Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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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
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Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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