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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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3,151 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,151
Reviews: 1,212
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 178
Gots: 317 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website

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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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

alex_hart, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of sammo
4/5  rDev -5.4%

sammo, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of xJMFCx
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

xJMFCx, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of AnalogErik
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

AnalogErik, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a cute little stubby 11.2oz single from Steve's Liquor here in Madison. Neat white bottle too.

Pours a murky mahogany brown with a short off-white head in my sweet new Schlitz chalice. That's right - Schlitz chalice. Anyhow, nose is warm and spicy with apple cinnamon and nutmeg over Belgian yeast. Tastes like chilled sparkling apple cider - winter spices, fresh pressed apples, figs, and some light bready yeast. Quite sweet overall, not a whole lot of bitter to balance it, but I didn't mind. Like a much more refined version of New Glarus' Apple Ale. The 10.5% is almost nonexistent, expertly hidden without bitterness. Another pleasant surprise for the night after DFH's 90 Minute IPA. Good beer night for me. Wish this wasn't so damn expensive, so a rare treat for me that I will surely enjoy again.

Golden2wenty1, Oct 10, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

dwoolley1, Sep 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

bigox420, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of sfprint
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber red with a suddsie single finger head, too dark to determine if it's translucent.
S: Cherry but not too sweet, ice cream.
T: Intense in flavor though the alcohol isnt so apparent. Dark fruit, slightly syrupy, somewhat sweet, tinge of sourness, vanilla, cherry in the background.
M: Slightly foamy, almost medium body.
D: Great but a knockout with the alc %

sfprint, Jun 28, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

DenverHopHead, Jun 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

linnymtu, Aug 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

blknikon, Dec 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

His_Royal_Hoppiness, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of mzwolinski
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown in color with ruby highlights. *Very* well carbonated with a thick foamy head which soon settles into a finger thick creamy top.

The aroma first struck me as a little odd. Definitely needs to sit a while to reach its peak. Once it did, I detected lemon, raisin, and spiciness. Some alcohol as it warms more. Very unusual.

Whatever oddness I found in the aroma was more than made up for in the taste. An extremely sweet beer but not in the least bit cloying. Belgian candi sugar, fruity malt esters with a peppery dry finish leaving hints of biscuit in the mouth. As their website states, this is very much like a barley wine but definitely a Belgian entry into the category.

This is dangerously drinkable for such a potent bere. Full bodied and smooth, with just the gentlest of warming sensations from the alcohol.

mzwolinski, Oct 08, 2002
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Pellinore1, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Bill235, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: Pours a hazy mahogany brown color with a ton of fizzy light tan colored head that lingers extensively, pours really beautifully, leaves a decent amount of spotty lacing
S: nice licorice note from the star of anise and something warmer and deeper that lingers at the end
T: wow immeditely hits with the star of anise which is incredibly intense, i once chewed on a small piece of this herb at brewery ommegang while drinking their abbey ale during a tasting, this beer really reminds me of that experience, just such incredible taste and flavors, intensely strong but in the best way, spot on, actually backs off the palate rather rapidly and leaves the mouth pretty clean of taste, really awesome, absolutely no taste of the 10.5%
M: medium carbonation tingle then moves into a bit of an odd feeling on the palate, almost spiced up i guess is what id call it, leaves the mouth just slightly dry
O: incredible, this beer has such incredible taste and flavor profile, this is absolutely going to be purchased again and again, wow

BigPlay1824, Feb 15, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep ruby red, semi-opaque, with a one finger off-white head that receded to a white ring rather quickly. While the head was nothing to write home about, the body color was fantastic. Scents of bubblegum, apple, pear, banana, fruity esters of a less describable sort, Belgian yeast, candi sugar and faint hints of alcohol. A good, fruity, yeasty, sweet and complex Belgian aroma. Taste begins with candi sugar, notes of apple and pear and some yeasty dark bread, moves into raisin, prune, sweet bready malts, caramel and some earthy Belgian yeast. Finishes with more bready malt and just a touch of alcohol. Quite nice, rather sweet, but not overly so and very complex. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, with moderate carbonation, a slight alcohol burn, and a drying finish. Very nice sipping mouthfeel. Overall this is an excellent Belgian Strong Dark. Its got the complexity in both aroma and flavor that defines the style, and a very nice profile to both to boot.

Auraan, Nov 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

BJSmit, Feb 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

riemster, Jul 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

ahommell, Jul 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have never given all "5's" on a rating as to date. I had to bow down in awe at this beer! It is an absolute MASTERPIECE! Nice white cap head with a tremendously appealing dark brown color. Scented of light apricots with a splash of maraschino cherries. The taste is so clear and clean. I couldn't even fathom that this brew was 10.5%. Despite that I could session this beer, well maybe for about 90 minutes. It goes down with a slight oft-plum taste with crazy belgian yeasts and smooth, crispy effervescent flavors. I could not find a morsel wrong with this one. It should be on the USA banned substances list!

bigdeuce, Jan 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Joecaddie, Jul 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Keananmichael5, Mar 17, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This looks as it should, dark and ruddy topped by an off white head. Nice head retention and lacing. It certainly looks the part.

The aroma is very sweet and plummy with notes of brown sugar, caramel and vanilla. It smells rich and decadent.

Whoa. This is very strong. Very rich and sweet with a candi sugar aspect but not treacly or cloying. Dried dark fruits--prunes, raisins--with a burnt aftertaste followed by a lingering warming fusel alcohol. The sweetness is kept in check more from a phenolic plasticity than from any hop bitterness. Almost tastes like sucking on an orange pekoe tea bag.

Mouthfeel is thick and viscous. Very full bodied.

In one way I like the over-the-top heavy sweetness, which is good for a long winter's night of sipping. But for the style, I prefer something a little drier and lighter in body. So I'm torn even though I dig it. Either way this is not for the feint of heart.

MeisterBurger, Nov 27, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

BigCheese, May 10, 2012
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 3,151 ratings.