Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
3.75/5 rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
No bottle date
Poured into a standard tulip glass.
Pours a hazy, dark amber with a nice reddish hue. A loosely bubbled, two and a half fingers tall, light beige head quickly forms and has adequate retention, although not quite up to par to others it's category. The head leaves some lacing behind in it's wake.
A lot brighter aromatics than I expected; Juicy, sweet plums right upfront with ripe cherries, as well as some fig flesh not far behind. There is a kiss of some orange blossom from the hops before some sweet, biscuity malts round out the nose. Some alcohol phenols are present.
Sweet cherries and plum flesh greets your palate first with a nice snappy orange-y hop presence in tow. Middle of the taste, there is a distinct fig note right before your palate is smoothed over by a sizable, doughy malt backbone; caramel and toffee with a distinct streak of scorched Belgian candi sugar. Finishes off dry and just bitter enough to balance the sweet malt. Lingering notes of plums, cherries, oranges and more malty breadiness. Moderate to light alcohol flavor in the finish.
Surprisingly light bodied with high carbonation.
Gulden Draak set out to be a dark Belgian Triple, it succeeded. The bright, snappy hoppiness is there, as well as the fruit forward yeast and solid bready malt backbone. Unfortunately, there is also a lot of alcohol phenols in both flavor and aroma that really interferes and covers up the above said qualities as the beer warms in it's glass. This is a decent beginner Belgian beer, but it can't hold its own against the big boys of Belgium.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2013 23:41:45 | More by flayedandskinned
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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
British Columbia (Canada)
3.99/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
This was THE beer for me back in 2007-2009, which was before I really discovered North American specialty craft beers. I'd always went with craft options since around 2002 but for the really interesting stuff I always went Belgian. Fast-forward to today and most of my Belgian beers in the past year or two have been gueuze. I hadn't had a Gulden Draak in about 2 years.
This one I'd cellared in my wine fridge for about a year. Not enough time to change much, but perhaps took the edge off.
A: Dark crimson red with dense and stubborn off-white head.
S: Raisins, dried fruit, red fruit and stone fruit. Lots of fruit but in a heavy and dark way. Big malt presence, prickle of Belgian yeast.
T: Red fruit maltiness with a slightly tart or bitter finish. The alcohol heat is there though not enormous. Slightly herbal, tiny bit of licorice.
M: Crisp and lighter than the beer calls for, to me. I guess this is where it's a dark triple instead of a quad.
O: A solid beer for sure and much fruitier and sweeter than I'd remembered. Solid complexity though I'd like a bit more substance in the physical body of the beer. I've been spoiled though: this is no Westvleteren.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 01:52:32 | More by JasonLovesBeer
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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