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Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Gulden Draak (Dark Triple)Gulden Draak (Dark Triple)

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,775 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2775
Reviews: 1191
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.35%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001)
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jaz

Indiana

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say about this beer? IMO, if the gods had a favorite drink, it would be Gulden Draak! This beer poured a beautiful, slightly hazy, deep reddish carmel color with a generous, thick, creamy white head. The aroma was a fantastic blend of alcohol, carmel, and spices. As I tipped the tulip to my lips, I could taste the sweet juice before it touched my mouth! The taste was an extreme blast of sweetness, a complex and wonderful blend of malts and a definite alcohol flavor that swirled my taste buds into a frenzy. I swallowed, and to my delight a wonderful hops bitterness came through, riding along side the flavors of coriander and sweet orange peal. My mouth was in heaven, and my pallet demanded more of the heavenly nectar, but my brain cells warned me of the effect that 10.5% alcohol would have on my ability to drive home. So much for driving home, I'm headed to the store to buy more Gulden Draak!!

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2003 18:26:36 | More by jaz
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GISentinel

Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Although I am by no means as experienced as many other beer tasters here, I recently had some Gulden Drak. The bottle looked more like a wine bottle that had been spray painted white and contained 1pint 9 ounces I believe. At a beer tasting party we compared this with 5-6 other premium beers, which included other offerings from Belgium, a dunkel from Germany, and an ale from England. Our 6 member tasting group unanimously chose Gulden Drak the best of the bunch. Since it was probably the best beer I have ever had, I rate it a 5 across the board.

Delicious! A must try for any who have never tasted it.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 22:57:10 | More by GISentinel
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1fastz28

Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

got this in a belgian mix a six pack, and holy crap if the other 5 are this good, i'm going to go nuts.

its just a 5 across, no question about it

has a beautiful deep amber color and a nice head, and a big head

smell is wonderful, taste is wonderful, its just a fantastic beer. has a strong alcohol bite to it with a myriad of spicy yeast flavors

mouthfeel is a thicker more syrupy type

and as far as drinkability to it, i just wish i had bought more, its awesome

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 03:25:14 | More by 1fastz28
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notyourdadsbeer

Colorado

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged at Euclid Hall into a tuplip glass.

A: Perfect brown with a nice latte colored head that starts high but fades in time. Fantastic lacing and tight bubbles.

S: Caramel and toffee up front but not too sweet. Plums and dark fruit follow and intices the senses. You can pickup bannana notes from the yeast as well.

T: Caramel up front and toffee to finish. Now the finish is very very long and the flavor is a bit fleeting. Makes you want to keep sipping honestly. Warm and slightly booze on the back of the throat. Great hints of dark plum and cherries for fruit and the caramelized malts for the sweetness. Has a nice bite too.

M: This is a full bodied beer for sure! The carbination is perfect as is the balance of this beer between heavy and sweet. The finish lingers but the fruit dies fast forcing you to keep sipping, i love it.

D: This is an amazing beer and one that should be put on a pedastal for Belgium beers. This is a sipper and one that should be shared amongst friends over a fire in leather chairs smoking a stoggie. I would give this beer as a gift to anyone I truly cared about and share it with only those that could appreciate it.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 20:27:20 | More by notyourdadsbeer
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MEsoJD

California

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Full bodied, brown/ruby color. Creamy/Long lasting head.

S: Figs, raisins, sweet malt, and honey. There's a lot in there.

T: Taste Sweet/Creamy with subtle hops and spices. Alcohol warms as you finish. The taste of Cherry also lingers in my head.

M: A little dry, smooth, good carbonation, and a little heavy.

O: A unique Belgian triple. A delight with every sip. Maybe needs a bit more hop, but other than that. It's pretty much perfect in my eyes. Would recommend and buy all the time. You can also have this at room temp. Doesn't need to be that cold in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 07:25:28 | More by MEsoJD
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invertedrdm

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As a preface to this review I will admit that this is one of my all time favorites and that I've been craving it, so that might amplify the scores a bit. Regardless, this is my actual opinion on this compared to other strong darks I've tried.

Serving type was a bomber poured into a Mad Elf tulip style glass. Poured smooth and creamy brown, almost like cream soda but a bit darker, with a big fluffy head that dissipated after a minute or so leaving a nice lacing.

Smell is sweet and fruity with a tinge of alcohol and medicine.

Taste is spicy in a way that compliments the fruit and medicine tastes perfectly, alcohol is well hidden considering the size of the brew but still somewhat visible.

Mouth-feel is smooth, not too light yet not at all viscous.

Overall a highly recommended beer to any Belgian ale lover, especially those liking a good spice or fruit/medicine flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 20:49:50 | More by invertedrdm
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have never given all "5's" on a rating as to date. I had to bow down in awe at this beer! It is an absolute MASTERPIECE! Nice white cap head with a tremendously appealing dark brown color. Scented of light apricots with a splash of maraschino cherries. The taste is so clear and clean. I couldn't even fathom that this brew was 10.5%. Despite that I could session this beer, well maybe for about 90 minutes. It goes down with a slight oft-plum taste with crazy belgian yeasts and smooth, crispy effervescent flavors. I could not find a morsel wrong with this one. It should be on the USA banned substances list!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 22:15:04 | More by bigdeuce
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neckbracesub

Indiana

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 25.4 ounce bottle into a double shot glass, enjoyed in sipping sessions with my fiancee until it was gone.

Where do I even begin with an ale that is this heavenly? There really isn't a single area that Gulden Draak could have room for improvement. This is one of those rare brews that is completely deserving of the term PERFECTION.

It pours a gorgeous autumn color and has a slight carbonation with a nice foamy head.

The aroma gives off a pleasant scent of brown sugar and a blend of subtle fruits.

As soon as it hit the tip of my tongue its taste won me over. I had been told on several occasions that this was a world-class beer, but I had no idea I would find it as flawless as I did. There is an amazing combination of just the right amount of semi-carbonation, sugar and fruit in the tones of this ale that make it a one-of-a-kind!

As for the aftertaste: It goes down like a wonder and leaves the senses in a state of bliss long after you're done.

Bravo!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 23:03:07 | More by neckbracesub
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Brian2001


5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am enthralled with this beer yet dismayed at the other reviews regarding taste and smell. One reviewer mentioned creamed pears. I believe it is more like bittersweet prunes prepared with the smokey essence from french pine bark. This also correlates to the hint of bakers chocolate. However, that is a false tasting note which can fool the novice. You see, as the french pine bark tree is expertly roasted, it will certainly lend itself to the essence of bitter chocolate. It is this essence which has been expertly infused within this fine beer. Bottom line is... I kind of like it. Im gonna buy it again when i have a hankering for some sweet light wood.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 03:17:31 | More by Brian2001
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Brad007

Vermont

4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a mild brown color with a one-finger head that fades fast. Carbonation seems just right.

Aroma is strong with the aroma of plum, raisin, grape and apple. Spicy and inviting.

Taste is smooth with the plum, grape, candied sugar and raisin. A bit of alcohol heat is detectable as well.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Carbonation is just right and doesn't "sting" the throat. The flavors as mentioned above, meld together so well that it makes this beer enjoyable.

Drinkability is high on my list. Very smooth, carbonation is just right and I can actually tell the flavors better. Not muddled like a few other examples I've had. The alcohol is barely present, which is the work of a skilled brewer. Worth another bottle for aging because at 10.5% this beer is deceptively drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 19:15:27 | More by Brad007
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endovelico

Portugal

4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Taken from notes. Reviewed on 13-02-2009. Poured into Chimay glass. Best before date: 04-04-2009. Reviewed under medium high artificial light.

Appearance: Pours a three thinger fluffy white headed brew. Murky. Brown colored. Unperceived Effervescence. Great lacing. Overall excellent appearance, almost unique. Wish i had this on a Tulip.

Aroma: Ripe fruits, raisins, grapes, caramel and belgian dark candy sugar / molasses upfront and chocolate, cinnamon and slightl biscuity aroma in the back. Medium High to high Aroma intensity. Very complex and well balanced. Slight alcohol Aroma, but blends well with the overall aroma profile.

Taste: Very complex and sweet. Caramel / Molasses / Belgian Dark candy sugar, dark fruits and chocolaty like flavors. Noticeable alcohol flavor. Very well balanced. Medium high to high flavor intensity. No hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium low to low bitterness. Full bodied. Medium low to low carbonation. Coating mouthfeel, goes down smoothly. Liquorish like texture. Sweet molassy like aftertaste.

Drinkability: Excellent prototype of the style, and much worth the price. Goes down almost too easily considering the ABV and is not too filling or coying, which is surprising considering the ammount of residual sugars that are probably contained.

On a final note: One of my favourite brews. Should be elevated to be the Standard for the Belgian Strong Dark Ales. Will have whenever possible.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 19:56:31 | More by endovelico
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Gunnz

Rhode Island

4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very nice dark burgandy in color with a decent caramel cream colored head.

Malty and chocoltey nose with a slight hint of hops.

Strong malty flavor with hints of caramel. Classic of strong ales.

Smooth yet heavy bodied, but enjoyable.

Very highly recommended. Definitely something I would drink again. Probably something I would want to save as a treat for myself to keep from having too much of a good thing too often.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 04:47:10 | More by Gunnz
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark amber (mahogany) color. It first pours with no head, but quickly turns into a thick, white foamy head. The aroma is that of a very sweet malt - very nice. Possibly some fruits in there as well. The flavor is wonderfully odd - very refreshing. It has a sweetness to it with just a tiny bit of spiciness for the perfect blend. The high alcohol content is very well masked and almost non-detectable. The aftertaste is a little sweet malt that lingers on the tongue for a fully enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2003 01:44:47 | More by clvand0
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a cute little stubby 11.2oz single from Steve's Liquor here in Madison. Neat white bottle too.

Pours a murky mahogany brown with a short off-white head in my sweet new Schlitz chalice. That's right - Schlitz chalice. Anyhow, nose is warm and spicy with apple cinnamon and nutmeg over Belgian yeast. Tastes like chilled sparkling apple cider - winter spices, fresh pressed apples, figs, and some light bready yeast. Quite sweet overall, not a whole lot of bitter to balance it, but I didn't mind. Like a much more refined version of New Glarus' Apple Ale. The 10.5% is almost nonexistent, expertly hidden without bitterness. Another pleasant surprise for the night after DFH's 90 Minute IPA. Good beer night for me. Wish this wasn't so damn expensive, so a rare treat for me that I will surely enjoy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 03:05:12 | More by Golden2wenty1
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wolfbeast

Sweden

4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This heavy, dark beer, or rather: barley wine, is definitely my all-time favourite, one I will go at lengths to get when I can. It is a special brew, not one you would drink every day but rather as a treat. The different properties, then:

Appearance: A very dark beer, with a slight red hue - unlike most triples which are light in colour. It forms a thick, rich head which is a yellow tint. You have to pour this one carefully or it will create large amounts of foam, highly recommended to use the glass specifically for this beer, which shape helps to give you the proper head.

Smell: The smell is lightly sweet, and definitely betrays the alcohol content, but for this kind of beer that is to be expected! A very round smell, no bitterness or hoppy scents of note.

Taste: Absolutely wonderful! It is a complex, smooth, almost toffee-like taste but retains definite hoppy accents as well. It is rich enough to actually "nimble" and roll around, nothing negative at all to be said about the taste.

Mouthfeel: The feel of the beer is soft, thick, you could almost call it cotton-like. Easily coats the mouth to bring out the full flavour.

Drinkability: Exceptionally drinkable. If you have never had Gulden Draak before you might even be cautioned not to drink it too fast, but take it slow, or you may find yourself more light-headed than you would expect. A little goes a long way too, you don't need to drink a lot of this beer to have a wonderful evening, and a just as good morning after, as it is a beer that leaves very little, if any, ill effects.

All in all, exceptional in all respects, and worth the extra mile or extra bit of cash to get. One you should at least try once in your life.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 21:09:58 | More by wolfbeast
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Jra1985

Oklahoma

4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers so I will try not to be biased.

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

A- Dark brown and very inviting. Nice thick head that lingers for a little while.

S- Great aroma that has a very earthy smell to it. Malty and sweet.

T- An excellent taste. Sweet and Malty. Brown Sugar?

M- Warms the mouth. Good balance of carbonation and refreshingly smooth for a high abv.

O-Overall this is an excellent beer I that I enjoy alot. Reasonably priced and a top notch beer I would recommend to anybody.

I tried to not be biased in this review but its just an excellent beer that deserves high praise. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 20:52:33 | More by Jra1985
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ipogios

Cyprus

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown in color with excellent body and creme-like head which adds to the overall appearance. Great distinctive smell and perfect taste. A very strong Dark Ale (10.5% ABV). Preferably and highly suggested to be enjoyed in the Gulden Draak glass...

Definitely one of the TOP beers worldwide

Cheers

ipogios

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2002 08:34:02 | More by ipogios
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nortmand

Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours brown with a long-lingering white tan-white head.

Alcohol, candi and caramel dominate the smell.

Sweet and chocolatey up front. Ends with a bitter hit and a tiny bit of skunk.

Luscious and creamy, this is a beer, albeit strong, that I could drink alot of. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 23:12:45 | More by nortmand
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mithrascruor

California

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful clear dark ruby-red-brown color. Luxurious thick, heavy, & lumpy off-white head.

Smell: Very bready, with bananas and figs. A bit faint, however.

Taste: Has a wonderful malty/bready taste with a proper amount of sweetness. Candy-like in some ways, but it's not sickly or over-the-top whatsoever. Spices (such as peper and cloves) are present as well, together with some fruits (such as banana). Slight bit of alcohol in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth with a very mild & tingly carbonation sensation.

Drinkability: The alcohol does gradually become more noticable in the taste after a bit. Very strong (alcohol-wise) as well.

An exceptional beer and one of my favorites. It's not always that easy to find, but if you do, it's definitely worth a try. A real treat.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 02:10:32 | More by mithrascruor
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Killer bottle! This image of a golden dragon and medieval writing appeals to the side of me that loves Lord of the Rings and Iron Maiden! Looks like a T-shit that I would have worn in high school....I was a dork though.

A - A ridiculously huge tan head threatens to flow over the side of my big ass snifter....yep, there it went. Let me grab a paper towel. Ok. That prodigious head sticks around for a long time, and when it finally does begin to settle, it gets really rocky and pitted. Tons of really nice arcing lace is left on the glass. The brew appears to be dull cloudy brown until it's held to the light and becomes deep dark crimson.

S - Maple syrup covered fruit, honey, Belgian waffles, wild clover, and outdoorsy hay-like hops. The fresh fruit aromas are amazing. There are the expected dark fruits (dates and prunes), along with some unexpected summer fruit freshness (peaches, dried apricots). Actually, this reminds me of apricot baby food in a way. The alcohol is slightly noticeable when you inhale deeply, and I like that!

T - Maple syrup, malted milk balls cores....(just the inner part without the chocolate coating), honeycomb cereal, butterscotch, dates, raisins, dried apricots and apples. Malty and boozy like a good scotch, but accentuated with a beautiful citrus hop flavor.

M - Ridiculously full bodied, sugary syrupy thick, alcoholic, and solid like biting into a honeycomb. The massive sweetness and full body are moderated by a fiery alcohol attenuation and some really citric hops. Wow.

D - This is a completely mind blowing brew, but not something for sessioning or drinking with food. This is sweet, heavy, deserty, and boozy...sort of like the Grand Marnier of beers and that is the ONLY reason I'm not giving this straight 5s. This one has that "it" quality of the best beers in that it almost gives me the shivers when I smell it and smack my lips!

Gleaned directly from the Van Steenberge website:
"Did you know that the Gulden Draak is named for the golden statue at the top of the clock tower of Ghent? The statue was originally given to the city of Constantinople
(now Istanbul in Turkey) by the Norse king Sigrid Magnusson in 1111, during one of
the first crusades; hence of course the form of a Viking ship that the beast was given. Approximately one hundred years later, Boudewijn IX, Count of Flanders, was the Emperor of Constantinople in one of the following crusades. Because he found the statue so beautiful, he simply took it back to Flanders with him. In 1382, the cities of Bruges and Ghent even did battle for this statue."

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 16:54:48 | More by pmcadamis
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tanzaniakate

Washington

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sweet, warm, round. Aftertaste reminiscent of a tawny port. Dark ale flavor with more to it than a regular dark ale. One of our favorites, reserved in our household for special occasions and very special guests.

Doesn't go with everything, so don't plan on serving it with every meal. But it goes great with strong-flavored meats, and as a dessert.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 02:56:30 | More by tanzaniakate
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abriggs1

Connecticut

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not-so-simply-put, this beer is a Druggernaut of boose, malt, and complexity. I just bought a four pack of this stuff to age, and of course I had to get a single to drink now. The smell is of caramel, toffee, and butter scotch. It's intensely rich, and very complex. I can't wait to get into some of these years down the road. Warms the soul as well as the brain. Truly one of the world's great beers. When I die, I hope to be embalmed with Gulden Draak.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 23:22:16 | More by abriggs1
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Foxxypants

Indiana

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I received this beer for my birthday, I decided to put it off for a while, seeing the 10.5%ABV rating. I figured I should save it for a special occasion that dictated a strong beer. That occasion came around, and I got out my Newcastle pub schooner, opened this baby and poured it.

A: Sits perfectly in the glass. Just enough head to look pretty, dark amber/brown color, light filming on the glass when swirled.

S: The smell was pleasant, though nothing too special. Fruity, but strong.

T: I was blown away. It tastes so perfect. Smooth, but it lets you know that it's strong. Complex, with dark fruit flavors, and smooth malt tone. Finishes with hops, and stays around.

M: Creamy, sticks with you. Very smooth.

D: I could drink this every day for ever, if it weren't so hard to find. I plan on hunting this beer down for every special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 20:45:28 | More by Foxxypants
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Wreckoncile

California

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the good ole 750 ml into a Chimay goblet. Not my first rodeo with Gulden Draak, but my first review of her.

A - Pours a deep bloody burgandy with maybe a finger of creamy foam that descends into the beer fairly quickly leaving average lacing.

S - Hot damn I love this nose. Dark fruits with a black cherry and prunish punch, yeilds to a bit of spiciness and a total kick your ass Belgian yeast that defines a solid tripel for me.

T - Robust and malt forward. The dark fruits dance on the tongue with a splendid array of sweetness, almost a chocolate covered raisin flavor in parts. But the dark fruits succomb at the end to the sweet, bready yeastiness that just makes this beer a classic.

M - The mouthfeel on this one is complex. Its sultry, but retains a bit more carbonation than most beers with that sultry texture. Its a strong beer, but the alcohol is fairly well-disguised for something of the ABV.

O - Gulden Draak is one of my all-time favorites, and this review reflects that. It retains all of the gloriousness of a quality Belgian brewed tripel, but the darkness of it adds a dimension that not many tripels can match. Its fruit profile is darker than most tripels (dark fruits, fewer of the lighter fruits you sometimes get in lighter tripels), almost making it Quad like. But this is a superb beer, among the best ever crafted in my judgement. That's kinda why its part of my avatar.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 03:45:45 | More by Wreckoncile
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Ryanm1

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'd been wanting to try this beer for quite some time now. Was able to snag a 22oz. cage and cork from my local Foodery store. New it was a Belgian for which I have a penchant for and had high expectations.

This beer is classified as a Triple, but not the orthodox version, a dark triple. This was the first dark triple I've ever had. It poured dark brown cherry-ish much darker than a normal golden triple color. It was a violent pour which garnished an excessive amount of head.

The aroma eminaiting from the glass was a strong smell of cherry and dark fruit, of which when taking a sip both of these flavors are present. The mouthfeel is unlike any other beer. The amount of carbonation on the tongue was unreal. As I took a sipped I struggle to hold or feel the beer in liquid fashion before it turned to straight carbon dioxide. This was not a bad feel, but one of the best I have ever experienced. Was also chasing the liquid with my tounge when ingesting it. The only other beer that came close to this cabonation explosion would be St. Bernardus. There was a strong prescense of sweetness in the beer which I expect in a Triple made with Belgian Yeast. Great after taste lingering with a mild bitterness. Packs a punch at 10.5 abv.

I would consider this one of the best beers I've ever had!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 23:38:49 | More by Ryanm1
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Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 2,775 ratings.