

3.7
BrewBrain (174) - Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2017
Bottle to tulip with some gushing noted.. Aroma of overripe grapes, caramel. Light brown nearly opaque with medium tan head. Foamy hypercarbonated mouthfeel almost overwhelms the sweet dark dried fruit malt character. Very sweet aftertaste but complex enough to keep your interest.


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