Did you know that the Gulden Draak is named after the golden statue at the top of the Belfry in Ghent ? The statue was originally donated to the city of Constantinople (now Istanbul in Turkey) by the Norse king Sigrid Magnusson in 1111, during one of the first crusades. Approximately a century later, Boudewijn IX, Count of Flanders, ordered it to be transported to Flanders. In 1382, the cities of Bruges and Ghent even waged a battle over this statue. And who do you think won ?
At the table :
This “barley wine” blends in well with and in stews and specifically in Ghent or Flemish beef stew. It also comes into its own in sauces that accompany red meat, especially in a bordelaise. It is also eminently suited for desserts, especially pure chocolate desserts.
In the glass (according to the brewer):
Color: dark with a caramel-coloured head
Gravity: 23° Plato
Flavor: alcohol, burnt malt and coffee
Taste: very full body with hints of chocolate, caramel and alcohol
Finish: bitter-sweet, very long finish
Thanks to the re-fermentation in the bottle and the cask, this beer can be cellared for years imparting new rich flavours!