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

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BA SCORE
94
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2,966 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,966
Reviews: 1,199
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 156
Gots: 242 | FT: 3
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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mudbug

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bone white bottle to a standard pint glass this exceptional brew kicks up a nice tan head with great retention and loads of sticky lacing, the body is a murky baltic amber. The head recedes to a thick cap and remains until the end. Nice.
The aroma is burnt sugar, no not burnt, cooked to perfection brown cane sugar, Jamaican rum sugar and ripe figs with a hint of rain forest, dank and earthy.
Taste is complex, sweet malts, prunes, a dark chocolate, astringency in the aftertaste may be the booze or carbonation or the remnants of spicy hops, but I'll wager its all of the above.
Tight carbonation tickles the tongue, but leaves a long creamy aftertaste of bitter chocolate.
Belisimo, Bravo!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 05:37:11 | More by mudbug
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blaje

Quebec (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aged of about 5 years now, this bottle was given to a friend who drank it with me a few years after. Let see what this one become...

Pourred into a sniffer. It revealed brown/orange butterscotch in colour. Completely hazy, lots of yeast in suspension. Nice thick creamy head but disappearing too quickly (<1min) leaving a small ring around the glass and small lacing. This is certainly due to ageing.

Nose: Butterscotch toffee, apple, butter, Honey. No alcohol scent

Mouth: Definitely sweet. Butterscotch is present according to the nose. The honey nose is well represented too!. No clue of yeast taste in mouth even with the high level of turbidity. Wonderful! Carbonation is medium-low resulting from the ageing process. No bitterness at all. The taste of the high level of alcohol is totally hidden by all the flavours an richeness of this brew.

Overall: An exceptional beer! I have some serious reserve on beer claiming >10% ABV, but this one is a gem. Complex and full of flavours. very nice beer for a late evening drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 01:57:49 | More by blaje
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Kinsman

California

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here we have a beautiful reddish-brown colored body with ruby accents and a fizzy, foamy, and rocky light tan head. The head slowly fades without leaving much a lace behind but does leave a beautiful creamy crown, about 1cm thick, on top for the remainder of the glass.

Aroma is packed full with a wide variety of flavors. It greets you with a sugary molasses aroma, which slowly steps aside for a notable phenolic aroma. Fruity and a bit yeasty too.

The first taste greets you with an onslaught of flavor and alcohol. In fact, the alcohol is one of the first things I noticed. The date code is to cryptic for me to understand, but I would guess this bottle is no more than a few months with heat like this.

Once you get past the fire-breathing dragon of alcohol and enter the dragons lair, the beer becomes much more welcoming (sorry for the corny dragon reference, but you just have to with this beer). Lots of sweet and sugary malt flavors plus some dark fruitiness. Further exploration reveals a strong phenolic presence. After all is said and done, the beer finishes with a bit of a spicy note reminiscent of cloves and pepper.

Mouthfeel just about requires a full body with this much flavor. It certainly does deliver, and it comes along with a live bubbly carbonation.

Drinkability... well its enjoyable, but this is one hell of a beer. You only need one of these in the night, but its worth it.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 23:11:56 | More by Kinsman
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a murky reddish/mahogany brown color with about an inch light tan head that stayed around a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is very nice, it smells like dark fruit, caramel, yeast, spice and some candied fruit. Taste pretty much is the same as the aroma, but there's also some candy sugar and bready malt noticeable. It's a very sweet and malty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty good beer. I know I'd buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 22:00:04 | More by bluejacket74
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BeerGodz

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark mahogany color, med head, awesome lacing

Smell: Yeasty, dried fruit, chocolate, plum , caramel, bourbon

Taste: Up Front: Yeast, coffee, brown sugar, raisins , toffee. Finish: Sweet, slight hoppy, slight alcohol

Mouthfeel: Smooth, thick and creamy

Drinkability: OH YEAH! I could quaff one or two....uh... two or three....It's a Belgian Dammit!

Overall Impression: This is a funky, complex beer, just like me, except with more alcohol! If you find this beer...DRINK IT!

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2010 19:46:52 | More by BeerGodz
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from myGulden Draak tulip.

A - Pours a beautiful Mahogany Red colour, with a one fingered off White head that retains well and laces. Perfect.

S - Nice strong spirit like aromas, with plenty of caramel and sweet malts. A little smoke and boiled lollies also present.

T - Spicy dark fruits and a rd wine like carachteristic. The sweetness of candied sugar is very well balanced with some nice boiled lolly flavours. Absolutley no hint of the 10% abv.

M - Medium body and carbonation makes for a very smooth drop

O - A top class Belgian brew that is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 17:30:47 | More by eric5bellies
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear deep sepia, reddish brown, with 2 finger of light tan head. Lacey retention, with even a rim of foam left clinging to the glass.

S: Toffee and dark honey, with spiced notes of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and fennel. Creamy scent of vanilla and notes of dark dried fruits, such as raisins, cherries, prunes, caramelized bananas and forward scent of fermented fruits.

T: Deeply caramelized honey and dark fruit, it's as though it's brandied cherry beer aged in vanilla bourbon barrels. Hints of raisins and dates with cloves and nutmeg, and a presents of warming alcohol along the end of the taste.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a minimal carbonation that hits first and then quickly losses its fizz. Nice coverage in the mouth that last well beyond the last sip.

O: Great stand alone beer that is a true treat to sip. We had it with a chicken mole and found the complexity of mole (nuts, coco, chills, dried fruits) complimented the Gulden Draak especially well. I also consider a cream brûlée with it as well, the dark honey notes would be and excellent compliment to a creamy dessert.
The brew reminds me more of great sipping port, truly worth savouring.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 03:23:21 | More by FondueVoodoo
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jerryjeff

Tennessee

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma
Nice and spicy in character, getting hints of raisin, fig, and clove maybe with the malt scents intermixed.

Mouthfeel
Medium in carbonation, a bit of oiliness on the palette remains.

Appearance
Pours to medium dark amber with some reddishness. Not much in way of initial head from pour, but what is there is hanging around and lacing a bit (poured to chimay goblet).

Taste
An almost brandyish character, the alcohol is fairly well hidden in there (10.2% abv) with some slight warming. Some clove in the taste maybe, and there is some residual malt but not too much sweetness.

Drinkability
I really, really like this. I don't know how many I'd want at a sitting though, it's a beer to drink slowly and taste fully.

Overall
This stuff is really great, one of my favorites I've had recently.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 02:28:01 | More by jerryjeff
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BeerHonky

New York

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, corked and caged. Poured into my small Piraat goblet. Pours a wonderful shade of brown with nice ruby highlights hidden within. Big fluffly white head that dissipated to a nice glass coating lace. BIG hints of dark fruit here particularly raisins and dates soaked in a bit of alcohol. Underneath that I found a faint, buttery malt sweetness aroma. This beer smells really big! To my surprise, it did not taste very big...meaning that it hid its palatable alcohol pretty well. On top of the raisiny flavor I also got a nice refreshing apple taste. Also present is a subtle caramel malt backbone with little bits of butterscotch here and there. This is super tastey. Normally I'd think carbonation would be weird in a beer like this, but the bubbles are very smooth and enhance the creamy mouthfeel which leaves behind a pleasant sweetness that is not sticky. And finally, this beer will kick you to the curb if you're not careful...it hides the booze extremely well.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 05:28:05 | More by BeerHonky
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rootbeerman

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into Duvel glass.
to start this will always be a favorite because this is the beer that got me liking triples

A: pours deep brown with light brown finger and a half head that laces moderately.
S: sweet roast malt, a slight molasses/brown sugar, also a raisin dried fruit sweetness. either hop or malt earthiness. alcohol is noticeable behind the sweetness.
T: raisins and sweet roasted malt, very light hop, not really bitterness but just barely on the aftertaste. sweetness and raisins hangs in aftertaste for a while.
M: thick and coating, medium carbonation
D: easy sipper, easy drinker. a great Belgian to start with, i believe it was my first almost a year ago.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 07:26:25 | More by rootbeerman
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This bottle is at least 2 years old.

Pours a beautiful mahogany body. Aromas of brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Flavors include cola, cherry, brown sugar, and cinnamon. But, it is not sweet at all. Pairs perfectly with the Belgian waffles down at the Cheeky Monk.

Man, I love this beer. Rich and malty, smooth and easy. A real creeper of a beer. You don't know its 10% while you're drinking it, but in 10 minutes...

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 02:56:10 | More by BradLikesBrew
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pinotboy007

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall: splendid, amazing craftsmanship -- get a 4-pack, ASAP.

Served in a tulip stem; has an appearance similar to that of fresh espresso. Nice, tan-colored head that gently calms down with some lacing.

Tastes of mocha, caramel and earth with a slightly refreshing carbonation that helps keep it all together.

Enjoyed it on its own as a night cap . . . strong beer!

Yum. This will become a staple.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 12:15:11 | More by pinotboy007
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was an anniversary gift from my wife which was part of a "High Octane" Beer Basket. (She knows what I like!) Never heard of this one before so I have been looking forward to trying this.

Pours a dark mahogany color with a slight, creamy, tan head in the beginning but quickly dies down to a very light covering of foamy bubbles on the top. The beer appears thick as it sticks to the sides with good retention before sliding back down into the glass!

Aroma is of toasty, sugary malts, cherries, caramelized raisins. The flavor is very good, not at all what I expected because some other nuances are coming out that weren't overly detected in the nose. Sweet toasted sugary malts in the beginning followed by a subtle blending in of sour cherries with a touch of apple (the apple part is what was surprising). Also picking up a little rasin and some fig on the tongue. The flavors blend in a subtle tartness that makes the beer finish wet instead of dry, which is what I originally expected. The 10.5 ABV is incredibly, and may I say "dangerously", well hidden, practically undetectable. There's not many beers I can recall that has such a deceptive alcohol content. Not overly deep and complex but amazingly well brewed. Hats off to the brewmaster.

The body is on the lighter side of heavy, has a slight prickliness on the tongue, and incredibly drinkable. I could sit and have a few of these and easily lose track of the number. For a beer I've never heard of before, I'd definitely buy this one again - worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 20:13:21 | More by jzeilinger
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Slynger

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Gulden Draak pours an elegant deep burgandy brown color with massive cap of light caramel colored fluff.

Wafts of dark fruity prunes, plums, and cherries drift into mellowly tart apples and wine, both of the red variety. Nice soft belgian yeasts round out a fine nose.

The body is medium-full. It is also full of a lush, tickling, fuzzy carbonation. Flavors of sweet and lightly bitter dark fruits with light caramel and butterscotch lean in to red wine and apples. Light belgian yeastiness massages the palate and fresh, sweet, cinnamony tobacco appears as it warms.

Absolutely delishious. This is the best BSDA I've had yet. Drink it warm and you'll have a satisfied grin on your warmly buzzing face by the time you are done.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 03:52:25 | More by Slynger
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rundocrun

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours chestnut brown and slightly hazy with some glowing ruby highlights. 2 full fingers of head form. Great retention. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S - Figs, candied orange peel, caramel. Undertones of brown bread. Noticeable booze, which complements the fruit character well. Wonderfully aromatic beer.

T - Sweet and a touch tart up front with distinct flavors of pear and ripe apple. Caramel and fig-like sweetness are prominent through the middle. A drier, wheaty flavor carries through the middle and the finish as well. Some alcohol warmth and bitterness in the finish, but the fruity esters steal the show. Belgian yeast at its finest. My only gripe is that this is a touch too sweet. I know the monks called it "liquid bread" but this is more like liquid fruitcake (the good kind, if there is such a thing).

M - Medium-to-thick body. As the beer warms I get more and more booze warmth. Pleasing and balanced carbonation. Overall, a great mouthfeel and makes for a great sipper.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 03:11:33 | More by rundocrun
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak glass.

The color of both the body and head of this beer are rather pretty. The body is a deep amber color that has hues of scarlet, and is a little darker but similar and as deep as blood. The tan, caramel colored head is rather large and has pretty good retention. Not a whole lot of lacing here though.

There is a slight tartness in the aroma, a sour cherry type if smell. Also a sugary sweetness.

A pretty big sweetness is the first flavor. Notes of candied sugar but also dark fruits like raisin and cherry. Next comes a moderate tartness that I always find very pleasant in a BSDA. In conjunction with the other characteristics in here the tartness tastes like a sour cherry flavor. The beer finishes and the flavor rounds out with a toffee or butterscotch taste. As it warms, I notice a little heat from the alcohol.

Medium bodied with some decent carbonation. A little lighter body than I would expect. Slight warming sensation from the alcohol.

This is a drinkable beer. I had no idea the ABV was so high, I definitely would have guessed it to be around 8% instead 10.5. All around a good beer, a nice representation of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2009 15:21:32 | More by Hojaminbag
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soulfly1492

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Sweet and sour. Lots of esters, dates, apple and plums. Dark spices, cinnamon. Peppery. Soft spicy alcohol. No hops. Rich malts, caramel, bread, and just a bit of Munich-like bitterness. Huge, bold aroma.

Appearance: Deep, deep amber. It's hard to tell without the use of a flashlight, but it's very cloudy with lots of tiny particles in suspension. Pours a tall light brown head. Good retention.

Taste: Tons of esters. Raisins, apple and plums. Overall very sweet. Some bitterness associated with the apple, and some spiciness from the cinnamon and alcohol flavors. Just a bit of brown malt flavor. Tastes like a delicious apple cider with cinnamon and a bit of a brown ale mixed in, if that makes sense. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, fizzes on the tongue. Medium to full body, which is unusual considering the carbonation level. Quite slick and oily. Just slightly dry at the finish.

Overall: Lots and lots to savor here. Just excellent. I used to be a fan of exclusively US craft breweries, but this one is hard to top by any US brewer. You just can't find a perfect balance like this anywhere else.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 01:18:50 | More by soulfly1492
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doktorhops

Australia

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden Dragon... sounds impressive, sounds like the sort of brew you would buy in a fantasy medieval tavern that after one sip can melt the face off the mightiest of Orc's (hat tip reference to dragon's breath beer found in an old school PC game)... one can hope for a similar (though non-lethal) version of beer with Gulden Draak.

Poured from a 330ml (love the design of this) bottle into a chalice.

A: Light dusting of tan foam on a very dark chocolate body. Looks good though I was expecting this brew to have a golden body for some reason.

S: Aromas of over-fermented apples, pears, cinnamon and cloves. Overlaying this is a background of rich caramel malts, dark fruits (figs, raisins, and prunes) and a musty yeast... expecting big warm winter flavours with this one.

T: Flavour hits like a dump truck full of bricks! The over-fermented apples and pears is replaced by an upfront bubblegum hit. Then we have the rich malts, dark fruits and yeast, along with enough sugar to kill a diabetic. Ending with a peppery note and a slight dry finish. More like a mixture of mead and port than beer, the sugar and bubblegum are the most dominant tastes hiding the alcohol.

M: Sticky, resinous body with a light but dense carbonation.

D: This is a big hitting brew that some would say is heavy-handed. Lets face it; some beers should be heavy-handed and this is one of them, despite the high ABV and the huge hit of sugar this brew contains it still manages to hold some civility, and drinks more like a fine glass of port than an overly sugary mess. If it wasn't prohibitively expensive it would make a fine top shelf end of the night brew for me.

Note: I feel like I'm wearing a cassock in the catacombs of some Franciscan monastery when I sip this ale, and can hear a friar chorus singing mass in the background. Quite a religious experience of a beer here.

Food match: Its a tough beer to match - the headiness and bold flavours make it sit between the boundary of heavy roast game meats and dessert. In a way both would work well so my suggestion would be: roast haunch of venison with roast vegetables and a thick pepper gravy, followed by a dark chocolate and baked fig ganache with a berry compote.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 10:18:08 | More by doktorhops
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Big, creamy tan head rests on top of a solid red grape colored body and leaves plenty of lacing. Transparent around the edges. Great looking bottle as well

S- Bold aromas of dark, tart fruits and piquant alcohol rest on top of brown sugar and sweet potato with a dab of butter.

T- The dominant flavor is tart fruit covered in a sweet brown sugar syrup

M- Almost creamy with a silky carbonation

D- Worthwhile to keep a few of these little bottles around for decadent cravings.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 06:58:52 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have been holding on to this bottle for about a year. Bottle labelled best before: 3/6/2012.

A: Pours a dark amber or bloody orange colour with a hearty foam head that quickly dissipates. Thin blanket rests on top with sporadic patches of foam throughout.

S: Caramel-like malts, tropical fruits (banana & pineapple), dark fruits (figs & cherries), bittersweet molasses, and maple syrup qualities. Very nice.

T: Taste is actually a little more subdued than the aromas indicated - I'm assuming as a result of the aging. Malts aren't as biting and upfront and are mellower with only fragments of caramel and molasses coming through. Fruits are more subdued as well, and take on more of a very tasty berry quality (raspberries & strawberries). Slight sour notes poke through which I'm favourable of. Alcohol superbly hidden considering the ABV.

M: Medium body with a medium carbonation. Appropriate for the style.

D: I might have to put aside a couple more bottle of this to age (although it will be hard to do). Without a doubt, aged or not, one of the best belgian strong ales I've ever had. This is definitely the measuring stick for me when it comes to this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 04:12:25 | More by Digimaika2
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benclimbs

California

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-Pours a red brown with a small but prominent head and some minor lacing.

- Smell is raspberries, pear, nutmeg and a bit of caramel - amazing nose!

-Taste is quite dry compared to the nose, a bit of nuts, still some ripe berries, with an alcohol/slight off dry hop/almost red wine like finish.

Amazingly drinkable, great, well balanced beer - a great combo between bitter, fruity and malty. wow!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 15:41:17 | More by benclimbs
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radshoesbro

California

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 330 ml white bottle with no freshness date. pours dark dark brown with a hint of orange around the edges. small head w/ good retention. minimal lace. nose has malts, yeast, raisins (?), and super alcohol. however, the most prevalent thing in the smell is definately the apricots. sweet malty flavor. the malts remind me vaguely of milk chocolate. really almost to complex to put into words, you've really gotta try this to understand the taste. this is totally full of flavor! definately has an alcohol taste to it, but it's not strong at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2005 20:09:51 | More by radshoesbro
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wsantas

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy Amber brown color. Light carbonation bubbles. Strong retention
S: Molasses, vanilla, malts, alcohol
T: smooth, mollases, vanilla, white, light alcohol
M: full body, long lasting
O: Hides the alcohol well, nice body, smooth flavor. Very complex, continue to find notes as I drink.

Growler from Crafty Draught Cumming, GA

Serving type: growler

05-08-2012 22:10:14 | More by wsantas
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Nutleybeer

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got an opportunity to try Gulden Draak on tap at the Waterfront Alehouse in Brooklyn. Anything Belgian is worth giving a shot, even at $6.50 a pint.

It poured really nice, with a smooth creamy head. The head remained in tact the whole time; releasing a pleasant spicy scent. The color is dark, reddish/brown.

The taste was enjoyable. I was reminded of a honey like quality in each sip. There was a subtle sweetness. Overall, a good drinking experience. I will be looking on the shelves for this beer in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2005 12:50:56 | More by Nutleybeer
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IceAce

California

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown body capped with two fingers of dirty brown foam. Clarity is excellent and lacing is minimal.

The nose is earthy malt...and slightly musty. Entry is somewhat zippy, leading to a midtaste of burnt sugar and damp, musty earth. The finish is a wonderful combination of toasted marshmallows and rum-soaked cherries.

Simply an outstanding Strong Dark Ale...

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 07:53:29 | More by IceAce
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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