Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by Scotchboy:
3.68/5 rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
11.2oz ceramic stubby bottle poured into my New Belgium Globe.
A: Dark murky brownish-prune color; creamy off-white head has decent retention & lace.
S: Sweet fruitiness, banana, some Belgian candy sugar, dates and figs, estery Belgian yeast, clove, funk. Faint earthy hops linger.
T: More fruitiness and sweetness, lots of malt and malt breadiness. Sugary, toffee. Belgian yeast notes and hints of spices linger with the suggestion of earthy hop bitterness. Small hint of alcohol - not too bad for 10% but noticeable.
MF: Pretty much medium bodied, with proper carbonation. Not particularly dry. Creamy tones.
O: The smell and flavors don't seem to work together for me. The fruitiness seems to lean more towards a Belgian Pale than a Belgian Dark. I didn't finish the entire bottle; that being said, I'm scoring '4' here to raise the overall score to a more adequate overall number.
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2013 16:27:53 | More by Scotchboy
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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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