Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by Pegasus:
4.4/5 rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Hazy amber color, with a small off-white head, which retains very well, and thick, glass-coating lace. No carbonation was noted.
Aroma: Very pronounced vinuous and dark fruit aromas, very much like sherry in character, with an underlying base of sweet malt. The aroma is quite superb.
Taste: Opens with a sweet, complex vinuous note, very much like port or sherry, with abundant dark fruit notes, and little hop presence. The alcohol lends a mild spiciness. Later in the taste there are mild chocolate notes, then a vinuos sweetness which brings the taste to a close.
Mouth feel: Seems a touch thin for the style, I would have expected it to be almost syrupy. Still, hard to find fault with.
Drinkability/notes: Remarkably superb, daunting in its complexity, an unwaveringly superb example of the style.
Many thanks to Aaron for sharing this wonderful beer.
Serving type: bottle
08-27-2006 01:48:05 | More by Pegasus
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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.
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