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

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94
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2,983 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,983
Reviews: 1,200
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 159
Gots: 249 | 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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Portertime

Florida

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got to try this treat at the local BJ's restaurant. The waitress gave me the bottle with a glass to pour it into myself. Very nice of her. Poured a dark tea like brown with a small pillowy head. At first sniff I get that nice Belgian triple aroma of figs, black cherry, brown sugar, and a hint maple syrup. The taste was wonderfully complex with swirls of fig, caramel, spice, and baked apples with a mild alcohol finsh. very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 04:23:18 | More by Portertime
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Jesstyr

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a La Trappe chalice

A: Dark caramel, with really no significant lacing.

S: Very sweet smelling for the color, not fruity, more sugary

T/M: Very strong and sugary, perfect with chocolate or a great blue cheese. Light carbonation. Alcohol from the start, but evolves into a great sweetness. So flavorful. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky.

D: With all the great flavors, this isnt one you can drink a lot of. One is perfect...

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 03:01:30 | More by Jesstyr
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL stubby bottle coated in white plastic. no date.

poured into oversize tulip glass, a dark brown with garnet colored highlights. great 1" head, that shrinks a bit, but never goes away. nice lacing.

aromas of toffee and sourdough bread. tastes slightly sweet, caramel, biscuity malt. finish is slightly herbal and boozy. smooth mouthfeel, medium body. carbonation enough to tingle.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 03:47:27 | More by jmdrpi
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brystmar

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL white bottle into a snifter. This beer pours with a healthy amount of head and leaves beaded lacing on the glass.

Smells of malt mix with lighter doses of fruit & peppery goodness. My only wish is that the scent itself was more pronounced.

One sip of this beer tells you there's something very special in your hands. Creamy malt hits first, followed by a distinct fruity sweetness not typically associated with this style. It's sweet, but not overly so by any stretch. Carbonation is higher than average, but well balanced by the full-bodied texture and various flavors in this complex beer. Delicious!

Gulden Draak is deceptively easy drinking -- watch out for that 10.5% ABV -- but first rate nonetheless. One of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 08:24:58 | More by brystmar
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good god, look its a bottle of Old Spice!
Er, no, its just a bottle of Gulden Draak... but like all beer sold in white bottles I was sufficiently weirded out to give this a miss on many many occasions.

Massive spongy cream coloured head which goes the distance. Tres impressive. Dark chesnut brown and the boquet in the bottle is minimul at best wuith just a trace of clove.clove at first but little of anything else. A spritzy body which in fact is too spritzy for perfection but there's a lengthy middle and some, as expected, clove on the palate as well. Angular with an emerging burly element which breaks the surface bringing a slightly meaty and sappy body. Nose becomes increasingly more spicy roasty as well.

Strong, potent and heady, this really is a cheek burner which is sure to warm your cockles in the coldest, wettest and dampest of Scottish Winters. Makes sense now really.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 18:57:59 | More by Zimbo
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hoegaardenhero

California

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: beautiful opaque brown w/ some ruby highlights; light tightly bubbled off-white head that leaves decent lace

s: sweet spicy gingerbread and bananabread; light grains; some fruitiness; warm and malty with light alcohol

t: nice winter spiciness; nice banana bread and biscuit; light alcohol; darker toffee malts; dark fruits

m: light sharp carb but smooth and syrupy without being clingy

d: really good belgian dark; spicy and warming
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a: amber brown that light barely shines through; light tan foam that fades leaving splotches on head on top; no visible movement

s: really strong wine; light abv; iron; apples; some light sweet syrupiness; warm malts

t: caramel; warm toffee; light wheat biscuit; some spiciness; dark fruits; seems mellowed since last time;

m: light carb; light cloy; my girlfriend says it is too syrupy and it is a little syrupy

d: still a really good beer; has mellowed with age and is different but still just as good

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 05:09:28 | More by hoegaardenhero
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aubuc1

Florida

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap poured into a chimay goblet.

pours a deep amber/brown with a thin head

smells bready/yeasty with some light fruits

tastes sweet, belgian yeasty and plummy

mouthfeel is pretty warm due to heavy alcohol

very nice frinking beer for such high abv
i am missing some smells probably due to low temp

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2008 21:12:56 | More by aubuc1
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ferrari29

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Tulip shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a thick creamy light brown colored head; that holds well; nice layer of sticky lacing forms around glass; dark amber colored body is cloudy in appearance and is well carbonated

S - Fantastic dark fruit nose; figs and raisin; caramel malt and lots of brown sugar; as the beer warms up, its high alcohol content really begins to transcend the other scents in the beer; touch of toffee

T - Really good dark fruit flavors; nice mixture of dark figs and dates; raisins; caramel malt back-end and plenty of high alcohol burn; caramel malt finishes the sip

M - Creamy and smooth; burns the throat a bit; leaves behind a linger toasted malt flavor; refreshing

D - Great beer, I picked this up in Italy at a local grocery store, brought it back to the states and finally had it; I wish we had more beers like this in the US; anyway, its a great drink with great dark fruit flavors and fantastic nose; not for the faint of heart

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 04:25:33 | More by ferrari29
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elgiacomo

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip and chalice. I think this is about two years old. Pours brown with ruby highlights, nice big beige head, very foamy, retains nicely, Some large clumps of lace. Quite attractive.

Aroma starts yeasty and a bit funky with raisins, apples, banana, balanced with healthy dose of sweet chocolate, caramel, and toffee malts. Complex and very nice.

Flavor sweet chocolate, caramel, malty, with a good balance of apples, raisins and other fruits, some candy sugar and yeast/bread. Sweet overall, but incredibly complex and delicious. Some alcohol warming, but not hot in any way. I can see a fresh bottle having a bit of alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is full and rich, yet prickly carbonation, especially when first poured. The sweetness and fullness can become a tad cloying toward the end.

I had passed this by many, many times, despite the beautiful bottle, being under the assumption it was a golden triple which isn't one of my favorite styles. Really glad I tried this, Gulden Draak is incredible, highly recommended. Great depth, evolves tremendously with temperature. Not your average Tripel by any means.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 02:48:42 | More by elgiacomo
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Celtics76

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kicked off the weekend with this and an episode of Game of Thrones. Not a bad start.

Pours dark copper with at least an inch and a half of head. Impressive. Reduces quite slow. Smells yeasty as expected. Tastes of yeast, bread, and a hint of banana. A mild alcohol burn which goes with the territory considering the 10.5% ABV. Has a medium, somewhat syrupy feel to it.

This one's a powerhouse. It's surprisingly easy to drink considering the potency of it. But I've chosen to sip it very slowly considering the complexity and cost of it. At $5 per bottle this is a nice "special occasion" beer - not something I would drink on a regular basis but worth every penny when I do.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 22:43:30 | More by Celtics76
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TheViolator666

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into Gulden Draak snifter.

A: Pours a dark orange hue with a healthy two-finger off-white head. Fluffy and leaves beautiful lacing.

S: Smells sugary sweet, but mostly alcoholic. Some fruits as well as a bit of yeast.

T: Very complex. There is a certain spice effect going on, but I can't pinpoint just what spices, a bit of sourness as well. Toffee-like sweetness and fruit - mostly cherries. There is definitely alcohol, and leaves a dry yeasty aftertaste. This one'll warm you up.

M/D: Nice full body with a generous amount of carbonation. This one is bottle conditioned, however I did not see much yeast toward the end, only a few black specks. The high amount of alcohol present takes away from it's drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 15:16:52 | More by TheViolator666
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aeminter

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark rich amber with constant effervescence, creamy beige head and good lacing.
Smells of dates and spice.
The taste reminds me a little of barley wine. Malty...full-bodied...little bitterness.
Mouthfeel...rich...
This is in no way a chugging beer. This ale needs to be savored.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 02:30:28 | More by aeminter
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good looking beer. Rich chestnut red colour with a nice tight long-lived head that gives up good lace. Very handsome brew.

Sweet, deliciously malty nose. Lots of fruit, well ripened banana, underlaid by noticeable but not overpowering alcohol. Great beer to inhale over and over before taking a pull.

Caramel and burned sugar flavours. Candied cherry fruit and raisins. Noticeable alcohol. Powerful mouthfeel, syrupy but not offensive, quite smooth with lingering alcohol finish.

This is a very interesting beer to drink. Lots of interesting things happening in the aroma and flavour that make it worth savouring. Perhaps a little too much alcohol presence, but quite enjoyable overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2004 04:45:17 | More by TerryW
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 12 oz bottle in December 2005 and I have had this in my beer cellar until I decided to drink it this past weekend, July 2007. Poured it into a Duvel chalice, which produced a nice large fluffy white head that only lasted briefly. The smell was like candy, very sweet tasting. The color was a dark red, almost bordering on brown. The taste blew me away though. Malty, and with huge notes of sugar and fruit. It was a pleasure to just sip and enjoy. The taste got even better as it warmed up to room temp. The only drawback from this beer was that it's high in alcohol, I felt it after barely finishing one. So I am glad I had just this one on my evening's menu.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 16:32:48 | More by morebeergood
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magictacosinus

California

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. This bottle is over a year and a half old at this point. I've tried this many times before, but this is the perhaps the oldest that I've had it. This is the last bottle that I've saved from the Van Steenberge gift pack that I purchased in December 2012.

When fresh, this retains a ruby darkish color overall, but the age on this definitely shows this time around, showcasing a garnet brownish color with a typically fluffy off-khaki head. The fluff in particular resembles the same effect as a newly poured root beer float, and while it dies down quickly, it manages to leave behind a strong half finger of head that lasts a good long while. Carbonation shows, with bubbles gliding upwards from the center of the glass, despite minor cloudiness fogging the beer up. This is a classic beer of its kind, and very recognizable among the pack.

While this still smells sweet ever after all this time, the age on this reveals some yeasty and malt nuances I haven't encountered before - funky yeasty phenols resembling a freshly cut green pear, yellow apples, caramelized banana, and, of course, the usual array of raisins, dates, prunes washed in a caramel substance. Toasted toffee finishes it up, alongside a green bell pepper, white peppercorn spiciness that tingles the nostrils each time. Smells sweet at the finish, but the booze is well hidden and the malt and yeasty notes keep things interesting. Far less boozy than their quad (or worse, their Piraat ale), and it's definitely victorious from that perspective.

The flavor comes as a pleasant surprise, especially considering how well cut down the sweetness this time around. Rather than the heavy Port/plum malt profile this beer is typically known of, the apple/pear yeast combo is nice and toasty, and the peppery flavor coats the caramelized dried fruit sweetness nicely, making it an easy beer to drink and hiding the alcohol effectively while striving for complexity. The peppery texture tingles the palate, and warms up the throat, and the caramel, light Sherry note at the finish makes it earthier and nuttier, with a decadent yet restrained sweetness that is approachable. Coats the palate well with a firm viscosity, and finishes lightly yeasty yet bitter, earthy, and spicy.

Not sure if I like it fresh or with age on it, but it still is a classic, even here. This was one of the greats for me when I first started drinking better beer, and revisiting it with age on it was a pleasure indeed. I don't usually drink Belgian beers of this kind anymore, but it works joyfully as a dessert offering even at this point. This is also one of the most recommended offerings to present to people that have a skewed viewpoint on beer. For a monster beer, very drinkable and definitely enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 23:58:40 | More by magictacosinus
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CloudStrife

New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours an opaque ruby with a 1 finger mostly white head. Tons of visible carbonation can be seen in the body. Head sticks around as a pretty thick layer for quite a long time. Leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Has a dark fruity aroma, some yeastiness in the background. More of a fruit than I expected.

T: A very well blended balance of fruits, yeast and a great malt backing. A little sweet with lots of fruit notes. Cherry mostly. Malts are really smooth.

M: Nice thick mouthfeel without feeling heavy. Mostly due to the high levels of carbonation.

Overall a very impressive beer. Bet it would hold up for a while in the bottle. On the sweeter side, but something tasty to sip on.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 01:41:38 | More by CloudStrife
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dacrza1

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked bottle after a good day of work...thin, transparent body with a reddish-brown hue in a Chimay glass...a citrus (grapefruit?) aroma...smooth back-of-mouth malt/hop balance. The effects of the alcohol grow slowly, warming yet heightening the sensesa pleasat digestif, indeed....

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2007 21:43:00 | More by dacrza1
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metter98

New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured dark brown into a snifter glass with a thick, beige head. There's a moderate level of carbonation and good head retention.
S: There are aromas of sweet malts and dark fruits, along with some hints of spices.
T: The taste is rather complex. There's an overall sweetness from the malts and the fruits but this is balanced to a large degree by the hops. The finish is slightly dry and flavors of spices are evident in the aftertaste. The amount of sweetness increases as this beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and the carbonation lends smoothness.
D: It's rather drinkable and the alcohol is hidden very well, although you really need to sip this beer because it's strong.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 16:30:31 | More by metter98
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tfield

Florida

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one comes recommended by Depak at Kingdom Liquors in Brandon. Poured from a bottle into a DFH snifter.

A - Opaque, reddish brown in color with a finger or so head.

S - Out of the bottle, the smell is not all that strong. Some dark fruits - raisins, dates, etc. As the beer warms the smell becomes more pronounced.

T - Sweet dark fruits and caramel malts. Some alcohol in the finish but not all that strong, considering this is 10+ percent. As with the smell, the flavor is more complex as the beer warms, when the flavor of the fruit and brown sugar sweetness is really obvious.

M - Medium-bodied, low carbonation.

D - The alcohol is not easily noticed, helping this one sneak up on you. I could see drinking two glasses, but no more.

A good sipping beer for an evening on the couch, in my case watching "Clash of the Titans" with the kids.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 02:11:40 | More by tfield
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kbanks13

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz poured into a tulip

A: Pours a clear copper/burgdy color with almost a finger of frothy tan head which disappears almost immediately. There is virtually no lacing on the glass. Color was nice, but the rest was a bit of a dissapointment.

S: Warm alcohol up front followed by currants, anise, sweet plums and caramel. Some toasty grain too.

T: Alcohol hits hard immediately, but not harshly. Tart cherries and sweet dark fruits come up. A hint of caramel which fades to a toasty grain/malt flavor that lingers on the tongue.

M: A bit thin but coating and slick for sure. A bit more carbed than other examples of this style that I've had.

D: The alcohol content of this beer was very apparent in this brew's smell and taste. More so than the other styles I've had at comparable ABV. This is only something to keep in mind, not something to discourage me from buying more in the future. It had lots of great flavor and had a nice smell to it too. I enjoyed this and would buy more later. Wondering if a little age might dull down the aggressiveness of the alcohol here though, I will have to try later.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 13:38:42 | More by kbanks13
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DaveFL1976

Florida

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped open a 750ml bottle. It opened pretty easily; the cork was helped out by the massive carbonation in the brew.
The beer poured a deep mahogany when held up to the light, with a frothy, sticky head that sticks around for quite a while.
The smell is plummy, sweet and malty, and a bit of hotness from the alcohol.
Taste is quite nice up front; raisins and figs on the forefronts, but not all that well rounded. Some alcohol abrasiveness at the end of the swallow. It's a monor fault. This is a fine, fine beer.
Mouthfeel is a bit overly carbonated, in my opinion. Really prickly, in a champagne sort of way. A bit mellower CO2 would help the mouthfeel and drinkability.
It is quite drinkable, though. The initial taste is so inviting that you just keep coming back for more. What could enhance drinkability? In my opinion, a bit lower carbonation and a bit less alcohol (at least to where it's not noticable).
But, no doubt, a good brew!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 02:56:34 | More by DaveFL1976
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml faux ceramic cage-corked bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours dark brown with a thick, foamy/creamy off-white head. The head thins then stays around, leaving some broken rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is of caramel with earthy notes and dark fruits. A nice spiciness mixes in.

The taste is of sweet caramel/toffee, a bit toasty, with earthy/peppery spicing and medium to dark fruitiness (some raisins, esp. as it progresses). Some sharp, grassy hops come through to help the herbal spiciness balance the sweetness. Very complex and tasty.

Medium-bodied, sharp yet creamy.

The alcohol/spicy bite slows it down a bit, as does the lingering sweetness (though it never reaches cloying). No complaints, here though, as it is meant to be sipped slowly anyway.

A complex, delicious sipping treat!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 14:42:12 | More by jwc215
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gabedivision

New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler to a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy mahogany red with a two finger slighty off white head. A nice banana strain comes through on the nose, plums and rasains follow, finishes with a toffee meets alcohol touch. Carbonation right on the tongue opens the mouth up for more banana, some citrus, dark fruits and slight lingering vanilla. Biscuity malts fill up the mouth and give a metallic sorta flavor, slight detection of alcohol heat and finishes with a nice cheery wood flavor. Full bodied beer, moderate carbonation, leaves the pallete dry and wanting more. Great beer, dont know where "dark tripple" comes from this beer drinks like a BSA like any other, very complex, fruity, and extremely delicious. Cheers.

Serving type: growler

07-14-2012 02:27:20 | More by gabedivision
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Ahhdball

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber color, with a very small head. Low carbonation. This is closer to a barley wine than a regular ale.

To taste it is to have your mouth set aflame with darker fruits. One sip and you know that it'll hit you harder the more you drink. Very strong but sweet with a warming touch at the end. Sticky mouth feel and goes down fast, too fast if your not carefull! I would love to have this with a favorite cigar and a roaring fire. I'm looking forward to this again!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2003 11:31:12 | More by Ahhdball
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MiguelMandingo

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up while visiting my sister in Jacksonville, Florida. I am almost finished with the stash I scored while I was there. All of the beers I picked up from J-ville I picked up from Broudy's. Anyone in the Jacksonville area should check them out if they haven't yet. This beer was awesome - one of the better Belgian's I have had in quite some time.

Poured part of a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - This beer looks stunning. It produced a 2 finger, light tan head.
It had the texture of latte foam, and it never fully dissipated. The head never died, at all. It had a constant carbonation stream rising from the sides of glass, which constantly replaced whatever head had diminished. This beer is alive. It left a ton of lacing. It is a nearly opaque deep reddish brown - light could only penetrate the perimeter of the glass.. Beer doesn't look better than this. Exquisite.

Smell - This beer has a big, bold scent. This beer isn't playing around. There is a deep caramel sweetness in the scent - a deep, dark, candi sugar smell. Like brown sugar and a slight hint of molasses. There are fruit smells from the yeast, like red apple, pear and sweet cherry. As the beer warms, you can smell the alcohol presence worming its way through the scent. If only they could replicate this into a solid, tangible dessert. Until then, I will more than settle for smelling a beer like this.

Taste - It tastes like every bit of the scent, but way more pronounced. I get the deep caramel sweetness, tied with brown sugar and molasses. The fruit flavors pair nicely with the sweetness - red apple, pear, sweet cherry and fig. The cherry flavor also appears as slightly tart, like it was mixed with green apple skins. What I can taste in the flavor that isn't present in the scent is a fairly large hop presence - for the style, IMO. The hops come in at the end of the flavor, and they are very floral and billowy - adding a nice slight bitterness to round our the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Solid medium body. The beer is slightly sticky, it coats the mouth - but not in that oily kind of way. To complement the stickiness, the beer is very creamy and smooth. The carbonation level is nearly perfect. It provides a prickly sensation to cut through the sticky, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability - This beer is fantastic. It has a great flavor, scent, and mouthfeel. It looks delicious too, which adds to its appeal. I wish they sold this beer here in Texas - it would easily make its way into my regular rotation. The ABV makes itself known fairly quickly. I wouldn't have more than one 750ml to myself in one evening, but more than one isn't necessary - it has taken me almost an hour and a half to get 3/4 of the way through the bottle. I am savoring every sip of this one.

Search it out, and when you find it - hoard it.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 06:54:27 | More by MiguelMandingo
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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