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

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

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2,967 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,967
Reviews: 1,199
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 156
Gots: 241 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website

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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1.58/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

OK....I don't know what I am missing but I was not impressed at all with this beer.After reading all the raving reviews I could not wait to taste this.WOW,what a disappointment.This beer reminds me of drinking pop...way too carbonated and I did not taste any brown sugar or carmel.The taste is very hard to describe because I was taken back by the carbonation which for me ruined the taste expierence.The alcohol is very noticable though and after drinking it I felt like I just did a shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2007 15:05:24 | More by redrocker
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1.9/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A-dark ruby brown with a LOT of light tan head

S-sweet barley and some syrup, a tad bit boozy as well.

T-eh this is quite boozy, i get some syrup but not too much else. this is just way too harsh of a beer. the abv is way too striking in apparent. i get an after-taste of some belgian sugars.

M-high carbonation, very scratchy to the mouth, and very dry as well.

D-I can't finish this. I'm used to drinking some high alcohol content beers but this one is just way too much of a mess. I hate it.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 05:24:26 | More by AdamBear
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1.93/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I was anticipating the sampling of this brew because I had seen it at my local beer shop on nearly every visit, so I figured it was in demand and desirable. Well, not everybody has the same tastes.

It poured a clear dark amber with minimal carbonation. The aroma had an interesting sweetness to it, like honey and flowers, very pleasant to my nose. The taste was a complete letdown. At first it's has a heavy malty presence with honey and fruit, sort of like a beer version of a desert wine. As it settled on my tongue it became heavier and more sour, to the point it was somewhat offensive to my pallet. It reminded me a bit of SA triple bock. This unfortunately ended up being a drain pour because I just could not force myself to have another gulp.


Serving type: bottle

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2.03/5  rDev -52%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Amber colored with a persistent, foamy head. I assumed it was going to be golden.

S: Smells of overripened apricots, bubble gum and cotton candy. Wait, what? Yes, it smells spectacularly sweet like carnival confections.

T/M: The taste follows suit: molasses, blackberries, pungent apricot, it’s really overbearing.

I realize this is supposed to be strong, but I much rather prefer the taste of alcohol over super sweetness. I’ll keep this one in mind next time my sweet tooth is craving some candy.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 00:23:58 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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2.23/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

After the rave reviews on here, as well as folks personally recommending it to me, I was quite dissapointed. So much so that I wonder if I got a bad bottle or a bottle that has been around too long. I'll need to try this again.

A - Poured a dark ruby color which created a large 5-finger cream colored head that quickly settled down into 3 fingers.

S - Smell was unique. Alcohol mixed with some sweetness and spiciness.

T - I didn't like the taste at all...which completely surprised me. Something about it just turned me off. Super high taste of alcohol, mixed with over-carbonation and an unpleasnant bitterness. Again...maybe I got a bad bottle becuase I didn't taste any of the sweetness that other folks have mentioned.

M - Mouthfeel was high carbonation and an unsmooth bitterness quality.

D - Not very drinkable for me but I will definitely go out and get another bottle to try again. I must have had a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 07:03:18 | More by robbrauen
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2.5/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. I've been sort of afraid of this beer since the cork from a 750ml bottle shot me in the eye last May. Now's a good a time as any to face my fears.

A: Dark red, slightly darker than a barleywine. Two-finger head that quickly fades.

S: Heavily fruity. Not just dark fruits, either. There's also BSPA-like pear and citrus notes. This really is like a dark tripel.

T: Yikes. Cloying sweetness combined with heavy phenols. Bready aftertaste.

M: Lighter than expected with the carbonation.

D: Drain pour. I should have left this dragon in its lair. I'm going to have to have a Saison Dupont just to cleanse my palate.

Serving type: bottle

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