Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by MadeInOregon:
3.75/5 rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I've had Gulden Draak about 3 or 4 times in the past and remember liking it a lot so I wanted to give it another go and see if it was as good as before. Unfortunately I was a little disappointed, but it's still an enjoyable drinking experience.
The body is dark amber accompanied by a thin, tan head which sticks around for a while. In the glass it looks like a barleywine and looks very strong in general.
Gulden Draak smells syrupy sweet and astringent. Though the aroma is interesting, it's actually not very pleasant and kind of overwhelming.
As for taste, I should have trusted my instincts and let it warm up a little before tasting as it's much tastier and drinkable when it's closer to room temp. When cold it tastes syrupy sweet very much like a barleywine--making me wonder if this really is a "Dark Triple" and not a Quad (?). Regardless of temperature this beer is very strong and warming, which is nice if you're in the mood for it.
As it warms up the hops are more evident and the yeast is present in the aftertaste. The consistency is highly carbonated just like a triple but with a more warm and creamy feel.
I wouldn't ever turn this beer down when offered, but from now on I will definitely make sure to drink it after it's been out of the fridge for an hour. That's when it moves from being just a strong and interesting beer to one that is smooth and enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
11-02-2009 22:51:31 | More by MadeInOregon
More User Reviews:
4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Slightly cloudy ochre with loose honeycombed sandstone froth. Mild gusher.
Toffee, goji berries, spiced apple, granary bread, wax - multi-facteed.
Lots of blonde caramel (candy sugar?), some Japanese plum, hints of cinnamon and cedar, a big whack of clovey spice, and slight noble hop end.
Rock candy, sour cherries, and cocoa dust with numbing booze and herb linger.
Crisp, round, slightly hot.
BSDA, dark tripel, "red strong beer" as the label says - not sure what to expect with this one, in spite of its reputation. Nose is too brown for a tripel but not fully dark. That ends in the taste - it drinks very light. There's not huge complexity to the taste, just a couple of sugar + spice elements playing off each other, yet it's strangely tasty and moreish. Almost play like a cinnamon-herb hard candy or a Christmas ale.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2014 20:25:10 | More by StJamesGate
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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