Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by chinchill:
4.28/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
330 ml bottle from a Belgian sampler 6-pack served in a large glass wine goblet.
Bottled under pressure, as evidenced by the soda pop sound (Psssfft) upon opening. The beer has an generous but not overwhelming fizzy head that quickly settles to a lasting but irregular tan top coat with a thick ring. The liquid is a cloudy near-opaque brown that has a reddish-orange glow when backlit.
S - Moderately strong and rich aroma that is primarily fruity/yeasty and malty, with a medium/dark blend in the malts. I found it quite appealing, and near the 5 mark. There's little hint of the high ABV.
T - Bordering on too sweet, but with notable sour and bitter elements to keep this from detracting from my enjoyment. And I suspect this sweetness helps make the alcohol largely disappear. Rich and complex, with plenty of dark fruit from mid-taste on, and traces of spices including cinnamon. A fine flavor mix that changes with temperature and from the start of a sip to the finish. A tiny bit too much sourness in the finish for my taste, but I know many other aficionados like this effect, and the finish remains a bit sweet nonetheless.
M - good, if somewhat high, carbonation helps produce an excellent mouthfeel that is neither too heavy nor too light. Very smooth, Finish is a bit less dry than I'd expect given the ABV.
O - an excellent Belgian dark tripel (or BSDA). Good enough to be a reasonable inclusion if you ever get the chance to do a side-by-side taste test of world-class Belgians; I wouldn't expect it to win, but it wouldn't be out of place and is relatively inexpensive (vs., say Chimay, Delirium or Rochefort) in the US.
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2011 00:50:25 | More by chinchill
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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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