Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
4/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Presentation: 330 ml brown pop-top stubby Belgian-style bottle, now covered with a white plastic wrapping, rather than white paint. No date that I see. Poured into a Chimay goblet.
Appearance: Nice warm mahogany brew, with bright clarity and a light tan cap with pretty good retention.
Smell: Lots of fruit (particularly dusty apple and sour, dark fruit), a bit of candi sugar. Fairly straightfoward, but pleasant.
Taste: Mild alcohol heat, but this certainly isn't hot; subtle fruitiness (lighter and golden fruit, but with nothing in particular sticking out). A nice sweetness melds with the alcohol, but it's much more a candy sweetness than dark caramel, as the beer's color might suggest. Not the shocking depth I remember this brew having, but really quite tasty nonetheless, and rather unlike most other BDSAs.
Mouthfeel: Magical--pillowy, light, and creamy, all at the same time.
Overall: This is delicious beer. I can't put my finger on exactly what it is that makes me like it so much; it's not as shockingly complex as I remember (is this still bottle-conditioned as it once was?), but the flavors are still somewhat unique, and seductive. The minimal heat, mixed with the incredible mouthfeel and light fruit flavors (along with a hint of earthy dark fruit) make this quite enjoyable. At $18 a 4-pk, though, this is MAYBE a once-a-year purchase, and it's largely the price that drops the rating a bit below where it should (IMO) be.
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2012 02:08:46 | More by BedetheVenerable
More User Reviews:
4.96/5 rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
330ml bottle poured into Gulden Draak tulip glass. Pours a cola brown color with ruby undertones and a medium sized caramel colored head that dissipates slowly, leaving a quarter inch head and a nice amount of lacing in the glass.
Smell is a dark fruits, plums, cherries, raisins, sweet caramel malt and alcohol.
Taste is just as it smells. Sweet, dense malt upfront with a myriad of dark fruits lending support, including raisins, cherries, and plums. In addition to the sweetness, there's also an herbal quality towards the finish, and some peppery notes. Aftertaste reminds me a bit of cinnamon swirl raisin bread. The 10.5% alcohol is there throughout, with extra punctuation towards the finish. This is a big beer, very complex. Mouthfeel is on the medium-heavy side with a slick, smooth and creamy quality due to the healthy carbonation.
Overall, one of the best strong dark ales in the world and one of my favorite beers period. A treat for the senses, always worth having some on hand. Ages very well. Delicious.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2014 02:25:12 | More by HuskerTornado
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 2,980 ratings.