Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by daledeee:
4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The Belgians believe in effeciency-10.5%.
I also love the story about the battle over the recipe and it has been brewed since around 1100AD.
Before I tried a bunch of other German and Belgian beer this was one of my favorite brews.
Make no mistake, it is a fine offering. Pours a beautiful glass of very dark brown beer with an uncontrollable head. Lots of malt and caramel taste. There is dark fruit mixed in with the other flavors. I didn't notice much hops. Finishes spicy and full flavored. Compared to other Belgians, this is a little sweet for me. Alchohol is more upfront than in some of the other strong beers I have had.
I love the bottle. A great way to keep light out. I would like to talk to someone who has aged one of these.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2003 17:45:32 | More by daledeee
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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.
94 out of 100 based on 2,715 ratings.