Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by SleepyMonk:
4.55/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Chilled bottle poured into a Goulden Draak tulip glass with a handsome golden trim around the top of the glass.
Pours very similar to a Duvel with a thick, yet egg white towards darkish, head taking over the thinned out section towards the top of the glass. Healthy retention keeps the head in the game and lacing is tight.
Color is coffee brown and when held to the light opens up just slightly to a deep red hue towards the bottom of the glass.
Nose is made of a confusing group of sweet flavors and its hard to put your finger on something in particular, anyways its probably best left to that and give up on the nose because taste is where this one is at.
Taste is very strong in the way of sweet malt and a touch of freshly released molasses only assists in improving that. Whilst those two flavors over power anything else it does not matter - those flavors are a real treat.
The body is very well rounded and borders on full. The high alcohol volume doesn't translate. One smooth almost syrup like dark ale that delivers sweet malt notes and finishes with a gradual decline towards peppery end tones.
One great beer and a must for just about anyone
Serving type: bottle
05-16-2009 14:31:53 | More by SleepyMonk
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4.26/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Review taken over the last 3 years multiple experiences. Most recent: December 2013.
11.2 oz( 330ml) Van Steenberge shaped brown bottle with plastic label covering the entire bottle. Van Steenberge's extra security to the liquid inside brings me nothing but confidence as to it being in tip top condition up until its opened. Poured into a Belgian Trappist style goblet.
A - darkest of crimson that's borderline mahogany only with lots of deep red undertones. Somewhat clear though dark with some small pieces of funk barely noticed. Shade of slightly dark white to tan head pours creamy with fluff while lending some pretty impressive size. Settled to a creamy yet still clump like lacing leaving very nice stick.
S - sweet dark fruits. Strawberry, clove spice, Belgian spices, and a flagship worthy Belgian yeast character. Fruity esters all over paired with a hint of bread malt and molasses.
T - dark fruit, prune, fig, and soft chewy raisins. A small hint of clove and a big shot of dark Belgian spices. Some strawberry notes really show up when the Funk of the Belgian yeast notes rise from the middle. A touch of alcohol spice with candied sugar and molasses malt flavors in the finish.
M - big medium bodied with typical but outstanding Belgian feel and texture. Not overly thick but coats the mouth very well. I actually found this to drink a lot easier than it's abv would suggest. But that's just me.
O - Gulden Draak is a classic example of big, dark Belgian beer at its finest. Truly one of the best ales ever created and its traditional recipe paired with that Belgian brilliance makes for one hell of a beer. I have at least one of these every year. Most folks will have tasted its greatness before, but for those who haven't I insist you grab a bottle of Gulden Draak and experience this outstanding ale. Forever a world class creation.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 15:15:09 | More by BradtheGreat7
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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