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

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3,228 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,228
Reviews: 1,221
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 189
Gots: 357 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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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4.92/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Devman171, Oct 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Aeroscorp, Oct 20, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark copper color. The head is a finger high, just barely off-white in shade. Retention is quite excellent due to all the fizz rising to the top. Lacing left on the glass is consistent and thick. Aesthetic appeal is extremely high. (4.5)

Smell: Wow, the nose pops like a champ just from opening it (so much in fact, it gushed a little bit). It doesn't have some of the darker ester notes from a BSDA (such as raisin or fig), instead the fruitiness takes on more of a white grape/apple/pear quality. Some of the caramel-laden malts come through, as well as some yeasty, peppery spice. I'm even getting some candied sugar. Dark tripel? Sure. Killer aroma? Absolutely. (4.25)

Taste: It's a little sweeter than the nose indicated. It opens up with a combination of fruit esters (some light like apple, some slightly darker like cherry), which then evolves into a spicy mid-taste. It finishes with plenty of candied sugar. Malty touches linger throughout - this maltiness is quite varied with notes of caramel, toffee, graham cracker, and even cream. Fruit esters pop even further when this is allowed to open up. Complex and easy to drink - truly the best of both worlds. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Big, creamy, and sweet; but the healthy carbonation cleanses the palate admirably. There are only vague hints of warmth on the back of the throat and (on the first sip), but the 10.5% is concealed superbly. It's a bit on the sweet side - which means it isn't quite as dangerous as it could be (thank cripes!) - otherwise I have nothing to complain about here. (4.25)

Overall: Fantastic beer that does everything I want a big Belgian beer to do - be perfectly balanced, bold, easy drinking, and deep all at the same time. Though it's a little expensive, it's still on my "must buy" list for the future. (4.25)

4.26/5: Beers like these are exactly why I love Belgian ales

ThisWangsChung, Oct 19, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +4%

I've had this beer on tap in Ghent, from a bottle at home, and this time on tap in Boise Idaho. I loved it every time, although never more than the first time in Ghent. The beer is the local favorite there, and is named after the symbol of the town, the golden dragon that sits atop their city hall. When we did our Belgium/Netherlands beer trip, this beer was our favorite of all the beers we had.

It's a wonderful Belgian strong dark ale. I don't have a lot to add to the many excellent descriptions that others have given.

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Strong caramel smell. Great head retention. Sweet taste with a burnt caramel. High alcohol content.

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Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 3,228 ratings.