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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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3,081 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,081
Reviews: 1,206
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 172
Gots: 294 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of uawildcat
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into an oversized Bordeaux wine glass. Had a large head creamy head that fell quickly. Was a cloudy brown color.

Smell is extremely boozy. The first thing that hit me was the acetone-y alcohol smell. Behind that is a pleasant sweet malt smell.

Taste is much better than the smell. Tastes likes figs and maple syrup mixed together. The carbonation makes for a prickly drink. Hides the alcohol well.

Overall a good beer, worth trying once in awhile. Just too pricey.

uawildcat, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of RuudJH
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Gulden Draak is a classic in Belgian beers.
Carefully poured, a clear brown with a decent head,the carbonation was massive.

The smell gives some roasted grain, dried fruit, raisin or plums. Also chocolate, coffee. Candy sugar/caramel.
Tasting it, it is a bit boozy... maybe a bit too much sugar based alcohol, but after that it's slightly sour and hoppy, classically dark strong ale, with fruits, roasted grains, coffee and chocolate. It's a little bitter in the aftertaste, but not bad in any way.
This is a great beer. It has a wide range of flavours. It's strong though, and the alcohol is present, not making it a beer for all occasions.

RuudJH, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of scottyshades
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

On tap at Tryst in Delray Beach, FL for under $5

A: Pours a pleasant looking, slightly hazy stained wood color that produces a tight creamy looking off-white head that retains beautifully and leaves some nice lacing along the glass

S: Alcohol, wintergreen, bubblegum, malts, and a whole bunch of delicious flavorful yeast. Very easy, likable, and spicy. This is one of the first beers my mom actually enjoyed when I gave her a try.

T: The flavor profile is very similar to the nose, spicy, wintergreen, bubblegum, yeast, and sweet malts followed by a touch of alcohol that grows more noticeable as the brew warms

MF/D: Very smooth and creamy. Medium body, spicy and flavorful long finish.

A nice offering of the BSDA style, definitely worth a try

scottyshades, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of redmosquito
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Am I confused? I expected the Piraat and the Draak to be exactly the opposite in color than they really are. The Draak pours a nice mahoghany color with a slightly off white head. It has a wonderful malty aroma, a blend of sweet caramel and nutty Munich malt, and a nice yeast finish, that reminds me more of a lager than a Belgian ale. The taste is similar to the aroma, malty with some bitterness, and surprisingly no sign of that 10.5% it lists on the label. The body is also good as well not dry as one might expect with a strong Belgian. Overall this is an excellent beer that is highly drinkable, especially for a big beer.

redmosquito, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of Cozzatoad
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

330ml bottle

A- Very dark brown. head is foamy and goes up quick but also recedes quite too quickly, leaving minimal lacing

S- Spicy alcoholic aroma, nicely blended with dark fruit notes. Not much else

T- Awesome. Malts were not to felt much in the aroma but they sure are there, with sugary and caramel notes. And of course there's what the smell suggested: a warming and delicate spicy alcoholic character and a strong dark fruits flavour (that is mostly on the tongue, do hops have something to do with that?)

M- The beer is not as strong or full bodied as you'd expect from a 10.5%ABV. It has a very smooth character, with a cream-like feel that gives this strong dark ale it's peculiar character. However, i feel like the alcoholic notes tend to meddle in too much and ruin that creamy feel

D- At 10.5%ABV this is very good drinkabilty thanks to it's smoothness, you would say the beer has 8/9%ABV. The finish has some issues though, alcohol and sweetness get really too strong in the last sips

Another classic brew from Belgium

Cozzatoad, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of Quej
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

A - Pours a very dark brown with a bit of tan head, which quickly dissipates into a nice lacing.
S - Not strong smelling, just some dark fruity smells of roasted malt, with a hint of sourness from the yeast.
T - Lots of sweet malt flavours and a considerable amount of alcohol sting. Tastes heavily of dark berries, cranberries, raspberries, and cherries. A light coffee taste is also detectable. This beer has some significant sweetness, but it is balanced by the sting of alcohol and the light mouthfeel. Lots of yeasty sour notes linger in the drying finish.
M - Very light, and pleasant. The alcohol lifts it and keeps it from being too thick
D - Too strong to have more than one. But the taste is so good it might make me think twice.

Quej, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of Vixie
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a deep ruby red with a 3/4" white head that slowly dissipated. This is a very nice looking beer, I had this at a family gathering, and kept showing off how nice it looked.

The smell was a bit lighter than expected. Thee is malt, and fruit. Overall kind of reminds me of the smell of wine.

Taste was fruity, with a hint of molasses. There is that distinctive Belgian candy sugar flavor as well. It's a sweet brew, but not overly so. Has a nice warming at the finish.

The feel was a touch on the light side for the style. It was fairly solid, but not up to what I've experienced with other beers of this style.

Overall a really good beer. This is one of my favorite styles, and this is a great example of why. Nicely balanced taste, and just a really good beer. I expect to be buying more of this in the future.

Vixie, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of velo343
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Appearance - A deep amber, slight crimson, with a thick, beige head that really sticks to the sides of the glass.

Smell - Bready, caramel and a chalky yeast aroma. Some fruity esters, golden raisins and a bit of spiciness. Really pleasing.

Taste - A strong yeast taste at the finish. There is a peppery spiciness and some phenols that come through the sweet maltiness. Some alcohol is there in the mix.

Mouthfeel - The beer is quite thick and syrupy, like honey, but really finishes quite dry.

Drinkability - A good beer that has a lighter body than the color implies. A great match to Indian food and other foods with a bit of spice.

velo343, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of Florya
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Florya, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Intrinsic
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours the characteristic medium-brown you would expect from this type of beer, and the head never stops growing - it's like a magic trick. Smells of licorice, cherries, and loads of malts. The taste basically follows along, but has amazing complexity with the added alcohol esters. Almost perfect mouthfeel, quite dry, with smooth, bubbly carbonation that just won't give up. This really is a top-notch beer.

Intrinsic, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

This "dark triple" is really more of a quadrupel... but the line between a "Belgian strong dark ale" is certainly blurred.

A: Copper-brown, off-white head, nice retention and lace.

S: Dark fruit bread (fruity, bready, nutty), a little caramelized sugar.

T: Very Belgian (special B malt?). Sweet caramel, bread, fruity (raisins, prunes, figs, pineapple), fading to a slightly bitter/burnt aftertaste. Alcohol is warming and certainly apparantly, but it's not at all assertive. Well balanced, but there's a slight hint of something burnt in the aftertaste (that isn't appealing).

M: Moderate body is highly carbonated, finish is dry.

D: Quite good, especially considering the strength.

Derek, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of tobelerone
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Big fluffy head on a dark, amber colored beer. Long lasting retention. Nicely clinging lace.

Aroma is defintitely boozy, sweet with toffee, raisin, yeastiness. Touches of malt and citrus as well.

Tasty and strong. Booze is there in every sip as well as in the finish. Peppery, citric, sweet, low bitterness levels. Big and boomy flavor. Pretty unforgettable. Not an every day drink, this one will lay you out quick.

Mouthfeel pleasantly combines bubbly carbonation and somewhat chewy viscousness. The booze and malty sweetness linger on.

Very complex, intriguing beer. Not for the faint of heart!

tobelerone, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Tasted a bottle on March 31st 06 in De Kuppe, Brugge, Belgium (cost €3.50).

Poured into the correct glass (Duvel-like) a light tan (beige) decent head on a ruby red to brown body. Hazy. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell was the best. I don't think I have given a 5 for smell before. Blackberries and other fruits of the forest, malt later. Superb.

Taste: it had a nice tang to it, more raspberries than blackberries, some rust. Aware of the alcohol in the background.
Smooth silky mouthfeel.
Drinkability; well maybe one or two, but at 10.5% I'm not so sure.
Very nice.

JohnfromDublin, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of beerwolf77
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

I gently pour the squat white bottle into my glass and out pours a dark brown-redish liquid with minimal head. The scent is unbelievably sweet. It smells like cotton candy with a hint of scotch. That's a good thing. The flavor is very spicy. Sweet orange juice flavors with a caramel tone. I can tell it's 10.5 abv but it's not offputting. The mouthfeel is lighter then I expected with lots of carbonation. I'm halfway through my glass and I'm already feeling warm all over. This beer will kick your ass if you don't pay attention. A sipper for sure.

beerwolf77, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of crwills
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Cool, stubby, white, opaque bottle. Poured into a Fischer glass (yeah, bad choice, probably), a deep orangey brown with bronze highlights and a big yellowy-beige head.

Smell is spicy alcohol, ripe fruit, raisins and pepper.

Flavour is very barley-winish, at least to my inexperienced palate. Raisings, plums, nutmeg, pepper, and a strong alcohol presence. Somewhat sour aftertaste that I didn't particularly like. This beer is high enough alcohol (10.5%) to warm the ears, which is fine but lowers its 'drinkability' a bit in that you can't have much of it.

I remember liking this better the first time I had it at Smokeless Joe in Toronto, but still quite good. I've got another bottle someone gave me for Christmas too, so we'll see how it goes the third time around.

crwills, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of putnam
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Great invincible head atop reddish mocha liquid.
Smells like an old tyme candy factory with strands of taffey, fudge, vanilla and subtle spices (cinnamon). Notes of chocolate ice cream, date syrup, pepper and alcohol. A creamy, frothy mousse establishes a rich, chewy, melt-in-your-mouth texture. A fantastic beer. From the realm of Baron von Munchhausen. The only possible fault is the aggressive, unmitigated alcohol flavor which keeps the drinkablility score down.

putnam, Oct 02, 2002
Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

A two and a half finger foamy head was produced and went down relatively slowly with practically no lacing. The color was a nice ruby with just a hint of brown. Some cloudiness and bubbles from the bottom. The smell was peach and strawberry with a sour backbone. The taste was spicy, hint of cherry and strawberry, very slight, and clove. Wine-like lightness and feel. Mouthfeel was not heavy or overbearing but left a nice coating in the back of the throat. Not that bad at all.

tomthumbsblues, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of giblet
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

very nice rich beer. had this one in florida and was impressed.

poured rich dark color. huge carbonation. careful in pouring it or it will be almost all head. nice lace. excellent rich flavor of toffee and citrus, but a little strong in the abv taste. likely to only have one or three of these in one sitting.

suckem up and movem out!


giblet, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of SheepNutz
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with 4 fingers of light tan head. The head retention is just incredible. Go ahead, take it out of the fridge ice cold and pour it. You'll have to wait a good 10-15 minutes for the head to die down enought to get the first taste. There is tons of lacing left as well. The smell is full of burnt malt, plums, and raisins. Very sweet smelling. The taste is also very sweet, with bits of sugar and malt on the tongue. There is a bit of fruit and spices present as well. The finish has just a hint of alcohol to it. Bits of plums and pepper, a little caramel. The mouthfeel is super thick and strong. The drinkability is fairly good for a 10.5% brew. A very good Belgian!

SheepNutz, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a nice hazy ruby-amber color with sandy head. Nice lacing, beautiful color. Nose is fruity, with cherries, raspberries, and a bit of yeastiness. Taste follows with some good grape, cherry, raspberry, and malt flavors. A really good BSDA, though I'm not convinced that it's better than the cheaper offerings from Unibroue. Delicious as it warms, cloves and other spices come out. Very smooth MF, though a bit thin, could be creamier for my tastes. Very drinkable, had no idea this was a 10.5% beer. Great one, worth picking up.

LordAdmNelson, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of keithmurray
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

appearance - deep chestnut color with beige head

smell - this one is pleasant - red wine, grapes, plums, raisins, brown sugar

taste - red wine, grapes, plums, raisins, molasses

mouthfeel - highly carbonated, full bodied, sweetness in the aftertaste, only a slight detection of alcohol

drinkability - a sipper for sure, nice beverage that I would happily go to again

keithmurray, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of capeannbass36
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

A- Pours a fairly clear dark chestnut brown, topped with a tan 2 finger head that disappates rapidly. Medium light lacing left behind.

S- Dark fruit, caramel, sweet malt.

T- Follows the nose. Caramel and sweet malt.

M- Medium light carbonation. Slightly slick and oily. Somewhat dry finish.

O- Would definitely purchase again. Sweet, but not overly sweet. Mighty tasty. Packs a punch.

capeannbass36, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

From 11/25/11 notes. Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with two fingers of fluffy tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, molasses, sweet fruity malts, light alcohol, and light spices.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, molasses, bready malts, booze, yeast, and light spice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink for over 10% ABV.

o - Overall a very good Belgian dark ale. Lots of sweet dark fruits mixing with a little spice. Something I would definitely buy again.

mdfb79, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a 330ml glass bottle into a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Pours a nice dark brown with a solid brown head that slowly reducing leaving lace as it goes.

The smell is potent, spicy and alcohol.

The taste matches the smell, spices and dark flavours being slightly outdone by the taste of the alcohol, making it at times too over powering.

Overall a solid beer.

CwrwAmByth, May 28, 2011
Photo of Carmack
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Carmack, Wednesday at 11:46 PM
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 3,081 ratings.