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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4.96/5 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.
94 out of 100 based on 2,980 ratings.