Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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3.95/5 rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
11.2oz bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.
Gulden Draak, often described as a Dark Tripel, is often characterized as the catch-all, "Belgian Strong Dark Ale", and by the brewery itself as a Barleywine style. Hopefully throughout this review I can try to deduce some points of the beer rather than try to lump it in with a style.
A - Upon pouring, it certainly takes on characteristics of a Quad. Dark burgundy body with bright, cordial highlights. Builds a huge 3.5 fingered, khaki colored head that is apparent throughout the entire beer. The bright highlights make it possible to see the absolute torrent of bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass which really aids the retention. Lacing is on the high end of the spectrum, as there are elegant and eccentric webs spinning all over the glass.
S - The smell is also very reminiscent of a Quad or a heavy Dubbel. Lots of dark, candied fruits with only small traces of Belgian yeast. Figs, plums, grapes and bready malts make up the majority of the smell and there is also noticeable heat from the alcohol. Alcohol imparts an strong ethanol characteristic which is a bit unpleasant.
T - One sip from this makes me feel like I could jump in the vessel on the bottle and sail across the ocean. Very sweet and alcoholic. The fruits are incredibly sweet and tangy, and as they assault the front of the mouth, the alcohol goes straight to the back to complete the two-stage attack. Grapes and plums are the forefront of the siege, and the tannic notes from them really mesh well with alcohol heat. It tastes like a sugary Welsh's Grape Juice with a shot of Everclear. It isn't unpleasant initially, but it wears on as the drink settles.
M - Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with lots of mouth involvement. As mentioned earlier, each characteristic of the beer hits a different spot of the mouth, and the heavy carbonation helps keep everything moving smoothly.
D - Drinkability is moderate. The flavors are strong and smooth, but the sweetness is just a bit too much as I continue to drink. Pretty heavy bodied and a bit syrupy, it's a nice treat to start but a sugary at the end.
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2010 04:19:45 | More by nhindian
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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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