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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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2,931 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,931
Reviews: 1,199
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 152
Gots: 233 | FT: 3
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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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Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-01-2013 14:32:48 | More by YamagamiTravis
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

08-10-2012 19:09:17 | More by slowdaddy
Photo of Vylo

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-17-2011 14:31:00 | More by Vylo
Photo of iKrystin


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

08-22-2012 07:47:03 | More by iKrystin
Photo of kobeer


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-31-2012 23:31:21 | More by kobeer
Photo of nukem5


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-06-2012 05:57:27 | More by nukem5
Photo of baos


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz into my Falstaff Goblet.

A: Big-bubbled 3 finger head over deep copper body. Bit of lacing here and there. Head dissipates down to a nice one bubble high sheen. I'll call it Charlie Sheen.

S: Baked apples and cloves with a strong alcohol odor. Very sweet smelling and a bit like good dark rum.

T: Banana-pink bubblegum-liqueur. Lots of sugars and alcohol in there. Very strong and very good.

M: Super bubbly.

D: Pretty strong, but a six pack of these is just right for a strong healthy man. I'll have two please.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 01:21:53 | More by baos
Photo of divineaudio


3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle into a tulip.

a - pours a deep chestnut shade with a huge, 3 finger, cream colored head. after calming i get a thin cap and thick swaths of lacing in the glass.

s - sweet bread, clove, carmel.

t - bready carmel malt with notes of clove and candi sugar. a nice earthy bitterness comes in at the end to finish it out.

m - lighter side of medium with lots of carbonation. medium co2 profile with a slight alcohol warming.

o - abv kicks in fast. enjoyable though and a nice beer overall. i probably wouldn't buy this often but it seems like a good candidate for holidays and special occasions.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 06:30:38 | More by divineaudio
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

01-24-2014 08:12:42 | More by blabaer
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

11-16-2011 22:01:27 | More by azorie
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- white tan head, with very dark brown color and low amount of carbonation, slight see through when held to light

Smell- mix of chocolate, vanilla, yeast, molasses, and caramel very overall intriguing nose

Taste- Very very nice flavor, lots of chocolate and even vanilla, and caramel, very complex, dark chewey and beautiful malt sweetness, overall such a pleasant flavor of a beer,

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with a very beautiful chewey feel,

Drinkability- even though its 10 percent alcohol you cant even notice it a damn bit, so enjoyable and well balanced, a definite sipper and a great after dinner beer, its creamy sweet and delicous search it out, I got this 4 pack for 9.99 I feel I got the deal of the century, yummy.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 23:36:41 | More by Stunner97
Photo of lic217


3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

05-09-2014 01:42:48 | More by lic217
Photo of nortmand


4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours brown with a long-lingering white tan-white head.

Alcohol, candi and caramel dominate the smell.

Sweet and chocolatey up front. Ends with a bitter hit and a tiny bit of skunk.

Luscious and creamy, this is a beer, albeit strong, that I could drink alot of. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 23:12:45 | More by nortmand
Photo of TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice deep dark ruby/amber color with a solid finger of head that produced decent lacing and good retention. Constant carbonation in the body without a trace of sediment. A little bit more head and lacing would have earned the perfect score.

Smell: Predominant soft fruit with a caramel malt backing. Plums and Pluots with touches of figs and honey. Not a lot of warming was required for it to come out which is also nice. A slight bit boozy though, which while not expected could be concealed.

Taste: Starts with light caramel malt with a mixed berry and plum taste that turns to a bit more molasses like in taste and texture and ends with a somewhat odd whisky end, complete with a high alcohol twang. I'd give it 3.75 but it does enough, but that end isn't very nice.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation that helps out the entire beer, and very nice transitioning. Doesn't leave much of an aftertaste, although that is mainly due to the biggest detraction of the beer. The solvent note that the unconcealed alcohol brings is my biggest beef.

Drinkability: Hmm...tough call, I mean the high alcohol twang holds it back a bit, but it's not like you wouldn't expect it from the style. Smooth and medium bodied so all it all it comes out decently ahead. There is room for improvement though.

Final Thoughts: I think it really needs to be paired with food, which I think the high alcohol cleansing the beer offers would help. Drinking this has me thinking back to Chimay Blue, and it's been long enough that I'm not sure if this or Chimay would come out ahead. Certainly worth a shot though.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 06:05:48 | More by TheHammer
Photo of gopens44


3.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice murky reddish brown beverage sporting a rather enthusiastic latte colored foamy head that dissipated after just a few minutes, leaving behind a 1/8" blanket.

S - Something in the dark fruit arena stikes my nose first. Maybe even currant. A little spicing dances around the bombastic yeast party, fueled by a definite alcohol brightness.

T - There are some dark cherry things going on in the taste that is nearly overpowered by the alcoholic yeast fandango that quickly demands attention. Not oncredibly well balanced in my opinion. Maybe some age could tame this dragon a bit.

M - Well carbonated and surprisingly thin despite the color. Heavy alcohol presence in the finish with just a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste.

This one could have been better if not so boozy. Yes, it has a high ABV, but it's just not as well balanced as some othre representatives of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 21:51:40 | More by gopens44
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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2005 05:12:52 | More by blitz134
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

09-08-2012 15:48:32 | More by brutalist
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

02-21-2012 22:59:28 | More by jesus808
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-12-2013 18:56:10 | More by ackeeper
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-09-2013 16:32:32 | More by wmobley
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-31-2013 05:53:45 | More by Luiz0930
Photo of afinepilsner


4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz opaque white plastic coated brown bottle
10.5% abv

Gulden draak Ale was brown in color with good clarity ( the second pour left it a bit hazy). It had a bubbly light tan head with average retention and minimal lacing. The smell was malt, dark fruit, and a little alcohol. The taste was toasted malt, dried fruit, and yeast flavors and spices. It had long dry finish with noticeable throat-warming alcohol. It was medium-full in body with medium-high carbonation. Drinkability was good. This is a good Belgian Ale and worth trying out.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 00:25:27 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of blakesell


3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a big 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus belgian cereal bowl.

Appearance- A cloudy dark brown almost opaque with a huge head of froth that never really dissapates. Comes to a creamy slosh on the top of the beer lacing/legs all up on the glass.

Smell- Dark fruits, fig, molasses, prunes, rasin, a hidden candi sugar that disguises itself well in with the fruits and yeasty esters. Much of the belgian style yeast permeating thru this beer.

Taste- Sweet with sugars and a phenolic alcohol bite at the end, a lactose style creaminess that is reminescent of Rochefort lingering in the background. The yeast in this beer does a fine job of hiding those sugars throughout.

Mouthfeel- Here's where this beer runs short. A sticky cloying mouthfeel that makes you feel like you have been eating candy all day. I've had lucky charms with less sugary mouthfeel.

Drinkability- It's ok for drinkability, but the 10.5% ABV would kill the average person trying for a session here. I'm glad I'm cooking with the rest.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 00:38:02 | More by blakesell
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-16-2011 00:00:30 | More by bmoney
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-14-2013 00:22:31 | More by kguard
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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