Beer "Gulden Draak", 330 ml
Beer dark brown-ruby color with a creamy froth hazelnut color.
Full, complex, creamy taste of beer shows enticing notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasted malt and dark fruit. The finish is warm and powerful.
In a very complex and seductive aroma of beer you can feel the notes of banana, cloves, raisins, dark fruit, bread, sweets, yeast, brown sugar, spices, nuances of apple and pear.
Beer is recommended as an aperitif or digestif, it also goes well with stews, red meat sauce, perfect with dark chocolate.
Beer "Golden Dragon" is named after the gold-plated statue on top of the bell tower in the city of Ghent, which symbolizes freedom. According to legend, a gilded dragon adorned the ship on which the Norwegian king Sigrid Magnusson in 1111 went on a crusade. He donated a statue of the emperor of Constantinople to the dome of Hagia Sophia. One hundred years later, the Flemish Count Boudewijn IX statue moved to Belgium, where the Norwegian dragon after internecine battle in 1382 went to the city of Ghent as a war trophy and was placed on the bell tower. The bell tower was the site of the municipal council, and the dragon was supposed to protect the power and the citizens.
As shines in the belfry of Ghent dragon statue, so beer "Gulden Draak", worthy of its name, for many years to shine in the world of beer. This exceptional dark Tripel has an excellent, complex flavor with hints of caramel, roasted malt and coffee, creamy hazelnut-colored cap, towering over the dark body, makes it unique. Like other special beers from the brewery Van Steenberge, "Golden Dragon" is produced by secondary fermentation. One feature of the production is used in the fermentation process of wine yeast, which also contributes to the excellent taste of beer.
For a unique beer was invented a special, stylish white bottle with black label, which depicts a golden dragon.
History Brewery Van Steenberge began in 1784. Jean-Baptiste de Bruin founded in Ertvelde brewery "De Peer". At the beginning of the XX century his great-niece, Margaret, to which inherited the plant moved, married Paul Van Steenberga, professor of microbiology at the school of brewing in Ghent. After the First World War, he became the leader of the brewery. In 1919 he changed the name of the plant on the "Brouwerij Bios" in honor of the beer, which then produces a brewery.
Paul Van Steenberg was more politician than a brewer, he served as mayor of Ertveld and sat in the Senate, so the brewery does not appear often. But, thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit and mind of the scientist, he acted sensibly: successfully launched a wide range of beers, has invested in a new plant, new tanks, organized bottling beer in glass bottles, optimized production costs, resulting in reduced prices for manufactured products, thus obtaining a greater number of consumers.
In 1962, the brewery inherited son Paul - Joseph Van Steenberg, which focuses on producing high-quality, top-fermented beer. He closed malt, built by his father, and ceased to grow on their own fields of hops, becoming to buy raw materials from third-party manufacturers under strict specifications. Jozef Van Steenberg began to prepare a special double fermentation beer.
In 1978, he makes another important step in the history of the brewery - gets beer recipe that Augustinian monks brewed in the monastery in Ghent, modify it, and in 1982 beer "Augustine" appears on the market, immediately earning unprecedented success. Joseph Van Steenberg successfully launches and other ales, which caused a fantastic interest of the consumer, because in the early 80s market specialty beer with high alcohol content was very limited. The subsequent decline of interest in Belgian Strong beer in favor of the camp and Pilsner was temporary, and Joseph was a true visionary: in 2000 the global market creates a clear trend towards the demand for beer with a full taste and complex aroma.
In 1990 the company passed to his son Joseph - Paul Van Steenbergu, who built a new fully automated plant with computer control systems filling fermentation barrels, fine water system and a new beer bottling conveyor and further filling it with natural gas.
Since 1998, the owner of the plant is the nephew Paul - Jeff Versel significantly increase the export of beer in the United States of Europe, as well as "completed" line of beer Augustinian monks release "Augustijn" Brune .