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

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

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Ratings: 2769
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rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.35%

Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001)
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Photo of dar482

New York

4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This comes in a dark brown and ruby color.

The aroma has big cherry, plum, prune, and brown sugar.

The taste is spot on for a Belgian Dark Strong. The cherry pop reminds me a bit of Three Philosophers. It has good dark fruit flavors and then brown sugar, wonderful mouthfeel and middle, and then a kind dry finish.

Compared to my favorite, Trois Pistoles, it really does lack in the champagne carbonation. However, it's dangerously drinkable with its 10.5% ABV. What lovely and complex full flavors this beer has.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2013 03:02:59 | More by dar482
Photo of KFBR392


4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: looks beautifully violent. A dark triple indeed. Very thin head throughout, but a really gorgeous look regardless.

Smell: dark and complex fruit aroma. The front present a bright feeling but then the strong yeast presence pulls it down in a beautiful direction. Wonderful, truly wonderful.

Taste: the front is a very smooth yeast presence then the dark fruits found in the smell explode. The palette dances with flavors of too many fruits to name. Triples do not get much better then this. The aftertaste is a round dryness that is sweet over offensive.

Mouthfeel: everything you would expect after the smell and taste. Leaves a strong dryness but is pleasant for the drinker.

Overall: one of the better triples I've had. More on the aggressive side then an easy drinker but forces you to love it. Definitely an elite brew

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2013 00:27:28 | More by KFBR392
Photo of Beer-A-Lot


4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Biergarden.

A - Amber honey color. Nice and hazy.

S - A cornucopia of flavors. Complex and delightful.

T - So balanced with lots of fruit. Delicious every time I have it.

M - Not a huge mouth but still nice.

O - This is a great easy drinker. Superb beer that I always enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2013 04:16:29 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In 2008 I reviewed this in bottled form: on 17th Oct 2012 I had it again but on-tap in the lovely De Garre in Brugge (something I've done a few times over the years, but never wrote about).

Deep ruby red in colour with a large off-white foaming head, it looks a picture: just like its bottled brother, the correct glass adding another dimension to the overal appearance.

Rich, strong and powerful malty aromas just ooze out of the glass. Malt loafs, christmas pudding, creamed plums, caramel chocolate bars and dark molasses can also be found in the smell. The taste is an explosion of the same flavours found in the aroma, yet with a mild hop bitterness that prevents the beer being too sweet

This is just one beautiful beer and one I'll never tire of: the alcohol isn't even well hidden, but I don't care, it just helps to make this an exceptionally fine beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2012 11:51:45 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of Philousa


4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed at Yard House San Jose, 10/12/12. This arrived with lipstick on the glass and I had to return it. Check your glassware before you enjoy your beer!

Dark cherry wood, opaque in appearance with a good amount of tan head. Foam looks powdery and packed, leaving lacing on the glass. Very sticky. I get notes of cherry, roasty chocolate and leather. Sweet presence of candied sugar is prevalent but not overbearing. Candied cherries and other, somewhat sweet, pit fruit starts out the taste. Some dark chocolate, maybe bakers chocolate, with some oak and a hint of alcohol burn. The feel is balanced, as is the finish.

This was quite the treat. Very balanced and complex. Hopefully it's just as good from a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2012 20:40:25 | More by Philousa
Photo of NilocRellim


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in Belgium. Also purchase it in bottles.

The beer pours a murky brown. It smells sweet, malty, with hints of spices. It taste malty and sweet, with a little "slimy" feel to it (not in a bad way). There is a slight bitterness at the end.

Would I buy it again? Yes,

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 21:15:15 | More by NilocRellim
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

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

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh. Served in a tulip.

A - a dark plum color with a thin lacing of head

S - bready, spicy

T - bread, caramel, toffee, sugar, alcohol

M - medium to full bodied, warm, crisp

This is a really nice beer. It's malty, sweet, balanced, and complex. This is probably one of the better beers that I've had in this style. I will have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2012 09:14:16 | More by tdm168
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/4 of a sampler. Body is a deep amber with an appropriate white head. The smell is just loaded with bubble gum. I was blown away. More bubble gum than any other German hefeweizen. The taste is very candy sweet. It goes down so easy and smooth, with enough backing from the malt to make it palatable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2012 23:25:44 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of 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
Photo of wsantas


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy Amber brown color. Light carbonation bubbles. Strong retention
S: Molasses, vanilla, malts, alcohol
T: smooth, mollases, vanilla, white, light alcohol
M: full body, long lasting
O: Hides the alcohol well, nice body, smooth flavor. Very complex, continue to find notes as I drink.

Growler from Crafty Draught Cumming, GA

Serving type: growler

05-08-2012 22:10:14 | More by wsantas
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Penguin Pizza in a Piraat tulip- poured a dark brown/ruby color that is partially transparent. Has a very small head and no retention or lacing.

Smells very pleasant- all sweet dark malt with a little bit of yeast.

Taste is full and rich. Dark malts dominate- I taste a bit of raisin. There is also a hint of Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel is very much lacking- I like a well carbonated beer. This one is vert syrupy and has no carbonation. If it was better carbonated I would love this beer- however, I've had it on tap and out of the bottle and both are extremely flat. I won't try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 01:59:56 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

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

Served into goblet. 

Appearance: Slightly dark amber head is an off white coming 1/8" roughly off the body

Smell: Slightly sweet, little but like molasses meets maple.

Taste Incredibly smooth slightly sweet not bitter and you taste nothing but alcohol after the second sip

Mouth: Light carbonation smooth finish which the after taste of alcohol flowing through your cheeks.

Overall: Well finished but could be tweaked just a little bit. Smell is slightly bland but regardless doesn't mean it is a bad beer. Keep drinking, the more you do the more you will lust this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 21:41:09 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap and served in a chalice, the beer is a clear, dark, orange-hued brown coloring with no head. Beer is very clean in the glass. Aromas of toffee and caramel sweetness, with a slight hopping to balance. The nose is balanced amazingly, and very subtle. Extremely smooth in mouth, with a boozey kick right off the bat. Flavors are toffee sweet malt with a ton of old world fruit charcteristics, including dates, currants, and some raisin. The aftertaste is rich and tangy sweet, with a touch of toffee and hops, and a little bit of warmth at the end of the palate. The finish is slick, and almost creamy. Delicious beer! Masterfully blended and balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 17:25:30 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of DrDemento456


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer 2 of my flight. A 5oz pour

A - Poured a dark amber brown, clear in color that clears to a blotchy lace ring with some excellent lacing.

S - Light Belgium yeast and sugars, touch of caramel and toffee.

T - Very clean tasting yeast is very fruity with caramel and toffee leading to a slightly hoppy finish. ABV is well hidden with only a slight warming feeling.

M - Again medium bodied for sure. Love well made Belgium's

Overall I will have to be back to get another 5oz pour for 2 bucks. It drinks like heaven on tap a great strong ale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2012 19:59:33 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of Rayek


4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at City O' City in Denver. Served in a Gulden Draak tulip, the beer arrived with a slightly hazy deep mahogany hue and a billowing cream cap. The head slowly fell to a blanked of foam and left behind bits of lace.

"Heaven in a glass" was how I described this to my son, who chuckled at my comment. Dark dried fruit of currant, raisin and cherry get things going. They give the beer a strong vinous quality. Bitterness is quite mild and a little peppery. The alcohol adds nice warmth going down, but is well masked in the flavor. Letting the beer warm a bit makes the experience even better. The medium body has soft carbonation and could stand a touch more heft in my book. Overall, I found the beer fabulous.

I was having a really bad day when I ordered this. When my glass arrived, it improved eleven fold at the first sip. A truly great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2011 20:02:52 | More by Rayek
Photo of CaptainIPA


3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap @ Cafe Hollander Tosa and presented in appropriate glassware.

Pours a delectably dark chestnut brown with a two-finger head that slowly fades before lacing well. Aromas of dark fruit and roasted malt.

Opens big, malty and sweet with suggestions of dark fruits -- primarily raisins and plums -- and toasty roasted malts. A toffee-like sweetness surfaces, balancing any evidence of bittering hops. Smooth and chewy mouthfeel throughout. Warm and peppery notes emerge before finishing dry. 10.5% ABV is well concealed. Pairs well with a tasty BLT and side of pommes frites.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2011 00:19:32 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap at Silver Creek Brewing Co., 6 Jul 2011. Served in an ~8 oz. snifter.

Small light brown head. Moderate carbonation. Medium brown in color. Aroma is a bit light, maybe because it's a bit cool, maybe some apple and dark fruit, alcohol. Apple, slightly bitter, some dried fruit. Somewhat warming. Medium body. Slightly fruity sweet finish.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2011 00:04:36 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer in WPB. Served in a tulip.

Appearance - Murky brown body with an ample cream colored head. Surprising head on it, but maybe just because it's on tap. A minimal amount of lacing graces the surface of the beer.

Smell - I get bananas and apples. The apples have a slight tang to them. Some dark fruits. The description on the menu said toffee, but I don't get that over the fruits. A bit of booze in the nose, too.

Taste - Again, a bit of banana from the yeastiness, followed by a strange citrus tang that accompanies the dark fruits prevalent in Belgian darks. It's not bad, it's just not what I expect at all. A complex flavor, to be sure.

Mouthfeel - The flavor is good and I guess they're going for the tripel style, but I'm not liking it. It makes it dry and spicy in the finish when I want it thick and smooth. A strange hybrid of styles that I don't necessarily appreciate.

Overall - Good flavor, for sure. Nothing I haven't tasted before, but still good. I just don't like the dryness in the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 03:40:52 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of lcarlo


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer that really succeeded. That having been said, I didn't love it. It has a sweet and sour taste that blends very well and it us a nice drinkability to it. Sweet and sour just isn't what I like but for a Belgian, which are often too sweet for me, this is a goof option.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 13:44:37 | More by lcarlo
Photo of Rifugium


3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

When you see a tap head that's a huge golden dragon, you have to sample the beer that it guards. Strong? Yes. Dark? Yes. Belgian? Yes.

Poured into a signature stem glass. Rich, hazy, dark, mahogany color with a nice tannish finger of head that retains well. Toasted biscuits and dark fruits in the aroma. Taste starts off with toasty caramel malts and some caramelized sugars and a touch of molasses, with yeasty biscuits and grainy, unsubdued alcohol following. Dark dried fruits in the background. Medium mouthfeel, and can be a bit syrupy, but overall nice and drinkable, though on the strong side.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 17:24:28 | More by Rifugium
Photo of OrangeAmps


4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

on tap!

very sweet and carbonated, which is precisely why i dig this beer. it is intensely alcohol heavy, but the taste is negligible. The lacing retains very well, and the dark amber color is beautiful. It is definitely a pronounced belgian beer, but unlike most belgians ive had. Its very creamy and bubbly, like some glorious amalgam of beer and soda.

Its a little less heavy on the carbonation on tap, imo. And also, the porcelain bottles are pimp.

Great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 04:12:40 | More by OrangeAmps
Photo of AnPiobaire

New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this brew on tap at The Good Life in Massapequa Park, NY. The brew poured a dark mahogony with a cream colored head. The ose was of malty sweetness. The taste was sweet and not the least bit boozy for such a high ABV. This is a very drinkable brew and will certainbly be on my list for years to come. A mainstay ond always front and center on tap at TGL. Enjoy!!!

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2011 02:14:16 | More by AnPiobaire
Photo of Prime16


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark red/brown with a foamy tan head.

S: Smell of dried prune, fig and cherries... with no real smell of alcohol, which is well hidden considering the ABV.

T: Carbonation was very strong, which I felt on both sides of the tongue followed by a spiced yeast flavor. Taste dissipates quickly and there is little alcohol taste to speak of with this beer.

M: Light.

O: Very solid beer but a little too carbonated for my tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2011 17:22:30 | More by Prime16
Photo of Sauron2012


4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap, served in a large brandy snifter at a bar in Bowling Green, Ohio. Only the second place I've seen to have it, period.
-Poured a thick dark amber/brown with khaki colored head.
-Had a delicious odor of malts mixed with dates and more than a hint of alcohol.
-This may have been one of the most enjoyable and drinkable beers I've ever come across. All the odors translate beautifully to how it tastes, with a creamy smoothness I didn't except from a 10.5% ale.

The only downside is that, at the time I didn't realize that it was 10.5% ABV. My advice would be to drink this slowly and enjoy its brilliant qualities, because it can and WILL put you on your ass if you're not careful.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 00:03:00 | More by Sauron2012
Photo of zooalbert


4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really liked this beer.
The alcohol in the beer is quite high, which something that can be noticed throughout, but does not overpower the taste. Which is quite unique, a sweet after taste with slight bitterness. The taste reminds me of fruit and nuts.
The appearance is quite interesting, a chocolate cloudy look.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2011 04:12:51 | More by zooalbert
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 2,769 ratings.