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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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3,356 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,356
Reviews: 1,251
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 214
Gots: 452 | FT: 4
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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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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 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 riemster
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of aubuc1
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap poured into a chimay goblet.

pours a deep amber/brown with a thin head

smells bready/yeasty with some light fruits

tastes sweet, belgian yeasty and plummy

mouthfeel is pretty warm due to heavy alcohol

very nice frinking beer for such high abv
i am missing some smells probably due to low temp

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of WckdVbz
2/5  rDev -52.8%

Photo of Rick778
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For my 400th review I am enjoying, for the first time, the world-famous Gulden Draak. Even better, I was able to find a single lonesome bottle of this little gem at a local beer haunt for only $1.99. Price had me holding this one at bay for quite a while, but no longer.

330ml painted glass bottle with the code "19KH 14:19" printed on the back of the label beneath the UPC. Served at cellar temperature of 45 degrees F, poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a very dark mahogany with a huge pillowed cap of beige/light tan foam that settles ever so slowly to a thick cap, leaving behind beautiful thick rings of lace as it disappears. Clarity is quite good; this is certainly a beautiful beer.

The nose shows lots of sweet malt, with caramel and burnt sugar notes, along with some deep hints of dark cherries and prunes, with a brighter cherry note becoming more evident as my senses become a little more acclimated. There's a faint hint of peppery spice hidden as well, and perhaps some faintly herbal hop notes. Very inviting.

Body is medium-full, a little less weighty than anticipated, with a middling level of carbonation providing just the right amount of prickle. Sweet caramel and chocolate notes grab hold at first, showing signs of toasted brown sugar. Delicious dark fruits follow, showing a little less of the cherry apparent in the nose but a little more plum and prune, perhaps some faint raisin as well. Hops show themselves in the late middle as a very dry bitterness with virtually no flavor, along with a little alcohol that serves to dry things a bit further. Some spiciness shows itself just at the end, before a semi-dry bittersweet finish.

A superb example of a dark Belgian ale, this is probably one of the better I've had in my day. Quite complex yet still very drinkable despite the high level of alcohol and the interplay of flavors. I must admit that my pleasure was dampened a bit due to a full stomach, but undoubtedly this would be even more enjoyable on a different occasion. Certainly world class.

Photo of bigox420
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Andreji
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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 AlexM
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of allenson21
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Callmecoon
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of gshak
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of KevChiTown
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of cd34
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of IanSpindler
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of -NESTO-
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of ahommell
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of jayhawk73
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark caramel color, w/ a nice three finger head into my gulden draak glass. This looks like a serious beer. The smell is sweet, fruity, w/ a alcohol whiff as well. Really improves the warmer it gets. Some spice, raisins, dates and malt in there as well. I love the taste of this beer- it's definitely one of my favorite tripels. You get a nice sweet, sour, malt, fruit and alcohol taste all combined in a nice package. Nicely balanced. This beer definitely opens up nicely the warmer it gets. I'm thinking almost room temperature is ideal for Gulden Draak. Mouthfeel is nice, velvety- w/ the sweet, sour, and alcohol all in play. Smooths out quite a bit the warmer it gets. Drinkability is great. This beer is a sipper at 10.5% ABV, but it goes down a little too easy, and the alcohol will catch up to you quickly. Gulden Draak is world class- but do yourself a favor and drink it slightly chilled at almost room temperature.

Photo of vicsju1991
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of NumberNone
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of TechBrew
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 3,356 ratings.