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

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Gulden Draak (Dark Triple)Gulden Draak (Dark Triple)

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,987 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,987
Reviews: 1,201
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 159
Gots: 252 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001)
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MadeInOregon

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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
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Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 2,987 ratings.