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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,154 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,154
Reviews: 1,212
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 178
Gots: 319 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of Vixie
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 08, 2011
Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 28, 2009
Photo of vidisad
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

vidisad, Sunday at 07:01 AM
Photo of crwills
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

giblet, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of SheepNutz
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Chincino
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap yesterday and this was my first time trying this beer.

It poured a dark brown color (slightly cloudy).

The beer had an aroma of fruit (apples mostly) and malt.

Sweet taste, but not overpoweringly sweet.

Definitely could tell the high ABV with this beer.

I would definitely try this beer again.

Chincino, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Naerhu
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An annoyingly large tan head on a completely opaque body.
Spicy dark bread aroma fills the room upon opening. A little pastry sugar and molases and a herbaceous hoppyness as well.

Long lasting dark sugar flavor, though not a sweet beer. Bitterness on the back of the tongue is outstanding. Caramel maltiness.

The bitterness, though appreciated is also a bit rough.

This is an enjoyable beer. I cannot imagine why I would ever buy one again, though. I mean it does not go with food, and if we are thinking of an after dinner drink, then port wine or barley wine has my vote.

Naerhu, Sep 07, 2004
Photo of Haybeerman
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown color; caramel around the edges. Poured a 2 finger off-white head that lingered to a thick skim. Lots of lace sheeting down the side of the glass.

S: Dark fruits; plums and raisins. Sweet foundation with candi sugar.

T: Bitter up front followed by lots of dark fruit flavors. Finishes sweet with a mild spiciness.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Sweet in the mouth. Hint of alcohol; more prominent as it warms.

D: Nice flavorful beer. Fairly complex. ABV limits drinkability a bit, but well worth a shot.

Haybeerman, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of axeman9182
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle from Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month club March package. It was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Gulden Draak pours a hazy chestnut brown, with a voluminous four fingers or so of very light tan foam. Head retention is outstanding, it positively creeps down towards the body of the beer. Lacing isn't quite up there with the best Belgians though, it's fairly spotty. The nose is wonderful, heavy on figs and raisins and brown sugar, with just a little bit of alcohol creeping in in the background. The flavor profile can't quite follow through on all that though, as it's very heavy on plums, and the booziness (while still not harsh) is a bit more prevalent here. The brown sugar is faded significantly, an the dark fruit aspect of the beer doesn't have the same depth, it's much more one note here. The body is sufficiently light for a high ABV Belgian beer, but the carbonation just doesn't quite have the activity/effervescence that some of the best do. This is my first time trying Gulden Draak in a couple years, and I'm enjoying it a bit more now than I remember. It's a well above average Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

axeman9182, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of alkemy
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper/rusty/ruby brown with about a finger of off-white head. The scent is a mix of pepper, alcohol, spice, and dark dried fruits. The first scent is fruity (dates, plums, and bananas) which are quickly joined by alcohol finishing with spice. For me the scents seemed to be in stages. The taste was much of the same other than a slightly different order. Dark fruits and spice on the front coming in front of a wet bready malt. The alcohol finishes things off and lingers for a bit. Pretty dry finish. Sweet, but not overdone by any means. This is a pretty solid ale and one of my favorite styles.

alkemy, Apr 17, 2010
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 3,154 ratings.