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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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3,380 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,380
Reviews: 1,259
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 218
Gots: 474 | FT: 5
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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 Thehuntmaster
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle 10,5% Abv

Appearance: Gulden Draak pours a beautiful shade of deep red-brown with stunning crimson highlights when held to the light. The beer is almost clear with only a few small yeast particles floating around. As with almost all Belgians I have had to date the head is massive. It is light coffee coloured and lasts pretty well, but unfortunately leaves only patchy lace.

Smell: Wow, what a nose... Sweet caramel malt, fruitiness made up of dark cherries, stewed plums, raisons and dates, some scotch like smokiness and a light dusting of spice - hints of clove and cinnamon-.
The alcohol is very well hidden in the nose and that which does come through as the beer warms adds a "good rum" like quality to the nose.

Taste: Again WOW and I thought the nose was good; I really have no choice but to give this beer full marks for flavour. The flavour profile begins with sweet caramel (almost dark brown sugary) malt, this follows into spiced (cinnamon, cloves and a hint of pepper), rum soaked dark fruits (cherries, plums, raisons and dates). The Scotch smokiness from the nose is there along with a hint of chocolate. The finish is slightly bitter and works perfectly in preventing the beer from becoming overwhelmingly sweet.
There is some warming in the throat and stomach; however the alcohol is generally very well hidden for the Abv.

Mouthfeel: Just a tad lighter than full bodied with lively (albeit very pleasant) carbonation, that drifts towards a perfect level around halfway through the bottle.

Drinkability: Superb, I could have easily finished a 750 and will most certainly have this beer again.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.79/5  rDev -10.6%

Photo of ski271
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Medium-dark ruby-brown with a medium-sized, light tan, slowly diminishing head. Smell is sweet and malty and big. Belgian yeast, candi sugar, dark fruit and alcohol. The taste is huge. Very complex. Figs, dark cherries, raisin, and tobacco to name a few. It's complexity is matched by thick, full body and syrupy texture. This is one beast of a beer. Fantastic! I definitely recommend seeking out this beer.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of epyon396
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beermanbrian
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked bottle. Brownish amber color with a tan fine bubbled head. Fine bubbled lace trails behind the liquid in sheets but always leaves some splotches behind. Smell is sweet and dark fruits up front. Plums come to mind. First taste was beet sugar sweetness but the more complex fruit flavors push to the front. Heavy carb level gives this one a smooth mouth. I think this helps hide the ABV. Some of the alcohol shows itself in the slightly burning finish. Across the board 4.0 good beer. Nothing outstanding but nothing lacking either.

Photo of BigCheese
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of sfprint
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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 %

Photo of BierJager89
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a small bottle into a snifter at BJ's.

A: Translucent copper with a slightly tan head.

S: Lots of cherry and pineapple in the nose. Smells delicious.

T: A slight hint of alcohol, a ton of fruit, especially cherry, and a touch of honey.

M: Medium bodied and less than smooth.

O: This is a great Belgian strong dark ale that you can find just about anywhere.

Photo of hellhammermario
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of bigdeuce
5/5  rDev +17.9%
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!

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.92/5  rDev +16%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of doktorhops
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden Dragon... sounds impressive, sounds like the sort of brew you would buy in a fantasy medieval tavern that after one sip can melt the face off the mightiest of Orc's (hat tip reference to dragon's breath beer found in an old school PC game)... one can hope for a similar (though non-lethal) version of beer with Gulden Draak.

Poured from a 330ml (love the design of this) bottle into a chalice.

A: Light dusting of tan foam on a very dark chocolate body. Looks good though I was expecting this brew to have a golden body for some reason.

S: Aromas of over-fermented apples, pears, cinnamon and cloves. Overlaying this is a background of rich caramel malts, dark fruits (figs, raisins, and prunes) and a musty yeast... expecting big warm winter flavours with this one.

T: Flavour hits like a dump truck full of bricks! The over-fermented apples and pears is replaced by an upfront bubblegum hit. Then we have the rich malts, dark fruits and yeast, along with enough sugar to kill a diabetic. Ending with a peppery note and a slight dry finish. More like a mixture of mead and port than beer, the sugar and bubblegum are the most dominant tastes hiding the alcohol.

M: Sticky, resinous body with a light but dense carbonation.

D: This is a big hitting brew that some would say is heavy-handed. Lets face it; some beers should be heavy-handed and this is one of them, despite the high ABV and the huge hit of sugar this brew contains it still manages to hold some civility, and drinks more like a fine glass of port than an overly sugary mess. If it wasn't prohibitively expensive it would make a fine top shelf end of the night brew for me.

Note: I feel like I'm wearing a cassock in the catacombs of some Franciscan monastery when I sip this ale, and can hear a friar chorus singing mass in the background. Quite a religious experience of a beer here.

Food match: Its a tough beer to match - the headiness and bold flavours make it sit between the boundary of heavy roast game meats and dessert. In a way both would work well so my suggestion would be: roast haunch of venison with roast vegetables and a thick pepper gravy, followed by a dark chocolate and baked fig ganache with a berry compote.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mzwolinski
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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