Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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United Kingdom (England)
3.96/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2013, so it's well out of date. Picked up ages ago as part of a Belgian six-pack and stashed in my garage. Hopefully the high ABV will have helped to preserve it. Nice bottle, though I wish they still coated them with ceramic....
Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A dark reddish-brown hue that appears almost black in the glass. Intense carbonation is just visible, along with chunky floating sediment. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a thick surface layer. Aroma of sweet, fruity malt with hints of prunes, dried fruit, sherry, fruitcake, brown sugar/caramel, mild oxidation and a warming whiff of booze. Impressive but faintly cloying.
Tastes of rich, fruity malt with a sweet character and a lingering finish. Notes of prunes, raisins, dried fruit, sherry, fruitcake, brown sugar, caramel, subtle oxidation, a twinge of vanilla, stewed leaves and faint earthiness. Pretty sweet, with a hint of warming alcohol in the background. A mild, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with good body and perhaps a shade too much carbonation. An aftertaste of sweet, fruity malt, dark sugar and booze.
A Belgian classic, though sweeter than I remember it. Perhaps the age of the bottle has resulted in a touch too much oxidation? Looks decent, with a superbly rich aroma and flavour of dried fruit and booze. Body is OK, though the carbonation could be toned down a tad. An excellent beer, particularly for winter, but one to be savoured at leisure. Add this one to your must-try list.
Serving type: bottle
12-22-2013 01:31:34 | More by jazzyjeff13
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