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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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Reviews: 1,270
Hads: 3,610
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 19.52%
Wants: 268
Gots: 650 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001

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Photo of DrJay
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy reddish brown with a very light brown head, slightly rocky. Aromas of alcohol, rich malts, ripe fruit, and a little spiciness. Very sweet, like candy sugar, with dark fruits, alcohol warmth and a bit of pepper at the finish. Medium/full body and moderate carbonation, just a bit sticky with residual sugar.

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Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Darkish, murky, russet brown, with amber edges, topped by a two finger cushion of light khaki head that laces nicely. Nose is tangy and oaky, with caramelized brown sugar, yeast, light fruits, and faint pepper. Intense malt flavors up front: sugary sweet tropical fruits (banana, pineapple juice, kiwi) dominate, but are somewhat tempered by a toasted bitterness. Sweetness easily wins out. Brown sugar and caramel flavors mix with yeast. Light spiciness noticeable near the finish. Finish is sweet, yeasty, and very warming. Full-bodied with a near syrupy consistency toward the finish. Somehow avoids being cloying, but very sweet nonetheless. Oh, and quite good!

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Photo of Paddez
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This came in a white 33ml bottle with a classy looking label. Poured into the offical glaas wich is a Duvel shaped tulip with a golden dragon printed on its side. Excellent presentation.

The beer itself pours a dark & hazy orangy brown brew. with a huge, slightly tan head. Great retention.

Smell: Smells of sweet malts & caramel and sweet candy fruits can be picked up. There were also some less likable aroma's though: there's something awkward & muddy I disliked and the fruit element is a bit too sweet and over the top making it smell as if the fruits are really overripe.

Taste: This is good stuff. Sweet, dark fruits, spices and malty caramels flow out in a dry, long-lingering aftertaste. The sweet complex taste is very similar to that found in good Quadrupels like the Rochefort 10 and the St. Bernardus Abt. 12.

Mouthfeel & Drinkabillity: Full and thick, yet smooth and creamy. The alcohol has a warming effect, but is otherwise hidden really well. The 10,5% really doesn't show, and the beer is -surpisingly- not very heady and amazingly drinkable.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an undated 11.2oz into a tulip.

Burnt amber with lively carbonation and a huge frothy head of light tan. Good retention and sticking.

Smells of candied lemons, spicy yeast, with a touch of malts paired with floral hops. Complex, balanced and very mouth watering.

Tastes very sweet. Borders on cloying. The sweetness is paired with alcohol and pepper in the finish. There's a slight lingering tartness on the palate. Doesn't taste near as interesting as it smells.

The mouthfeel is full enough for the style, but the alcohol and carbonation make it a bit awkward. I love BSDAs, but this one doesn't do it for me. My next round would be something else.

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Photo of bucko
3.18/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours with a nice carmely-brown color, almost opaque, or at least very dense. The head is off-white and at least a couple of inches which settles to about 1/2 inch after some time. The smell is sweet with hints of fruit and perhaps cake, perhaps even a little nutty. I'm not so crazy about the first sip, all I'm tasting is alcohol. Second sip I the sweet malt takes over. The aftertaste is powerful and not unlike that of a good port, albeit a bit smokey and most noticably not a port. Long term after-taste is almost astringant and I can't help but want something else to wash it away. The mouthfeel is odd to me. It looks like it should be heavier, and it's anything but light, but it isn't heavy, either. Confused? So am I. Very complex. Perhaps too much for my taste. I think I'll have to try a few more before I have a solid opinion.

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Photo of pootz
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml belgian "stubby" bottle..1 year 3 months old. Poured an opaque brandy-red color. Tight mocha cap, soft carbonation. Nose is tart-sweet like mulled apple wine with rasins and some mustiness with light chocolate tones. Viscous body, vinous character....Wonderfully complex flavor substantial malt spine mingles with plumbs, figs, cocoa, tangerene peal bitters. Finishes wet and very brandy like in character. Warming. A great Belgian warming ale with substantial complexity.

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Photo of bhitt
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a 330 bottle. Relentless bubbly white head over dark chocolate color.

This beer has a unique and complex smell. Give yourself some time with this one. Spicy, sweet, a little citrus. Fruity with cinnamon and sugar and a robust yeastiness.

Excellent flavor. Just a sip feels like a four course meal. Extremely well-rounded and truly singular taste. Thick malty flavor and certainly sweet, balanced by subtle spicy notes that seem different every time, depending on how big a drink you take. High alcohol content is well disguised and really only combines with the carbonation for a prickly finish.

This is one of my favorites. Don't miss it. The complex flavor will force you to recall that there's just nothing like a strong Belgian ale.

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Photo of Zraly
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful garnet-brown with a delicate, off white head. Tight, compact bubbles present the appropriate carbonation.

Wonderful smells of spice, malt and alcohol permeate my nose. Upon first sip, the carbonation tickles the outside of my mouth, basically teasing me and preparing me for what stands before me...

A most perfect tasting ale. Loads of sweet malt and fruits dominate, with an intoxicating candy-like and phenolic backdrop. A strong notion of creme brulee (burnt sugar and all) purrs through. The alcohol hums its way around my mouth and eventually my bloodstream. Smooth, dreamy finish that is warm, luscious and invites another sip.

Classy and a benchmark for the style, this is an all-around selection of goodness in a bottle. I am splitting a glass with my girlfriend pre-dinner. It's starting the evening off on a most sultry note.

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Photo of blitz134
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I’ve had this one in the cabinet for a little while now and finally decided to pop the cap on this one to celebrate the end of a day of working on a project paper. Little victories are what really matter in the long run.

This bottle has always intrigued me with its opaque white color and the quite odd robot dragon on the front. Last time I checked robot dragons didn’t drink beer. But the good thing is: no chances of being skunked by light with this one. The pour wasn’t very vigorous by any means but the head formation nearly filled my oversized wine glass with a huge frothy light tan head. While the head reduced by quite a bit but it still seemed to linger around in a thick layer on top of the nearly opaque dark garnet coloration. This is truly a beauty. This is the most opaque dark Belgian I’ve had to date.

Typical of Belgians there is the aroma is dominated by the sweet malty dark fruit characters. Mainly raisins and plums with this one with a little clove spiciness in the background. Not an overpowering smell but it is good nonetheless. There is a hint of alcohol underneath the nice aroma.

I don’t find the taste quite as complex as some of the other dark Belgians I’ve had but this one is still quite good. There is a sharp spiciness with hints of clove that sting the cheeks and lingers for quite a while with a definite belly warming sensation. Along with this spiciness there is also sourness from the tart fruits which this beer conjures up. Good flavor overall, but the spiciness skews the lines between many of the individual flavor profiles.

Mouthfeel is quite awesome. It seems almost chewy while still seeming light bodied in a way. Drinkability is brought down a bit with how much the alcohol sensation lingers. Not a session beer by anymeans, but something I’ll be sure to return to.

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Photo of OatherS
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Short stubby white bottle with a black label with a gold dragon on the front and cap. 330 cL bottle.

Appearance: Loud foamy pour. One finger head that is bubbly. Dark color with a hint of amber.

Smell: Winey and alcoholy odor.

Mouthfeel: Sharp, bubbly, alcoholy hit to the taste buds.

Taste/Drinkability: A nice malty flavor that is a little bit too strong and striking for my tastes.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 750, the beer is darker than I imagined, almost a glowing caramel brown. The head is explosive, and ridiculously thick with staying power that is not often seen. Lacing is a spectacle itself with clinging sheets of beige hued clumps.

The aroma is a mix of clover honey sweetness, grassy herbal notes, and dark fruits. There an abundance of spicey yeast flavor complimented by a suble hop dryness in the finish, almost white-peppery.

Sweeter than the nose would indicate, but full of enough interesting complexeties to balance it out. Candy sweetness, lemony grassy hay, medicinal minerality, and plum, fig, prune, and black cherry fruits.

Mouthfeel is large, full, and sticky. Yet is finishes with a deliacte dryness that is unexpected. Not an everyday beer for sure. But a welcome change when you're in the mood.

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Photo of Boto
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught@ Sharp Edge Creekhouse: They had this listed on the menu as a "Barleywine" which is obviously wrong. This pours a cloudy, reddish brown color. It had a fairly large off-white head. This was a very nice beer. The aroma has notes of yeast, alcohol, caramel, fruits, and probably a lot of other things. It is very rich. The taste follows suit. This is a wonderful variation of a Tripel. Full bodied and smooth.

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Photo of zao77
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first thing I look at when pouring beer is its head and how sustaining it is. It didn't really matter how slow I poured this beer, I still had to let it set for awhile just to see any beer at the bottom. The head is extremely thick and isn't tamed too easily.

The smell is quite pleasent presenting a variety of fruits and traces of honey. The taste brings the honey straight out and I could swear I tasted some vanilla.

The main reason I gave this a 3.5 in drinkability is mostly due to its sweet nature. It's like eating too much pecan pie. It tastes really good at first bite but it is just too rich to eat the whole pie. I will have to say that like wine, it gives you a great relaxed feeling.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation Bone white stubby 330ml bottle with the Global Beer Network seal on the label. No date visible.

Smell is sweet rich malt, dried fruit...apples, raisins, dates...vanilla?? and strong aroma of alcohol that fades as one becomes accustomed to it but never leaves entirely.

Taste is sweet malts, pepper, tobacco bitter lemon, orange, with strong hop almost quinine bitterness appearing in a long dry finish. There is so much alcohol it in the palate that it is very nearly overpowering. This is a powerful and complex brew. the spiciness especially the pepper numbs the tongue for a time.

Mouthfeel is thick almost buttery, sticking to the tongue and roof of the mouth and sending waves of hop bitterness cascading around the mouth as you swallow.

This is a beer for the one beer a night plan. I cannot imagine tasting anything after this one. There is nothing subtle about this brew. It assaults your senses and takes no prisoners. Like sipping a fortified wine or a dry cordial. A night cap of a brew if there is a such a class.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Liquid pumpernickel. The beer looks like liquified pumpernickel and smells like it. Filtered mud. There was a thick and stubborn head on top. The nose is bready and yeasty. The taste is very fruity--but dried and earthy fruits like raisins, prunes, apples, apricots and bananas. Also, just a hint of honey. A very full bodied beer that clings to the palate.Would make a great beer to go with a dessert tart.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scarlet-infused tawny; a gorgeous hue. The orange tinted, light caramel colored head fills at least half the glass after a gentle pour and has gone nowhere in the several minutes that I've been staring at it. The foam is gently pitting on its upper surface and is tight-bubbled where it meets the glass. Unfortunately, there's almost no lace; a shame since the color of beer and head, and the combination of the two, is something to behold.

The nose, although good, doesn't quite reach great. It's malty sweet, Scotchy and dark fruity, but doesn't come together as well as it might. Even though the aroma lacks a certain amount of depth and complexity, it's clear that it belongs to a quality beer.

'Golden Dragon' still doesn't impress me as much as I'd hoped it would. The first impression I have is of sweet and sour fruit; in particular, dates, raisins and black cherries. I also taste mild cocoa and almost a cola quality (I mean that in a good way). The flavor profile is opening up as the beer warms and I can now appreciate sweet tobacco and dark butterscotch. Clove and cinnamon round things out quite nicely.

In terms of flavor sensations, the beer is sweet, sour and bitter (in descending order), but isn't so sweet as to be cloying or to impair drinkability. The medium body/mouthfeel needs to be a bit bigger if world-class status is to be bestowed. Update: both the flavor and the body improve a great deal when the final third of the bottle is added to the chalice and the scores have been increased as a result.

Gulden Draak (I can't say the name without sliding into a bad Scottish accent) is a beer that grew on me substantially over the course of the bottle. When--not if--I drink my next one, I'll allow it to warm and will gently mix the bottle before opening to get bring the good stuff into play from the start. I'm sorry I doubted you GD, you're pretty G-d good after all.

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Photo of horndecker
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany color, with a prodigous head, rocky and persistant, it's a tan foamy latte over a clear and polished mahogany.
The nose is bright and yeasty, with caramel and toffee, bread and chocolate, with cabbage bringing up the rear.
The taste is big fruit with a tart center; prunes marinated in chocolate liquer; Dr. Pepper (10-2-4); A lot of concentrated malt flavors, and persistantly sweet, though it's not just a simple sweetness.
The alcohol is apparent but, surprisingly, not overwhelming.
Nice big frothy mouthfeel. Quite an interesting brew.
I'll need to try this again to really get a handle on it. Happily.

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Photo of redmosquito
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Am I confused? I expected the Piraat and the Draak to be exactly the opposite in color than they really are. The Draak pours a nice mahoghany color with a slightly off white head. It has a wonderful malty aroma, a blend of sweet caramel and nutty Munich malt, and a nice yeast finish, that reminds me more of a lager than a Belgian ale. The taste is similar to the aroma, malty with some bitterness, and surprisingly no sign of that 10.5% it lists on the label. The body is also good as well not dry as one might expect with a strong Belgian. Overall this is an excellent beer that is highly drinkable, especially for a big beer.

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Photo of Andreji
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice brew from a steenberge assorted pack.

Pour is clearly a belgian dark, with a big, fizzy head with an amber fade, much as the rest of the caramel, carbonation-less fluid. slightly translucid.

The smell, quite rich, is malty and somewhat soury. red fruits are a bit perceivable.

The taste, strong malty with a cola-ish feel is very nice, very slightly bitter at the end and primarily soury throughout. practically uncarbonated and the body, despite being translucid, is quite thick, and tasty. Slightly alcoholized.

The ABV is questionable for this reason, because it's well hidden and very, very slightly felt afterwards. this is an excellent brew. best i've had in a while now.

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Photo of mynie
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This isn’t golden! And it doesn’t smell like spicy mustard, either. Goddamn Belgians. They are always out to trick me.

Pours really pretty and dark. Plum colored with an retentive, foamy head. Lots of sediment floating around, despite a good pour—I dunno if this bottle was jostled in the store or if it’s just supposed to be that way.

Very rich, sweet smell. Usually odors that are this sweet are accompanied with a little bit of an alcohol zip, but that’s not the case here. This just smells like tart fruit. Or Fruits, actually. Dozens of fruits. Apple, pineapple, plums, grapes, mango, passion fruit, orange.

Tastes like complex fruit, like the nose, only zippier. A harsh but nice ZING hits you right up front, along with the more sour fruits, then that dissolves into a rather dry, juicy flavor containing for the richer, less tart fruits. This is incredible complexity.

The flavor can be overpowering—I can’t see myself drinking more than a single stubby of this (the 10.5% ABV also factors in), but this is a truly great beer that everybody should try.

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Photo of ramrod666
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

gulden draak pours walnut brown with a huge rocky head that stays huge for 5-10 minutes before falling to a 1/4 inch towards the bottom. the smell of tart apples is big with strong sweetness and a bit of bubble-gum? taste is almost cidery. alcohol is present in the back but, a over 10.00 abv would you expect anything else. mouthfeel is moderately carbonated with a drying effect from the tartness and alcohol. heavy body. drinkabilty is high and dangerous considering the abv.. a delicious triple.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one of the great beers on tap at the Moan and Dove for their "2nd Annual Belgian Beer Festival." Poured into a tulip. Big ol' foamy head on this one. Dark brown in color. While the foam settles I get a good chance to pick up the aroma. Nice and bready, sweet malts, with spicy hop characters butting in. Taste is complex, as expected. Sweet figgy plum malt taste and spicy herby hops and warm alcohol. Nice woodsiness too. Musty. Real smooth mouthfeel and easy enough to drink, especially for the
%10.5 ABV. An exceptionally well balanced Belgian.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby brown with a small tight slightly off white head. The head fades and leaves an island of foam in the middle that stays for the whole ride to the bottom of the empty glass. Dark fruit, figs, plumbs and raisins are the aroma. Mild tones of malt and hint of spice accompany the dark fruit.
First sip was WOW! I wasn’t expecting something to jump out. The dark fruit is dominated with a mild malt and spice. Even banana is present and a slight musty flavor mixed in. Hints of alcohol follow the fruit and finish with a silky smooth mouthfeel.
This is a simply wonderful brew and a new a favorite.

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Photo of aracauna
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark cloudy brown with a nice creamy head that lasts and sheets the side of the glass. Very fruity aroma of over ripe pears and banannas. There is also plenty of spice, mostly cinnamon and clove. Slightly sweet body. Caramel malt. Fairly creamy body. Not bad.

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Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 1,270 ratings.