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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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3,386 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,386
Reviews: 1,260
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 217
Gots: 479 | FT: 5
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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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Ratings: 3,386 | Reviews: 1,260
Photo of DavidST
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet, no bottle date.his pours a reddish brown tea color slightly cloudy with a nice tan head which dissipates down to a thin head. The smells are somewhat good, you get some dark fruit, candied sugar and alcohol. The feel is medium high carbonination. The taste is good but very potent alcohol burn and a level of booziness, the taste is also of candied sugar and dark fruit.

Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jackndan
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gulden Draak: White stubby Belgian bottle. I have never seen a pour like this one: the entire glass is filled with foam, and the beer had to work its way down through the foam, like water through sand. Reddish, clear in appearance; needless to say, huge dense head, tan, very long lasting (five minutes after the pour, I still have not tasted it). Thick, rich molasses syrup, very sweet. Long lasting sweet aftertaste. Very nice, once a week.

Photo of RedHaze
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark, red tinged, brown with a frothy two finger head. The foam fades slowly to a very thick cap, leaving behind large chucks of foam on the glass.

Smell; sweet dark fruits, and chocolate are the dominant aromas with some spicy yeasts. There's also a bit of alcohol in the nose, and with the fruity notes, lends an almost vinous quality to the beer.

Taste; cherries and plums greet the tongue on the initial sips, followed by a little bit of chocolate and caramel. There's a bit of a floral quality in the middle, and a fairly large alcohol presence in the finish. If it were not for the strong alcohol presence, this beer would be really damn good. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice smooth natural ccarbonation, and due to the alcohol the drinkability takes a significant hit.

Photo of Beezee
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of gshak
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of cavedave
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour produces a thick, glowing brown with red highlights, cloudy with fine yeast to the point of opacity, beauty of a beer. It is topped by a finger's worth of beige head, which diminishes languidly to a bubbling cap. Lace splotches cling momentarily to the snifter, then fall.

The smell is a hypnotic bouquet of yeasty notes of a sweet and spicy variety, candy sugar, earthy tones, and a malt presence that is hard to finger, not a bready smell, not caramel, all wrapped in a fruity, and herbal edge. Man, this is complex, and balanced. I could keep my nose here until supper burns. I feel a buzz from just the aroma, if that's possible.

The beer is warmed to where I like drinking tripels now. Good gosh, the flavor of this is staggeringly fine. The yeast is more subdued in the sip than in the aroma, but still it finds a rhythm right away, leading into a sweet rush of caramel, plum, subtle earthy notes, leading into a juicy finish that stays clean and pure, with hints of herbs and spice lingering seductively. Alcohol is present like a ghost, felt but not tasted; there, but not.

Mouthfeel is the perfect combination of thick but not cloying, and low carbonation. Somehow it does the impossible, supporting a long finish, and clearing out. I like the clear out of Unibroue beers, but this is even a better clear out.

Drinkability? Triple red flag warning for extremely, dangerously, fantastically drinkable. This beer fucking rocks. Wish it were less expensive. Lotta nickels for this one!

Photo of Sspeer1
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer is very dark with a slight amber hue. The carbonation gushed and left a thick off-white persistent head with nice lacing. The smell is sour and spicy – definite malt as well. The taste is malty with sourness. There are some citrus notes….excellently balanced. This beer has a full feel, just shy of chewy. The carbonation lends a refreshing surprise This is an excellent beer that I’m thinking is very drinkable!

Photo of MammothTarantula
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of donnebaby
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown, lively looking brew. Very bright. Loose but ample light brown head. Smells like candy sugar, molasses, and sweet vanilla. A dark tripel -- cool, why not. Pretty high residual bitterness over a mildly roasty, sweet and juicy flavor. The beer is surprisingly well balanced for 10.5%, with alcohol certainly being felt, but not tasted. Sweetness becomes a bit cloying. Too spritzy and boozy for me to want to enjoy more than one of these, but nice on a warm day fowsure.

Photo of dedrinker
2.82/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark rusty murkiness with a thin light tan head.

Aromas of sugary dark fruit jams.

Flavors of boozy dark fruit, kinda sweet with a little tartness and alcohol heat.

Medium-full body, prickly carbonated mouth feel, and stewed boozy dark fruit and yeast on the finish.

I don't know about all this "dark triple" business. Kinda tastes like a dubbel or a light quadrupel. So can I brew a classic Belgian triple and call it a dubbel blonde?

Photo of bigox420
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of mjw1200
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of riemster
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of IanSpindler
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Backer2004
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this one during my birthday dinner @ Mac's Speed Shoppe in Charlotte for 6 dollars a bottle. Poured in a beautiful Belgian glass that they sold to us for $3. Nice dark, full of malty goodness. Incredible lacing & carbonation. One of my favorites in quite awhile.

Photo of rvdoorn
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: the beer pours dark brown color with a nice light-brown head.
Smell: Roasted malts, dark fruits, caramel, dark sugar and alcohol.
Taste: Dark sugar, caramel malts, dark fruits, more sugar with some slight hoppy aftertaste in the end
Mouthfeel: too high carbonation and a medium body
Overall: Too alcoholic, too sweet and not a very good mouthfeel

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

Poured into a snifter. Dark amber to rusty brown hued with a medium head and good retention. Fruit, toast, very similar to a Quadrupel. I think it is one. Sweet and dark with some tannins and a creamy smoothness. Full carbonation and medium body. Slightly alcoholic at times, but that does not distract at all. Thoroughly enjoyable and very well made.

4.5, 4, 4, 4, 4

Photo of TechBrew
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of cd34
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of ElGuapo
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a melted milk chocolate brown color. It is murky and covered in more foam than I could ever imagine coming out of a little 11.2 oz bottle. Fruity aromas fill the air accompanied by some roastiness and a bit of alcohol.

The body is full, and flavor jumps all over you. Masses of fruits and malts with some nice spices. The complexity is not out of this world, but it sure kept me interested. Smooth and rich, it is a great treat to sit down with. The alcohol is almost invisible to the tongue which is very nice for 10.5%. Do not pass by this beer because it is definitely one of the best.

Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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