Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a snifter on 8/13/09
A - Dark, plum-like in color. Poured a two finger head that dissipates to 1/2 inch of foam. Ok lacing.
S - Dark fruits & floral hops.
T - Tendency to follow the nose. Raisins with hop bite up front. Hints of other dark fruits - grapes & plum. Spicy character consisting of cinnamon & clove. Sweet malts & yeast.
M - Rather heavy in body with moderate carbonation. Bitterness lingers, though this is more apparent when cold. Alcohol has a potent warming effect.
D - One of my first forays into Belgian ales; it certainly challenged my palate. Complex & highly enjoyable. I would like to visit this one again.
Serving type: bottle
09-07-2009 18:24:31 | More by Ryan011235
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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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