Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by rickyleepotts:
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
I have had this beer before, but I don’t really remember it. I remember the bottle and the label, but didn’t realize it was a strong dark ale. I also don’t agree that it tastes like a barleywine. Of course, I don’t remember the beer… so maybe it does! But I am excited to drink this because Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. also makes Piraat, one of my favorite beers of all time. Not sure it can live up to that beer, but I am sure it’s good! Let’s get to it.
In the Glass: This beer also started overflowing as soon as I popped the top. It has to be one the beers that traveled from Indiana. That is two in a row… only a few more before we need to start shopping again. Fun. That is my favorite part! Anyway, the beer pours a very dark brown, almost black into the glass. It also has a rich, foamy white head. It’s fun seeing such a dark beer produce such a light and appetizing head.
Nose: The beer smells like liquid yeast. It has a very malty aroma, too. The words “dark ale” truly come to light here. I pulled this beer from the fridge, but I almost think some chill to it might help. Upon a second sniff I am wondering if a beer with 10.5% might be best cellared until further notice. It seems half of the beers on our list are that way.
Flavor: Holy cow flavor. There is SO much flavor in this beer. It starts sweet, then gets bitter, almost dry, then finishes strong. Hence the name, I suppose. There is so much going on here, I almost want to give this to a guy that doesn’t know or appreciate good craft beer. I mean, there are ten different flavors from the second it enters your mouth. I can see why they would call this a barleywine. It has that sweetness, and it finishes sweet. It finishes strong, but it finishes sweet just the same.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is amazing. It starts soft and sweet, then explodes across the tongue, and finishes with an explosion of sweetness. Those malty flavors that I was smelling don’t really come around until the aftertaste, and they are subtle at best. The 10.5% ABV is also nicely hidden. One or two of these and you would be feeling just fine. Swishing it around in my mouth I was able to feet a few more flavors, but it is best just sipping as is. Man… what a great beer!
Aftertaste: The aftertaste starts sweet. There is a subtle sweetness across the entire experience here. But the aftertaste, as explosive as the beer was/is, is not as big as I expected. It sticks around for a few minutes, but doesn’t leave me begging for more. The sweetness sure does!
Like I said, I have had this beer before. But when I am sitting down to not only appreciate it, but drink it with a purpose (this blog) I am enjoying it a LOT more. Man, what an incredible beer. That, and I learned that Gulden Draak actually means golden dragon. That was a cool little backstory. We are going to be in Belgium next month. Maybe I can find this on draft somewhere. Bottoms up, people!
Gulden Draak – The bottle says: “NA”
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2012 04:48:40 | More by rickyleepotts
More User Reviews:
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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