Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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3.68/5 rDev -13%
Easy near-white head, great lace. Light brown color...cloudy.
Sweet aroma with some nuttiness and spiciness--like a cinnamon candy.
Strong sweetness is counterbalanced by a dry finish. Complex flavors featuring a touch of sourness. Strong alcohol warmth. Full body with high carbonation.
Traditional trippel--high alcohol and high malt flavors. Smooth and full flavored.
01-07-2007 19:32:57 | More by smcolw
3.73/5 rDev -11.8%
330 mL bottle,
A: Pours a dark brown with a medium tan head into a snifter, pretty good head retention, some lace.
S: Smell of dark fruits, raisin, plum, fig juice, hint of acidity.
T: Dark fruits make up the main flavour. Primarily fig, light raisin and brown sugar. Booze comes into play at the end, solventy finish.
M: Medium-bodied, it does seem a tad thin at times for 10.5%, slightly medicinal, smooth drinking beer.
D: A good Belgian, not amazing in my opinion. It's relatively inexpensive, drinkable, and easy to find, I'm sure I'll have it again at some point.
11-18-2008 18:27:04 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
4.63/5 rDev +9.5%
In 2008 I reviewed this in bottled form: on 17th Oct 2012 I had it again but on-tap in the lovely De Garre in Brugge (something I've done a few times over the years, but never wrote about).
Deep ruby red in colour with a large off-white foaming head, it looks a picture: just like its bottled brother, the correct glass adding another dimension to the overal appearance.
Rich, strong and powerful malty aromas just ooze out of the glass. Malt loafs, christmas pudding, creamed plums, caramel chocolate bars and dark molasses can also be found in the smell. The taste is an explosion of the same flavours found in the aroma, yet with a mild hop bitterness that prevents the beer being too sweet
This is just one beautiful beer and one I'll never tire of: the alcohol isn't even well hidden, but I don't care, it just helps to make this an exceptionally fine beer.
10-29-2012 11:51:45 | More by BlackHaddock
4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured an brown color with a thin head that stuck to the sides of the glass. A pleasant aroma that borders on flowery with some lingering yeasts. Strong malt flavor with a good balance of hops. The higher alcohol content did not overpower the flavor like some others do. Extremely drinkable as malt aftertastes linger nicely on the tongue. Once my glass was empty, I wanted more but I only had one bottle. I will definitely buy it again.
08-04-2003 23:52:59 | More by Gavage
3.43/5 rDev -18.9%
Bottle served into a Gulden Draak goblet in Ghent, Belgium. Reviewed from notes.
A: 1.5 finger head of nice cream. Respectable retention for the high ABV. Dark amber colour. Could be black as well. Or perhaps ruby. Hard to tell with the darkness.
Sm: Dark fruit ester hops. Maybe some caramel. Certainly caramelized malt.
T: Dark fruit body. Hops linger through the finish. Complex and layered esters comprise the general tone of this beer, but they work together rather than ringing distinct, which is as it should be. Balanced. Some indeterminate cream, perhaps on the open and/or finish. It's buried, anyway.
Mf: Smooth and wet.
Dr: Hides its ABV quite well. Affordable and worth a try for any beer fanatic.
06-10-2011 13:24:00 | More by kojevergas
4.78/5 rDev +13%
08/11/06- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA.
Presentation- 11.2oz stubby bottle. No freshness info, but there is a small stamped code at the bottom of the label. Poured into an oversized wine glass that looks remarkable like a St. Bernardus chalice.
Appearance- Liquified caramel coloring. One maybe 1 1/2 inch larger bubbled head forms upon the pour. Remains at a good 1/5th inch thick and creamy head. Minute yeasties float around. Spalltered lacing all around. It was a crapshoot between a 4.5 and a 5. Did a coin flip.
Smell- This is a caramel/fruit cocktail. Doesn't fume out like you would hope, which is the only strike against the smell. Melted fresh made carnival caramel like the kind you would dip an apple into. Dark fruits galore. Figs, plums, prunes, raisins, plus some licorice.
Taste- Big and bold as you would expect from a 11% or so brew. Taste mirrors the scent to presice pinpoint. Like a liquid Caramello bar. Anise and liquorice jump out after the caramel coats your tongue. The dark fruits follow. Prunes and figs are predominant. Plums and raisins meld in nicely.
Mouthfeel- Slightly drying. Full and thick...even a bit vinous mouthfeel. Medium carbonation (just about right). Really makes you crave another sip.
Drinkability- This dude is strong. Drank this on an empty stomach right before lunch (may regret that, but I still have a bottle of Beatification and Stone 2006 Old Gaurdian to consume before the day is over). Quite the tasteful one and worthy of considerable praise. Will have to find a large bottle of this. Still trying to figure out what bottle I am going to break open once my child is born in March...this ain't a bad prospect. Again, will have to steal the Rachel Ray catch phrase..."YUMMO"!
08-11-2006 17:57:11 | More by GClarkage
4.03/5 rDev -4.7%
Appears a dark crimson toned orange with a light tan head that slowly fades out into a mild cap that floats during the duration of the drink. Scattered bits of webbing are left around the entire glass.
Smell is of ripe, dark fruit, raisins, cocoa, and some herbal, earth notes.
Taste is of caramel, dark fruit, steeped raisins, and herbal, spicy hops.
Mouthfeel is sweet, syrupy, hot, spicy, and smooth in the finish.
01-06-2009 01:39:23 | More by weeare138
3.88/5 rDev -8.3%
A nice dark pour with a bit of head. Smells spicey with a little dark fruit. Tastes nice, but is a touch simple for such a strong belgian. Flavor sticks with the belgian spices and dark fruit and does expand within those tastes. Yes there's a nice figs flavor, but thats it. No alcohol present, and thats inpressive for a 10.5 beer. It's a good dark belgian, but I didn't find anything new or surprising. Reminds me of Chimay Blue.
07-07-2006 20:17:08 | More by tempest
3.5/5 rDev -17.3%
On tap at Yardhouse in Scottsdale, AZ.
Poured a deep amber color with golden brown highlights, crowned by a good two fingers of sticky, foamy head that hangs around a good long while. Nose of sweet, bready malt, raisin, and a hint of spicy hops, along with a touch of yeasty funk. Taste is mildly sweet up front, then becomes richer and maltier as it goes down.
03-13-2009 02:17:32 | More by barleywinefiend
United Kingdom (England)
4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
Coming in a 330ml short bottle (now covered in white plastic wrap instead of being painted white as in the past, making it look really bad and cheap), BB 18/05/2013, served lightly-chilled in Gulden Draak’s own branded tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.
A: a well-lingering dark beige frothy head comes with steady and mild carbonation and a dark reddish-russet body; looking noble and prestigious.
S: sour-ish fruit esters and overripe fruits abound, on top of a creamy base of aromatic malts, dark candy sugar, and plentiful notes of prunes and berry jam. No particularly sharp edge of alc. is detected, bearing in mind this is a really potent ale. It definitely packs a punch, while the overall aroma, albeit pleasant, is not terribly complex for its category/class.
T: sour-sweet as the nose suggests, the even slightly vinegary fruity foretaste is immediately followed by a soothing flow of yeasty maltiness (cocoa, black-date paste, bready malts, etc.), laced with herbally-estery elements and a slowly manifesting stream of mild hop bitterness. Lightly spicy, olive-ish and salty-sweet in the finish, the moderate aftertaste surprisingly still “failed” to deliver any sharp touch of alc., which is definitely a great plus to the overall drinkability.
M&D: smoothly-carbonated, full-bodied and, as experienced throughout the drink, fantastically drinkable; this is a creamy-malty and yeasty ale that doesn’t come very complex but surprisingly easy-drinking amongst its counterparts.
08-02-2011 20:40:22 | More by wl0307
4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
On tap at the Tap Room in Bedford NY. In a Gulden Draak Belgian style glass. Yeehaa, top rated brew on tap in the appropriate glass. This stunning brew pours ruby, brownish, and cloudy. Dark tan head, leaves nice wavy lacing. Exotic nose of cherries, fruit,alcohol,cloves,apricots. Flavor notes figs, raisins,nuts, sweet malts,vanilla,oak, Belgian yeastyness. Can you say complex? Soft mouthfeel, this is terrific stuff, bold flavors, strong and intense. A Belgian lovers dream. Seek this stuff out and enjoy!
07-17-2004 01:15:49 | More by Billolick
4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
Stubby 330ml brown bottle that is powder coated with a white (paint?) in a clever way to both prevent the light from intruding and make the bottle immediately recognizable. Pours a clear amber color with more than 2 fingers of somewhat yellowish/tan stained head. Significant amount of lace clings to the glassware and the head retains fairly well. Continuous bubbles rise to the surface in support of the head. Nose is fruity sweet and quite pleasant with the malt character being a mix of something like caramelized raisins and a bit of nuttiness with alcohol coming through from the back and a faint touch of hops make themselves known in a partially grassy way. Taste has a big alcohol presence that is somewhat solvent and quite warming. Upfront the flavors of malty sweetness meet the bittering hops and are eventually overtaken by the big alcohol character. Alcohol reigns supreme throughout the tasting experience with notes of caramelized malt sweetness and slight bitter hops in the finish. There is a lingering taste left in the mouth that is a mix between the lingering alcohol, caramelized malt sweetness and hop bitterness all fighting for the attention/last impression left in your mouth. Feel of this big beer is medium with a moderate amount of carbonation that fits the bill perfectly. Clearly a sipper, it is strangely drinkable for how much alcohol presence is displayed.
04-08-2010 02:33:55 | More by stakem
4.08/5 rDev -3.5%
I am drinking a 750 mL C&C bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. The ale is chilled.
Appearance: The ale pours with a hazy orange-brown color. There is ample sediment in the glass. The ale poured with a decent head and left a respectable amount of lace around the glass.
Smell: Yeast is the dominant aroma. I also smell the sweetness of candy sugars.
Taste: The candied sugars are quite evident in taste. They give the ale a very pleasing sweet taste. After that, hints of alcohol and fruit (plum maybe).
Mouthfeel: The ale sits very well in the mouth. The yeastiness and sugars taste very nice together.
Drinkability: This is an eminently drinkable ale, but the 10.5% abv is a dealbreaker, too much alcohol makes me sleepy...
02-05-2006 00:56:34 | More by akorsak
4.22/5 rDev -0.2%
A: Pours a very dark amber to brown with a 2 finger tan head made of large bubbles. The head has decent retention and leaves a lot of lacing.
S: Aromas of ripe fruit, plums, sweet malts, brown sugar, and alcohol.
T: Flavors of dark ripe fruits, plum, cherry, molasses, candy sugar and sweet + roast malts. The taste of the alcohol which is present in the nose is covered up nicely in the flavors.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation and slightly creamy.
O: Overall this is a quite nice beer and very enjoyable. I would definitely enjoy another of these (even right now if I had one on hand). The high ABV is well hidden in the taste and it kind of sneaks up on you.
02-01-2012 00:47:55 | More by dbrauneis
4.03/5 rDev -4.7%
(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer has a warm brown dense body with a thick mousse light tan head. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles in this one.
S- This beer has a nose of sweet dark malt with brown sugar, dark raisins and a dark rum alcohol smell.
T- The taste of dark sweet malt has a dark caramel note and a vinous taste to it. The faint note of coffee candy comes through in the background. The finish has a nice alcohol bite that balances the sweetness.
M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel with a alcohol warmth.
D-This beer has nice dark malt flavors and the alcohol helps keep it in check.
06-16-2006 17:56:39 | More by rhoadsrage
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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