Gulden Draak – Brouwerij Van Steenberge (Belgium)

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  • My Rating: B+

Gulden Draak – Brouwerij Van Steenberge, 10.5% ABV – 330ml., (Belgium

from ratebeer.com:

“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.”

  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: Malty brown-sugar berry alcoholic
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $3.60 – 330ml., May 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Distinct white plastic wrapped label on the bottle, it sure stands out from the rest. Pours virtually clear maple syrup brown with a huge lasting creamy head, lots of tight active stream, micro bubbles.

Nose: med-high depth malts with brown sugar (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: fizzy crisp

Mid-palate: (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) dense malts, alcohol, brown sugar, berry-like sweetness

Finish: alcoholic kick, malty sweet finish.

Summary: It should come with a warning label, so dangerously smooth for a 10.5%. Highly drinkable.