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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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1,272 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,272
Hads: 3,614
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 19.57%
Wants: 269
Gots: 650 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001

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Photo of Moose90
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Stubby white bottle, served at room temperature and poured into a 16oz tulip for tasting.

A — Pours out with a dark ruby brown hue into the glass, there is a very tall, bubbly cream colored head that forms and resides above the beer. The head settles a bit and leaves behind spots of lacing along the inside of the glass that are quite thick and heavy.

S — Smell is strongly phenolic and brings some sharp notes of dark fruit, yeast, pepper, cherry, caramel.

T — Taste is much like the nose, though not as assertive, there are notes of sweet caramel, light chewy tannic fruit character, roasted malts, light bitter coffee component. Big yeasty kick to round things out.

M — Medium-Full bodied and a bit sharp with an apparent alcohol heat.

O — A fine beer in its own right, it is just a bit too sharp and hot for my tastes, perhaps this should be chilled slightly before consumption.

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Photo of Capn_Offal
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A delicious and beautiful brew, which wisks you away on a cloud of pearlescent bubbles over a smooth yet undulating amber sea of dreams. The refreshing breeze of hops gently carries you through flights of golden dragons all drinking flights of this glorious beer. Take time out of your day to experience this beer if you have yet to do so. From pour to finalé, take in every drop and take your time while doing so. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours hazy dark brown with big head but disappeared to a half finger or just under. Aroma plum, dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, prunes. Taste caramel, toffee, plumes, raisin, spices, the alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From elcervecero. In La Trappe chalice. Watching Worst Week 1x09-10. After the Westy12, and very close to it, this is the best in ita style. I only miss a bit more carbonation.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Interesting little stubby bottle that is Hugglemonster white in color....the beer?...well its a rich dark ruby/brown color and is yeast hazed in a very creamy way....the head is caramel colored, densely built, and retains very well, leaving behind a thick-ish layer over the beer itself! The lacing is excellent with a nice uneven bubble grid all around, however, it doesn't cling very well after movement, and is slightly oily on the side of the glasses' surface....still, a very impressive look!

S- Deep, rich caramel notes, with yeasty, malty molasses and brown sugar/sugar cane....nearly mapled aromas. Milk chocolate, dark fruits such as honeyed prunes, hints of boozy banana, and slight malted booziness. The finish is long and cloying....intense all throughout!

T- There is an entire medley of exploding flavors on the palate....most likely too many to analyze! Deep toffee/caramel/molasses, slight maple, autumn/pumpkin pie spices,(think nutmeg), light cinnamon notes, dried dark fruits such as plum, figs, raisins, black cherry....even apples.....Slightly rummy! Yeasty cake like sweetness that could be taken as ginger bread/cake...semi sweet, with a finish that reminds me of milk chocolate blended with a small amount of freshly brewed coffee....the finish on the plate is surprisingly clean, yet there is a lingering sticky depth that makes me want the next sip immediately!

M/O- Overall, this is an incredible brew that I cannot believe I have not had up until this point! I can only imagine this on tap and can only imagine even more how this would be aged! Tight carbonation, buttery smooth and this is probably the most well hidden alcohol that I have ever experienced within a beer, especially for 10.5%! I need a case of this on hand at all times and look forward to a trip to Belgium because of this lovely nectar! Most recommended......

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Photo of flyingpig
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle from Beers of Europe website (£3.49):
Really nice with lots of complexity & a huge amount of flavour backed up with strong alcohol & a nice, warming feel that makes it ideal to sip away at over the course of an hour or two. Despite still being noticeable, the alcohol content certainly isn't overdone with the dark fruits & sweetness helping mask some of it & helping the beer down easier.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Poured into a Propolis Tulip glass. Huge head, but went down to a more manageable inch after 5 or so minutes. Very dark brown, almost black. Dark red when held up to the light, and slightly cloudy.

Smell: Huge nose of plum, pear, apple, brown sugar, and molasses. Notes of banana, and antiseptic from the alcohol.

Taste: Plum, pear, apple, brown sugar, and molasses again.

Feel: Low carbonation, creamy but not very smooth. A slight to medium alcohol burn.

Overall: Amazing, simply amazing.

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Photo of gfanikf
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The light color can throw you off at first, but once you get past the first taste, you get an incredibly rich and flavorful drink that doesn't feel heavy or oppressive to the tounge like many other high abv beers.

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Photo of Arthuros
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Great dark blonde triple, with a honeyish taste and a strong sweetness. Strong ABV, strong taste, little happiness.
Quite refreshing if cold, gets heavy if warm quickly, avoid pints.

A great beer though, probably goes well with cheese.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark Triple? Interesting description of the style. Brown sugar, caramel, toffee notes throughout. The ABV is very well masked. I would like to try their Quad (9000) and compare. This beer is well worth a visit.

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Photo of L0ne
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From backlog. On draft, February 2015.

Classic Belgian flavors. Fruity from the Belgian yeast, banana, cherry, lots of spices. The spices, spicy alcohol character (a bit too booze forward for me though), and prickly carbonation all work hand in hand to create a unique drinking experience.

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Photo of VikingBeer
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass. This beer is a classic for a reason. Pretty, dark-brown liquid with a nice head; not a lot of lacing, though. Smell is vintage quad, with a textbook spicy Belgian-yeast aroma and a nice whiff of caramel/toffee sweetness. Flavors are also textbook: toffee, roasted apples and bananas, plums and cherries, toasted walnuts, a hint of coffee, and cocktail-rye bread from the malts lead; pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, from hops. Very nice indeed.

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Photo of Das_Reh
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice 8/25/2015

A = Deep brownish hue with ruby tons, 1 finger of tan head

S = Dark fruits, booze, spicy hops and Belgian yeast

T = Noticeable hop bitterness and a spicy alcoholic bite, sweet dark fruits such as cherries and plums, as it warmed there was bready yeast

F = Medium bodied with a prickly carbonation accented by the spicy alcohol character and hops

O = A very good Belgian strong dark ale, definitely a slow sipper and a style I will seek out more

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Photo of bwesthoven
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

10.5%, what's not to like? Pours a thick off-white head. Deep oak color, smell was faint. Was very smooth and mellow. Very good Belgium, wish it didn't cost as much as it does!

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Photo of Saviour
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Pours mahogany with two-finger creamy head, nice retention.
S - Raisins, flowers and fruity notes.
T - Sweet, complex taste, alcohol is not very noticeable inspite of its strength.
F - Medium-bodied, light-carbonized. Very pleasant aftertaste.
O - Great strong beer, much better than Piraat from the same brewery.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown under an off-white head which fades slowly. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar. Flavor is sweet and the alcohol is noted along with the sticky fruits.

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Photo of BWood
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Solid Belgium strong ale. I don't think I would put it over Chimay but it does give it a run for its money .I do like the look of the beer and how the head retains in the glass. Smooth finish to this beer. Solid staple if you are looking for a easily accessible year around Belgium.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours from the . . . unique bottle a dark, thick, brown/cola colour, with hints of ruby. Cloudy to the point of opacity, with even a gentle pour netting several fingers of loose, rocky head that are very slow to dissipate, leaving a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell is grapey/vinous, raisins, brown sugar, cherry cordial, toffee, stone fruits like apricot and peach. An alcoholic sharpness definitely comes through. Banana, clove. Slightly yeasty, slightly peppery. A touch of licorice? Burnt chocolate, hot cocoa. Ginger candies? Rather sharp, but nice.

Taste is fairly alcoholic, with lots of brown sugar, marzipan, lots of fruits in syrup. Again, grapey or vinous, slightly tart. Sour cherries, clove. Bananas. Slightly earthy. Finishes initially sweet but drying in the throat. Slightly yeasty, bready afertaste. High carbonation and somewhat syrupy texture.

This is . . . interesting. The smell here is beautiful, but the taste doesn't quite do it for me--it's quite sweet, quite sharp, and a bit muddled for me. I have no doubt it's well-made, and an exemplar of the style (as many attest), but it loses me on the taste.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
2.51/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Mahogany body with a fluffy off-white head.
S: Vinous.
T: Eugh! Peppy, sharp AND very syrupy. Doesn't work at all. Phenolic with big liquorice and marzipan. Has the zing of a tripel but the flavour of a quad. It's like the bastard child of an English barley wine, a quad, and a tripel. Doesn't work! It's making me want to chuck, like a childhood medicine, or ice cream soda. I'm gonna spew......!!!!
O: Jeez!

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Photo of donspublic
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look Reddish tan, poured with very little head. Not a big triple fan, even though this style steered me to craft. This is a very smooth beer to drink. Kind of an alcohol forward beer. Found that this beer fared better the longer I drank it. Could sit around and drinking this for a night.

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Photo of rand
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle into a snifter

2012 bottle...been letting it chill for awhile

A: Dark-mahogany in color, super-effervescent, presumably from the extended bottle-conditioning. It's not as viscous as expected, and a giant head dissipates down to nothing.

S: Booze and esters dominate the bouquet. Sweet, biscuity, with notes of raisin and butterscotch. There's a touch of hop astringency at the edge of the bouquet, offset by a creamy, dairy-like aspect.

T: The butterscotch notes seem to hit the palate first, I think because they're so tasty and unusual. They're not cloying, and seemingly not from diacetyl, more like a palate-interpretation of the esters. Mid-sip there's a bit of earthiness - oaky and bready, but this brew is as smooth as they come. Aging probably helped, but the flavors here are streamlined and elegant. Medium finish with lingering sweetness.

M: Relatively light on the palate, at least for the style. Bottle-conditioning added a lot of carbonation that gives the brew levity.

I'm not really sure why, but this isn't as popular as some other examples of style, at least around San Diego. This deserves to be on a pedestal - a perfectly drinkable beer that blurs the line between a beer and a liqueur.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark ruby color with 2 fingers of head filled with large bubbles that fades down to a thin cap within 30 seconds

S: Dark fruits, especially cherries, up front, with some Belgian yeast and spiciness in there as well. Some alcohol and estery fruitiness backs everything up

T: Follows the nose. Dark fruits and Belgian yeast up front, with a background of spices and esters. Alcohol very subdued and in the background. Some earthiness comes out towards the finish

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation

O: A little dark for the style (though aptly so, given the name) but delivers on all fronts. A great brew to sip on and enjoy as the flavors open up. A classic for sure

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Photo of drmeto
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-very sweet
-caramel,toffee,plums,cherries,raisins,brown sugar,slight banana
-bready finsih
-light to medium hop bitterniss
Very good overall

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had this since early October, so, considering it's an import and had been for sale for a while, I imagine it's well over a year old by now. Kept it stored in a fairly cool, dark place, so I believe it's aged like it was supposed to.

Highly opaque for the color, which is a deep amber shade, about like smoky topaz. Minute flecks are noticeable as I drink it down. Medium retention, tan, multiform head. Fine here, large bubbles there, with sparse, splotchy lacing. Fresh sweet bread, caramel, curry, basil, and balsamic aromas at different intervals, but alcohol present throughout. Tasting it, up front there is the faintest bread flavor, followed immediately by an even sweetness of caramel, dark fruits, and primarily alcohol, right on through past the finish. Rum- or bourbon-like retro-olfaction. A rich, malty beer. Too sweet for me, but I've had sweeter in this category. Full-bodied with high level of fine carbonation, prickly but mellowing. Pretty wet. Tingling the inside of the lips, sides of cheeks, and upper anterior gums and warming the rest of the palate. Only a tad chewy/oily.

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Photo of stevoj
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Superlative beer. Pours dark brown with silky beige head. Sourish, wine-like aroma, prunes, raisins, peat, wood. Taste recalls dried fruits and oak barrels, whiskey, wine. Finish is abrupt, and although flavor is full, there is little lingering on the palate. Truly gorgeous, a real sipper to enjoy.

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