Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by ecoastman:
4.4/5 rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I'm starting to warm up a little by the end. Good stuff and definitely worth a try for Belgian fans. OK to start but loving it by the end. I'd like to see this offered separately from the Belgian sample pack at the Ontario LCBO.
I kind of like the ceramic look-a-like bottle and asian theamed design. The beer pours nicely into a chalice with cherry hues and a nice dense head that recedes to a thin layer but is well retained. There's just a little lacing along the way.
Complex bread, fruit, sweet candy malt belgian-like aromas. Very nice and not too boozy.
The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and a touch syrupy. There's surprisingly little courseness for the ABV, but then again it's a Belgian...
Sweet and malty to start and the volatiles from the ABV bring out some of the fruity complexities of the yeast. Notes of strawberries and cherries.
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2009 03:37:22 | More by ecoastman
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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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