Subject: Gulden Draak
Brewing Company: Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Location of Purchase: Frontier Saloon in Folsom, PA (6/30/10)
Date of Consumption: 6/30/10
Analysis: My friend Dan wanted to me buy me some nice new brew to try for my birthday last month and Gulden Draak caught my eye above all others on this particular evening. The unique bottling was certainly an eye-catcher but the 10.50% APV was what sealed the deal.
The bartender served it to me in a tall glass which had to be poured very, very slowly to avoid the creation of an easily created large head. Once poured, I was enamored by the beer's dark and reddish color as well as the distinct aroma.
The malt taste is a bit sweet, although not overbearing, with hints of fruit. It was hard to distinguish what type of fruit because this Belgian brew's alcohol can be tasted above all else. In fact, the taste of alcohol got noticably stronger the closer I got to the bottom of my glass. That's not to say it tasted bad. I am simply trying to say that this is a real deal beer and one to experience, not one to slam down.
In fact, the only bad point I can make about this beer is the price tag, which is a bit hefty considering it comes in a four pack. But I did not have to experience this economical pain due to the fact that Dan treated me to some good Belgian product in honor of my birthday.
Final Verdict: I would buy this again in a heartbeat and will do so in the near future, but only under the right circumstance. Again, it is close to 11% ABV per serving so throwing back some of these on a night out on the town might not be the best idea. My tolerance is above average when it comes to alcohol and I was feeling the effect halfway into my first glass. Two glasses later and I was set for the night. So pardon my French, but be careful with this gem because it can knock you on your ass. I'm serious. I have been really liking my new venture into Belgian brew the past couple of months as all have been enjoybale experiences. Gulden Draak is no exception and just might be my favorite experience so far.
A MUST TRY!
AND THANKS TO DAN FOR MAKING THIS BOOZE REVIEW A REALITY!